Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch assessment

Fossil has a strong reputation for its smartwatches, making it a dependable supply for anybody considering a Put on OS timepiece. Its newest entry – the Fossil Gen 5 – is one of the best of the bunch.

That does not imply that it is good, because it lacks just a few finer options that may make it an absolute must-buy, nevertheless in terms of normal all-purpose use, it is a horny proposition for Android customers.

Here is our full verdict on the Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch and what works and does not work for it.

Fossil Gen 5 value and availability

Priced at £279/$295/AU$499

Many strap choices accessible

Out there in a number of coloration variants

Out there in just a few completely different variants, the Fossil Gen 5 appears ripe for value cuts in future. Our assessment unit was the Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle HR with a black silicone strap, nevertheless it is also attainable to purchase a brown leather-based strap model or chrome steel strap variant for a similar value.

The Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle HR is aimed on the male market, however there’s additionally the Julianna HR which is a bit more female in look.

In all instances, it is attainable to take away and substitute the 22mm strap with some other equally sized strap you might need mendacity round. Instantly, the Fossil Gen 5 is a horny possibility for fashionista tech followers.

It is presently accessible within the US, UK, and Australia, priced at £279 within the UK, $295 within the US, and AU$499 in Australia.


  1. Stylishly delicate design
  2. Chunky show
  3. Simple to alter straps

The Fossil Gen 5 blends into no matter you are sporting or doing fairly admirably. Its totally round show is massive at 44mm so it appears fairly cumbersome on small wrists, nevertheless it means you’ll be able to simply see the show always with minimal problem.

The watch we have been despatched had a black silicone strap which we’ll admit feels a little bit low-cost and fundamental to the contact. Nonetheless, it does the job properly sufficient. For a similar value, you would get a stainless-steel strap or leather-based model – each of which we would suspect the common person would favor.


Whichever you go together with, not less than you’ll be able to simply swap out straps with none considerations surrounding proprietary connections right here.

The Fossil Gen 5 has three buttons on the facet. There’s the bigger center button which is a rotating crown for simply scrolling by means of choices or the apps menu.

As well as, there are two different buttons on both facets of it that may be set as shortcuts. By default, one goes straight to the Fossil app whereas the opposite prompts Fossil’s Class setting, which tweaks the type and look of your watch on the contact of a button. We would counsel instantly altering these round to extra sensible choices akin to Google Pay or Google Match.

On the again of the Fossil Gen 5 there’s the optical coronary heart price monitor which stands out barely than with most smartwatches. It isn’t noticeable in use and in addition doubles as the right resting place for the magnetic charging puck.


Totally round watch face

1.28-inch AMOLED show

Vivid and vibrant

The Fossil Gen 5’s show is probably the most eye-catching factor about it. It is greater than most at 1.28 inches with a decision of 416 x 416 and a pixel density of 328ppi. It is constantly sharp to have a look at, though we did discover brilliant outdoors gentle made it trickier to see, with glare being a problem.

Moreover being greater than some smartwatches at 44mm (the Samsung Galaxy Watch Lively 2 for instance will be had in a 40mm dimension), it is also fairly thick at 12mm. On a small wrist, that makes a noticeable distinction and means the Fossil Gen 5 does not lend itself to extra delicate style necessities.

It feels fairly heavy too, weighing just below 100g, presumably due to its chunkiness. Nonetheless, it appears good.

These appears are additional enhanced by Put on OS’s constantly simple means of switching between watch faces. Like with different Put on OS watches, you’ll be able to simply press and maintain on to the watch face to change between completely different choices.

Within the case of the Fossil Gen 5, the choices are pretty diverse, and you’ll simply discover a combination of stat heavy shows or people who look a bit extra modern and classy. And when you do not like any of the choices you’ll be able to at all times obtain extra.