Looking for a sporty, stylish smartwatch with GPS and heart-rate tracking? The new Fossil Q Control, Fossil’s first stab at a fitness smartwatch, should fit the bill nicely.
Powered by the latest-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 CPU, the Q Control boasts lightning speed and lets you cycle through activity readouts, so you can see heart rate data and your step count in real-time. The heart rate functionality is courtesy of an optical heart rate sensor built into the case of the device. We’ve seen the same technology before in the Fitbit Charge and it works well.
GPS, on the other hand, isn’t handled as well by the Fossil Q Control. Instead of having in-built GPS, so that it can operate separately from a smartphone, the Q Control features Connected GPS, which basically means it piggybacks off your phone’s signal to track your location in real-time. This means you’ll have to have your phone on you to use this feature. Fossil cut out in-built GPS, then, which is a real shame.
Thankfully, this is not the case elsewhere. The Q Control has 4GB onboard storage for your music and an AMOLED display. They haven’t released screen specifications yet, but for reference the Q Marshall has a 360 x 360 resolution. The Q Control is water resistant to 5ATM, which makes it suitable for showering and fresh water swimming.
Elsewhere, the Fossil Q Control is a typical Android Wear 2.0 affair. It runs its own applications and tracks physical activity down to a tee. Notifications are patched through to the smartwatch from a smartphone via Bluetooth or WiFi. Activity tracking includes steps, distance, and calories burned, with that all-important heart-rate data as well. You can track your heart-rate in real-time, or you can set a time for it to measure.
Pricing and Availability
The Fossil Q Control is on sale now for $275.00 from the Fossil website. It will go on sale soon at authorised retailers for around the same price.