Fossil Gen 5 vs Ticwatch Pro 3 – [Our Review and Comparison]

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Fossil and Mobvoi are two of the biggest names still keeping faith in Google’s Wear OS platform which popular opinion believe still lags behind the likes of Samsung’s Tizen and Apple’s WatchOS with regards to user experience. However, these two companies have produced some of the best Wear OS smartwatches that have no doubt kept the platform alive even in the face of lower patronage from smartwatch fans. Qualcomm makes chips for Wear OS smartwatches, and their most recent Snapdragon 4100 chip which has the same fabrication process of 12nm as Samsung’s Exynos powers Mobvoi’s most advanced smartwatch, Ticwatch Pro 3. While the outdated Snapdragon 3100 powers Fossil Gen 5. These two smartwatches share a lot of features in common and are some of the best Wear OS smartwatches on the market. This comparison review will compare the design, battery life, media, and fitness tracking features of both Gen 5 and Ticwatch Pro 3 to find out which is a better smartwatch for you.

Fossil Gen 5 vs Ticwatch Pro 3 Technical Specs Comparison

Product Info

Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Specifications, Features and Price

Ticwatch Pro 3 full specs and features

Ticwatch Pro 3 - First Wear OS Snapdragon 4100 Smartwatch

Price $265.22 $299.99
Device name Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Ticwatch Pro 3
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Men Men
Predecessor Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Ticwatch Pro 2020
Date released August, 2019 September, 2020
Display size 1.28 inch 1.4 inches
Display type AMOLED, Full color AMOLED, FSTN, Full color
Resolution 416 x 416 px 454 x 454 px
Pixel density
Customizable watchface Yes Yes
Input type 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
Always-On Yes Yes
Shape Circular Circular, Curved
Case material Stainless steel Glass Fiber, Polyamide
Strap material Stainless steel Silicone
Bezel material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap size 22 mm 22 mm
Color Black, Brown, Smoke Black
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Dimension 44 x 44 x 12 mm 47 x 48 x 12.2 mm
Weight 41.9g
Waterproof rating 3ATM IP68
Swim-proof Yes Yes
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
NFC Yes Yes
Memory card slot No No
Network technology None None
SIM type None None
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Camera No No
Accelerometer Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Pulse Ox. No Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Barometer No Yes
Compass Yes Yes
Thermometer No No
Ambient light Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Blood oxygen No Yes
Blood Pressure No No
Stress Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No
Fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle No No
VO2 Max Yes
Onscreen workout No No
Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity 310mAh 577mAh
Battery life Regular: 24hrs+ Regular: 3 – 45 days
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock
Charging duration 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
Operating system Wear OS Wear OS
Chipset Snapdragon 3100 Snapdragon 4100
CPU 1.7GHz dual core
GPU Adreno 504
Companion app Fossil Q App Ticwatch App
Compatibility Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+ Android, iOS
Payment system Google Pay Google Pay
Customizable strap 22 mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes
Voice Assistant Yes, Google Assistant Yes, Google Assistant
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fossil Gen 5 Calyle, Manual, Straps Charger, Manual, Straps, Ticwatch Pro 3
Price $265.22 $299.99

Features on Both Smartwatches – Which is Better?

  • Design
  • Both Gen 5 and Ticwatch Pro 3 are durably built with tough materials, each of these two has a design that can go the extra mile. Both smartwatches also have relatively near-similar dimensions, and straps come in different materials. You can always change the straps if you don’t like the one that comes with the watch.

    AMOLED power the display of both smartwatches which is very rich in color and easy to read. Although, Ticwatch Pro 3 has a screen size of 1.4 inches which is slightly bigger than the Gen 5’s 1.2 inches display size. Ticwatch Pro 3 has a dual display mode consisting of a smart and essential mode. AMOLED powers the smart mode, while FSTN powers the essential mode. The essential mode will see all Wear OS features become inactive leaving only the date, time, and other related complications, this elongates the battery life to a great extent.

    Going further, Ticwatch Pro 3 has an IP68 waterproof rating which Mobvoi says is suitable to wear for pool swimming, on the other hand, Gen 5 has a higher 3ATM waterproof rating which can be worn while swimming.

  • Fitness Tracking
  • When you talk about fitness tracking, although both smartwatches are well equipped with sensors such as heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and altimeter which allows any of these two to track your steps, heart rate, sleep, calories, floors climbed, and more. Both smartwatches also have inbuilt GPS that allows you to track your outdoor activities like routes and locations. You will also get preset support modes on both smartwatches which will allow you to choose your preferred workout mode depending on the activity you wish to engage in.

    However, Ticwatch Pro 3 has blood oxygen tracking, guided breathing, and hearing protection which Fossil Gen 5 lacks. In other words, Ticwatch Pro 3 is a more comprehensive fitness smartwatch.

  • Media and Connectivity
  • Both smartwatches have a microphone and loudspeaker inbuilt which will allow you to make and receive calls directly from any of these two. Google Assistant is also available on Ticwatch Pro 3 and Fossil Gen 5 which will allow you to use your voice to do simple tasks with your voice. You also get 1GB RAM and 8GB of storage, and with Google Pay available on both smartwatches, you can make payment directly from any of these two.

  • Snapdragon 3100 vs 4100
  • The main difference between Ticwatch Pro 3 and Gen 5 is the different chip that powers each of these two. While the advanced 4100 chip powers Ticwatch Pro 3, the 3100 chip powers Fossil Gen 5. The 4100 chip brings a faster and smoother experience and longer battery life to Wear OS smartwatches with its higher CPU, GPU, and storage. Although, Gen 5 still performs very well.

  • Battery Life
  • Due to the dual-display design of Ticwatch Pro 3, it has a variable battery life that allows it to last up to 3 days on smart mode or about 45 days with essential mode activated. Meanwhile, Gen 5 has proven to last just over a day. However, with the battery saver mode activated, it can go up to 3 days or more depending on your settings and usage.

Fossil Gen 5 Review

Our Verdict
I go with Ticwatch Pro 3 singularly because it has the 4100 chip under the hood which seems like a big deal for upcoming Wear OS smartwatches. Its no doubt a sophisticated smartwatch that has compared favorably with the likes of Galaxy Watch 3 and Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro.

Ticwatch Pro 3 Review

Otherwise, Fossil Gen 5 is still one of the most popular Wear OS smartwatches. It has a prestigious design and nice features.

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