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Fossil Gen 3 Q Explorist Full Specifications

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The full specification, features, pros, and cons of Fossil Gen 3 Explorist , a smartwatch for the classic man which runs on the Google wear OS and was released in august 2017.

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Fossil Gen 3 Q Explorist Full Specifications

 Fossil Gen 3 Q Explorist
fossil gen 3 explorist

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Battery:
2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
2.3 out of 5 stars (2.3 / 5)
Features:
2.8 out of 5 stars (2.8 / 5)
Price:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
2.9 out of 5 stars (2.9 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFossil Gen 3 Explorist
Device typeClassic/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorFossil Gen 2
SuccessorFossil Gen 4 Q Explorist
Released dateSeptember, 2017
Ideal forMen

DISPLAY

Display typeAMOLED
Display size1.44 inch
Display resolution454 x 454 pixels
Pixel density249 ppi
Input typeTouchscreen
1 physical button
Always-onYes

BODY

ShapeCircular
Dimension46 x 46 x 12.5 mm
Weight--
Casing materialStainless steel
Strap/band materialLeather
Stainless steel
straps
Bezel MaterialStainless steel
Strap size22mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, IP67
Swim-proofNot recommended
Color(s)Black
Brown, silver

MEMORY

RAM0.5GB
Internal storage4GB
Memory card slotNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.1 LE
Bluetooth callingNo
Wi-FiYes
NFCNo
GPSNo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNo
SIMNo
BandNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYes
SMS alertYes
Calls alertYes
Event reminderYes
WeatherYes
Third-party appsYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNo
Sleep trackingYes
StepsYes
Floors climbedNo
Heart rate monitoringYes
CaloriesYes
DistanceYes
StressYes
VO2 Max.__
Blood oxygenNo
Blood pressureNo
Menstrual cycle trackingNo
Swim trackingNo
Under-water heart rate trackingNo
Preloaded mapsNo
On-screen workout modesNo
Triathlon mode__
ECG TrackingNo
Preloaded sport modesYes
Safety trackingNo

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4
Music streamingYes
Bluetooth musicYes
RadioNo
LoudspeakerYes
MicrophoneYes
CameraNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYes
Barometer/AltimeterNo
Heart rate monitor (HRM)Yes
CompassNo
Gyroscope Yes
Ambient lightYes
Pulse Ox.No
ECGNo
ThermometerNo
Other sensors__

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Wear OS
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 2100
CPU--
GPU--

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity __
Battery lifeStandby: 2 days+
Mixed usage: ~1 day
Charging typeInductive charging magnet
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeNo
Solar powerNo
Rapid chargingNo

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYes
StopwatchYes
AlarmYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control cameraYes
Music controlYes
Find phoneYes
Text responseYes

MISC

Payment systemNo
Compatibility Android 4.4 (excluding Go edition)+
iOS 9.3+
Companion appFossil Q app
Customizable watch faceYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 22mm
Voice commandYes

BOX CONTENTS

Fossil Gen 3 Explorist
Straps
Inductive charging magnet
Quick start guide
NOTE: We can't guarantee that all the information on this table are 100% correct. Read full disclaimer. Please, report an error.
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Fossil Gen 3 Explorist Features

  1. Design
  2. Fossil Gen 3 explorist comes with a great design which makes it very attractive, classy and elegant. The body is built for durability, the case is a stainless steel material, whereas the straps which are interchangeable with a 22mm strap size is made of silicone material. The watch faces can be customized to your choice.

    The display is great and it features a brightly full-color AMOLED display with a high resolution that makes the screen readable under all ambient conditions. It is touchscreen and features 3 physical buttons by the right side which allows for easy navigation of the 1.4 inch screen size.

    Battery

    The battery life of Gen 3 Q Explorist is not so great, perhaps due to the fact that it comes with Qualcomm snapdragon wear 2100 processor which is considered outdated and drains the battery. The battery is Li-ion, on standby you should expect a battery life of about 1-2days while on mixed average usage it’s estimated to last almost a day. However, battery life totally depends on usage.

    The Gen 3 Q Explorist battery can be charged simple by plugging the USB end to a low-power source, then place the smartwatch on the inductive charging magnet. It takes about 2-3 hours for the battery to be fully charged. To avoid damage to the device, it is recommended that you use only inductive chargers. Also do not use a USB hub, USB splitter, USB y-cable, battery pack or other peripheral devices to charge .

  3. Media
  4. The Gen 3 Q Explorist is fun-packed. It comes with 4GB internal storage space that lets you store your favorite tracks and other files which you can listen to via a Bluetooth enabled earbud on the go while working out, in the office or just recreating or simply play via the loudspeaker that comes with the watch.

  5. Water Resistance/Protection
  6. The Gen 3 Q Explorist is IP67 certified and as such is water and dust resistant, but below our expectation. It’s not recommended to wear it to the shower, ocean or to water depths below 0.5-1meters.

  7. Activity/Fitness tracking
  8. The Fossil Gen 3 Q Explorist is not the perfect choice for fitness-minded people. It only comes with the basic accelerometer sensor which only tracks steps and other simple activities from the Google Fit app. There is no GPS for tracking outdoor functionality. There is no heart rate monitor for tracking heart rate variations.

  9. Notifications & Application

The Gen 3 Q Explorist comes with a Bluetooth smart v4.1 LE which when paired with compatible smartphone syncs effortlessly to enable notifications alert as they arrive. Notifications include;

  • It alerts you when there is an incoming call or missed calls.
  • It keeps you updated with it’s event reminder and calendar features.
  • It is capable of updating you with weather forecast data.
  • It notifies you when you have a new text message alert.
  • It also alerts you when there is a new email on your phone.
  • It alerts you instantly when there is a notification from different third-party applications such as Facebook alerts, Whatsapp alert and Twitter alerts.

The Gen 3 Q Explorist though comes with a rose-gold stainless strap, the straps are interchangeable with a 22mm strap of your choice. Beside this, the watch faces can also be customized to your choice.

The Gen 3 Q Explorist is compatible with android 4.4 (excluding Go edition) or later and iOS 9.3 or later.

The Gen 3 Explorist doesn’t have an NFC chip which would have supported Google pay a contactless payment system which lets you make payments on the go with a simple swap .

The Gen 3 Q Explorist has a loudspeaker and a microphone which lets you use the voice command feature for text and otherwise via Google assistant.

Pros

  • The design is very attractive, fashion-focused and classic.
  • The body is built for durability.
  • The Straps and watch faces are customizable.
  • It runs on Google’s wear OS, meaning access to more apps.
  • There is a loudspeaker and microphone.

Cons

  • There is no GPS for outdoor activity tracking.
  • There is no NFC for Google pay.
  • There is no HRM for heart rate monitoring.
  • Tracks only basic activities.
  • The battery is not so great.
  • No sim slot.
  • It’s not swim-proof.

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