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Fossil FTW4038 vs Fossil Men\'s Gen 4 Explorist

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Fossil FTW4038Fossil Men\'s Gen 4 Explorist
Title Fossil Gen 5 Garrett HR Heart Rate Stainless Steel Touchscreen Smartwatch, Color: Black (Model: FTW4038)Fossil Men's Gen 4 Explorist HR Heart Rate Stainless Steel and Silicone Touchscreen Smartwatch, Color: Black (Model: FTW4018)
Model Fossil
FTW4038
Fossil
Men\'s Gen 4 Explorist

Basic Info

Suggested Price $245.66$198.84
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Release Feb 2019

Overview

DescriptionStreamline your lifestyle with this black Fossil Gen 5 Garrett smartwatch. This stainless steel smartwatch is packed with more features than this listing can mention. Bluetooth connectivity, Android and iOS compatibility, Google Pay and wireless syncing let you accomplish many daily tasks without taking out your phone. Featuring a pedometer, activity tracker and heart rate monitor, this Fossil Gen 5 Garrett smartwatch lets you stay on top of your fitness.
Top Features
  • Extend your battery life for multiple days with new, smart battery modes; magnetic USB rapid charger included; charge up to 80% in under an hour
  • Heart Rate & Activity Tracking using Google Fit to track your at-home workouts; Built-in GPS for distance tracking; Swimproof design 5ATM; Responses from Google Assistant - it’s your own personal Google, always ready to help; Take advantage of contactless pay with your watch using Google Pay
  • Case size: 46mm; Band size: 22mm; interchangeable with all Fossil 22mm bands; Screen Size: 1. 28" display with 416x416 resolution; touchscreen functionality; Connectivity: Bluetooth(R) 4. 2 Low Energy and Wi-Fi 802. 11 b/g/n; wireless syncing; imported
  • Smartwatches powered with Wear OS by Google work Compatibility: Android 6.0+ (excluding Go edition), iOS 10.0+
  • This is one smart watch - Make the most of your down time with a smartwatch that helps with every activity. Stay connected to friends and family with phone calls and messages right on your wrist. Keep tabs on your health with guided breathing exercises, custom goal & alarm settings
  • Smartwatches powered with Wear OS by Google work with iPhone and Android Phones
  • Heart Rate & Activity Tracking using Google Fit; Built-in GPS for distance tracking; Swimproof design 3ATM; Google Assistant built in - it’s your own personal Google, always ready to help; Speed through checkout with your watch using Google Pay
  • This is one smart watch - receive smartphone notifications and app alerts, manage your calendar, control your music, download third party apps (your favorite ride-sharing or music apps), and customize your watch face; touchscreen functionality, built-in fitness tracker, microphone, music storage & controls, custom goal & alarm settings, calendar alerts, multiple time zones, weather, LED flashlight, wireless syncing
  • Estimated 24 hour battery life, based on usage plus 2 additional days in low-power mode; magnetic USB rapid charger included; charge up to 80% in under an hour
  • Classic Design. Modern Tech. This 45mm Explorist HR (Heart Rate) touchscreen smartwatch lets you track your heart rate, receive notifications, customize your dial and more; Case size: 45mm; Band size: 22mm; interchangeable with all Fossil 22mm bands; easily change your watch band with quick release pins; imported

Reviews

Walmart Rating4.5 (out of 48 reviews)3.5 (out of 171 reviews)
BestBuy Rating4.5 (out of 10 reviews)
Latest Reviews

Love this watch
Rating: 5
Fits perfectly and I'm a big guy with a big wrist and it fits!! Pairs well with my iPhone and have many of features
by Odexx on 2020-07-01T17:00:00

Yes
Rating: 5
Great watch Easy to setup with a Android phone. But i do recommend a link band tool kit
by Jonny on 2020-05-23T17:00:00

Absolutely buy again
Rating: 5
I love everything about it, plus it's a A Fossil!
by BD on 2020-06-04T17:00:00

I will definitely be a Fossil customer for life!
Rating: 5
I have had this watch about a week now. I could not be happier with it. It is very easy to use and paired reasonably easy with my Stylo 6 phone. I have had a time or two where it dropped the Bluetooth connection to my phone but reconnected again in a short time. The watch has a very good quality build to it, and a good wright. My only grip is it can be a little hard to see in the direct sunlight. I was able to get a link taken out of the watch band easily to get a proper fit. The wear OS is very good, it has improved a lot since very 1.0 and I hope Google keeps updating it. It has the potential to be the best smartwatch platform out there. Over all this is a premium feel watch with a lot of options. I highly recommend it to anyone in the search for a really good smartwatch.
by Channon on 2020-07-12T17:00:00

My First smart watch, and well worth it. Very Happy!
Rating: 5
I had been jealous of my wife's Apple watch, and since I use an Android phone, did a bit of research on smart watches that would work with my phone. I quickly decided I wanted one using the Wear OS. Several reviews pointed me to one of three watches, and since I wanted to answer the phone (like my wife can 🙂 ) The Fossil Gen 5 was the best fit. I saw that this version of the Gen 5 watches was on sale, and liking the style, I took the plunge. I am glad I did! I love it. I am still learning how to use it to its full capability, and with my fat fingers, I am learning to use the voice input, which is working remarkably well. One issue I have found, was that if I lean on my hands, I can inadvertently push and hold the stem in, and that turns the watch off. Took me a while to realize what was happening. Now I can pretty much avoid it..
by George K on 2020-08-18T17:00:00

Would buy the stainless steel one too.
Rating: 4
It has a good design. Received many compliments on the look. Even changed the links to leather straps for different styles. Battery life is decent but tinker with it. You can respond to text messages. Like the music controller while hooked up to Bluetooth speaker.
by Layman on 2020-07-20T17:00:00

Functional but should have researched it better.
Rating: 4
I bought it mainly to keep track of my heart rate and to keep me off of my phone. Dislikes: having to keep the Wear OS app always open on my phone. There have been a couple of times I have taken it off of the battery (charged nightly) and it's immediately dropped from 100% to 99% before it's even on my wrist. Likes: looks like a watch and not like I am an honorary Spy Kid. It's quite slow sometimes but effective at the things I use it for, heart rate, timers and the actual telling of time.
by The Terror on 2020-08-23T17:00:00

Great Looking Watch
Rating: 4
2 weeks of ownership and am pleased with my purchase, Great Looking Watch. My only criticism is that in order to get through a work day I have to turn almost all features off for the Battery to last. Not much point in having a SMARTWATCH if You Can't use the FEATURES. BUT IT LOOKS GOOD.
by Selly on 2020-08-19T17:00:00

The speaker is making weird and low sound after I swimmin
Rating: 3
Are we sure this is swimproof because speaker is making weird sound after I went swimming wearing this watch .
by Kj on 2020-06-30T17:00:00

SPEAKER ISSUE
Rating: 3
All Gen 5 Fossil Garrett style watches have a speaker problem. Serious design flaw. Speaker sounds muffled resetting the watch turning Bluetooth off and on remedies this for about a day. Then it's permanently muffled and terrible sound quality. So disappointed in such a brand name having this level of sophistication failing to button up a main feature of the Gen 5 watches. The lack of bands for the Champagne color Garret G5 is also a let down. Yes you can get Gold tone but be warned the ACTUAL color of the Garret G5 is Champagne.
by 90'sCartoonGuy on 2020-05-19T17:00:00

I'm Totally Satisfied
Rating: 5
I fell in love with this watch since the first day I bought it. I really love all the features on the watch.
by Alwayz Hungry on 2020-03-21T17:00:00

I like this
Rating: 5
Goos watch, amazing design
by Alberths28 on 2020-02-02T16:00:00

Really great with a few minor setbacks
Rating: 4
It's a good watch and well-rounded. However, the touch screen can be a little sluggish as well as some of the fitness apps. It's very usable, though, and if anyone wants an affordable and usable watch, I would recommend this one.
by Sierra on 2019-12-31T16:00:00

A solid upgrade
Rating: 4
So far, I've had a gen 2 Wander (LOVED), a gen 3 Explorist, and have just upgraded to the exact same in gen 4, (another black Explorist)--so this is a real apples-to-apples review. (I'm 5'3", 150lb F & love my chunky watches!) Something I noticed immediately was how much lighter the gen 4 Explorist was compared to gen 3. The case is just slightly thinner, with a more platicky back to accommodate the HR monitor. So the profile is just a little thinner. The case looks bigger, because the metal frame is narrower, but the bezel under the glass is still pretty big--the screen itself is no bigger, but it looks really nice. I DO miss the speaker a little bit--I never used my watches for phone calls, but liked to have a sound go with the vibration when getting an alert or alarm. However the change in weight has made the vibration feel better on this watch than the last generation, so I've been pretty comfortable with having it gone. The three hardware buttons are still one of my favorite things--the two side buttons are still re-mappable, and that's very handy! I'm finding that this watch isn't scooting down on my wrist as much as the heavier gen 3, so I'm not accidentally hitting the buttons with the top of my hand when bending my wrist nearly as much. Battery life at first was pretty awful, but that's par for the course on a new watch. Remember to give your watch a few days to fully update. One thing I did that immediately improved my battery life was clear the data from the fossil app on the watch so that the "Fossil" app was no longer reading HR. That was an unfortunate loss for me--I really liked seeing my heart rate on my watch faces, and that was one of my reasons for upgrading. But the Fossil app was killing my battery life. I was able to turn on constant monitoring in Google Fit, and I'm consistently getting 20-24 hours of battery. I get better stats, and all I have to do is scroll over to the HR tile. Happy with my upgrade!
by Lolo on 2019-06-20T17:00:00

Very good
Rating: 4
I love what options I have with this watch and the compatibility. However not all the apps work how I expected they would, which is understandable as I am not familiar with smartwatch tech. I purchased this for work so that I could answer texts and look at work email. I can in fact do those things, but there are apps that simply do not work the same as you would expect. In summary, it does depend on your phone and its service and it seems to be more of an incoming message reciever rather than making a quick text outgoing.
by Amanda on 2018-12-07T16:00:00

Watch is good, strap not so much.
Rating: 3
The watch itself is very nice and easy to use. I would not get the silicone band again. It ripped off on the third day of use from simply reaching into my pocket. Get the leather or a metal band and you should be good to go.
by BrokeBandBobby on 2020-01-10T16:00:00

Still getting the hang of it, not 100% yet.
Rating: 3
Over all i really love the watch. Its really nice and fits my wrist well. I am still getting the hang of it though so theres a few things that either are glitches or its just me. But, the battery does not last as long as i thought it would. Im wearing it by 5am and it will definitely be dead by midnight. Also it does not seem to be able to be connected to my phone and my headphones at the same time, so i have to disconnect it from my phone so i can play music at the gym. This was a huge hassle to then reconnect. Other than that its been good. Still not 100% loving it yet though. Time will tell.
by Brie Brie on 2019-12-09T16:00:00

Don't buy this watch if you wear on left wrist.
Rating: 2
I'm left handed and I wear watches on my left wrist. Every time I bend my wrist it presses all the buttons and the watch goes crazy. I thought when it said adjustable watch face it meant you could invert it to wear on your left wrist with the buttons facing away from your hand. Plus it's hard to figure out if you don't use google apps.
by Cptn Rich on 2020-07-04T17:00:00

Step count between Explorist HR Gen 4 and Fitbit versa 2
Rating: 2
I have this model, I like all its design. What I do not like is the way of counting steps, I have compared it with the fitbit versa 2, I have walked them at the same time and at the end of the day the fibit counts almost 5,000 more steps. I have taken steps and seeing both smartwatch. I still don't know the reason why
by Aldemar on 2020-06-11T17:00:00

I wouldn't recommend this watch.
Rating: 1
The battery dies like in 8 hours it's crazy. I have the wifi and that feature allowing you to make payments turned off and this battery still does not last. I'm wondering how can I get my money back but I think I threw away the return slip.
by Bre the gullible on 2020-04-11T17:00:00

All Features

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SensorsAccelerometer
Battery Strength IndicatorYes
Internal Memory Capacity8 gigabytes
Display TypeAMOLED
Case Size46 millimeters
Customizable Watch FacesYes
Form FactorWristwatch
Charging Interface(s)Wireless
Touch ScreenYes
Clock DisplayYes
ColorBlack with Black Stainless Steel Band
Maximum Depth of Water Resistance98 feet
RechargeableYes
Model FamilyFossil Gen 5
Product Depth0.47 inches
Wi-Fi CompatibilityWireless B
Mobile NotificationsYes
Alert TypeVibration
Voice ActivatedYes
Band MaterialStainless steel
Global PositioningGPS
Central Processing UnitQualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
Product Height1.81 inches
Product NameGen 5 Smartwatch 46mm Stainless Steel
Display ScreenYes
Band Width22 millimeters
Case ShapeRound
BrandFossil
Bluetooth Version4.2
Color DisplayYes
Backlit DisplayNo
Metrics MeasuredActivity vs. inactivity
Music PlayerYes
Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts2 Years
Usage Time36 hours
Built-In MicrophoneYes
SeriesGarrett HR
Case MaterialStainless steel
Case Thickness0.47 inches
Case Width1.81 inches
System Memory (RAM)1 gigabytes
Bluetooth EnabledYes
Band TypeLink bracelet
Mobile Payment Service SupportedGoogle Pay
Clasp TypeBuckle
NFC TechnologyYes
Color CategoryBlack
Model NumberFTW4038
Operating System CompatibilityAndroid
Water ResistantYes
Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor2 Years
Additional Accessories IncludedUSB magnetic charger
Operating SystemWear OS
App CompatibleYes
Vibration AlertYes
Band ColorBlack
Product TypeSmartwatch
Voice Assistant Built-inGoogle Assistant
Assembled Product Weight8 oz
Features45mm case 22mm interchangeable strap
releaseFeb 2019

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