I have many Apple hating frineds who always ask me: "What's the best Wear OS smartwatch?" And I always say the same thing: They are all bad. That being said, Fossil Sport can be the first competitor for the title.
Why is it? Right now, Sport is the only Android watch except Montblanc Summit 2 powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 3100 processor. That's a big deal because Wear OS as a platform has long been held back by relying on the already two-year Snapdragon 2100. So theoretically, sport should be longer and able to support more power-intensive features. And on paper it seems to be so. It has pulse monitoring, NFC payments and GPS not for shabby for a smartwatch priced at $ 255.
The big question is whether the sport's new processor can handle the wearOS redesign Google rolled out a few weeks ago. I tested the changes last month on a slightly older fossil watch and was impressed by slow loading times and battery life in 12-15 hours. So far, I've only spent a few hours with the sport, but already the faster swiping gives me some hope that it will not be totally dud.
In classic fossil fashion, the sport is chic and I liked how it did not dwarf my whole wrist. You can choose between a 41 mm or 43 mm case, and the nylon case with aluminum top ring provides a lightweight watch. Older Android clocks tended to be thick, heavy and clearly not intended for women or any kind of strict activity. It resembles the old LG Watch Style-a good thing, as it was one of the smaller fugly smartwatches from the last two years. The main difference is that the sports design depends on a nice color beam as if the Baby G watches are last year.
And boy, comes the sport in many colors. Six to be exact: blush, black, gray, light blue, red and neon. Each matched to an equally colorful belt, so much that staring at a lot of them together was like beating with a rainbow. And if the base color combinations are not enough, there are also six gazillion bytes. So when Fossil says the combinations are endless, I'm here to confirm that yes, the only limit is your accessory budget.
Whether it's good for sports but I have my doubts. Wear OS watches are not exactly known to be super accurate with tracking, and they are much better for monitoring your overall activity than being a hardcore fitness mate. I have to see how it does with testing, but I would not be shocked if Fossil Sport was more a relaxed watch with a sporty aesthetics than a real fitness smartwatch. However, it's simple, so yay for swimmers!
In the case of specs, sport is not a very common thing. You get your usual altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope and surrounding light sensors. The sport also comes with a fast charging feature, which will probably get you from zero to 80 percent battery in 50 minutes.
Given the battery, the sport should have "24+" hours of battery life. How much more depends on the use, but it's still a bump up from the gloomy 12-16 hours you'd get on older Android watches running the 2100 processor. And if you're okay, without smart features, Fossil told me when the sport met 9 percent battery, it will go into an environment that can take about five days. Nevertheless, "improved battery life" here is a little disappointing. No matter how you get it, a vague 24+ hours a hell is much less than the 3-5 days you get with Samsung Galaxy Watch and literally all Fitbit out there. That said, Apple Watch is still in the daily category, so it's clear that people still do not require more, even though it's inconvenient.
So when I say that Fossil Sport can challenge the title of the best Wear OS smartwatch, do not get excited. Currently, the best processor has run a new Wear OS, the design is elegant and training-friendly, and you do not need a second mortgage on your house to buy one. It's a really low bar – telling everything you need to know about Wear OS watches- but keep still to see if Fossil Sport cleans it.