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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 80 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (35)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (18)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (9)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (7)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (11)

      85%

      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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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Average

      By 

      from Mumbai

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

      There are a couple of things I didn't like about the watch
      1. Battery - It takes hours to charge the watch. I got fed up and wrote to the fossil team and they replied stating this version of watch takes 4 hours to charge completely. This is too much time for charging for a 20 hour of battery life (that's basis my usage)
      2. I use iPhone and android interchangeably but if I have to disconnect one device and connect the other one then I have to reset the watch which means all settings are gone along with downloads. That needs to be rectified.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice

      By 

      from Undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

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

      I so happy with my smartwatch.

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Does not hold charge

      By 

      from West Palm Beach, FL, USA

      Verified Buyer

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

      I bought this watch about a week ago

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Paired with Pixel & Kitten

      By 

      from Knoxville, TN, USA

      Verified Buyer

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

      I am running Android Wear 2 paired with the Google Pixel. The step counter is fairly accurate since it aggregates from my phone and my watch. The notifications are pretty instantaneous. This watch does not come with a heart-rate tracker. For fitness I use this watch to track my speed and time while biking and counting steps (via Google Fit).

      I also use this watch to control podcasts and music while doing other tasks. Very convenient while using bluetooth headphones. (Android Wear 2 contributes to the ease of use. I use Google Play Music and Pocket Casts).

      There are some reviews about needing a smaller watch "for females", I like having a larger screen. Especially for typing, If my wrist was fairly petite I would have the need for a smaller watch. So far though, this one fits nicely. (I am probably an average size and female) The leather band is on the 3rd from last spot.

      I have also used this watch to reply to text messages, play games and calculate tips. It's surprising how much I use it.

      The only downside is how long it takes to charge. Out of the box it takes about 4hrs to get to full. I usually go an entire day using the watch and I charge it 2hrs before going to bed. (I also use it as a sleep tracker). I charge it again in the morning for an hour and it's usually at full by the time I leave for work. I have not had any issues with the magnetic charger.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great looks and functionality

      By 

      from Houston, TX, USA

      Verified Buyer

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

      Lightweight, fashionable and loaded wih functions

       
      4.0

      Good looking watch

      By 

      from Undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

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

      I really liked the watch, only problem is I decided I didn't need a smartwatch. I returned the watch with no problem! My only complaint is it's a tad thick.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Watch is great, once you side step a few issues

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      from Port Jefferson Station, NY, USA

      Verified Buyer

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

      I've had this watch for a few weeks paired with my Google Pixel Android phone and love it, however it took some getting used to. First off out of the box the watch needs to be charged to at least 50% before Android Wear 2.0 is updated. Prior to this many functions on the watch (ex keyboard) either won't be available or won't function. Second, after a few days I was no longer able or reply to text messages on the watch as I would keep getting the " You are offline" warning. After several days of looking at forums I found the solution, the updated Android messaging app does not sync well with Android Wear 2.0. After going to settings, apps, and disabling and the enabling the messaging app again I've had no further problems.

      (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Nice looking

      By 

      from Undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

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

      It's a nice-looking watch

      (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      I already returned it

      By 

      from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA

      Verified Buyer

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

      Did not pair well with my iPhone. Kept disconnecting from my wifi.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Flawless watch, works great on iPhone 7 plus

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      from Colorado, USA

      Verified Buyer

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

      Bought this for my iPhone 7 Plus, the downsides are these: 1.not compatible to text back (obviously since it's an android watch) 2. Battery goes down really fast, have to charge it everyday I use it by end of day

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