Fossil Gen 5 vs Gen 4 Sport Compared

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This comparison chart features the Fossil Gen 5 Calyle – the latest wearable on Fossil’s rich lineup and the Gen 4 Sport – another remarkable smartwatch from the Fossil brand that was released in 2018. Both are powered by the Snapdragon 3100 chip and spot decent design and the battery saver feature that will see any of these two last just a little longer above the average 1-day battery life. In this post, we compare the differences between the Fossil Gen 5 vs Gen 4 Sport to find out the differences.

Fossil Gen 5 vs Gen 4 Sport – Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specs

Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specifications, Features and Price

Fossil Gen 4 Sport (43mm) Specs and features

Fossil Gen 4 Sport (43mm) Specifications, Features and Price

Price $295.00 -
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Fossil Gen 4 Sport (43mm)
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Men Unisex
Release date August, 2019 November, 2018
Predecessor Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Fossil Gen 3 Sport
Successor Fossil Gen 6
Versions
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 44 x 44 x 12 mm 43 x 43 x 12 mm
Weight
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel Aluminum
Strap material Stainless steel Silicone
Bezel material Stainless steel Aluminum
Strap size 22 mm 20 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass
Water resistance 3ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes Yes
Color Black, Brown, Smoke Black, Blue, Gray
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.28 inch 1.2 inches
Display type AMOLED, Full color AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 416 x 416 px 390 x 390 px
Pixel density 326 ppi
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE
Bluetooth calling Yes No
GPS Yes Yes
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 512MB
ROM 8GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None
SIM type None 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 No
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes No
Compass Yes No
ECG No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) No No
Thermometer No 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 No
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes -
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle No No
VO2 Max Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate 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: 24hrs+
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar charging No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Snapdragon 3100 Snapdragon 3100
CPU
GPU
Operating system Wear OS Wear OS
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Fossil Q App Fossil Q App
Compatibility Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+ Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+
Payment system Google Pay Google Pay
Interchangeable strap 22 mm, Yes 20mm, Yes
Voice command Yes, Google Assistant Yes, Google Assistant
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fossil Gen 5 Calyle, Manual, Straps Charger, Fossil Gen 4 Sport, Manual, Straps
Price $295.00
Fossil Gen 5 vs Gen 4 Sport
Fossil Gen 5 comes in two sizes; 42mm and 44mm. The 42mm unit is called Gen 6 Juliana, while the 44mm is called Gen 6 Calyle

Fossil Gen 5 vs Gen 4 Sport: Which is Better?

Although the 3100 chip powers these two watches, the Gen 5 Calyle is a much better smartwatch than the Gen 4 Sport. The Gen 5 features 1GB RAM which improves performance significantly as noticed with the Ticwatch Pro 4G. It also has twice the storage capacity of the Gen 4 Sport.

The Gen 5 also features a microphone and loudspeaker compared to only a microphone on the Gen 4 Sport. As a result, you can make and receive calls directly from the Gen 5 provided your phone is nearby. Meanwhile, both Gen 5 and Gen 4 Sport feature Google Assistant which allows you to do simple tasks using your voice.

Moreover, the Gen 5 with a stainless steel case material is more durable and looks more stylish than the Gen 4 sport with an aluminum case. Although the Gen 4 is very lightweight, thanks to its aluminum case and silicone straps.

In other words, the Fossil Gen 5 is a more comprehensive and durable smartwatch than the Gen 4 Sport. It cost a little more but gives better value for money.

However, the Gen 4 Sport being very lightweight with a sporty appearance is more comfortable and befitting wear for sports activities, it’s also cheaper which makes it a great choice if you’re low on budget.

Fossil Gen 5E vs Gen 4 Sport Differences Compared

Fossil Gen 5e is a lower-end version of the Gen 6

The Gen 5E is not a successor to Gen 5 that was released in 2019, but a lower-end smartwatch that comes in two sizes with a lower 4GB storage alongside a loudspeaker, and microphone. It is also equipped to track your daily activities with Snapdragon 3100 chip under the hood. The Gen 4 Sport which was the first Fossil smartwatch to have the 3100 chip also has a lot of features in common with the Gen 5E which makes this comparison an interesting one. Featured in this comparison post is Fossil Gen 5E (44mm) vs Gen 4 Sport (43mm), compare these two head-to-head to find out the differences and to help you decide which is a better smartwatch for you.

Note the Gen 5E comes in two sizes; 42mm and 44mm. Similarly, the Gen 4 Sport comes in 41mm and 43mm sizes. All the different sizes of the two watches have the same features except for differences in size and weight.

Fossil Gen 5E (44mm) vs Gen 4 Sport (43mm): Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Fossil Gen 5e full specs

Fossil Gen 5E (44mm) Full Specifications, Features and Price

Fossil Gen 4 Sport (43mm) Specs and features

Fossil Gen 4 Sport (43mm) Specifications, Features and Price

Price $140.45 -
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name (44mm), Fossil Gen 5E Fossil Gen 4 Sport (43mm)
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Men Unisex
Release date October, 2020 November, 2018
Predecessor Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Fossil Gen 3 Sport
Successor
Versions
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 44 x 44 x 12 mm 43 x 43 x 12 mm
Weight
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel Aluminum
Strap material Leather, Silicone, Stainless steel Silicone
Bezel material Stainless steel Aluminum
Strap size 22 mm 20 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass
Water resistance 3ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes Yes
Color Black case/black silicone, Black case/black steel, Black case/brown leather Black, Blue, Gray
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.2 inches 1.2 inches
Display type AMOLED, Full color AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 390 x 390 px 390 x 390 px
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE
Bluetooth calling Yes No
GPS (connected GPS), No Yes
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 512MB
ROM 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None
SIM type None 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 No
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter No Yes
Ambient light No Yes
Barometer No No
Compass No No
ECG No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) No No
Thermometer No 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 No
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed - -
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle No No
VO2 Max Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate 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: 24hrs+
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar charging No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Snapdragon 3100 Snapdragon 3100
CPU 1.2GHz Quad-core (4x ARM Cortex A7)
GPU Adreno 304
Operating system Wear OS Wear OS
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Fossil Q App Fossil Q App
Compatibility Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+ Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+
Payment system Google Pay Google Pay
Interchangeable strap 22 mm, Yes 20mm, Yes
Voice command Yes, Google Assistant Yes, Google Assistant
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fossil Gen 5E, Manual, Straps Charger, Fossil Gen 4 Sport, Manual, Straps
Price $140.45

Fossil Gen 5E vs Gen 4 Sport – Which is Better?

Although each of these two is a decent Wear OS smartwatch, the Gen 5E is a better smartwatch than Gen 4 Sport. With 1GB RAM paired with the 3100 chip it certainly offers a slightly better performance than Gen 4 Sport with a lesser memory. Moreover, the Gen 5E has a more premium build than Gen 4 Sport eventhough, the latter is a more befitting choice for sports activities, thanks to its lightweight design.

The Gen 5E has a loudspeaker that Gen 4 Sport lacks, as a result, you can make and receive calls directly from the Gen 5E via Bluetooth connection of a paired phone as well as play media files aloud which is not possible with Gen 4 Sport.

In other words, Gen 5E is a more comprehensive smartwatch than Gen 4 Sport which is a cheaper alternative.