fossil gen 5 vs gen 4 sport

Fossil Gen 5 vs Gen 4 Sport Compared

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Fossil have announced their new generation of smartwatches, the Gen 5 series which includes the Calyle and Juliana. These two join the Gen 4 sport on the list of smartwatches from Fossil that are powered by the Snapdragon 3100 chip. The new Gen 5 series also come with additional hardware upgrades that make these two more outstanding smartwatches. We’re comparing the Fossil Gen 5 vs Gen 4 Sport specs and features – which is better?

Fossil Gen 5 vs Gen 4 Sport Specs Compared

 Fossil Gen 5 CalyleFossil Gen 4 Sport Smartwatch
fossil gen 5 calyle vs juliana vs gen 4 sportfossil gen 4 sport vs gen 5


4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)


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Device nameFossil Gen 5 CalyleFossil Gen 4 Sport Smartwatch
Device typeClassic smartwatchSporty/Classic smartwatch
PredessesorFossil Gen 4 Q ExploristFossil Gen 3 Sport Smartwatch
Released dateAugust, 2019November, 2018
Ideal forMenUnisex


Display size1.28 inches1.44 inches
Screen resolution416 x 416 pixel390 x 390 pixel
Input typeTouchscreen plus 3 physical buttonsTouchscreen plus 3 physical buttons (1 digital crown and 2 programmable buttons)
Always onYesYes


Dimension44 x 44 x 12 mm41 x 41 x 12mm
43 x 43 x 12mm
Casing materialStainless steel Aluminum
Strap/band materialStainless steel Silicone
Bezel MaterialStainless steel Aluminum
Band size22 mm18 and 22 mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla GlassCorning Gorilla Glass
Water resistantYes, 3ATMYes, 5ATM
Swim-proofYesYes, recommended
Color(s)Black silicone/steel
Dark Brown/black steel
Smoke stainless steel
Black, 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)


RAM1GB 512
Internal storage8GB4 GB
Memory card slotNoNo


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

CELLULAR Connectivity

SIM slotNoNo


Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
Weather forecastYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes


Sleep trackingYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
Distance coveredYesYes
Steps climbedYesYes


Bluetooth musicYesYes


Accelerometer YesYes
Altimeter ----
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Other sensors----


Operating system (OS)Wear OSWear OS
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 3100Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100


Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ionNon-removable Li-ion
Battery capacity 310mAh350mAh
Battery lifeStandby : 4 days+ , Mixed usage: 1 day+Standby :2 days + , Mixed usage: 18 - 24 hours
ChargingInductive charging magnetInductive charging magnet
Charging timeAbout 1hour 30 minutesAbout 1hour 30 minutes


Payment systemGoogle 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.
Companion appFossil Q appFossil Q app
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 22mmYes, 18/22mm
Voice commandYesYes


Fossil Gen 5 CalyleFossil Sport Smartwatch
Inductive charging magnetUSB magnetic cable
User manualUser manual


About $300About $280

What’s the Difference?

Fossil Gen 5 vs Gen 4 Sport Features Compared

  1. Fossil Gen 5 vs Gen 4 Sport : Design

  2. Just like the Gen 4, the Gen 5 Calyle and Juliana have sophisticated aesthetics that define true premium smartwatches. So, the Gen 5 is clearly a more beautiful smartwatch than the Gen 4 Sport.

    However, the Gen 4 sport having a lighter aluminum case weighs less than the Gen 5, it’s also more moderately sized than the Gen 5 – these are attributes of a sport watch which makes the Gen 4 sport a more befitting wear for sport activities or perhaps a casual wear.

    On the other hand, the Gen 5 with its classic appearance made of steel is sturdier than the Gen 4 sport, and has that prestigious appearance that makes it a more befitting wear for official outings.

  3. Fossil Gen 5 vs Gen 4 Sport: Storage/Media

  4. The Gen 5 Calyle and Juliana have bigger 1GB RAM which as noticed with the Ticwatch 4G pro improved performance significantly. This’ll eliminate those glitches encountered on the Gen 4 Sport which had a rather small 0.5GB RAM.

    In addition, the Gen 5 has a higher 8GB storage capacity than the Gen 4 sport with 4GB storage space. So, you get to take more music with you as well as more apps.

    Moreover, the Gen 5 now has a loudspeaker – a feature that the Gen 4 Sport lacks. With loudspeaker onboard, you get more value from the much improved Google Assistant, as well as being able to play your music anywhere. Also you can now answer calls right on the Gen 5 and as well can initiate a call via Bluetooth calling. The Gen 5 is also the first Wear OS smartwatch to support voice calling to iPhone.

  5. Fossil Gen 5 vs Gen 4 Sport: Battery Life

We’re familiar with the time-only mode of the Gen 4 Sport which significantly elongate it’s battery life. However, the Gen 5 also features the time-only battery saver mode with additional three battery saving modes.

With the time-only mode Wear OS features is shut down, but the Gen 5 has the extended mode that will see the device last longer for a couple of days without compromising notifications and heart rate tracking.

There’s also the custom battery saver mode that enable you create custom battery saver modes, in addition to the daily mode that will see the Gen 5 last just over a day unlike the Gen 4 Sport that last just about a day.

Moreover, the higher RAM, and overall improved hardware will see the Gen 5 last a little longer than the Gen 4 sport.

Fossil Gen 5 vs Gen 4 Sport: Which is Better?

Clearly, the Gen 5 Calyle and Juliana are better choices than the Gen 4 Sport. These two have more features and a longer battery life that lets you go longer on a single charge.

The Calyle and Juliana have higher RAM sizes that improve performance greatly compared to the Gen 4 which lagged. While not forgetting the higher storage space and loudspeaker that adds more value to Google Assistant and the ability to make and answer calls via Bluetooth calling (supported on Android and iOS devices).

Moreover, Gen 5 Calyle and Juliana with the classic appearance of a traditional watch makes these two more befitting wear for official outings.

The Gen 4 Sport on the hand, weighs less, has a higher water resistance rating of 5ATM compared to the 3ATM of the Gen 5, and is also more compact which makes it a more befitting wear for sport activities.

Here’s how they stack up;

FOSSIL GEN 5 CALYLE A premium classic smartwatch with improved performance and remarkable battery saver modes that significantly elongate its battery life. A great choice for men.
FOSSIL GEN 5 JULIANA Another premium classic smartwatch, a befitting wear for women.
FOSSIL GEN 4 SPORT A lightweight sport smartwatch.
Our Pick

The Fossil Gen 5 with a topnotch design, remarkable battery saver modes and loaded with features is no doubt an outstanding smartwatch. The Calyle and Juliana are our preferred choice.

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