Sport Apple Watch Review The Best Watch

Smartwatches have long been considered a superfluoussubcategory of tech, an accessory coveted by tech geeks and frankly, no one else. But recently, Apple’s been hard at workchanging that (so you can get hard to work to afford one) and now they finally have someless expensive competition. Oh, and it works with Android, too. This is the Fossil Sport. It’s Fossil’s latest–and greatest–smartwatch,and, more importantly, it’s the first watch available with Qualcomm’s new SnapdragonWear 3100 chipset (that doesn’t cost $1,000 *clear throat*). Let’s start with design. The watch comes in 2 case sizes: 41mm and43mm, this one’s the latter, and 7 unique colors, so there’s plenty of options tochoose from. It’s only 12mm thick and lightweight, too,making it very comfortable to wear on your wrist for long periods of time. It’s a pretty simple, clean look, and thewatch bands are interchangeable [if the included ones don’t quite match your style]. As for hardware, the main attraction is a1.2-inch fully circular AMOLED display. That display is flanked by 3 physical buttonson the right side, one of which doubles as a scroll wheel that works just like you’dexpect in the Wear OS operating system–more on that later–letting you scroll throughcontent like the Apple Watch or even your computer mouse. The Sport’s got tons of extra features,too, like NFC for Google Pay, an ambient light sensor, a heart rate sensor, Wi-Fi, and built-inGPS. And the whole package is sealed to a waterresistance of 5ATM, making it suitable for splashes and rain, although I wouldn’t recommendtaking this watch swimming (or most any other smart gadget for that matter; after all, thesedevices are water resistant, not proof). Once you get out of the water and take itinside for the night, the watch charges via a proprietary magnetic cable, so be carefulnot to lose it; but unlike most other smartwatches, there’s no frustrating pin alignment here,instead, there’s a circular charging ring that lets the connector connect in any direction. Now that’s smart. Speaking of charging, it’s something you’dbetter get used to because with the Sport, it’s probably going to happen every night. The Wear 3100 by Qualcomm is the silicon poweringthe show, and it’s main touted feature over its predecessor is improved battery life,but don’t get your hopes up too high. You could maybe get 2 days if you stretchit, but with its smartwatch features enabled, it will probably be on the nightstand by bedtime. It does feature an ultra-low power battery-savingmode which should extend its life to a week when you’re really tight on juice, but thisone just disables every smart feature on the watch, making it nothing more than a digitaltimepiece. Now that’s…not so smart. Let’s get back to the positive side of thingsand talk about the watch’s software companion, Wear OS by Google. The Sport comes with the latest version, andthe software’s been redesigned and refined over and over again. Compared to the old school Android Wear onmy old Moto 360, it’s a night and day difference, both literally and figuratively. One feature I really like is the always ondisplay, which lets the time and incoming notifications be visible (albeit in mostlydim monochrome) when the display is off. The new Wear OS uses black everywhere elsetoo, which looks great on the OLED and helps to conserve battery life, not to mention beingeasier on the eyes compared to the stark white backgrounds of the Android Wear of old. Gone too is notification pagination, theynow scroll in a list, just like the notification pull down on your phone. Tap to expand, swipe to clear. The interface is clean and easy to use, too. The watch face is your home screen. From there, swipe up for notifications, downfor quick settings, right for Assistant, and left for Google Fit. Hold down to change your watch face, and pushthe middle side button to view your apps. The 2 other buttons can be configured to launchany 2 apps of your choosing. Speaking of apps, Wear OS has plenty, andmany more than Samsung’s Tizen, including heavy hitters like Google Maps, Spotify, DarkSky, a remote control camera, and way more. When it’s working well, the interface issnappy and smooth, but, it’s not always working well. When it’s updating apps or syncing music,the OS can slow to a crawl, with apps sometimes crashing completely. At least the entire operating system doesn’tcrash like my old Moto 360. Even in normal use, the Assistant takes toolong to open and register my commands, and sometimes taps take a while. Nothing too major though. Another weird software quirk involves thedigital crown; in some apps it just doesn’t work right. Take Hangouts for example. On the main screen, the wheel does nothing;you have to fat finger the screen to view your conversations. Tap on a conversation though, and scroll wheelaway. C’mon Google! Luckily these past few grievances are software-based,though, so hopefully they can be fixed with an update. Finally, let’s talk fitness and price. The Google Fit app on the Sport can trackpretty much any physical activity under the sun, from walking to basketball to flossing(*sigh* yes that flossing). The only thing it doesn’t track is sleep,but it’ll probably be asleep itself on the charger by that time anyway. The Sport has GPS tracking for keeping upwith those activities when your phone isn’t around, and it will monitor your heart ratethroughout the workout, with the option to check your heart rate every 20 minutes throughoutthe entire day, too. Overall, it’s a pretty complete package;I’d say this watch is about as good as it gets this side of the Apple Watch, and theasking price doesn’t hurt at all. Whichever size or color you choose, the Sportis available for $255 from Fossil’s website. Compare that to $329 minimum for the latestGalaxy Watch and 400 bucks starting for the Apple Watch, that’s not half bad. And it’s already been on sale twice foraround $200. If you’ve got an old smartwatch or lookingto get one for the first time, I say buy it. As long as you’re ok with charging nightlyand don’t need cellular, you won’t be disappointed with the Fossil Sport. That’s all for this review. Thank you for watching. 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