Fossil Gen 3 vs 4 vs 5 Compared

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Featured in this comparison are three generations of Fossil smartwatches; the Gen 3 Explorist, Gen 4 Explorist and the Gen 5 Calyle which is succeeded by Fossil Gen 6. While the Gen 3 and 4 are powered by the Snapdragon 2100 chip, Gen 5 has the more advanced 3100 chip. These three have a similar design and each is also fitness-focused, although the Gen 5 has more fitness tracking features. We compare the Fossil Gen 3 vs 4 vs Gen 5 specs and features to find out the differences and to help you make the right choice.

Fossil Gen 4 Explorist (Source: Fossil)

Fossil Gen 3 vs 4 vs Gen 5: Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Fossil Gen 3 Explorist Specs

Fossil Gen 3 Explorist Specifications, Features and Price

Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Specs and features

Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Specifications, Features and Price

Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specs

Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specifications, Features and Price

Price - $29.99 $295.00
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fossil Gen 3 Explorist Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Fossil Gen 5 Calyle
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Men Men Men
Release date September, 2017 August, 2018 August, 2019
Predecessor Fossil Gen 2 Explorist Fossil Gen 3 Explorist Fossil Gen 4 Explorist
Successor Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Fossil Gen 6
Versions
BODY BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 46 x 46 x 12.5 mm 45 x 45 x 13 mm 44 x 44 x 12 mm
Weight
Shape Circular Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap material Leather Stainless steel Stainless steel
Bezel material Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap size 22 mm 22 mm 22 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass
Water resistance IP67 3ATM 3ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof No Yes Yes
Color Blue, Gold, Silver Black, Gray, Rose-gold, Silver Black, Brown, Smoke
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.44 inch 1.4 inches 1.28 inch
Display type AMOLED, Full color AMOLED, Full color AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 454 x 454 px 454 x 454 px 416 x 416 px
Pixel density 326 ppi
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes Yes
Input type 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.1 Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE
Bluetooth calling No No Yes
GPS No Yes Yes
NFC No Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 512MB 512MB 1GB
ROM 4GB 4GB 8GB
Memory card slot No No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None None
SIM type None None None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes Yes
Loudspeaker No No Yes
Microphone Yes Yes Yes
Camera No No No
Radio No No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter No Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes Yes
Barometer No No Yes
Compass No No Yes
ECG No No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
HRM No Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) No No No
Thermometer No No No
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen No No No
Blood Pressure No No No
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No No
Heart rate monitoring No Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes Yes
Floors climbed - Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No No
Menstrual cycle No No No
VO2 Max Yes
Swim-tracking No Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking No No No
On-screen workout No No No
Sport modes Yes Yes Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 310mAh
Battery life Regular: Up to 24hrs Regular: 24hrs+ Regular: 24hrs+
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar charging No No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Snapdragon 2100 Snapdragon 2100 Snapdragon 3100
CPU
GPU
Operating system Wear OS Wear OS Wear OS
MISC MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Fossil Q App Fossil Q App Fossil Q App
Compatibility Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+ Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+ Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+
Payment system None Google Pay Google Pay
Interchangeable strap 22 mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes
Voice command Yes, Google Assistant Yes, Google Assistant Yes, Google Assistant
Find my phone Yes Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fossil Gen 3 Explorist, Manual, Straps Charger, Fossil Gen 4 Explorist, Manual, Straps Charger, Fossil Gen 5 Calyle, Manual, Straps
Price $29.99 $295.00

Fossil Gen 3 vs 4 vs Gen 5: What’s the Difference?

Display/Body

Going by the size, the Gen 5 Calyle has the smallest case size. This makes it a more compact watch compared to the other older generations, although the difference in case size is very small. All three watches have a touch-sensitive display with three physical buttons that enable effortless navigation. AMOLED powers the display of each of these three, so you can expect a decent display quality.

Memory/Storage

The Gen 5 with 1GB RAM and Snapdragon 3100 chip under the hood has a better performance than the Gen 3 and 4 with a 2100 chip and 0.5GB RAM each. There isn’t any significant difference between the 2100 and 3100 chips except for the co-processor that handles always-on display and other small tasks. However, the 1GB RAM inclusion can significantly boost the performance of the Gen 5. It’s on this note, that we believe it has a better performance than older generations.

Moreover, the Gen 5 also has 8GB onboard storage capacity which is twice what you get with the Gen 3 and 4. This will allow you to take more of your favorite tracks with you.

Media

The Gen 5 has a microphone and loudspeaker, while the Gen 3 and 4 lack a loudspeaker but have a microphone. As a result, you can make and receive calls directly from the Gen 5 via Bluetooth calling which isn’t possible with Gen 3 or 4.

All three watches feature Google Assistant which will allow you to use your voice to carry out simple tasks.

Fitness Tracking

There is no heart rate sensor in the Gen 3, as a result, it can’t track your heart rate. There is also no inbuilt GPS in the Gen 3. Meanwhile, the Gen 4 and 5 are equipped with both GPS and heart rate sensors. These two will track your heart rate 24/7 and if you go for an outdoor workout with your Gen 4 or 5, you will be able to track your routes and locations which you can view later in the companion app.

Battery Life

Although each of these three has a quite abysmal short battery life, the Gen 5 with the 3100 chip under the hood and featuring battery saver modes will let you go longer from a single charge than the other two.

On average, you should expect about 24hrs of battery life with any of these three.

Which is Better?

Fossil Gen 3 vs 4 vs 5
Fossil Gen 5 is a better smartwatch than Gen 3 and 4.

The Gen 5 Calyle is clearly the best choice. It has a more distinguishing design, and higher storage and memory capacity in addition to the more advanced 3100 chip which leaves it with a slightly longer battery life and much faster performance.