Experts and novice smart watch users alike are often surprised to hear that the well-known wrist watch brand, Fossil, has also been manufacturing smart watches on the mainstream market—and excellent ones at that.

Known for their analog watches, Fossil has entered the modern age with the Fossil Q Founder smart watch. Do not take Fossil’s history lightly—the technology and operating system packed into this astoundingly attractive smart watch was unexpected but we should not be surprised that Fossil has taken a step forward in the modern age of wearable technology.

Brand: Fossil
Model: Q Founder Collection
Fossil: https://goo.gl/fUJLLV
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Specs/Size/Design

The Fossil Q Founder is a unisex smart watch that is extremely versatile and full of extra functions that will thrill any smart watch seeker. This 47mm diameter case is larger than most other smart watch faces, and it looks excellent on any wrist.

The touchscreen-enabled smart watch comes standard with a stainless steel case and a variety of options for the band and case color. The face of the Q Founder is the traditional full circle design that features scratch-resistant technology, stainless steel case, and a variety of straps to choose from.

Powered by Android Wear, this powerful operating system allows you to receive display notifications, track your activity, personalize your watch face, and much more. With the interchangeable straps that will match your personality and displays that you can change to suit your environment, it takes only seconds to completely change your look with the Q Founder. From digital designs, clever modern face dials, minimalist faces, to traditional analog, you will never look like you are wearing the same watch.

Technical Specifications and Features:

  • Unisex
  • Case Size: 47mm
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Case Color: Black
  • Case Shape: Round
  • Case Thickness: 13mm
  • Screen: 1.5 inch touch screen digital display
  • Display resolution: 240ppi
  • Compatible via Bluetooth with Android 4.4 and higher, as well as iOS 8.2/iPhone 5 and above.
  • Powered by Android Wear
  • Intel Innovation technology
  • Battery Type: 400mAh
  • Battery Life: Approx. 24 Hours
  • Bluetooth
  • Band Width: 22mm straps and bracelets (interchangeable)
  • Water Resistance: Withstands immersion between 15cm and 1 meter (not water resistant, but can survive splashes, accidental immersion, and other situations)
  • Features: Accelerometer, Activity Tracking, Gyroscope for wrist motions and gestures, Notification technology, Wireless Syncing, Wireless Charging, Fossil mobile apps, and endless watch face options at the swipe of the screen.
  • Text and Voice
Wireless Charging Dock

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Battery

The Q Founder has an all-day (24 hour) battery life and can be charged conveniently using wireless docking technology.

The Good

Fossil has created a five star smart watch with the Q Founder—this wearable tech is highly rated among users and is a dark horse in the race to impress mainstream smart watch users.

What this smart watch does best is provide endless options for design and customization, as well as use Intel and Android Wear technology to offer the wearer more options in terms of applications, notification displays, wireless syncing, wireless charging, and compatibility to both Android and iOS devices.

This smart watch also features fitness and activity tracking apps all from the convenience of the watch itself. It contains technology such as gyroscopes and accelerometers that keep track of your motions and movement throughout the day, which you can use to get fit and keep track of your health.

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This smart watch is protected from dust and can withstand water immersion from 15cm to 1 meter in depth. This is not a water resistant watch, but it will be protected in situations where rain, a drop in a puddle or sink, or an accidental immersion in water occurs.

Not only does this smart watch utilize notification technology and fitness tracking, but it is also text and voice activated for.

The Bad

While not a terrible aspect, the battery life is limited to a single day with normal to heavy usage. Depending on your usage, this 24 hour battery life could be cut down a bit if you are a heavy or moderate user of your smart watch and tend to utilize a lot of features.

Highlights

Wireless syncing and charging is a highlight feature of the Q Founder. You will not need to be burdened by corded charging any longer, and with the wireless syncing technology, you can transfer your contact information, alarms, calendar settings, messages, and more from your smart phone to your smart watch. This aids in phone-less utilization of your Q Founder in everyday activities.

Another highlight is the Intel Innovation technology which turbo-charges the ability of this smart watch to connect and function at a higher level.

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Functionality

The Fossil Q Founder is compatible with both iPhone and Android-based devices, and the speed of the OS is quick and responsive.

This fully functional smart watch has had excellent reviews from the industry as well as wearers, who love its functionality as well as the sleek, sophisticated look it offers. Powered by Android Wear, the display is always on so you can keep track of your activity, notifications, texts, calls, emails, weather, the time, and anything else streaming from your apps. Best of all, you decide what is important and what is not—all from a beautiful display by this top-notch company.

The tactile functionality of the Q Founder is excellent as well—this sleek smart watch’s touch screen is versatile and easy to utilize the plethora of functions and applications on this device.

It’s functionality as far as its intended environment is on point, as well. This smart watch is intended to have a luxury look and feel to it, and is perfect for dress wear, business wear, as well as casual wear. The various face designs and strap options make it excellent for interchangeability for different occasions.

It is, however, not recommended to wear this smart watch during impact sports or where it may be submerged in water past 50 meters.

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Pricing

Ranging from $275 to $315, your Q Founder is worth the price and gives mainstream smart watches a run for their money in the looks department.

You can buy the Fossil Q Founder directly from Fossil at: https://goo.gl/fUJLLV

Overall Impression

The Fossil Q Founder is a very impressive smart watch that contains technology that I did not initially expect to find in the traditional and well-known brand of Fossil. It is surprising that this watch is not as well-known as other smart watches on the mainstream market. It offers a solid and striking design, upgraded technology, and the user-friendly functionality that is highly sought after.

The only negative aspect of the Fossil Q Founder is the battery life. Rated for all-day usage, it is comparable to some other mainstream and popular smart watches, but is not by any means the best battery length out there.

Especially for moderate to heavy users of wearable technology, if you plan on using your smart watch all day or at least, very frequently, then the Q Founder may not be the best choice. However, for the excellent price, upgraded technology, dual-compatibility, and striking design options, this smart watch does not have any serious flaws.

The Q Founder is definitely recommended to those having a difficult time trying to find a more classic and sophisticated style of smart watch than the sports or polyurethane-made models on the market today.

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Rating Comments

Perfect for business and dress wear, you can customize your Fossil Q Founder from a digital face display to a variety of traditional “analog” face displays that make this versatile smart watch an excellent choice for the office or to impress at your next event.

With this beautiful and versatile design, excellent price that rivals mainstream smart watches, and a functionality that is quick and responsive, the Fossil Q Founder impresses and has an excellent overall quality rating.

Rating
9.4Overall Score
Price10
Battery Life6.8
Design10
Functionality10
Overall Quality10