The full specification, features, pros, and cons of Fossil Gen 3 Explorist , a smartwatch for the classic man which runs on the Google wear OS and was released in august 2017.
Fossil Gen 3 Q Explorist Full Specifications
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|Device name||Fossil Gen 3 Q Explorist|
|Device type||Classic smartwatch|
|Successor||Fossil Gen 4 Q Explorist|
|Released date||August, 2017|
|Display size||1.44 inches|
|Screen resolution||454 x 454 pixel|
|Input type||Touchscreen plus 1 physical button|
|Dimension||46 x 46 x 12.5 mm|
|Casing material||Stainless steel|
|Strap/band material||Leather (silicone straps available)|
|Band size||22 mm|
|Water resistant||Yes, IP67|
|Internal storage||4 GB|
|Memory card slot||--|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth smart v4.1 LE|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n|
|Heart rate monitoring||No|
|Heart rate monitor (HRM)||No|
|Operating system (OS)||Wear OS 2.0|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100|
|Type of battery||Non-removable Li-ion|
|Battery life||Standby :1-2 days , Mixed usage: 20-24 hours|
|Charging||USB Magnetic charging cable|
|Charging time||About 2-3 hours|
|Compatibility||Android 4.4 (excluding Go edition) or later.|
iOS 9.3 or later.
|Companion app||Fossil Q app|
|Customizable watch face||Yes|
|Fossil Gen 3 Q Explorist|
Fossil Gen 3 Explorist Features
Fossil Gen 3 explorist comes with a great design which makes it very attractive, classy and elegant. The body is built for durability, the case is a stainless steel material, whereas the straps which are interchangeable with a 22mm strap size is made of silicone material. The watch faces can be customized to your choice.
The display is great and it features a brightly full-color AMOLED display with a high resolution that makes the screen readable under all ambient conditions. It is touchscreen and features 3 physical buttons by the right side which allows for easy navigation of the 1.4 inch screen size.
The battery life of Gen 3 Q Explorist is not so great, perhaps due to the fact that it comes with Qualcomm snapdragon wear 2100 processor which is considered outdated and drains the battery. The battery is li-ion, on standby you should expect a battery life of about 1-2days while on mixed average usage it’s estimated to last almost a day. However, battery life totally depends on usage.
The Gen 3 Q Explorist battery can be charged simple by plugging the USB end to a low-power source, then place the smartwatch on the inductive charging magnet. It takes about 2-3 hours for the battery to be fully charged. To avoid damage to the device, it is recommended that you use only inductive chargers. Also do not use a USB hub, USB splitter, USB y-cable, battery pack or other peripheral device to charge .
The Gen 3 Q Explorist is fun packed. It comes with 4GB internal storage space that lets you store your favorite tracks and other files which you can listen to via a Bluetooth enabled earbud on the go while working out, in the office or just recreating or simply play via the loudspeaker that comes with the watch.
The Gen 3 Q Explorist is IP67 certified and as such is water and dust resistant, but below our expectation. It’s not recommended to wear it to the shower, ocean or to water depths below 0.5-1meters.
The Fossil Gen 3 Q Explorist is not the perfect choice for fitness minded people. It only comes with the basic accelerometer sensor which only tracks steps and other simple activities from Google Fit app. There is no GPS for tracking outdoor functionality. There is no heart rate monitor for tracking heart rate variations.
Notifications & Application
The Gen 3 Q Explorist comes with a Bluetooth smart v4.1 LE which when paired with a compatible smartphone sync effortlessly to enable notifications alert as they arrive. Notifications include;
- It alerts you when there is an incoming call or missed calls.
- It keeps you updated with it’s event reminder and calendar features.
- It is capable of updating you with weather forecast data.
- It notifies you when you have a new text message alert.
- It also alerts you when there is a new email on your phone.
- It alerts you instantly when there is a notification from different third-party applications such as Facebook alerts, Whatsapp alert and Twitter alerts.
The Gen 3 Q Explorist though comes with a rose-gold stainless strap, the straps are interchangeable with a 22mm strap of your choice. Beside this, the watch faces can also be customized to your choice.
The Gen 3 Q Explorist is compatible with android 4.4 (excluding Go edition) or later and iOS 9.3 or later.
The Gen 3 Explorist doesn’t have an NFC chip which would have supported Google pay a contactless payment system which lets you make payments on the go with a simple swap .
The Gen 3 Q Explorist has a loudspeaker and a microphone which lets you use the voice command feature for text and otherwise via Google assistant.
Here is our rating on Fossil Gen 3 Q Explorist;