Last updated on January 18th, 2019 at 12:46 am
Fossil Gen 4 Sport is the first smartwatch from Fossil which is powered by the new Snapdragon 3100 chip. It is an upgrade from the Gen 3 sport (Q control) which lacked some vital hardware components like inbuilt GPS, NFC and HRM that are now present in the new Gen 4 sport. In this post we compare Fossil Gen 4 Q sport vs Gen 3 Q Sport in there specs and features head-to-head what are the differences that sets these two apart.
Fossil Gen 4 Q Sport vs Gen 3 Q sport Compared
|Fossil Gen 3 Sport (Q Control)||Fossil Gen 4 Q Sport Smartwatch|
WHERE TO BUY
|Device name||Fossil Gen 3 Sport Smartwatch (Q Control)||Fossil Gen 4 Sport Smartwatch (43mm & 41mm)|
|Device type||Sporty/Fitness smartwatch||Sporty/Fitness smartwatch|
|Predessesor||--||Fossil Gen 3 Sport (Q Control)|
|Successor||Fossil Gen 4 Q Sport Smartwatch||--|
|Released date||November, 2017||November, 2018|
|Display size||1.2 inches||1.2 inches|
|Screen resolution||390 x 390 pixel||390 x 390 pixel|
|Input type||Touchscreen plus 1 physical button||Touchscreen plus 3 physical buttons (1 digital crown and 2 pushable- programmable buttons)|
|Dimension||45 x 45 x 14mm||43 x 43 x 12mm
41 x 41 x 12mm
|Casing material||Stainless steel||Aluminum|
|Band size||20 mm||20 mm|
|Water resistant||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Color||Black, gray, olive, green and blue||Black, gray, olive, green and blue|
|Internal storage||4 GB||4 GB|
|Memory card slot||--||--|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth smart v4.1 LE||Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Heart rate monitoring||No||Yes|
|Heart rate monitor (HRM)||None||Yes|
|Operating system (OS)||Wear OS 2.0||Wear OS 2.1|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100||Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100|
|CPU||--||Quad Core A7|
|Type of battery||Non-removable Li-ion||Non-removable Li-ion|
|Battery life||Standby :2 days + , Mixed usage: ~ 24 hours||Standby :2 days + , Mixed usage: ~ 24 hours|
|Charging||Inductive charging magnet||Inductive charging magnet|
|Charging time||About 1hour 30 minutes||About 1hour 30 minutes|
|Payment system||None||Google Pay|
|Compatibility||Android 4.4 or later.|
iOS 9.3 or later.
|Android 4.4 or later.
iOS 9.3 or later.
|Companion app||Fossil Q app||Fossil Q app|
|Customizable watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Fossil Gen 3 Sport Smartwatch||Fossil Gen 4 Sport Smartwatch|
|Inductive charging magnet||Inductive charging magnet|
|Quick starter guild||Quick starter guild|
What are The Differences?
- Fitness Tracking
The major difference between the new Fossil Gen 4 sport and Gen 3 sport is that the former has inbuilt GPS, NFC and HRM plus has a smaller compact case size, a body built with lighter materials and is powered by Snapdragon 3100 chip.
The Gen 4 Sport comes in two flexible versions, a smaller case size of 41mm and a bigger case size of 43mm. These two sizes are still smaller than the Gen 3 sport which has a bigger screen size of 45mm. The two versions of Gen 4 sport have a slimmer thickness size of 12mm which is sleeker than Gen 3 sport which is 14mm thick.
Another difference, is that the new Gen 4 Sport has a case made of aluminum materials while Gen 3 sport case is made of stainless steel, which makes it more heavier. This makes the Gen 4 sport a better choice for sporty events. Fossil Gen 4 sport has three buttons, one rotatable digital crown type of button and two physical buttons making the interface easier to navigate, while Gen 3 sport has only one single button.
The Gen 4 sport has more hardware components built-in, it has an inbuilt GPS, NFC and HRM which are lacking in Gen 3 sport. This makes the Gen 4 sport a true fitness tracker allowing you track outdoor activities, automatically track heart rate and make mobile payments on the go.
Fossil Gen 4 sport is a better choice for fitness tracking among these two. It has inbuilt GPS that lets you track outdoor events such as location, distance and routes. There is also HRM that automatically monitors your heart rate. These are features that are not supported on Gen 3 sport and are very important to help you achieve more fitness goals. Worthy to note, is that the Gen 4 sport being made of aluminum is lighter than Gen 3 making it a more suitable wear for sporty events.
There is no much difference in the battery life between the Gen 4 sport and Gen 3. It is still the same average battery life of a day on mixed usage.
The most outstanding feature that sets the Gen 4 sport apart from the Gen 3 sport is that Gen 4 sport following Montblanc Summit 2, is the first Fossil smartwatch to be powered by Snapdragon 3100.
Snapdragon 3100 is the new chip from Qualcomm released in September which promises better battery performance and more accurate fitness tracking results. It is billed to power the next generation of smartwatches.
In addition, Fossil Gen 4 sport runs on wear OS 2.1 which recently got redesigned by Google ushering in some interesting features you will find very helpful.
Which Should You Buy
No doubt, the new Gen 4 sport has better features and a better design that is both fascinating and classy. The gen 4 sport is a better choice. It offers the best value for money.
We pick Fossil Gen 4 sport which is no doubt a better choice for serious fitness tracking, has more features and as well a perfect fit for any occasion.