Fossil Smartwatch Generation 4 Review

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Fossil Smartwatch Generation 4 Review
User Review
3.33 (12 votes)

A Deep Dive Into The Fossil Smartwatch Generation 4

Fossil is an American company that lives up to the American standards. Fossil’s focus is to combine the conventional with original designs while creating superior watches and, more than that, preserve the best of the past while incorporating it into today’s lifestyle.

When the clean lines of the mid-century meet the modern looks of today, the result is the best features become representative of what Fossil strives to achieve. Pairing portability with streamlined design integrated into traditional watches while captured in fresh shades and updated materials gives a timeless accessory that accompanies you wherever you are traveling.

These smartwatches are supported by Google’s Wear OS while compatibly synced with iPhone and Android phones. Wear OS-supported features may vary between platforms.

To avoid damage to your watch, only use the included charger. Do not use a USB hub, USB splitter, USB y-cable, battery pack, or other peripheral devices for charging. These devices should be kept more than 20cm away from implanted medical devices to minimize the potential for RF interference.

Fossil Gen 4 Explorist HR includes health and fitness applications as well as other functions of a smartwatch.

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Who’s It For?

Fossil Generation 4 Explorist HR is ideal for those who appreciate the convenience of accessing the many applications relating to fitness, social notifications, music, just to name a few. If you want to leave your phone behind and still have access to what you need then this is the smartwatch for you. Its appearance makes it adaptable to different areas of life in addition to working out.

What We Like About Fossil Smartwatch Generation 4

This watch’s traditional appearance is both stunning and sleek. There are different faces available to choose from when you want to change up the screen. The smartwatch functions are reliable and effective. It easily connects to the phone and is available for immediate use.

Enjoy the day doing whatever you want without being tied to your phone or wallet. Google Pay allows you to make contactless payment purchases by just swiping this device over the reader.

This watch will keep you updated on your latest texts, phone calls, calendar, social media, and any other notifications you program into the device so you can conveniently see what’s going on throughout the day without even looking at your phone.

What We Don’t Like About Fossil Smartwatch Generation 4

The battery is not as reliable as advertised. The smartwatch repeatedly disconnects from the network which interferes with its smooth operation. Features are not set up to be user friendly when wanting to access apps. The software responds too slow when prompting it to perform.


  • Attractive and traditional appearance
  • It feels comfortable to wear and suited for most wrist sizes.
  • Google Fit for fitness activities
  • NFC Google Pay for contactless payment


  • Nothing worked as expected
  • The software is too slow

What’s Included?

Smartwatch, instruction manual, USB connector charger, extra wrist straps, warranty, and product registration.

Overview Of Features

A touchscreen fitness tracker, waterproof at 3ATM, that utilizes Google Fit to record all your workouts and display the metrics as needed.

With the built-in Google Assistant, you have your own personal Google right on your wrist when you need anything online. No need to carry your wallet if you plan to go to the store after your workout. Checkout using Google Pay with a swipe of the wrist.

Receive smartphone notifications, manage your calendar, control your music, download third-party apps, and customize your watch face. With an estimated 24-hour battery life, you can do a lot with this device without significantly draining the battery.

Review Summary

This smartwatch automatically tracks and measures your heart rate and other metrics while you work out. Conveniently check your notifications during your workouts since they are just a tap/swipe away. With Google Assistant you have access to the information you need, including the smarter health coaching to keep you on track with your fitness goals. You can personalize your watch face with any images of your choice. Access any apps you wish via Google Play and for purchases, you can use Google Play.

So much to do in so little time, Fossil streamlines it all in this smartwatch.

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Q: How do I connect the charger with the Generation 4 smartwatch?
A: The charger must sit on a flat service for best results. The magnetic charger will adhere to the back with the watch case.

Q: If I want to cancel or change my order, how do I proceed?
A: Once an order is processed it cannot be changed or canceled. There is the option to return the device by following the instructions on the package.

Q: What is the duration of the battery life?
A: The Gen 4 average battery life is approximately one to two days based on usage.

Q: What size is the face of the watch?
A: The Gen 4 case size is 45mm.

Q: Does this watch measure your blood pressure?
A: No, blood pressure measuring is not included with this device.

Q: Is there a built-in speaker?
A: A built-in speaker is not included.

Q: What about contactless pay?
A: This watch does include an NFC feature using Google Pay.

Q: Is it possible to get half a link for the watchband?
A: Only full-length links are available for purchase; each link adds 1/2″ to the bracelet.

Q: Can this watch send and receive texts?
A: When paired with and Android phone OS 6.0 or higher the Generation 4 can send and receive texts.

Q: Can the band of this smartwatch be swapped out for either silicon or metal?
A: Yes, this watch is compatible with all 22mm straps.

Q: Does this smartwatch have a special application? What is displayed on the screen during standby mode? What kind of screen is it? What resolution is it?

A: Wear OS supports third-party apps that can always be downloaded to the smartwatch. The screen will appear black during standby/sleep mode. The touchscreen is AMOLED with a 454 x 454 resolution.

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