Fossil’s Q watch line is an fascinating foray by a standard style watchmaker into the wearable world. Their newest additions to the road, the Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR, add quite a lot of Android Wear performance to a watch that’s harking back to Fossil’s earlier, easier watches. In different phrases, these are some good, low-cost smartwatches for the health fan.
The unique Q watches included a clever hybrid model with analog face and step counter. As the corporate expanded into wearables, nevertheless, they went the Android Wear route and created quite a lot of lower-powered touchscreen watches. Now, due to a brand new chipset, Fossil is ready to add an important deal extra performance in a pleasant bundle. The Venture and the Explorist provides untethered GPS, NFC, coronary heart fee and 24-hour battery life. It additionally contains an altimeter and gyroscope sensor.
The new watches begin at $255 and run the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip, an optimized chipset for health watches.
The watch is available in a number of kinds and with a number of bands and options 36 faces, together with well being and fitness-focused faces for the bodily formidable. The watch additionally permits you to pay with Google Pay — Apple Pay isn’t supported — and you’ll retailer content material on the look ahead to runs or walks. It additionally tracks swims and is waterproof. The Venture and Explorist are 40mm and 45mm, respectively, and the straps are interchangeable. While they’re no $10,000 Swiss masterpiece, this stuff look — and work — fairly good.