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Fossil Gen 5 vs Apple Watch Series 5 – Which is Better?

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Featured in this comparison chart is the Fossil Gen 5 which is one of the best Wear OS smartwatches on the market right now and the Apple Watch Series 5 which is only compatible with iPhone and undoubtedly the best smartwatch on the market. Each of these two stands out in design with very interesting features. Compare the Fossil Gen 5 vs Apple Watch Series 5 specifications, features and prices to find out which is the best choice for you.

Apple Fossil Gen 5 vs Apple Watch Series 5: Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specs

Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specifications, Features and Price

Apple watch series 5 (44mm) specs

Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS) Specifications, Features and Price

Price $295.00 $251.99 $429.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fossil Gen 5 Calyle (GPS), Apple Watch Series 5
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Men Unisex
Release date August, 2019 September, 2019
Predecessor Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Apple Watch Series 4
Successor
Versions Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Nike+
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 44 x 44 x 12 mm 44 x 38 x 10.7 mm
Weight 36.1g (GPS)
Shape Circular Rectangular
Case material Stainless steel Aluminum
Strap material Stainless steel Elastomer
Bezel material Stainless steel Bezeless, Sapphire glass
Strap size 22 mm 24mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Sapphire glass
Water resistance 3ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes Yes
Color Black, Brown, Smoke Gold, Gray, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.28 inch 1.78 inch
Display type AMOLED, Full color 1000nit, OLED
Display resolution 416 x 416 px 448 x 368 pixels
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 1GB 0.768GB
ROM 8GB 32GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None
SIM type None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer No Yes
Compass No Yes
ECG No Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter No No
Thermometer No App, No
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen No No
Blood Pressure No No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No Yes
Fitness Level Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes (Third-party app), Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle No Yes
VO2 Max Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking No No
On-screen workout No No
Sport modes Yes Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 310mAh
Battery life Regular: 24hrs+ Regular: up to 18hrs
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Snapdragon 3100 Apple S5 chip (64bits)
CPU Dual core
GPU
Operating system Wear OS WatchOS 6
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Fossil Q App Apple Watch App
Compatibility Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+ iOS 12.0+
Payment system Google Pay Apple Pay
Interchangeable strap 22 mm, Yes 24mm, Yes
Voice command Yes, Google Assistant Yes, Siri
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fossil Gen 5 Calyle, Manual, Straps Apple Watch Series 5, Charger, Manual, Straps
Price $295.00 $251.99 $429.99
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My Verdict

No doubt, these two are some of the finest smartwatches on the market, while the Gen 5 has a classic watch design just like your regular traditional watch, the Watch 5 comes in a rather sporty appearance. However, the Watch 5 weighs very light, it’s slimmer and sleeker. It also is a more comprehensive activity tracker with incidental fall detection, ECG, and menstrual cycle tracking all added and has a far larger storage capacity that lets you take more of your favorite tracks along with you. Watch 5 is the best for iPhone users.

On the other hand, the Gen 5 cost a little less, yet an outstanding smartwatch powered by the Snapdragon 3100 chip features Bluetooth calling just like the Watch 5 and also has some nice fitness tracking features with Google Fit as your fitness companion. For one, Gen 5 has a slightly longer battery life than the Watch 5, thanks to it’s battery saver feature, and it’s compatible with both iOS and Android devices which makes it a nice alternative for iPhone owners and the best choice for Android users.

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