Wear OS smartwatches aren't for everyone, but Fossil's Gen 5 watches are some of the best ones to buy. They operate on the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip paired with a full gig of RAM, making it one of the snappiest experiences with Google's wearable platform around. And right now, you can buy a Gen 5 watch for as low as $143.20 from Fossil's website when you use the coupon code exclusive.
Fossil is the main manufacturer of smartwatches running Google's Wear OS software, and the Gen 5 is the company's main series at the moment. The smaller Gen 5E launched earlier this month for $250, but now you can get the regular models for just $189.00 on Amazon. That's a savings of $106 compared to the typical price.
Samsung's new smartwatch on the block is the Galaxy Watch3, featuring the company's latest hardware and software packed into a traditional-looking watch. However, at a starting price of $400 (with configurations that make it almost $500), it's not an impulse purchase. There's also the competition to consider, namely the Fossil Gen 5.
It's fair to say that Wear OS has been stagnating lately. Google announced a few updates for its smartwatch operating system last week, but they're more like minor improvements than the major overhaul many feel the platform needs. Fossil and its subsidiaries make a lot of Wear OS watches, and now the company is taking matters into its own hands with an exclusive update that adds new health-tracking capabilities, a Phone app tile, and more.
The Fossil Gen 5 is one of the best Wear OS smartwatches you can buy, thanks to a stylish design and solid hardware let down only by Qualcomm's lackluster support for the platform and the inherent bugginess of Wear OS. The Garrett styling of the Gen 5 has the same hardware as the regular model, only wrapped up in a fancy new exterior. The usual $295 price tag is quite high, but if you grab it at Amazon now you can get it for the much more palatable $179 ($116 off).
Fossil Group has a lot to talk about at CES 2020: there's new wild-looking Diesel smartwatch, as well as the third-generation Skagen Falster. If you've had your eye on some of Fossil's existing watches, you'll be glad to hear they are now available in more styles.
One of the great things about being an Android user is that there are plenty of good smartwatch options to match any style and preference. If you want the best Wear OS watch on the market, though, there is only one that we'd recommend above all the rest. For a limited time, you can pick up a brand new Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch for only $172 ($123 off) at Amazon.
Google's Wear OS platform is in a bit of a weird place. The operating system itself is still being periodically updated with new features and improvements, like the Tiles function that was released in May, but the third-party app library is still minimal, and Qualcomm has been slow to improve the underlying hardware. Still, Wear OS isn't going anywhere, and the closest thing to a flagship watch is the new fifth-generation Fossil Q lineup.
The Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch is the best Wear OS device you can buy right now, even if that isn't a terribly high bar to climb. However, the original $295 pricetag made it a difficult recommendation, especially when Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active was $100 less. Now the tables have turned — the new Watch Active2 costs $300, and now the Fossil Gen 5 is just $169.00.