Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch

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The beauty of a hybrid smartwatch is that it combines the best of two worlds. This classic watch looks like a regular run of the mill watch, but it acts like a smartwatch. You will still have all the abilities you would expect to have from smartwatch like activity tracking, notifications, and controlling your music. There is no need to charge this watch, as it is powered by replaceable batteries instead of rechargeable ones which customers enjoy because they will not have to make sure it stays charged. Customers love the mix of a classic look and modern technology. The ability to customize the style and look of this watch through interchangeable bands is rather appealing to customers as well. No matter what you are doing, whether going to the gym, having a night on the town, or attending a business meeting, this watch will fit right in.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Has the classic look of a 'regular' watch
  • The battery will last you months, no need to recharge
  • Customizable with multiple shortcuts you can assign to the buttons
  • Supports many app notifications and alerts
  • It will automatically change your timezone
  • Great accuracy 
  • Customers love the look and feel
Cons
  • A bit more complicated than a regular watch
  • Not as many features as a full-on smartwatch
  • Can become confusing with too many alerts and notifications
  • Not water resistant
  • The hands do not illuminate in low light
Activities
Activities

Activities

Customers can use this watch for a plethora of different activities. It has the look and feel of your normal run of the mill analog watch but it can offer you so much more. Whether you are just a casual watch wearer and you just want to see your activity levels or you are starting to get into the fitness scene and want to test the waters of a smartwatch without going all in, the Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch will be perfect for you. Customers can use the Fossil to track their everyday activities and accomplishments including how many steps they have taken, how far they have traveled, the number of calories they have burned, and the duration and quality of sleep.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

The classic look of the Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch seems like an ordinary watch on the outside, but it does offer the basic features you would expect from an activity tracker and some of the features of smartwatches. This timepiece will count your daily steps for you while also measuring out your distance traveled. It will use the information on your activity level to calculate approximately how many calories you have burned throughout the day. The Fossil will also track your sleep, letting you know how long you slept as well as how well you slept.

When it comes to the smartwatch aspect of this product there are a few simple features that you can use. You can set your watch up to receive text and call alerts, as well as app notifications and alarms. However, since there is no digital screen you will only be alerted to an incoming notification, so you will still have to use your phone to see what the message is.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

The Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch does not offer too many advanced features, as it is a basic hybrid between a classic watch and a smartwatch. One of the better features this product has to offer, however, is that it does not need to be charged. Instead of using rechargeable batteries that most similar products use, this watch uses a replaceable battery. Because you do not have to worry about charging the watch you can wear it all day without fear of it dying on you which customers appreciate. The battery life is also much greater, lasting a couple of months before it has to be replaced.

Another nice feature the Fossil offers their customers is the fact that there are three buttons on the side of the watch that you can use to customize your experience. You can create shortcuts using these buttons to tell your watch what you want it to do, like control your music, use as a stopwatch, or to find your phone. The find your phone feature comes in rather handy to those who have the tendency to lose their phones, as they can simply press this button and your smartphone will start ringing, allowing you to easily find it.
Accuracy
Accuracy

Accuracy

The Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch seems to be fairly accurate when it comes to tracking the number of steps you take while wearing it. The distance traveled, however, can be a bit tricky for this, or any other fitness tracker. If you set up the length of your stride and input the information the Fossil will give you a much more accurate representation of how far you walked throughout the day.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

This timepiece connects to your iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth, which you will need to set up and use the watch. Since this is a hybrid watch and therefore does not have a digital screen that you can interact with, everything is done from your phone. Some customers have complained that they had a hard time keeping the phone connected once they got the initial connection, however that can be due to the proximity of your phone to your watch. Connecting your device is rather easy to do. You simply use the Fossil Q app and from there you can sync your phone and get everything set up. Once you establish the initial connection the watch should automatically sync and connect when the two pieces are close to each other. As mentioned, however, sometimes there are issues getting it to stay connected.
Apps
Apps

Apps

The Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch works with the Fossil Q app which is available for both iPhone and Android devices. Customers have stated that the app is fairly basic and extremely easy to use. It will walk you through, step by step, how to set up your watch which customers love. The app will allow you to set and monitor your activity goals, letting you track your progress. Because this is an analog watch and does not have a digital display you will have to use the Fossil app to interact with the smart features of your watch.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Many customers have commented on how comfortable they feel this watch is. Keep in mind when purchasing this watch, however, that it is rather large and can be a bit bulky, but reviewers have mentioned that even though it is big it does not bother them too much and does not get in the way. The silicone strap that comes with the watch is generally comfortable and does not need to be broken in which is much appreciated. Many customers have even mentioned that they are able to sleep with the watch on with no problems, which is an added bonus because this product will also track your sleep.
Style
Style

Style

The Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch comes in a plethora of colors and styles. There is a style out there for just about anyone, whether you are looking for something to wear for a night on the town, to a business meeting, or to hit the gym, Fossil has a watch for you. Customers are drawn to this product because it gives you the functionality of a smartwatch and activity tracker without having to sacrifice the look and feel of a classic analog watch.

This particular watch is also appealing to customers because it is customizable. You have a great many options for colors when it comes to bands, as they are easily interchangeable, allowing everyone to find something that is going to best fit their style and personality. There is no need to wear different watches for each occasion, the Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch will fit all of your needs.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch is a nice and durable watch that will not break on you too easily. The silicone strap that comes with the watch itself is strong and comfortable, and made to handle the weight of the timepiece itself as well as withstand your daily routine and workout. Not many customers have commented on this product suffering from premature wear and tear. Most of the complaints about it are that the glass covering the watch face becomes cracked or scratched, which is a common complaint among watches. Other than that, however, this product seems to last customers a fairly long time.
Face
Face

Face

The face of the Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch is pretty plain and simple. It is, after all, an analog watch with no digital display. There are different watches to choose from when purchasing this product that offers different designs and sizes for the watch face. One of the biggest complaints about the face of this watch is that the hands do not illuminate when it is dark or in dim light, which makes it so you cannot read the time.
Band
Band

Band

The Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch comes with a comfortable silicone band, but it is very easily interchangeable. There are a plethora of band options to choose from that are compatible with this product so you can find a color and style for every occasion. There really is a look for everyone when it comes to this watch, you just have to find the right band for you.
Sizes Available
Sizes Available

Sizes Available

The Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch only comes packaged with one sized band available. The band measures in at 9.25 inches in length and 22 mm wide. Some customers have commented that the band can sometimes not fit their wrist correctly because the perfect size falls between two holes. If this happens you can always purchase additional bands in varying sizes to ensure you find something that is going to fit you comfortably. The watch itself is a bit large and a little on the heavier side, weighing in at 3.52 ounces, although customers still believe it is comfortable and not too heavy on their wrists.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

The Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch is extremely user-friendly and super easy to use. If nothing else, the watch itself is an analog watch that does not take too much skill to use. If you are using the smartwatch features of the product you are going to want to download and sync your watch to your phone. You can download the Fossil Q app from your app store and open it up. The app will walk you through, step by step, how to connect and use your device. Customers love how easy it is to use and that they do not have to put in a lot of effort when it comes to setting it up.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

The Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch is one of the few smartwatches and activity trackers on the market that do not need to be charged. This product, instead of using rechargeable batteries, take replaceable batteries. The benefit of using non-rechargeable batteries is that you only have to replace the batteries every few months and will not have to worry about your device dying on you throughout the day. This takes one CR2 battery which you get included with the product when you purchase it.
Price
Price

Price

The cost of the Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch is very middle of the spectrum when you compare to other watches. It is hard to compare prices because this is a combination of an analog watch and a smartwatch. The MSRP of this product rings up at $155 but can usually be found on sale somewhere on the internet. Customers love this product and believe that they got their monies worth out it.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

When you purchase the Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch you will not get any extra accessories to use with it. You do however have the ability to purchase accessories separately as you need or want them. Many customers will purchase some additional bands for the watch so they can change up their look as they see fit.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Nice balance between the look of a classic watch and the features of a smartwatch
-Has the ability to track your sleep, steps, distance, and calories
-You can receive notifications and alerts to your watch
-Use the watch to take a picture, control your music, or help find your phone
-No need to charge the watch, it uses replaceable batteries
-Bands can be changed out easily for customizable looks
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch is the perfect blend between an analog watch and a smartwatch which customers love. This product is going to track your steps, calories, distance, sleep, and more for you in the background throughout the day. You will be able to connect to your phone via Bluetooth to receive notifications and alerts to your watch. If you are looking for a rather affordable smartwatch but do not want to sacrifice the look of a classic watch then Fossil has you covered.