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Fossil Gen 4 Explorist vs Sport vs Gen 3 Explorist Compared

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Fossil was not going to miss the new Snapdragon 3100 for two long with the release of two mainstream smartwatches within the space of three months. The new Fossil sport smartwatch comes with a whole lot of advancement which leaves us wondering what the latest improvements are. We are comparing Fossil GEN 3 vs GEN 4 explorist/venture vs GEN 4 sport to unravel what sets these three smartwatches apart and which would be the perfect choice.

Fossil Gen 3 vs Gen 4 Explorist vs Gen 4 Sport Compared

 Fossil Gen 3 Q ExploristFossil Gen 4 Q ExploristFossil Gen 4 Sport Smartwatch
fossil gen 3 q explorist vs gen 4 explorist vs gen 4 sportfossil gen 4 explorist vs sport vs gen 3 exploristfossil gen 4 sport vs gen 4 explorist vs gen 3 explorist compared

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Battery:
2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Features:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Price:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
2.7 out of 5 stars (2.7 / 5)
Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Features:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Price:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Features:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Price:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFossil Gen 3 Q ExploristFossil Gen 4 Q ExploristFossil Gen 4 Sport Smartwatch
Device typeClassic smartwatchClassic smartwatchSporty/Classic smartwatch
Predessesor-- Fossil Gen 4 Q ExploristFossil Gen 3 Sport Smartwatch
SuccessorFossil Gen 4 Q Explorist--
Released dateAugust, 2017August, 2018November, 2018
Ideal forMenMenUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeAMOLEDAMOLEDAMOLED
Display size1.44 inches1.4 inches1.44 inches
Screen resolution454 x 454 pixel454 x 454 pixel390 x 390 pixel
Density249 ppi249 ppi--
Input typeTouchscreen plus 3 physical buttonsTouchscreen plus 3 physical buttonsTouchscreen plus 3 physical buttons (1 digital crown and 2 programmable buttons)
Multi-touchYesYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularCircular
Dimension46 x 46 x 12.5 mm45 x 45 x 13 mm41 x 41 x 12mm
43 x 43 x 12mm
Weight
Casing materialStainless steel Stainless steel Aluminum
Strap/band materialLeather and silicone straps available Leather and silicone straps available Silicone
Bezel Material
Band size22 mm22 mm18 and 22 mm
Screen protection
Water resistantYes, IP67Yes, IP67Yes, 5ATM
Swim-proofNoNoYes, recommended
Color(s)Black, goldRose-goldBlack, gray, red, pink, green and blue
All Versions----FTW4019P (Black Silicon)
FTW4021P (Smokey Blue Slicon)
FTW6026P (Light Blue Silicon)
FTW6022P (Brush Silicon)
FTW6025P (Gray Silicon)
FTW6027P (Red Silicon)
FTW6028P (Neon Silicon)

MEMORY

RAM512512512
Internal storage4 GB4 GB4 GB
Memory card slot------

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.1 LEBluetooth smart v4.1 LEBluetooth smart v4.2 LE
Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/nYes, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/nYes, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
NFCNoYesYes
GPSNoYesYes

CELLULAR Connectivity

TechnologyNoneNoneNone
SIM slotNoNoNo
Band------

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
Weather forecastYesYesYes
Facebook notifacationYesYesYes
Twitter notificationYesYesYes
Whatsapp notificationYesYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringNoYesYes
Distance coveredYesYesYes
Steps climbedYesYesYes
Calories burnt--Yes--
Calories Consumption--Yes--

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Bluetooth musicYesYesYes
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerYesYesYes
MicrophoneYesYesYes
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

Pedometer------
Accelerometer YesYesYes
Magnetometer ------
Heart rate monitor (HRM)NoYesYes
Barometer--YesYes
Gyroscope YesYesYes
Ambient lightYesYesYes
Other sensors------

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Wear OS 2.0Wear OS 2.1Wear OS 2.1
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 2100Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
CPU------
GPU------

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ionNon-removable Li-ionNon-removable Li-ion
Battery capacity ----350mAh
Battery lifeStandby :1 day + , Mixed usage: ~1 dayStandby : 2days + , Mixed usage: ~1 dayStandby :2 days + , Mixed usage: 18 - 24 hours
ChargingUSB Magnetic charging cable Inductive charging magnetInductive charging magnet
Charging timeAbout 2-3 hoursAbout 2 hoursAbout 1hour 30 minutes

MISC

Payment system--Google PayGoogle Pay
Compatibility Android 4.4 (excluding Go edition) or later.
iOS 9.3 or later.
Android 4.4 (excluding Go edition) or later.
iOS 9.3 or later.
Android 4.4 (excluding Go edition) or later.
iOS 9.3 or later.
Companion appFossil Q appFossil Q appFossil Q app
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band YesYesYes
Voice commandYesYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Fossil Gen 3 Q ExploristFossil Gen 4 Q ExploristFossil Sport Smartwatch
StrapStrapStrap
USB magnetic cable Inductive charging magnetUSB magnetic cable
User manualUser manualUser manual

What are The Differences?

Features compared
  1. Design
  2. One distinguishing factor amongst this three smartwatches is the physical appearance. Fossil sport going by its name has a sporty design which features an aluminum casing and thermoplastic back cover while the Gen 4 explorist and gen 3 are made of stainless steel material which qualifies the two as classic smartwatches. Besides that, the new Fossil sport and gen 4 have captivating designs that are both elegant and classy. The Fossil sport will pass as a perfect casual wear which is also classy.

    Fossil sport is the sleekest and slimmest, its 12mm thick compared to 13mm of Gen 4 explorist and 12.5 mm of Gen 3.

  3. Connectivity
  4. There is no NFC or GPS found in the Gen 3, but the Fossil sport and Gen 4 explorist have NFC, GPS built in. Worthy to note that the Fossil sport has a higher version of Bluetooth which means faster connections.

  5. Water Resistance
  6. While Fossil Gen 3 and Gen 4 explorist are rated IP67 which means they are only water resistant up to 1 meter, the new Fossil sport has a water resistant rating of 5ATM which means its water resistant up to 50 meters. In other words, the Fossil sport is a perfect choice for tracking your swimming activities, unfortunately you can’t do that with the other two.

  7. Battery
  8. Like we mentioned earlier, Fossil was not going to miss the party for too long. The release of GEN 4 explorist missed Snapdragon 3100 but not with Fossil sport. It is Fossil’s first smartwatch to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 which promises a better efficiency that improves battery life a little longer. That promise is evident in the new Fossil sport which has a slightly longer battery life than the Gen 4 explorist/venture and the Gen 3. On mixed usage, the Fossil sport lasts about 20 -24 hours while you barely get a full day usage with the other two.

    Another improvement is the fast battery charging feature of the Sport, it takes about 1 hour to charge a completely depleted battery or at most 1.30 minutes while its takes about 2 hours to charge the Fossil Gen 4 explorist/venture and over two hours to charge the Gen 3.

  9. Operating system
  10. While Fossil Gen 3 and Gen 4 explorist/venture are powered by the outdated Snapdragon 2100, the new Fossil sport is powered by Snapdragon 3100. This is the major factor that sets the Fossil sport apart from the other fossil smartwatches. Like mentioned earlier the new chip promises a better fitness tracking accuracy and a longer battery life.

Which Should You Buy

Unless you just like the design of the Gen 3, the main contention is between Fossil Gen 4 explorist/venture and Fossil Gen 4 sport, both represents high-end mainstream smartwatches that have all the standard software and hardware a modern smartwatch should have. However the new Fossil sport has an advantage of being the first of Fossil smartwatch to be powered by the new Snapdragon 3100 chip which sees it having a slightly longer battery life and better fitness tracking accuracy, but not a better design.

The Fossil Gen 4 Explorist/venture has better designs that is classier, elegant and adds more glamour to your personality than the Fossil sport.

So, it all boils down to what your preferences are, If you are after a smartwatch with a classy design that adds prestige to your personality then the Fossil Gen 4 Explorist/venture will be the perfect choice. Otherwise, if you will are after a fitness smartwatch that has a sporty appearance then the Gen 4 sport will be the perfect choice. Moreover you have a slightly longer battery life with the Fossil sport.

Our Pick

No doubt Fossil gen 4 explorist/venture and sport has a nice sophisticated design and packed with lots of features that a modern smartwatch should have. While not forgoing the Snapdragon 3100 advantage of the Fossil sport, we however think that these advantages is only a minute discrepancy. We therefore will go for the Fossil Gen 4 Explorist/Venture which are more outstanding in design yet perfect smartwatches that gets the job done.

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