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

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Title Fossil Men's Gen 4 Explorist HR Heart Rate Stainless Steel and Silicone Touchscreen Smartwatch, Color: Black (Model: FTW4018)Fossil Men's Gen 4 Explorist HR Heart Rate Stainless Steel and Leather Touchscreen Smartwatch, Color: Silver, Brown (Model: FTW4015)
Model Fossil
Men\'s Gen 4 Explorist
Fossil
Men\'s Gen 4 Explorist HR

Basic Info

Suggested Price $198.84$274.99
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Release Feb 2019Feb 2019

Overview

Top Features
  • 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
  • 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 Rating3.5 (out of 171 reviews)3.5 (out of 68 reviews)
Latest Reviews

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

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

Assembled Product Weight8 oz8 oz
Features45mm case 22mm interchangeable strap45mm case 22mm interchangeable strap
releaseFeb 2019Feb 2019

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