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Fossil Q Marshal Touchscreen Leather-Strap Smart Watch

      Fossil Q Marshal Touchscreen Leather-Strap Smart Watch

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      Fossil Q Marshal Touchscreen Leather-Strap Smart Watch
       
      3.7

      (based on 98 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (44)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (22)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (10)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (7)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (15)

      78%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Love This Watch : Using with iPhone (Full Review)

      I read a lot of reviews about a lot of SMARTWATCH options before making this purchase. So I want to provide a full review of the answers to my questions in hopes that it...Read complete review

      I read a lot of reviews about a lot of SMARTWATCH options before making this purchase. So I want to provide a full review of the answers to my questions in hopes that it will help you. For those who don't want to read a lot of detail, I'll begin with a summary then provide detail broken down for finding the answers YOU need.

      NOTE: I was aware of limited features before I purchased, so nothing the watch CANNOT do with the iPhone surprised me. So I won't knock the watch for what I knew it could not do.

      MY SETUP:
      Fossil Q Marshal
      Android Wear 2.0 (updated July 6, 2017)
      iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 10.1.1

      SUMMARY:
      Out of the box, the Q Marshal is an impressive watch. It is weighty, which I like. It feels high quality - which I believe it is. The brown leather strap is also high quality and feels substantial. The bottom line is that, once on the wrist, you know you are wearing a high quality watch. Just as a digital watch without any Smart functions, I think it would be cool.

      My Q came loaded with Android Wear 1.0 and offered VERY LIMITED features right off the bat. HOWEVER, After an upgrade to Android Wear 2.0 (which the watch walked me through), the experience changed completely - FOR THE BETTER. (read below for details).

      Since the AW2.0 upgrade, the watch pairs automatically and stays connected with no issues so far. I receive text notifications, slack notifications, gmail notifications, I can see and answer calls on my watch. I CANNOT talk through the watch on calls. I can "Answer" a call, meaning, I can press the ACCEPT button and the call will pick up on my phone. If I press DECLINE on my watch, the phone hangs up. I suppose I could see myself talking on my watch, but I don't mind it like it is. The coolest thing for me with regard to phone interaction is that I can see who is calling without reaching for my phone. I would be cool to talk through the watch on occasion.

      The watch charges on a disc charger that magnetically attaches to the back of the watch. I have the watch on my nightstand and have had no issues with the watch not staying on the charger. It's an easy connection.

      The watch does seem to take a little while to fully charge. Probably up to about 4 hours. So if you are running low on battery and are in a hurry, you might be out of luck.

      The bottom line overview for me, with my setup, is that this is a high quality watch that looks sharp and functions flawlessly with my iPhone. I love wearing the watch and I am super satisfied. If you're interested, you can read much more detail below.

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      DETAILED REVIEW:
      I am providing the rest of this review for people like me who research these kinds of decisions and appreciate detailed and clear information. This will be very detailed and I hope it helps.

      1 WEEK IN - LOVE IT: About a week ago (June 8, 2017) I received my Fossil Q Marshal Brown Leather Smartwatch, GEN 2 in the mail. I have an iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 10.1.1. so I knew going in that I would have limited functionality in some areas. But I was willing to give up some function for the look and feel.

      FOSSIL BRAND
      I like tech. I also like watches. I am also a brand loyalist. Once I find a brand that works for me, I stick with it. Fossil is one of those brands; so are Apple products. I know enough about watches to make solid choices about a great timepiece that I know is going to look good getting the job done. I have had plenty of high end watches that were prestigious, but failed to perform. So high-dollar is not enough for me. I want something that looks good and WORKS. Fossil Brand watches have always been exactly that in my experience. JUST SOLID! And I think they look great.

      So when I decided to jump into the SmartWatch arena, I really wanted Form AND Function. For me personally, the square, thin Apple Watch is NOT that. I would probably really love the tech, but the fashion would be a major barrier for me. That is not a knock, just a personal preference I provide in case you're in the same boat I was in.

      Of all the SmartWatches (not hybrids) available, IMO, the Fossil watches are the sharpest.

      THE FLAT TYRE
      Yes, there is a flat spot on the bottom of the screen that keeps the watch from being a full face. This is a light sensor that works to keep your face readable in varying lighting conditions. I read a BUNCH of reviews that said that was a deal-breaker for some. So I was concerned I wouldn't like that either. To be honest, I don't even see it anymore. Even when I am using a traditional watch face, I don't really notice it. When I was initially looking at the Q, I thought it would matter. The TYRE became a point of pause for me. Without it, I would have purchased faster.

      WATCH FACES
      I really thought I would use the traditional faces a lot more than I do. IMO, they don't look fantastic. They actually barely look good. They are passable, but are a little fakey. If that look is a BIG DEAL for you, I am not sure you will be satisfied.

      There are a bunch of watch faces. Some trying to be realistic, some whimsical. It is pretty cool to be able to change the watch face just on a whim. But I have really just landed on the digital and like the quick read. To be honest, I think the faces that are trying to look like a real watch make the watch look cheap. Or it could be that I haven't found one that does look right. There are TONS to choose from.

      THE LOOK
      The Q Marshal ticks all the boxes for me big time. This watch just looks great! It is heavy, which feels great because it feels "real." You might expect a SmartWatch to be light and sort of disappear on your arm. If that is what you want, the Q Marshal may not work for you. For me, the feel of the Q Marshal = quality. I've gotten many compliments on the look. As an executive coach, community leader and public speaker and pastor, I am in a variety of settings throughout the day and week. My dress requirements can go from formal, to business casual, to metro, to very casual often within the same day. My Q Marshal keeps up in every scenario. It never looks out of place. The interchangeable bands means it will always blend in.

      OS
      Right out of the box, I was concerned. The watch came loaded with AW1.0 and booted right up. It also connected easily through the Android Wear App which must me downloaded and running to connect with the iPhone. But nothing really worked. Text messages did not notify, calls did not show up, it honestly didn't seem like there was ANY functionality, let alone limited. I was pretty sure I was going to be sending the watch back because there just really was no use for it based on the functionality.

      THEN, the watch walked me through an upgrade to Android Wear 2.0. ALL THE DIFFERENCE!

      I will not try to provide a review of Android Wear 2.0, but I will say this, the upgrade made me keep the watch. AW2.0 functions on its own when in WiFi. I don't even need my phone when I'm on WiFi if I can live without the alerts. I can play Google Play Music through the watch and it sounds decent. Or, I can pair a set of BlueTooth headphones with the watch and get the full experience. I can even download songs to the watch, throw on my headphones, jump on my bike and leave my phone behind.

      Of course, if I want to track my route, etc. I will need my phone.

      FITNESS
      The Q does NOT have a heart rate option. Some have really dinged it for that. I guess I would like that too, but I can live without it. It DOES track steps, which is nice. There are other fitness apps your can download for AW2.0, but I haven't.

      ++ PHONE INTERACTIONS (TEXT, EMAIL, CALENDAR) ++
      Again, I knew that I would not be able to answer calls and talk on my watch. I also knew I would not be able to respond to text messages through my watch. So neither of those things really bothered me. However, I can see and read complete text messages. I can see and read complete gmail emails. I CAN decide if I want to accept or decline a call from my watch without handling my phone. If I ACCEPT the call, I have to grab the phone, but the call is already active. If I DECLINE the call, the phone hangs up, and I never have to take it out of my pocket (or bag, or off the table, etc).

      I can also see my calendar on my watch. The watch syncs with my Gmail based calendar and keeps me up to date. That is a nice feature, although, it is very limited. I have yet to figure out how to add appointments through the watch, though I think it is possible.

      That really is the limit of the interaction between the phone and watch from my experience.

      There really is no WATCH to PHONE interaction. In other words, the AW App on my phone really does nothing but keep the watch connected and make a way for me to upload more faces to the watch. It would be nice to send fitness data, etc to the phone for tracking, set appointments, respond to texts, etc. But, so far, I don't see that.

      ++BATTERY++
      The Android Wear App runs in the background non-stop if you want the phone connected. I was VERY CONCERNED this would drain my iPhone along with having to have Bluetooth on for connectivity all day long. I am VERY PLEASED to say that this has not been the case. Even with the watch connected from 6am - 11pm and functioning consistently throughout the day, I drop the watch on the charger with about 10% battery still remaining. A coupe times it has been lower than that, but I have never been concerned.

      So far I REALLY LIKE THIS WATCH. I am very pleased with the purchase and hope that it continues to operate as flawlessly as it has so far. I can say that, being my first SmartWatch, it has made me more interested in stronger functionality. Hopefully Fossil, Google and Apple can find a way to work some of that out.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      The Battery

      Even though they it's not running on android wear 2.0 (I hope it does soon) the watch and its functions are good. There are times when the gestures dont work and thats when...Read complete review

      Even though they it's not running on android wear 2.0 (I hope it does soon) the watch and its functions are good. There are times when the gestures dont work and thats when i start thinking "$300+ for it not to work?" In an angry manner.

      Now, the battery. The Battery on this is nowhere NEAR 24hrs. Maybe if you turn off the always on screen option and have the screen brightness at its lowest but currently I have it at level 3 for brightness and I do have the always on option. Now, for that amount of money for me not to have those options on? Thats a big deal for me. I took off the watch at 100% battery life at 7am. Currently it's 4:41pm and its at 32%! And estimated to die at 9pm. Seriously Fossil. You upgraded some specs and look but put a smaller battery? Why? Ima give it another day or two but im constantly trying NOT to use my watch so i can save battery and make it last the full "24hrs" they claim.

      The look is amazing! I've never been able to keep a smart watch because it hasn't been quite ready, but this one was the one to change my mind and now i might just return it. Definitely stylish but with the Samsung S3 coming out looking amazing as well, Fossil should have definitely thought about giving us a better battery.

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      1.0

      Significant connectivity issues

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      from Sydney, Australia

      Comments about Fossil Q Marshal Touchscreen Leather-Strap Smart Watch:

      The set up of the watch using Android Wear fails to connect using a Sony z5. I've returned and replaced the watch to find the same issue, and I've changed phones. When I am able to connect the connection through WiFi drops out and doesn't reconnect. Very poor, fails to do what is designed for.

       
      5.0

      Excelent purchase

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      from Miami Florida

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fossil Q Marshal Touchscreen Leather-Strap Smart Watch:

      Excelent product.

       
      1.0

      Horrible Battery Life

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      from NJ

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fossil Q Marshal Touchscreen Leather-Strap Smart Watch:

      I purchased this watch for my husband for Christmas. He opened it up on the 25th, synced it and charged it. He used for about 30 minutes, customizing it, and it was already at less than 50%. He charged over night and wore it on the 26th to work. He did not play with it, just wore it as a regular watch and it was dead by noon. This would have been an amazing watch if not for the battery life. Needless to say, I will be returning this on 28th.

       
      5.0

      Would purchase another one in a heartbeat

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      from queens ny

      Comments about Fossil Q Marshal Touchscreen Leather-Strap Smart Watch:

      Great smartwatch got mine for xmas does everything samsung and apple watches do, love it don't have the samsung pay but is just as good does everything other smartwatches do.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I would buy this product again

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      from Staten Island NY

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fossil Q Marshal Touchscreen Leather-Strap Smart Watch:

      It's a Christmas gift..

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This Fossil Q Marshal Smartwatch is a must buy!

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      from St Louis, Mo

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fossil Q Marshal Touchscreen Leather-Strap Smart Watch:

      The more that I use the watch, the more that I like it! It is easy to use and fits with any attire. The watch is comfortable and the battery has no problem lasting all day. I would definitely buy again and recommend it to anybody!

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Battery back up is low when Bluetooth is on

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      from Atlanta

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fossil Q Marshal Touchscreen Leather-Strap Smart Watch:

      Battery back up is low when Bluetooth is on.

       
      5.0

      Product works great lasts a day and a half with normal use

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      from Tampa

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fossil Q Marshal Touchscreen Leather-Strap Smart Watch:

      See above

       
      1.0

      Battery Faulty

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      from England

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fossil Q Marshal Touchscreen Leather-Strap Smart Watch:

      Battery life lasts no longer then 6 hours waiting responses from fossil as recommendation was turn off notifications and other items on smart watch. What would be the point in the watch

       
      5.0

      I actually bought 2 more very similar to the one I bought

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      from St. Charles

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fossil Q Marshal Touchscreen Leather-Strap Smart Watch:

      I used to miss phone calls when I would be shopping or not by my phone. Now I know by looking on my watch if I need to answer the call or not and don't have to dig in my purse to find my phone. Also I have been using it every day with my gym workout. I don't know how accurate it is but it's close enough. I absolutely love the way this watch looks!

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