Review: Fossil Q Smartwatch

Object: Fossil Q- Gen 3 Smartwatch/ Q Explorist

Purchased from: BELL Mobility

Retail Price: $325

Can be good for: Style, Fitness

Included accessories: Charger (Cord Only)

I was strolling in an Ottawa mall Christmas eve doing some last second shopping when I decided to make a stupid pit stop at Bell Mobility. I say a stupid as I was there only a week earlier to purchase my new phone, the Sony Xperia XZ2. There’s was really no need for me to stop in again…except to go back and look at this gorgeous smart watch I had resisted purchasing the week before.

Now, yes, I diverted from the frugal lifestyle I dedicated myself to all year, however, it was a one-time gift that I felt I deserved for not spending on myself all of 2018. And to add to that, the Fossil Q was on sale and reduced from $325.00 to $235 from the week before. Bonus, right?

Now after 3 weeks of wearing it, I do like it a lot, but it’s not all good unfortunately.

Fossil Watch at Unboxing

The watch I selected sports the brown leather wrist band as displayed in the above picture. I wanted something sleek that matched most of my office outfits. I’ve been using a Fitbit for the past 2 years, so it is a big upgrade in terms of style.

It comes equipped with a magnetic charger that charges quickly. I usually charge it overnight, but the instructions say that it charges in full in about 90 minutes. One thing I found odd was that is came with the charge USB cord but not the adapter plug? I mean I get that it is common, but shouldn’t they still provide the full charger when selling an item tagged at $325?

Maybe odd is the wrong word, I should say CHEAP.  

One thing I do appreciate is how light the watch is. Looking at picture and the watch itself, I thought it would be much heavier. But I was pleasantly surprised when I unboxed and held it.

Now, one of the main reasons I wanted this watch was for the fitness aspect of it. I created and connected a google fit account (recommended app for the watch) and everything worked fine. But… yesterday, it just stopped syncing. All the other app connections still sync however, just not google fit. The Bluetooth connection to the phone and those apps also sync properly.

I was enjoying the feature because it would track your movements, know which exercise you were performing, and it would sync to the app effortlessly. It was also very accurate when logging the weight I was lifting so the fact it’s no longer staying synced is a bummer and really takes away from this watch, to me at least.

**The connection issues may also be my phone or google fit (app) related, so I am not totally dismissing the Fossil Q.

Another negative is the power button. It sometimes jams when you press on it, so feels like it’s just a matter of time before it gives out. I try not to touch it, but it’s still inconvenient.

Other than those issues, I still like the watch and wear it every day. I can’t do everything I envisioned myself doing fitness wise, but it is still a nice watch. When my debts are paid off, I think I will look at purchasing a Samsung smartwatch as I’ve heard only great things about them so far and they too look sleek.

So, to conclude, it is a very nice watch but I’m not sure it’s worth the $325. I’m not even sure it’s worth $250. It’s a great gift for any man but just wasn’t worth a debt payment.

Lesson learned!

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