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Fossil Gen 4 Q Explorist vs Gen 3 Q Explorist Compared

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Fossil Gen 4 Explorist smartwatch is an upgrade from the Gen 3 Explorist which lacked so many features that can be found in the Gen 4 series. The Gen 4 has an inbuilt GPS, NFC and HRM, hardware components that are not included in the Gen 3. We compare Gen 4 Q Explorist vs Gen 3 Q Explorist specs and features to find out all the details that separates these two.

Fossil Gen 4 Q Explorist vs Gen 3 Q Explorist Compared

 Fossil Gen 4 Q ExploristFossil Gen 3 Q Explorist
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EDITOR'S RATING

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFossil Gen 4 Q ExploristFossil Gen 3 Q Explorist
Device typeClassic smartwatchClassic smartwatch
PredessesorFossil Gen 3 Q ExploristFossil Gen 2 Explorist
Successor--Fossil Gen 4 Q Explorist
Released dateAugust, 2018September, 2017
Ideal forMenMen

DISPLAY

Display typeAMOLEDAMOLED
Display size1.4 inches1.44 inches
Screen resolution454 x 454 pixel454 x 454 pixel
Density249 ppi249 ppi
Input typeTouchscreen plus 3 physical buttonsTouchscreen plus 1 physical button
Multi-touchYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircular
Dimension45 x 45 x 13 mm46 x 46 x 12.5 mm
Weight
Casing materialStainless steelStainless steel
Strap/band materialLeather (silicone straps available)Leather (silicone straps available)
Bezel Material
Band size22 mm22 mm
Screen protection
Water resistantYes, IP67 and 3ATMYes, IP67
Swim-proofYes, recommendedNo, not recommended
Color(s)BlackBlack

MEMORY

RAM512512
Internal storage4 GB4 GB
Memory card slot----

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.1 LEBluetooth smart v4.1 LE
Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/nYes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
NFCYesNo
GPSYesNo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

Technology----
SIM slotNoNo
Band----

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
Weather forecastYesYes
Facebook notifacationYesYes
Twitter notificationYesYes
Whatsapp notificationYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesNo
Distance coveredYesYes
Steps climbedYesYes
Calories burntYesYes
Calories ConsumptionYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerYesYes
MicrophoneYesYes
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

Pedometer----
AccelerometerYesYes
Magnetometer ----
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesNone
Barometer----
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Other sensors----

PLATFORM

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

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ionNon-removable Li-ion
Battery capacity ----
Battery lifeStandby : 2days + , Mixed usage: ~1 dayStandby : 1-2days , Mixed usage: ~1 day
ChargingInductive charging magnetInductive charging magnet
Charging timeAbout 2 hoursAbout 2 hours

MISC

Payment systemGoogle payNone
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.
Companion appFossil Q appFossil Q app
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band YesYes
Voice commandYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Fossil Gen 4 Q ExploristFossil Gen 3 Q Explorist
StrapStrap
Inductive charging magnetInductive charging magnet
Quick starter guildQuick starter guild

What are The Differences?

Fossil Gen 4 explorist vs Gen 3 explorist Specs and Features compared
  1. Design
  2. The major difference between Fossil Gen 4 explorist and Gen 3 explorist is the design plus the Gen 4 has GPS, HRM and NFC inbuilt, hardware components that are not included in the Gen 3 explorist.

    Fossil Gen 4 Explorist is slightly smaller than its predecessor. The Gen 4 has a smaller case size of 45mm while the Gen 3 has a bigger case size of 46mm. However, the Gen 3 with a thickness size of 12.5mm is less thick and slimmer than the Gen 4 which has a thickness of 13mm. Perhaps this is because the Gen 4 houses GPS, HRM and NFC inside. Overall, it is still sleek.

  3. Connectivity
  4. The Gen 4 explorist has some hardware components which is lacking in the Gen 3. It has GPS, HRM and NFC built-in, these components can’t be found in the Gen 3. These means you will have to connect to your phone GPS to track outdoor events which is not a great idea in certain situations. Automatic heart rate monitoring is not possible with the Gen 3 and offcourse, you won’t be able to make mobile payments on the Gen 3.

  5. Fitness Tracking
  6. For the fact that the Gen 3 explorist lacks GPS and HRM inbuilt makes it a very bad choice for fitness minded folks while on the other hand, Gen 4 explorist which has GPS and HRM inbuilt plus other additional sensors is a perfect choice for fitness tracking.

    Also, Gen 4 explorist rated 3ATM is water resistant up to 30 meters under water making it a great choice for tracking your swimming activities while Gen 3 explorist rated IP67 is water resistant up to 1 meter and definitely won’t survive any adventure in the pool or ocean.

  7. Battery
  8. There is no much difference in the battery life between Gen 4 and Gen 3 explorist, it is still same one day battery life on mixed usage.

    Which Should You Buy

    If you already own the Gen 3 explorist, then an upgrade is necessary to experience the full potential of a modern day smartwatch. The Gen 4 explorist gives the best value for money, the price difference between these two is just about $50. Moreover, the Gen 4 has all the standard sensors a modern day smartwatch should have and it also has a better elegant, sophisticated and fascinating design.

    However, if you really like the design of the Gen 3 explorist and making your for reasons best known to you , then there you go. It will pass for an entry level into the smartwatch foray, but it is not a wise choice considering that Gen 4 has better features.

    Our Pick

    Obviously, Gen 4 explorist is better in both design and features. We pick the Gen 4 Explorist, it gives the best value for money.

    Where to Buy

    Fossil Gen 4 Explorist

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