The latest from Fossil smartwatch is the Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid, but how does it compare to Garmin’s own hybrid smartwatch, the Vivomove Sport? Fossil and Garmin are two of the most popular smartwatch brands in the United States. However, there are notable differences between their broader watch portfolio and their products.
Fossil’s full-fledged smartwatches are powered by Google’s Wear OS, while Garmin’s smartwatches run a proprietary operating system. Garmin’s line of wearables includes not only smartwatches and hybrid smartwatches, but also fitness trackers. While Fossil doesn’t make fitness trackers, it does have a healthy selection of mainstream watches.
Fossil’s Gen 6 Hybrid comes in two different variants – Machine with a 45mm case and Stella with a 41mm case. Both have an E Ink display that is 1.1. inches on the larger model and 0.94 inches on the smaller watch. For control, there are two push buttons and a crown/home button on the right side of the stainless steel case. Depending on the variant purchased, the Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid is available with silicone, leather or steel straps. The Garmin Vivomove Sport comes in just one size – 40mm – and features an 8.6mm x 18.5mm OLED display. There are no buttons and the case is made of fiber-reinforced polymer. It comes with 20mm silicone straps and has a water resistance rating of 5ATM, an improvement over the Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid’s 3ATM rating.
Always-on e-ink vs. hidden OLED
Fossil and Garmin have taken different approaches to how their watches’ smart features work. While both are capable of measuring heart rate, blood oxygen, steps, calories and sleep, the information is delivered in different ways. On the Gen 6 Hybrid, these stats are available on the always-on E Ink display. The Vivomove Sport requires users to tap the watch face to reveal the hidden OLED touchscreen and then swipe the screen to view the tracked health metrics. While Fossil’s implementation isn’t bad, Garmin’s is smarter.
The Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid has built-in Amazon Alexa support, although the connected smartphone needs to be within range. It also supports data syncing with Google Fit and Apple HealthKit. In addition, music playback, weather, a built-in timer, alarms and notifications are supported. The Garmin Vivomove Sport can track stress, women’s health, hydration, breathing and breathing exercises. There’s also a built-in timer, alarm, calendar, weather, and stopwatch, as well as support for notifications and music playback.
Neither smartwatch is GPS compatible, but can pair with a connected smartphone. Both also have a Find My Phone feature and are compatible with Android and iOS devices. The battery life of both smartwatches is significantly better than their Wear OS counterparts, although the Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid wins this round. Battery life can last up to two weeks on a single charge for the 45mm version, while the 41mm version can last up to a week. In contrast, the Vivomove Sport only offers up to 5 days of use on a single charge.
The tide is turning when it comes to the price. The Garmin Vivomove Sport is the most affordable hybrid smartwatch priced at $179.99 and can be purchased in black, cocoa, and mint colors. Fossil’s Gen 6 Hybrid costs more with a starting price of $229 for silicone strap models and $249 for stainless steel or leather strap models. 6th generation fossil hybrid smartwatch Buyers can also choose from six styles for the 41mm version and seven for the 45mm version.
Source: Fossil, Garmin
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