Monday, August 26, 2019

Great Gift Idea: Smartwatch

August 26, 2019


Smartwatch has not yet make it to the popular must-buy list yet. However, it would be a great gift idea for Christmas or someone's birthday. I personally know this because I have not wore a watch for years nor do I wanted a watch or smartwatch at all. However, when I recently got one as a gift from someone. I have to say I am very pleased with the new smartwatch. As a result I am now wearing a watch again, even when I play my weekly badminton, a sport I never wore a watch before..
The Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch is compatible with both Android or iOS, which makes it a pretty good gift for friends or family with Android Phone or iPhone. There are so many different designs, from leather classic to high tech metal, and changeable straps for customer to mix and match according to their taste.



Fossil's website emphasises there major upgrades from Gen 4 smartwatch: Built-in Speaker, Smart Battery Mode and More Storage. I believe that the built-in speaker is the most important upgrade feature amongst the three.  With the built-in speaker, the watch can talk back to the user for the weather condition, the up coming appointment or to allow Google Assistant to talk back to you on a word translation.

There are lots of free or premium watch faces and specialised app can be downloaded from Google's play store. Whether you are looking for a sleep tracker or just fitness app,  chances are that you are going to find one from Google's play store. However, I think the killer is the creative watch faces. Not only that there are so many design to spike up the look and feel, the watch faces can be a host of a lot of information or an access jumper to specific app too. It's really up to the watch face designer's creativity to create your next be-loved watch faces.



As a gift idea, just the follow through actions in showing your friend how to use or what to download will be a great relationship builder. Of course if your friend happens to be a tech nerd, it will definitely rhyme with his personality.

The Fossil has got a rather large collection of various design and changeable straps. Just go to Fossil's smartwatch page and you will be amazed by the diversity of the design.

Other than the look and feel, the Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch is full packed with functionalities. Here are 6 things you can do without even installing external app:
  1. RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS. It uses Bluetooth® technology to connect to your phone. When a notification or alert arrives, a gentle buzz lets you know right away. Needless to say that when someone is calling you, the watch will give you a gentle buzz too.
  2. ASK GOOGLE ASSISTANT FOR HELP. With the Google Assistant on your wrist you can ask your watch anything and hear responses and alerts through your watch's speaker.
  3. MAKE PAYMENT WITH GOOGLE PAY™. Never get caught without your wallet again. Use your watch To make payments almost anyplace you can use a credit card.
  4. HEART-RATE TRACKING. It measures heart rate automatically during a workout or yoga.
  5. TRACK YOUR RUNS WITHOUT CARRYING THE PHONE. With untethered GPS, you can leave your phone behind when you go jogging. 
  6. LISTEN TO MUSIC without your phone with the music stored in your watch.


PRODUCT SPECIFICATION

Operating System: Wear OS by Google
Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 3100
Case Size: 44mm
Notifications:Text / Email / Social Media / App Alerts / Multiple Time Zones / Alarm Clock / Calendar Alerts
Functions: Heart Rate Tracking / GPS / Google Pay™ / Swimproof / Notifications / Personalize Your Dial / Control Your Music / Interchangeable Watch Band
Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart Enabled / 4.2 Low Energy
Compatibility: Android™ 4.4+ (excluding Go edition), iOS 9.3+

FULL LIST OF FEATURES OF GEN 5 SMARTWATCH FROM FOSSIL

ACTIVITY TRACKING
You move and it tracks steps, distance and calories burned.

CONNECTIVITY
Your wearable is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones, specifically with Android OS 4.4+ (excluding Go edition) or iOS 9.3+. All devices have Bluetooth® 4.2 Low Energy and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

CONTROL YOUR MUSIC
Control your music with your phone's selected music player whether it's Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud, Google Play, iTunes or Apple Music.

INTERCHANGEABLE WATCH STRAPS
Match your Fossil Smartwatch to your look in seconds with interchangeable straps.

UNTETHERED GPS
Leave your phone behind. Use untethered GPS to track your run's distance (and play your stored music) on your watch.

MULTIPLE TIME ZONES
Keep track of the local time and the time in another part of the world.

NOTIFICATIONS
Our smartwatches use Bluetooth® technology to connect to your phone. When a notification or alert arrives, a gentle buzz lets you know right away.

WEATHER
You're always prepared when you can get the forecast with a tap.

RAPID CHARGING
You won't have to take your smartwatch off for long to charge it up—get up to 80% in one hour with rapid charging.

ALARM
Set an alarm for wake-ups and workouts (and every reminder in between).

CALENDAR ALERTS
Never miss a meeting, party or event again with reminder alerts sent right to your wrist.

CUSTOMIZABLE BUTTONS
Control your music, check the date and more. Assign the functions you use most to your buttons.

DATE REMINDER
Check today's date on your smartwatch at any time.

HEART-RATE TRACKING
From running to yoga (and more), this smartwatch measures heart rate automatically during a workout.

WATCH APPS
Get the information you want and need the most at a glance.

SOCIAL WATCH FACES
Make your own dial by personalizing select watch faces with your favorite Facebook or Instagram photos.

WIRELESS SYNCING
Automatically syncs to your phone so you can keep tabs on your activity and notifications without ever pushing a button.

MUSIC STORAGE
Store music and apps directly on the watch so you can leave your phone at home.

AUTOMATIC TIME ZONES
When traveling to another time zone, your Fossil Smartwatch automatically updates to the correct local date and time.

COMMUTE TIME
View the amount of time it will take to get to your favorite location from wherever you are on your smartwatch.

CUSTOMIZABLE DIALS
Match your watch to your mood or personal style and swap your dial whenever you want. The choices are endless.

CUSTOM GOAL TRACKING
Create custom goals to track what's most important to you, like drinking water or exercising.

LED FLASHLIGHT
Illuminate the interior of a carryall or small area with the LED flashlight.

RING YOUR PHONE
Can't find your phone? Your Fossil Smartwatch can tell your smartphone to play an audible alert so you can find it fast.

STOPWATCH
Track your laps and time races with stopwatch mode.

SWIMPROOF
Wash your hands, jump into the shower or hit the pool without fear. Your smartwatch will be safe and sound.

GOOGLE PAY™
Never get caught without your wallet again. Use your watch to make payments almost anyplace you can use a credit card.

Source: Fossil.com