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

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Featured in this comparison chart are two outstanding smartwatches; Galaxy Watch 3 and Fossil Gen. Each of these two has a design that looks like your regular traditional watch, both are also equipped to track your daily activities. However, while Galaxy Watch 3 runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS and powered by Exynos 9110, Gen 5 is powered by Snapdragon 3100 chip and runs on Wear OS platform. This comparison chart compares Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Fossil Gen 5 to find out which is better.

Fossil Gen 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 3: Specifications Compared

 
 
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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 Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price

Price $295.00 $251.99 $419.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
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
Versions Bluetooth, LTE, Titanium
BODY BODY BODY
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
Strap material Stainless steel Leather
Bezel material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap size 22 mm 22 mm
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 DISPLAY DISPLAY
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 364 ppi
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Galileo, Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 1GB 2GB
ROM 8GB 8GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None GSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM type None e-SIM
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 No
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer No Yes
Compass No
ECG No Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter No Yes
Thermometer No No
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen No Yes
Blood Pressure No Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No Yes
Fitness Level Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No Yes
Menstrual cycle No No
VO2 Max Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking No
On-screen workout No Yes
Sport modes Yes 40
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
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 power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Snapdragon 3100 Exynos 9110
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU
Operating system Wear OS Tizen 5.5
MISC MISC MISC
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
Interchangeable strap 22 mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes
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
Price $295.00 $251.99 $419.99

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

  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.

  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. But with Wear OS you get access to more apps, although Tizen OS is doing a good job in adding apps.

  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 third-party apps on Playstore.

  7. Galaxy Watch 3 has a longer battery life than Gen 5

Galaxy Watch 3 also has a 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.

VERDICT
I go with Galaxy Watch 3. It’ll cost you more, but I think it’s a more sophisticated and comprehensive fitness tracker than Gen 5.

On the other hand, Fossil Gen 5 is still one of the best Wear OS smartwatches and a great choice for Wear OS lovers.

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