Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 – Which is Better?

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Featured in this post are two outstanding smartwatches; the Galaxy Watch 3 and Fossil Gen 5 – Each of these two has a design that looks like your regular traditional watch, both are also well equipped to track your daily activities and loaded with interesting features like microphone, speaker, onboard music storage and more. However, while Galaxy Watch 3 runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS and is powered by an Exynos 9110 chip, Fossil Gen 5 is powered by the Snapdragon 3100 chip and runs on the Wear OS platform. In this post, we compare Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Fossil Gen 5 to find out which is a better smartwatch.

Fossil Gen 5 comes in 44mm size but available in two models; Juliana and Calyle. The Juliana unit has stylish engravings on its bezel while the Calyle unit has no engravings on its bezel. (Source: Fossil)

Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 3: Specifications Compared

Product Info
Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specs

Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specifications, Features and Price

samsung galaxy watch 3 (45mm) (LTE) full specs

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (45mm) (LTE) Full Specifications, Features and Price

Price $247.50 $370.00
Device name Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (45mm) (LTE)
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic/Standalone smartwatch
Gender Men Men
Release date August, 2019 August, 2020
Predecessor Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Samsung Galaxy Watch
Successor Fossil Gen 6
Versions Bluetooth, LTE, Titanium
Dimension 44 x 44 x 12 mm 46.2 x 45 x 11.1 mm
Weight 53.8g (excluding straps)
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel Stainless steel 316L
Strap material Stainless steel Leather
Bezel material Stainless steel Stainless steel 316L
Strap size 22 mm 22 mm
Interchangeable strap 22 mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Water resistance 3ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proof Yes Yes, recommended
Color Black, Brown, Smoke Mystic bronze, Mystic silver
Display size 1.28 inch 1.4 inches
Display type AMOLED, Full color Super AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 416 x 416 px 360 x 360 pixel
Pixel density 326 ppi 364 ppi
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Memory card slot No No
Technology None GSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM type None e-SIM
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
Reply to Notifications - -
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes No
ECG No Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) No Yes
Thermometer No No
Other sensors
Blood oxygen No Yes
Blood Pressure No Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No Yes
Menstrual cycle No Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking No
On-screen workout No No
Sport modes Yes 90
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 310mAh 340mAh
Battery life Regular: 24hrs+ Regular: 2 days
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock, WPC based wireless charging
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar charging No No
Chipset Snapdragon 3100 Exynos 9110
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU Mali™-T720 MP1
Operating system Wear OS Tizen 5.5
Companion app Fossil Q App Samsung Health App
Compatibility Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+ Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Google Pay Samsung Pay
Voice command Yes, Google Assistant Yes, Bixby
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fossil Gen 5 Calyle, Manual, Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (LTE), Straps

Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 3: Differences

  1. Tizen OS 5.5 offers better UI than Wear OS
  2. No doubt, Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is a better smartwatch than Fossil Gen 5. It runs on a more robust and holistic Tizen OS 5.5 that’s more advanced than Wear OS which still lags behind as far as wearable OS is concerned. Nonetheless, in terms of access to apps, Wear OS wins over Tizen OS which has a limited number of apps.

  3. Exynos 9110 is more advanced than Snapdragon 3100 chip
  4. Exynos 9110 which powers Galaxy Watch 3 is built on a 10nm fabrication process compared to Gen 5 that’s powered by Snapdragon 3100 built on a 28nm process. So, you can expect to get better performance on Galaxy Watch 3 than Fossil Gen 5.

  5. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is a more comprehensive fitness tracker
  6. Furthermore, even though both smartwatches are equipped with sensors to track your daily activities, Galaxy Watch 3 is a more holistic fitness tracker than Gen 5. It has more health tracking features like blood oxygen, VO2 Max., ECG tracking, blood pressure monitoring, running coach, and more preloaded sport modes unlike Gen 5 which relies on Google Fit and other third-party apps. Moreover, you won’t get ECG and blood pressure measurements on Gen 5.

  7. Galaxy Watch 3 has a longer battery life than Gen 5
  8. Galaxy Watch 3 also has a slightly longer battery life than Gen 5, no thanks to a lagging Wear OS, and an outdated 3100 chip. While you can get up to 2 days long battery life with Galaxy Watch 3, Gen 5 can get you through the day. Although with battery saver mode activated on Gen 5, you can get up to 2 days or more.

  9. Galaxy Watch 3 has a bigger display size

The Galaxy Watch 3 comes in 41mm and 45mm sizes, while the Gen 5 comes 44mm size. While the Galaxy Watch 3 41mm unit has a 1.2 inches display size, the 45mm unit has a 1.4 inches display size which is slightly larger than the 1.28 inches display of the Gen 5.

In terms of ease of navigation, I give it to Galaxy Watch 3. Although it has two physical buttons, it features the iconic physical rotating bezel which in addition to a touch-sensitive screen is very easy to navigate. Meanwhile, the Gen 5 has two physical buttons and a rotating crown in addition to a touch-sensitive display.

Which is Better?

Although each of these two is a fantastic smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 3 is a better smartwatch than Fossil Gen 5. It has more health tracking features and a more sophisticated OS which makes it a more comprehensive smartwatch.

Meanwhile, the Gen 5 running on the Wear OS platform will give you access to popular apps like Google Assistant, Google maps and more which you won’t be able to access on Galaxy Watch 3.

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