Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle Bluetooth Sport Watch

Last updated: October 26, 2022

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Product Details

In our analysis of 37 expert reviews, the Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle Bluetooth Sport Watch placed 13th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Smart watches powered with Wear OS by Google work with iPhone and Android Phones. Case size: 44 millimeter; Band size: 22 millimeter; interchangeable with all Fossil 22 millimeter bands. Battery: 24 Hr+ multi day extended mode. Varies based on usage and after updates install. USB cable with magnetic charger snaps to rings on watch case back and spins 360 degrees for ease of use. Charge up to 80% in under an hour. Health and fitness: Heart Rate & Activity Tracking using Google Fit; Built-in GPS for distance tracking; Swimproof design 3ATM; New wellness enhancements allow you to track sleep history, monitor your restfulness and set sleep goals. Lifestyle: This smart watch has always on display with thousands of watch faces to personalize your look and always see the time. Hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, music, social, news, games, stop watches, and more. With a swimproof design and charging in less than an hour, it’s perfect for all your activities. Smart watch functions: Stay connected with notifications for calls, texts, apps and automatic time, time zone and calendar syncing. Never miss a call – answer and make calls directly on your watch when your phone is out of reach. Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform helps deliver high performance, superior connectivity, smart sensing, and compelling features for smartwatches running Wear OS by Google.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

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That buttery smoothness is helped along by 1GB of RAM, nearly double what other Wear OS watches offer. Fossil also included a full 8GB of onboard storage — plenty to store apps and music. That amount of ROM is good news for people who like to work out while leaving their phone at home.
The Gen 5 is a good-looking watch in its own right, with various different colours, finishes and straps available. It doesn’t immediately scream that it’s a piece of technology, which is a good thing. The 1.28in AMOLED screen is crisp, clear and bright enough to see in direct sunlight with automatic adjustment.
One of the best Wear OS smartwatches out there at the moment. The Fossil Gen 5's display is the most eye-catching thing about it. It's bigger than most at 1.28 inches with a resolution of 416 x 416 and a pixel density of 328ppi. It's consistently sharp to look at.
For its Gen 5 series, Fossil packed in the much-needed Snapdragon 3100, a heart-rate sensor and GPS location tracking as well as replacing the sluggish and weak wireless charging disk for a much more reliable and speedy contact charging system. If there's one thing Fossil knows how to do well, it's fashionable watches. So when it creates smartwatches, it builds them in different styles, colours, finishes and with different straps and bands available.
I especially like that the contacts for charging the watch are two complete rings — so you don’t have to line up the charger. Can last through a day, look good, and run much better than previous generations. I would have no major qualms about making the Fossil Carlyle my daily watch.

What reviewers didn't like

So-so battery. I normally don’t have enough juice in the tank to wear it overnight for sleep tracking. I had the always-on display turned off, so expect even worse longevity if you keep it turned on.
Fossil said the battery cannot be replaced, meaning the watch is ultimately disposable.
It's also quite thick at 12mm. On a small wrist, that makes a noticeable difference and means the Fossil Gen 5 doesn't lend itself to more delicate fashion requirements. It feels quite heavy too, weighing just under 100g, presumably because of its chunkiness.
There is a slight issue with the Julianna though: size. Originally pitched to us as a watch for narrower (supposedly female) wrists, the Julianna is 44mm. That's a big watch size, and both the women who tried it on for testing purposes found it far too large to be comfortably worn throughout the day. So in the end, it found its way onto this male reviewer's arm instead.
Outdoors, however, it can be difficult to see — especially in direct sunlight. Fossil added a “Sunlight boost” option, but I think it takes a second to realize it’s necessary. I spent that second staring at a nearly black screen, wondering if something was busted.
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