I’m a big fan of Fossil watches. In fact, the last time I wore a watch prior to Android Wear, I had a pair of Fossil models that I alternated between. Suffice it to say, I was extremely excited to learn that Fossil would be getting into the smartwatch space. And not just a smart fitness band or activity tracker, but Android Wear at that! The concept of Android wear inside of a solidly built watch simply fascinated me. I could no wait to get my hands on one of these.
Backing up for a moment, this is not to suggest that other smart watches are not designed with quality components or put together with fine craftsmanship. Rather, I was looking forward to something that came from a watch brand first. To date we’ve only had smartphone makers getting into the space and trying their hands at a wearable. This, the Fossil Q Founder, would be the opposite. How does Fossil fare with its first Android Wear unit, the Q Founder?
Upon first removing the watch from its box I was immediately impressed with the hardware. I felt the weight of the watch and was reminded of my other Fossil watches. If you’ve never had one of these or worn one, they are heavy. And, being this is a 46mm watch, it’s big, too. Indeed, it’s a large display that feels very manly.
There is some serious weight to the Fossil Q Founder and it’s exactly what I wanted. Moreover, from the side and other angles, it looked exactly like you would expect from Fossil. On all outward appearances it mimics the look of standard Fossil models you’ll find department stores and jewelers.