Fossil Gen 5E vs Gen 4 Sport – Which is Better?

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The Gen 5E is the latest smartwatch from Fossil, it’s still powered by the outdated Snapdragon 3100 chip instead of a more advanced Snapdragon 4100. Its however a beautiful smartwatch with a prestigious appearance, and is also equipped to track your daily activities. Gen 4 Sport released 2 years ago was the first Fossil smartwatch to be powered by the 3100 chip, yet still one of the best Wear OS smartwatches. It shares a lot of features in common with the Gen 5E, so in this post, we take a look at the differences between these two to help you decide which is a better smartwatch for you.

Fossil Gen 5E vs Gen 4 Sport Specs Comparison

 
 
Product Info

Fossil Gen 5e Full Specifications, Features and Price

Fossil Gen 4 Sport (43mm) Specifications, Features and Price

Price $179.00 $258.83
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Fossil Gen 5e (44mm) Fossil Gen 4 Sport (43mm)
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Men Unisex
Predecessor Fossil Gen 4 Explorist Fossil Gen 3 Sport
Successor
Models Fossil Gen 5e (44mm) (42mm)
Date released November, 2020 November, 2018
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.28 inch 1.2 inches
Display type AMOLED, Full color AMOLED, Full color
Resolution 416 x 416 px 390 x 390 px
Pixel density
Customizable watchface Yes Yes
Input type 1 Physical button, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
Always-On Yes Yes
BODY BODY BODY
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel Aluminum
Strap material Leather, Silicone, Stainless steel Silicone
Bezel material Stainless steel Aluminum
Strap size 22 mm 20 mm
Color Black, Brown, Gold Black, Blue, Gray
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass
Dimension 44 x 44 x 12 mm 43 x 43 x 12 mm
Weight
Waterproof rating 3ATM Yes, 5ATM
Swim-proof Yes Yes
Durability test
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth calling Yes No
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 MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 1GB 512MB
ROM 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Network technology None None
SIM type None None
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes No
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Camera No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
GPS (connected GPS), No Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Pulse Ox. No No
Altimeter No Yes
Barometer No No
Compass No No
ECG No No
Thermometer No No
Ambient light No Yes
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Steps Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Floors climbed No Yes
Blood oxygen No No
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 BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 310mAh
Battery life Regular: 24hrs+ Regular: 24hrs+
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock
Charging duration 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Operating system Wear OS Wear OS
Chipset Snapdragon 3100 Snapdragon 3100
CPU
GPU
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Fossil Q App Fossil Q App
Compatibility Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+ Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+
Payment system Google Pay Google Pay
Customizable strap 22 mm, Yes 20mm, Yes
Voice Assistant Yes, Google Assistant Yes, Google Assistant
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Fossil Gen 5e, Manual, Straps Charger, Fossil Gen 4 Sport, Manual, Straps
Price $179.00 $258.83

As you can see from the table above, both Gen 5E and Gen 4 Sport are fitness-focused as well as being equipped to help you stay connected to all the information that matters most to you. However, there are slight differences that differentiate these two. Both are powered by Snapdragon 3100, meanwhile, Gen 5e has 1GB RAM under the hood which is a very big deciding factor especially for a Wear OS platform. Even more, Gen 5e has a stainless steel case which is more durable than the aluminum case of Gen 4 Sport, but the Sport weighs a little less. Gen 5E has a microphone and loudspeaker, while Gen 4 Sport has only a microphone. As a result, you can make and receive calls directly from Gen 5E via Bluetooth connection to a phone which isn’t possible with Gen 4 Sport.

At a Glance – The Difference Between Gen 5e and Gen 4 Sport

Gen 5E

Gen 4 Sport

Display Size

1.28 inches

1.2 inches

Dimension

44 x 44 x 12 mm
42 x 42 x 12 mm

43 x 43 x 12 mm
41 x 41 x 12 mm

Case Material

Stainless steel

Aluminum

Memory

1GB

0.5GB

Storage

4GB

4GB

Loudspeaker

Yes

No

Bluetooth Calls

No

Yes

Inubuilt GPS

No (connected GPS)

Yes

Altimeter

Yes

No

Ambient Light

Yes

No

On the other hand, Gen 4 Sport has an inbuilt GPS, unlike Gen 5E which can connect to your phone GPS to enable tracking for outdoor activities. As a result, you’ll have to carry your phone along every time you intend to track your outdoor activities with Gen 5e. Personally, I don’t consider a smartwatch without an inbuilt GPS a fitness smartwatch.

Moreover, Gen 4 Sport comes with an altimeter that enables it to count floors and it also has an ambient light sensor both of which Gen 5E lacks.

My Verdict

In all, Gen 5e is more of a lifestyle smartwatch than a fitness smartwatch, while Gen 4 Sport is a fitness smartwatch. In other words, if you’re looking for a fitness smartwatch, then Gen 4 Sport is a better choice, while Gen 5e is a classic smartwatch.

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