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Fossil FTW7008 vs Fossil Men\'s Gen 4 Explorist HR

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Fossil FTW7008Fossil Men\'s Gen 4 Explorist HR
Title Fossil Men's 42MM Collider HR Heart Rate Stainless Steel and Leather Hybrid HR Smart Watch, Color: Black, Brown (Model: FTW7008)Fossil Men's Gen 4 Explorist HR Heart Rate Stainless Steel and Leather Touchscreen Smartwatch, Color: Silver, Brown (Model: FTW4015)
Model Fossil
FTW7008
Fossil
Men\'s Gen 4 Explorist HR

Basic Info

Suggested Price $156.93$274.99
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Release Feb 2019

Overview

DescriptionKeep track of time while working out with this dark brown Fossil HR Collider hybrid smartwatch. The rechargeable battery offers up to three weeks of use when fully charged, while compatibility with select Android and iOS devices ensures flexible use. This Fossil HR Collider hybrid smartwatch has customizable buttons for personalization, and the 3 ATM water-resistance offers durability.
Top Features
  • Hybrid Smartwatch HR (Heart Rate) works with iPhone and Android Phones. The circumference of the watch is 200+/- 5mm
  • Enjoy 2+ weeks of battery life on a single charge. Accelerometer sensor is available
  • Heart Rate, Activity & Sleep Tracking with in-depth wellness stats
  • This is one smart watch - Receive and view smartphone notifications and alerts, see calendar and weather updates, control your music and more
  • A classic timepiece designed with integrated mechanical hands and an always-on read-out display showing curated information at a glance; Case size: 42mm; Band size: 22mm; interchangeable with all Fossil 22mm bands; water resistant to 165ft (50m); imported
  • 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 Rating4.1 (out of 80 reviews)3.5 (out of 68 reviews)
BestBuy Rating3 (out of 1 reviews)
Latest Reviews

Love it!
Rating: 5
This is what I've been wanting on a watch. Good battery life, get the basic notifications, monitor my steps and heart rate, and it actually looks and feels like a good watch! Getting the screen to lit up and updating for notifications can be tricky at times but I think some software upgrades could help. I have no regrets about this watch.
by JC on 2019-12-16T16:00:00

Perfect Balance of Smart and "Normal"
Rating: 5
Have had this watch for about a month now to replace a Fitbit Flex 2 that died and wanted something to just let me know I had an email, text, phone call and count my steps. This watch does this perfectly. To all the haters in the comments, IT IS NOT A SMARTWATCH AND YOU DID NOT PAY SMARTWATCH PRICES!!! OK, I'm done with that rant. The "e-ink" is easy to read in the daylight, the hands do glow a bit in the dark, the notifications are enough that you are not constantly staring at your watch (Apple-watch users I am looking at you!), and there is just enough customization that leaves you wanting to do more. That does not frustrate me, this is a NEW product, there will be issues as the kinks get worked out. I have hemmed and hawed if I truly like this watch or just want to like it. For my needs, I love it. Sure, there is always something more you could want, but this model hits that sweet-spot of classic and modern technology. Do your research before you buy and understand what you are buying. You will be happier than if you did not.
by Shaun on 2019-12-09T16:00:00

Exellent Watch, Great Features!
Rating: 5
I would consider myself one of the early adopters of the fossil HR and the moment I saw it, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. Something that didn't sacrifice form over function, but also gave me exactly what I needed without the extras that I didn't. At first the notifications were limited to a few apps and some messaging platforms. I assumed this was for testing purposes, to be sure that notifications of a smaller sample size would be delivered accurately and timely to the watch, so that did not bother me as I knew it was temporary. Once the big update came, WOW. I could not ask for anything better. Getting notifications on my watch helps cure my FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) without having the urge to take my phone out of my pocket. Its low profile, classic design is a welcome breathe of fresh air against the trend of black squares or circles on your wrist. I love the battery life, it really does last as long as it says, some times a day or two past depending on usage. With the new update you can set your own custom images behind the watch face, filling the e-ink display with your own personal touch. It is a monochrome display, so all colour will be removed, but that does not bother me personally. This idea is something WearOS simply can not touch on Fossils UI. If you are looking for an all out watch with all the bells and whistles, this is not it. For me, I rather have a watch that does the essentials well than do "everything" with sub par performance. It looks great, feels great, and I had no trouble falling asleep with this on. Are there improvements that can be made? sure, there always is, but its current state, it is a really good watch. You cant beat this one in its category. The "Delight to Dollar" Ratio is just right.
by Ben on 2019-12-20T16:00:00

Long battery life and great looks
Rating: 5
Super happy to discover this watch existed. I hadn't yet bought a watch because I didn't want another device to charge daily. Overall does pretty much everything I want. Excellent watch.
by kris on 2020-01-28T16:00:00

Almost a perfect hybrid watch
Rating: 5
First, I want to note that the color of the watch and the band are much darker in person than the photos on Fossil's site. The looks of the watch is very nice! The leather band is very classy and I love the look of the face. It syncs up nicely with my Android phone - haven't tried it with iOS. The step counter seems accurate and syncs nicely with Google Fit. The battery life on this thing is great! I'm not sure 14 days is accurate but at least 7-10 days without a problem. This gave me the ability to regularly use sleep tracking which is almost impossible with most smart watches due to battery life. The only dislikes I have for this watch are fairly minor/knit-picky. 1) the digital display is hard to see in less than perfect lighting - and the built-in light isn't a great help either. 2) I wish the sleep tracking let you dig a little deeper and see the exact times you woke up, were in sound sleep and light sleep. 3) notifications are kind of hard to read and take a lot of work to clear out Again, those are not a big deal to me... I'm really enjoying the watch a great deal!
by James B on 2019-11-19T16:00:00

The best option currently for smarts and battery
Rating: 4
Been using this watch for about 8 months now and and really enjoying it. The accompanying app works well, and since the release of this watch Fossil has already drastically improved the app software, now allowing you to receive notifications from any app on your phone. The band is a thin leather on the outside with rubber underneath that sits against your skin helping with moisture. The watch does not offer wireless charging, and therefore requires you to take extra special care of the single proprietary charging cable that's included. The watch band broke on me 5 months in, requiring me to purchase a replacement (it broke right at the spring bar). The software also requires you to hit several buttons through the settings each night to turn on Do Not Disturb, which is not only frustrating but has made the middle button even more worn out than previously anticipated. --- Battery Life: Easily 14+ days for me each time (Score: 5/5) --- Buttons: Great feedback on the top and bottom button, but the middle and most important one is a bit mushy. (Score: 3/5) --- Face: The watch glass face has not scratched at all as of yet, however there seems to be no information found on what type of glass it is. This leads one to believe that it is not reinforced gorilla glass. (Score: 4/5) --- Charging: Requires a proprietary charger and does not support wireless charging. However it does charge to full in about an hour. (Score: 2/5) --- Color: I got the brown version, however due note that the face of this watch looks black and not brown as shown in the photo. Still looks elegant but the brown color shown in the photo is inaccurate. (Score: 4/5) --- Customer Service: This has been excellent as I've already contacted them several times with issues I've had with the app, and have received fast and courteous replies along with an app update that already addresses several of the issues I've had. (Score: 5/5)
by colossalfossil on 2020-07-22T17:00:00

Come for the e-ink, stay for the style
Rating: 4
Have only had the watch for a couple of weeks, but I have really grown to like it. I was a fan of Pebble smartwatches, but unfortunately the company making those e-ink smartwatches is no more. This is the only smartwatch on the market with e-ink today, as far as I know. This line of Fossil hybrid watches still has room to grow in their e-ink technology, but it is a very functional and very appropriately-styled watch (which can be worn for any occasion). My requirement for a smartwatch is that the screen always stay on, or at least there is some way to tell the time/date without waking up the smartwatch. This watch does that. Twice. Traditional analog hands over the e-ink is really fun, and I like to make them move with a flick of the wrist. Thank you for releasing this line of watches, Fossil. I look forward to being a part of your innovation in this space in the coming years!
by Tommy on 2019-12-08T16:00:00

Almost really good...
Rating: 3
Looks great. Battery life is excellent. Notification support is terrible. The good: +I love the look of the watch. Unless you look closely you can't tell it is a smartwatch. +The size is perfect. +After 2 weeks I still have 31% battery remaining which is crazy good. The bad: -Notification support is awful. It doesn't give you notifications for everything your phone does. It only supports a handful of apps. NOWHERE in the marketing materials is this limitation mentioned. My work email (which is through Outlook) is not supported. Neither is Telegram or Skype. -The customization doesn't really give you any meaningful options. It's very limited. -Tapping to turn on the light is almost never recognized. You have to bang on it very hard. Even doing that it takes multiple tries. And the customization wont let you move this function over to a physical button, which I would prefer. -The watch band that comes with the watch is leather, however be aware that is is not 100% leather. The part that touches your skin is rubber. I found this to be uncomfortable and bought a 3rd party band that feels softer.
by BobComment on 2019-11-24T16:00:00

A solid watch but hard to see
Rating: 3
I really liked the watch. However, the LEDs that are supposed to come on with a double tap are very unreliable. Sometimes it would take 10 or so taps to come on. Without the light it is extremely difficult to read the time in the dark. Other than that it was a solid watch. The software will get better I'm sure. There needed to be an option for a permanent digital clock on the back display though.
by Sam on 2019-11-21T16:00:00

I really love this watch, however the software kills it
Rating: 1
The Collider HR watch is very nice itself, but the software is absolutely terrible. A few issues: - Color: Watch is much darker than the photos. Its more black than light brown. Still looks nice, but NOT the color you see in the photos. - App Notification: the app only supports notifications for 13 apps. I have several others there are required - Wyze Cam, Hangouts Chat (separate app from Hangouts) Skype, etc. I don't understand this limited availability. I saw in an announcement that they are releasing support for more apps (including Google Inbox [which doesn't exist anymore]). However they will never keep up with the thounds of new apps being introduced everyday that people use. - While the watch has several useful functions (Stopwatch, View Past Notifications, Wellness Dashboard, Workout Mode, Music Control, Timer, Weather), the only way to access them on the watch is to link them to one of the 3 buttons. Lets say you don't have the Stopwatch linked to one of the 3 buttons - want to access it? You can't. You can set up multiple 'profiles' with different functions linked, but you have to go into your phone, into the Fossil App, and change it. - Do Not Disturb schedule doesn't link with phone. The app will notify me even if the phone is in DND mode (for example overnight). The watch either needs to copy the DND from the phone, or be able to set a schedule for DND. - Turn of HR sensor. I don't care about continuous HR monitoring. I'd like the ability to turn off the HR monitoring, which you can't do. - Phantom notifications. I get all kinds of notifications for apps that only come through on the watch and not the phone. For example, The watch buzzes with notification when it's clearing, and 'no new message' with Snapchat. - Alarms & timers syncing from the phone - if you set a timer on your phone, the watch does not notify you if it goes off. You have to go into the Fossil App and set a timer in there to get your watch to buzz. - Random disconnect
by David H. on 2019-11-19T16:00:00

Good stuff
Rating: 5
I love this watch so far. I've had it for a week and the only complaint I would have is battery life, but I'm currently in the desert where it's really hot so pretty sure that's why. Love the look! I'm a woman and i have big wrists so I got this watch and it's perfect. LOVE the music controls, texting from the watch, the fact that the band isn't all leather it's rubber on the bottom, and all the different faces that you can choose. 10/10 would recommend
by Kat on 2019-06-30T17:00:00

Best Looking Smartwatch
Rating: 4
I give four stars because I wish the battery life was a little longer (48- 50 ) hours This is easily the best looking smartwatch on the market. I have been getting compliments all the time for this watch. What I Iike most about this watch is that the bands are interchangeable, so if you wanted to get a watch with the leather strap and eventually buy the stainless steel band you could. I get about 35 hours battery with gesture screen on enabled.Depicted I have had the watch unplugged for about 18 hours with moderate use and its at about 48 percent.
by Dev on 2018-12-13T16:00:00

Solid Choice
Rating: 4
Very visually appealing watch. High quality materials. Battery life definitely lasts a whole day if you remember to hit the screen off button when you won't need it.
by Ben on 2019-01-25T16:00:00

Battery life should be MORE!!
Rating: 4
Overall it is good but what irritates is its battery life.
by Chintan on 2018-12-22T16:00:00

A Step up but also a step back...
Rating: 4
I had gen 1 Q Marshal and loved it! It was not my choice to upgrade but I seem slowly getting used to gen 4. I just wish someone could please upgrade Message+ to be useful with this watch... I am also not happy that I have to get another charger for travel abs thst the faces do not seem to fit the larger dial... but, oh well!!
by Durando69 on 2019-04-30T17:00:00

Somewhat disappointed, but will try again
Rating: 3
The overall look of the watch is fantastic, I love it! I switched to this one from the LG Watch Sport - Fossil is just more my style. I haven't had any performance issues whatsoever, and the battery gets me through my ten hour work days with 20% (give or take) to spare. I don't mind charging it nightly alongside my phone...I've just always viewed this as one of those things that comes with owning a smartwatch. Sadly, after three weeks of use the back is coming off of the watch and I'm not entirely sure why. There appears to be no glue that could have melted away, and there's just one tiny pin that looks like it should snap into place but it doesn't. I contacted Fossil directly, and while they offered to set up free repairs, I am opting to return and then place a new order due to the turnaround time being much quicker. I like this watch so much that I'm willing to give it another try - here's hoping the new one works out and I can update my review!
by Frankie on 2018-09-20T17:00:00

The back came off!
Rating: 3
This watch was a Christmas gift, and here we are in June (only 6 months later) and when I grabbed my watch off the charger, the back stayed connected to the charger. It's not like I beat this watch, or wear it while doing physical outdoor activities. I take very good care not to do anything to damage it. Very disappointed in this defect, because I loved all the other features, and the most recent updates.
by Cody on 2019-06-05T17:00:00

Very bad wifi connection
Rating: 2
I have had three generations of this watch.Every one of them has been extremely hard to connect to my wifi. I have 8 other devices that hookup to my wifi with ease. This watch says it connects(saves) and then loses connection or does not get at all. If updates are wanted, you can forget them with this phone...
by Kim on 2019-02-06T16:00:00

I returned it and bought a Gen 3 instead
Rating: 2
Love the look of this watch, but was extremely disappointed to find out it doesn't have a speaker, so I can't take phone calls from my watch (and have the audio play from the watch). This was a dealbreaker because that's really the most important thing for me. I learned the previous model (Gen 3) did have a speaker! And the only trade-offs are that the Gen 3 is not waterproof and doesn't have a heart rate sensor, but I don't really care about the fitness features, so I returned the Gen 4 and bought a Gen 3. Both do fine on battery life. The Gen 4 seemed to be a little laggy at times, slow to turn on watch face when I would lift/shake my wrist. The Gen 3 actually seems slightly more responsive/quicker (contrary to what I would have expected for buying an older version).
by James on 2018-12-06T16:00:00

Poor quality
Rating: 1
The back case of the watch came out due to over heating during charging with a week.
by Raunak on 2019-07-10T17:00:00

All Features

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SensorsAccelerometer
Internal Memory Capacity16 gigabytes
Display TypeAnalog
Color DisplayNo
Form FactorWristwatch
Number of Sensors2
Backlit DisplayNo
Integrated CameraNo
Metrics MeasuredDistance traveled
Product Width1.7 inches
Battery TypeOther
Charging Interface(s)None
Touch ScreenYes
Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts2 years
Clock DisplayYes
ColorDark Brown
Maximum Depth of Water Resistance98 feet
RechargeableYes
Usage Time504 hours
Wi-Fi CompatibilityNone
SeriesHybrid HR
Alert TypeVibration
Bluetooth EnabledYes
Data Plan RequiredNo
Band MaterialLeather
Band TypeStrap
Clasp TypeBuckle
Global PositioningNone
Color CategoryBlack
Model NumberFTW7008
Operating System CompatibilityApple iOS
Water ResistantYes
Product Height1.7 inches
Product NameHybrid HR Smartwatch 42mm
Display ScreenYes
Band Width22 millimeters
Case ShapeRound
Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor2 years
BrandFossil
Additional Accessories IncludedUSB charger
Bluetooth VersionOther
App CompatibleYes
Vibration AlertYes
Band ColorDark Brown
Product TypeSmartwatch
Assembled Product Weight8 oz
Features45mm case 22mm interchangeable strap
releaseFeb 2019

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