Fossil Q Founder Review – The Company’s First Smartwatch But Misses in Some Areas

It is only fitting that watch manufacturers are now starting to join the smartwatch trend, and we can see that with the Fossil Q Founder. It has a beautiful exterior which you can gladly hold your wrist up high while walking down a crowded area. However, when talking about its performance, well, that’s another story.

Fossil Q Founder Review - The Company's First Smartwatch But Misses in Some Areas

The Fossil Q Founder Has Good Looks That Only Run Skin Deep

The Fossil Q Founder does not do anything to separate itself from other smartwatches that are already out in today’s market. Furthermore, there are even some who won’t like the design of the watch. It even suffers from a buggy performance and an even poor battery life. This begs the question as to how did the smartwatch pass the QA inspection.

On its surface, the Q Founder looks like it can compete with other luxuriously design smartwatches such as the Huawei Watch or the Moto 360. It features a stainless steel casing that feels really strong and there are circular displays that resemble the traditional high-end analog watch. It’s crown also resemble the traditional wristwatch but it doesn’t spin as it is only a button.

Fossil’s first smartwatch is available in only one size, and that is a large 46-millimeter diameter. Hence, and once again, this watch is definitely not for everyone. Furthermore, as you take a closer look at the wearable tech, more things start to fall apart.

The display is not actually a complete circle. At the bottom of the 1.5-inch 360 x 326 resolution display sits a black bar with an ambient light sensor, which is similar to what you can see on the Moto 360. Also, as with the Moto 360, it is not attractive to look at. Images being displayed are not as crisp as you would hope it to be. Also, images, and even text, look pixelated.

It is powered by an Intel Atom processor rather than the normal Qualcomm chips which are found in many other Android-powered smartwatches. This processor does not seem to keep up with the competition since users will suffer a noticeable lag as they swipe through the different screens. There will even be occasions wherein you would have to reboot the device just to make it work properly again.

The bottom line, the Fossil Q Founder does look nice and it has quite the classy design, but it is definitely not the best Android watch out there; in fact, it is far from it. There are better, less expensive Android Wear devices out there for prospective smartwatch buyers.


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