Almost every tech brand worth its penny now has a wearable business, limited to smart bands or extending to smartwatches. But it has been a much slower process for watch companies and fashion brands to enter this space, though they have all traditionally offered timepieces. Now, fashion brand Fossil has launched its Q series smartwatches in India.
Fossil Q Marshal
The Fossil Q Marshal smartwatch we reviewed comes with a black silicone band and is very comfortable to wear. It has a large sized watch face, but not so large that it hinders work like some of the watches these days. The timepiece is also not heavy, which means you can wear it the whole day without feeling awkward.
Specifications: Android Wear | 4GB Flash | G-Sensor, Gyroscope | Bluetooth | Smart Enabled / 4.1 Low Energy, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n | 360mAh | 22mm strap | Compatible with Android Devices 4.3+ and iOS 8+ / iPhone 5+
Price: Rs 21,995
What is good?
The Fossil Q Marshal looks and feels like a regular watch. So you can wear it all day without even using or bothering about the smart functions. If you can live with the barrage of social media alerts popping to life on your wrists, you should be comfortable using this as a regular watch.
The Fossil watch is powered by Android wear and all functions available on Android Wear devices are functional here too. Like other Android Wear watches, this too can use the power of Google’s voice search to do a lot of stuff without you even touching the screen.
The customisability has been added in the form of Fossil Q app, which lets you easily pick watch faces. I liked the fact that Fossil has taken a different approach and segregated the watch faces according to colours, making it easier for you to find what matches your style on a given day.
The battery life is quite good with the watch lasting almost 24 hours after a full charge. Also, the Apple Watch-like wireless charging is very convenient and hassle-free.
What is not that good?
From a hardware perspective, there is just the crown which is under-utilised on the watch. The crown acts as a switch that wakes up the watch or takes it back a screen. There could have been more features added here.
There is a band at the bottom that cuts the curve of the display a bit. This can be a bit irritating. Also, the display does not have the best viewing angles and looks a bit odd if you don’t look at it straight up.
Should you buy?
The Fossil Q Marshal is one of the better implementations of Android Wear and this time it has been made like a watch and not a gadget. However, having used the Apple Watch for a few months I am not that convinced Android Wear is the best smartwatch OS out there. Still, if you are used to the Android ecosystem this seems like one of the options out there.
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