I have a lot of Apple haters who always ask me, "What's the best Wear OS smartwatch?", And I always say the same thing: they're all bad. The Fossil Sport could be the first contender for the title.
Why is that? Right now, Sport is the only Android watch alongside the Montblanc Summit 2 powered by the new Snapdragon 3100 processor from Qualcomm. That's a big deal, because Wear OS has long been held back as a platform by relying on the already-two-year-old Snapdragon 2100. The Sport should theoretically last longer and support more powerful features. And on paper that seems to be the case. Heart rate monitoring, NFC payments, and GPS are not too bad for a $ 255 smartwatch.
The big question is whether the new processor in the sport can handle Google's WearOS redesign a few weeks ago. I tested the changes on a slightly older Fossil watch last month and was not impressed with the slow charging times and the low battery life of 12 to 15 hours. So far, I have spent only a few hours in the sport, but even the faster wiping gives me some hope.
In classic Fossil style, the sport is chic and I liked how it did not overshadow my whole wrist. You can choose between a 41 mm or 43 mm case, and the nylon case with aluminum top ring makes for a lightweight watch. Older Android watches tended to be clunky, heavy and clearly not intended for women or any kind of hard work. It's sort of like the old LG Watch style – a good thing, as it was one of the less volatile smartwatches of the past two years. The main difference is that the design of the sport is based on a beautiful color accent – as with the Baby G watches of yesteryear.
And boy, is sport coming in many colors? Six, to be precise: blush, black, gray, light blue, red and neon. Everyone is attuned to an equally colorful harness, so staring at some of them was struck like a rainbow. And if the basic color combinations are not enough, there are also about six interchangeable straps. If Fossil says that the combinations are endless, I'm here to confirm that yes, the only budget is the budget for accessories.
Whether it's great for the sport, but I have my doubts. Wear OS watches that are not exactly known to be extremely accurate with tracking, and are much better at monitoring your overall activities than a hardcore fitness companion. I have to see what testing looks like, but I would not be shocked if the Fossil Sport was more of a casual watch with a sporty look than a real fitness watch. It is, however, floating, so for swimmers!
In terms of equipment, the sport is nothing out of the ordinary. You get your usual altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope and ambient light sensors. The sport also has a quick charge function that brings the battery from zero to 80 percent in 50 minutes.
Speaking of battery: the sport should receive "24+" battery life. How much more depends on it depends on usage, but it's still a blast against the bleak 12-16 hours you get on older 2100-powered Android watches. And if you want to do without smart features, Fossil told me, once the sport has reached a 9 percent battery, it will go into an environment-time-time mode that can take about five days. Nevertheless, the "improved battery life" here is a bit disappointing. No matter how you cut it, an undetermined period of more than 24 hours is one hell less than the 3-5 days that you get with the Samsung Galaxy Watch and literally every Fitbit out there. That said, the Apple Watch is still in this one-day category, so it's clear that people are still craving for it, even if it's impractical. Best Wear OS Smartwatch, not upset. Right now it has the best processor for a reworked Wear operating system, the design is sleek and exercise-friendly, and you do not need a second mortgage for your home to buy one. While this is a low beam – it tells you everything you need to know about Wear OS watches – stay tuned to see if Fossil Sport can do it.