Best Fossil Smartwatch Picks in 2021

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Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch

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Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch

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Fossil Hybrid HR (Best Hybrid)

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Fossil is a well-known wristwatch brand and continues to maintain a good reputation as a wearable of choice. The brand has a pretty good array of fashionable wristwatches in the market today. With the rise of smartwatches, it’s no wonder Fossil is playing catch-up by releasing its own line of Fossil smartwatch.

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Fossil has initially released hybrid smartwatches when it started playing catch-up a few years ago. Following a positive response from the market, the market saw the next Fossil smartwatch running on Google’s Wear OS platform. And with Fossil planning to use Wear OS 3 in 2022, we thought it’s the right time to feature the best Fossil smartwatches you can get your hands on today.


Fossil Smartwatch Options To Get

Categorized in such a way to help you buy efficiently, here are our top Fossil smartwatch picks. We included in this list some items from Fossil Group accessory brands like Skagen and Misfit. They do not necessarily carry the Fossil name but belong under the same umbrella company.

Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3 (Best for Men)
Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch Fossil Gen 5 LTE Watch (Best with Cellular)
Fossil Hybrid HR Michael Kors Access Gen 5 (Best Expensive)
Fossil Women’s Gen 5E (Best for Women) Skagen Falster 3 Gen 5 (Best for Teens)
Fossil Leather Commuter (Best Classic Watch) Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR (Best Hybrid)



Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch

This Fossil smartwatch is part of the latest generation of the brand and, thus, runs on Wear OS and is compatible with the latest versions of Android and iOS. In comparison to the previous generation, the Fossil Gen 6 watch has the latest Qualcomm 4100+ chipset under its hood, which enhances the watch’s performance by 30%. Fossil also notes the watch has better battery power and good connection capacity — 4x range with Bluetooth 5.

Additionally, the watch is equipped with state-of-the-art fitness watch capabilities to automatically track your personal goals, steps, sleep, heart rate, cardio, and SpO2 (blood oxygen). It also boasts a GPS tracker to track your distance and path. We also like the improvement in terms of pixels and display — the Always-On feature is now brighter and clearer.



Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch

The Fossil Gen 5 fleet runs on Google’s Wear OS and is compatible with Android and iOS devices. Despite early critiques that the choice of OS was a bad idea as it’s a battery killer and plagued with bugs, Fossil maintains the use of Wear OS and improved it. The Fossil Gen 5 units in the market have the improved version of Wear OS and have better processors compared to other smartwatches which run the same OS.

The Fossil Gen 5 fleet is also one of the preferred wearables by active individuals because of its fitness functionalities like better battery life, Heart Rate & Activity Tracking using Google Fit, built-in GPS for distance tracking, and Swimproof design 3ATM to name some. Moreover, the watch is highly customizable with varying options for watch faces and apps compatible with Wear OS.

Read our full review of Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch to know more about this unit.



Fossil Hybrid HR (Best Hybrid)

Fossil Hybrid HR is a smartwatch that delivers what it promises as a consumer product. It is wearable powerful enough to highlight the features one could possibly need on a daily basis.

Let’s start off by highlighting that the watch is compatible with the latest versions of Android and iOS devices. With this compatibility comes good battery life that can last up to two weeks in one single charge (but still highly dependent on how you use your Fossil smartwatch). Another thing we like to highlight is the use of e-paper display — something we see on Amazon Kindle screens. This makes the display on the Fossil Hybrid HR still readable under any lighting conditions.

Additionally, you will never have to fear missing out as the watch gives off vibrating alerts every time you get an SMS or an email.



Fossil Women's Gen 5E (Best for Women)

If you prefer a smaller watch but with almost the same features as the flagship Fossil Gen 5 watch, this unit might just be for you. The Fossil Women’s Gen 5E gets the same processor, RAM, custom battery modes, built-in speaker, and NFC for Google Pay as the Gen 5. However, the main difference between the two units is their display dimensions. On top of that, the Fossil Gen 5E is only available in 4GB capacity and can only support connected GPS instead of a built-in one.

The rest of the features remains the same such as the Fossil Gen 5E runs on Wear OS and can be supported by Android and iOS devices, fitness smartwatch capacity, and decent battery life. Moreover, this watch is available in 42 and 44mm sizes.



Fossil Leather Commuter (Best Classic Watch)

We nominate the Fossil Commuter Leather Smartwatch to anyone who loves a classic timepiece look but wants the self-effacing functionalities of a smartwatch.

The watch’s strong features are reliant on the dials/push buttons on the side. These buttons can be configured depending on how you want them — have them function to take photos, navigate your music library, or even locate your phone if you lost it. The buttons can also be configured to display different time zones.

Additionally, we mentioned the Fossil Commuter Smartwatch is self-effacing. That is because it’s a modest smartwatch in terms of functionality. It does not use battery power all that much and, as a result, one single charge can possibly last for up to a year making it one of the most reliable smartwatches in the market; but only if you use less the smartwatch functions.



Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3 (Best for Men)

As mentioned before, Fossil Group has subsidiary accessory brands under its wings and Armani is one of them. Armani Emporio itself as a brand is known for producing traditional and elegant watches perfect for sophisticated men.

Armani Emporio Watch 3 in particular is a step upward from the previous Armani Emporio watches. In terms of design, the watch remains true to its goal of producing classic timepieces but this watch, in particular, adds a sporty elegance to it. Can be considered as one of the best Fossil sports smartwatches, the Armani Emporio has GPS tracking capabilities and works with the latest Android or iOS devices. On top of this, the watch also boasts heart rate monitoring which works perfectly when paired with apps like Fitbit Versa 2.

Lastly, in terms of battery quality, there is also a major improvement in the Armani Emporio Watch 3 in contrast to the previous models. However, how quickly the battery drains depends on how you choose to use your watch.



Fossil Gen 5 LTE Watch (Best with Cellular)

If you are always on the go and in need of a constant cellular connection, the Fossil Gen 5 LTE Watch is the best timepiece to have. With a plan under Verizon Wireless (only), you would be able to receive SMS and phone calls directly from your wrist sans a mobile phone. One of the drawbacks of this, however, is that it can only be activated through Verizon. Other drawbacks include the feature’s availability is only within the USA and is only compatible with Android devices. Nonetheless, it is a pretty good deal for a Fossil smartwatch.

The watch is pretty much the same as the Fossil Gen 5 watch in terms of features. It has a good design and display, useful custom battery modes, and is equipped with fitness watch features like GPS and heart rate sensor.



Michael Kors Access Gen 5 (Best Expensive)

Similar to other Fossil Group smartwatches, the Michael Kors Access Gen 5 Lexington Smartwatch is also a watch powered by Google’s Wear OS. And while it can be paired properly with any Android and iOS device, features may still vary depending on the platform used. 

The classic look of this timepiece should not fool anyone of its capabilities as a smartwatch. This watch comes with Heart Rate & Activity Tracking powered by Google Fit. Additionally, it is also equipped with a built-in GPS for distance tracking and a Swimproof design of 3ATM.

Other than the fitness functionalities, the watch is also capable of receiving smartphone notifications, managing your calendar, features for music control, and customizable with apps you can install. In low power mode, the watch can last for another two days on top of the 24-hour battery life capacity.

Lastly, as the header suggests, this watch is one expensive consumer item. Nonetheless, it is one of the most decent Fossil smartwatches in the market today.



Skagen Falster 3 Gen 5 (Best for Teens)

With the many issues plaguing the first two Skagen Falster watches, this Fossil Group smartwatch comes out as a major improvement. The previous watches have issues related to battery performances and overall performance. Skagen has moved to address these issues in the Skagen Falster Gen 3 watch.

The Skagen Falster 3 has the same specs and features as the Fossil Gen 5 watch we featured early on. The major improvement is in the battery life. The watch is now expected to have an extended battery life — thanks to the new, smart battery modes. This new feature ensures users would get the best out of the watch in one single charge. Additionally, the watch comes with a built-in speaker designed for Google Assistant and taking calls. On top of these, the watch also comes with 4GB of storage and 1G RAM memory capacity.

Essentially, the watch has a simple but decent design. However, the design is the deal-breaker in choosing which one to get — whether the Fossil Gen 5 or the Skagen Falster 3 — since both are similar in many respects.



Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR (Best Hybrid)

Wrapping our list is this hybrid Fossil smartwatch that comes as a major improvement from the previous generation of its name. The Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR watch has better and longer battery life, improved design, and the use of e-ink display.

The e-ink display on the Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR watch is comparatively better suited here compared to other hybrid smartwatches. With the Skagen Hybrid watch’s display dimension, users would be able to get more information from the watch’s face without squinting even under harsh conditions. Skagen says the watch can last up to two weeks in one single charge but is still heavily dependent on how you use the watch.

While there are better hybrid watches out there, among the Fossil Group fleet, this one definitely got our attention.


Final Words

No one goes out of style with a Fossil smartwatch. So, whether you are going for a preppy, classic, formal, casual, or party look, there is definitely one watch among the Fossil Group fleet that will fit your look. These smartwatches may be more expensive than some of the mainstream consumer products in the wearable department, but Fossil definitely gives fashionable and study timepieces.

Which one got your attention the most? Let us know!