- Fashionable Design
- Android Wear 2.0
- Google Play Store on Watch
- Always-On Display
- Easy to use
- Slowly working
- Partly problems with voice assistant
- Hardly sports sensors
- Battery life only 1 day
- Charging cable does not hold well
- Limited with iPhone usable
D em one or the other you will have already encountered in the shop window during the shopping spree: Fossil's new fashion smartwatches Fossil Q Venture for women and Fossil Q Explorist for men. What can you do? Like the Vornger air as the operating system Google Android Wear, they do not have sports sensors and are available in variants with leather or stainless steel bracelet. COMPUTER BILD has sent the men's smartwatch Q Explorist through the test and tells you what has happened in terms of battery life, features and features.
Fossil Q Explorist with Android Wear 2.0
The Q Explorist comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 512 processor Megabytes of memory. The operating system is the already known Android Wear 2.0. That's why the app store can be found directly on the clock and Google's own voice assistant is on board. The system did not always run smoothly in the test: The Google Assistant was often unreachable, but when opening the Google Play Store, the app occasionally hung up. A restart will help.
|Dimensions housing||4.6×4.6×1.2 centimeters|
|Display size||3.53 centimeters / 1.39 inches|
|Display Type  AMOLED|
|Operating System||Android Wear 2.0|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth  Compatible with||Android 4.3 and up, iOS 9 and above|
Fossil Q Explorist: Features
Q Explorist and Q Venture are compatible with Android 4.3+ phones and iPhones iOS 9+. Apple users should be aware, however, that the features are limited so it is not possible to reply to SMS and WhatsApp messages via the clock. Light and acceleration sensors are also installed. The Fossil Smartwatch is more of a fashion watch than a sportswatch: you do not need a pulse sensor or GPS. Microphone and speakers for voice control, however, are built-in, the clock can go to the WLAN independently. The internal memory is 4 gigabytes. For example, music can be saved and transferred to headphones via Bluetooth, but only for Google Play Music users.
Fossil Q Explorist: Battery Life
It's the big problem of all the latest smartwatches: battery life. In the test, the third generation of the men's watch did not exceed the value of the predecessor and after a day is over. If you use the clock only a little, you can sometimes make two days. After all, thanks to always-on display, the display shows the time permanently and no black screen, which looks pretty strange on the wrist. Time is thus readable even without wrist rotation.
Model Comparison: Fossil Q Explorist
The model from 2016 is the Fossil Q Marshal. In the test stressed that the clock display was cut off below that has fixed fossil in the third generation. The case measures 45 mm instead of 44 mm. At height it has shrunk from 14 to 12 millimeters. Apart from that, the Q Explorist resembles the predecessor visually powerful. By update there is the operating system Android Wear 2.0 already for the predecessor. The Smartwatch is like the predecessor IP67 waterproof so not suitable for swimming. By the way: Another new model is the Fossil Q Control, which has a heart rate sensor for recording sports units.
The following variants are available: Silicone Black with Black Case, Stainless Steel Silver, Gray Stainless Steel, Brown Leather with Silver Case, Dark Brown Leather with Silver Case, Dark Blue Leather with Rose Gold Case. The bracelets are interchangeable with 22mm standard straps. For this you need a watch tool.
Fossil Q Explorist: Price and Availability
The Fossil Q Explorist costs 279 Euro at Fossil. For retailers, they are sometimes cheaper, depending on the color variant: With a brown leather strap, for example, it costs 243 euros (via Amazon), with a dark blue leather strap 249 euros (via Amazon, all prices as of 8 December 2017).
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