I have reviewed several hybrid smartwatches and as a watch enthusiast, I also recommend Fossil for those who are starting out with purchasing of watches, wanting it to be stylish but also are not as willing to spend over a $125 on a watch.
But with that being said, Fossil is a brand that is well-known. In the past, they were the go to for stainless steel watches, to watches with cool, varying digital interface and here we are now with the Fossil Q Commuter Hybrid Smartwatch.
This is for those who want the compromise of a smart watch that records your steps, sleep activity but has the look of a non-digital watch.
As a person who wears a smart watch, especially fitness watches, one of the things that I often think about is that I would like to wear classier watches, but often torn because I want to record my steps and activity on my smartwatch.
Wouldn’t that be cool if there was a dress watch that would have similar abilities to a smart watch?
The Fossil Q Commuter watch looks elegant with its gold trim, the use of navy dial, red and white hands and I really enjoy the watch and its elegant look. The watch is said to last six months on its internal battery (Replaceable CR2430) and this watch requires to be connected to an app for compatible with phones running Android OS 4.4+ or iPhone 5/iOS 8.2+.
To remove the case and replace the battery, take a coin and twist the case (so you will see two dots match) and then replace your battery. It’s quite simple.
The setup is quite easy. After downloading and starting the Fossil Q App, when prompted by the app, press down on any button on the right side of the watch for several seconds until your smartphone detects the Fossil Q Commuter Hybrid Smart Watch.
As the time is adjusted to match the time on your smartphone, the hands will move to their appropriate time. You can then program any of the three buttons to do various shortcuts.
May it be commute time, date, goal tracking, mode toggle, music control, volume up or down, ring phone, take a photo, stop watch, and you can enable notifications and track your steps and monitor your sleep.
You can select various presets such as travel or fitness. And you have the power to set the functions within the app and turn them on (the more you have on, more than likely it can affected performance of your watch, let alone battery power).
If you don’t like the color of the strap, you can purchase a color that suits your taste but I do like the navy strap and how it goes with the cool navy dial.
The Fossil Q Commuter Hybrid smartwatch is for those who want style but want a watch to have functions like its fitness watch or smartwatch counterpart. Fossil offers various type of hybrid watches as well.
I feel this watch is attractive and definitely is a compromise for those who want a dress watch with limited smartwatch/fitness watch functions.
But overall, it’s a stylish watch with a few smart/fitness watch capabilities which will no doubt attract people looking for that certain type of hybrid watch.
Another plus is that this watch showcase that the battery can last six months were other hybrid watch brands have four months as max.
But I do like the overall look of this Fossil hybrid smartwatch.
But you have to ask yourself the question, is a hybrid smartwatch for you? For fitness watch, I use Garmin and TomTom fitness/cardio watches that supply me the data that I need and can connect to Strava.
But I don’t like to wear a fitness watch all the time and as I have a large collection of watches, I like hybrid watches because they offer more than just telling the time, they can track my steps or sleep and do a few other functions.
If I’m traveling, I can put a preset to add a secondary time, if I want to take a selfie, I can press a button and snap a photo. So, there are advantages.
Of course, the disadvantage is you can connect to USB and charge it. These batteries die after half a year, but fortunately they are inexpensive. So, expect to purchase a few CR2430 batteries if you intend to get a hybrid smartwatch.
Overall, I do love the look of the Fossil Q Commuter Hybrid Smartwatch. It’s easy to setup and through the app, easy to program.