It took a few iterations, but Fossil has come even nearer to perfecting its smartwatches with the fourth-generation Q Venture HR. As the name suggests, the women’s smartwatch now packs a heart-rate monitor, but there’s also GPS and an NFC chip for contactless payments – that’s far more tech that now fits into a remarkably small, slim case. What’s unfortunate may be the processor powering everything inside – Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100.

Qualcomm just unveiled the Snapdragon Wear 3100, a significant upgrade that can help deliver 2 days of battery life and numerous other improvements, and it’s disappointing to see new watches running Google’s Wear OS launching without it. That is, however, among the first watches we are employing with Google’s updated Wear OS interface, which vastly increases the knowledge of using the watch.

Beautifully designed, despite having the bling
The fourth-generation Fossil Q Venture HR is smaller than its predecessor, but we think the 40mm stainless case may be the perfect size – specifically for people that have smaller wrists. At 13mm thick, it quite definitely feels like a normal watch, which immediately elevates the amount of comfort when it’s on the wrist.

While we still aren’t fans of a whole lot of bling on our watches, our Q Venture HR looks far more subtle than previous Fossil watches regardless of the ring of pave setting stones around the watch face. It fits in well with the gold case and 18mm blush leather strap, which altogether gives an elegant look. Those that aren’t fans of the gemstones are in luck – the Q Venture HR will come in nine colors including a gold case with a brown leather strap, silver case with a gray silicone strap, and stainless. We do recommend choosing the darker watch strap as well as stainless – we discovered that our blush leather strap stained easily as a result of its light color, rendering it look exhausted after a couple of weeks.

The 40mm stainless case may be the perfect size – specifically for people that have smaller wrists.

The pre-installed watch faces on the Q Venture are quirky, but there are some others that are less loud. It’s simple to swap them for when you wish a far more suave look, or something more casual. You can even customize select watch faces by switching up the colour scheme; for a few, you’re in a position to add different “complications” aswell. For instance, on the style Digital watch face you can transform up the problems showing whatever you intend to start to see the possib step count, Google Fit data, or your agenda. All custom-made styles could be saved in folders for quick access whenever needed.

There are three buttons on the proper side instead of one. This is a good change of pace as Fossil’s previous watches for women only offer one button, but their men’s watches will often have three offering more versatility. The excess two buttons enable you to trigger shortcuts to specific apps, and it’s customizable. On the Q Venture HR, the crown can also rotate, therefore you can make make use of it to scroll through the operating-system rather than getting grubby fingerprints on the screen.

Redesigned Wear OS
The Wear OS redesign from Google is a huge improvement over the prior user interface. It’s a lot more streamlined, and you don’t have to memorize a number of gestures to perform simple tasks anymore. Simple swipes on the display are certain to get you where you will need to go, and the redesign overall makes smartwatches a lot more enjoyable to use.

A swipe down on the display brings you shortcuts like Google Pay, battery saver, USUALLY DO NOT Disturb mode, and more quick setting tiles that one could toggle on or off. The Settings icon can be conveniently located above the tiles, to permit you to easily get access to it whenever needed. We do wish there is more customizability here – including the capability to choose which tiles you want to come in the menu, like everyone else are capable of doing on Google’s Android mobile operating-system.

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Notifications are also more desirable to check out with each one stacked neatly along with each other in chronological order. You’re in a position to expand a notification to learn through it entirely, and collapse it when you’re done, that is a considerably faster way to connect to alerts than being taken up to another screen per notification.

Swiping left now goes to the redesigned Google Fit. With one quick swipe, we’re in a position to see our activity metrics, and tapping on the display shows more in-depth data. Since the way the Q Venture HR adds a heartrate monitor, it’s nice that data is a lot more accessible. Having it open to view instantly so easily makes us more motivated to work at hitting our workout goals throughout the day.

The brand new screen on the left of the watch face offers a customized overview of your day.

Well known feature, however, is powered by Google Assistant. It’s the brand new screen on the left of the watch face that delivers a customized summary of your day, from calendar appointments, restaurant reservations, traffic alerts, upcoming flight information, and more. For instance, on our smartwatch, swiping to the proper brings us to information for the next flight we’ve and information on the hotel we’re residing at, along with weather updates of metropolis we’re currently in. Smart ideas here also make sure you use all the watch’s features, from reminding you to check on your step count to tapping on “Top news” to start to see the latest headlines.

It’s important to remember that Wear OS still is most effective with an Android phone, and the ones using an iPhone will face limitations. With iOS, you will need to always run the Wear OS iphone app in the backdrop for the smartwatch to remain connected. iPhone owners also won’t manage to connect to the notifications. You’ll only have the ability to accept or deny calls from the watch.

Smooth performance, nice display
Despite the fact that the Q Venture HR includes the two-year old Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, we haven’t come across too many problems with performance. Apps load rapidly, and the only lag we experienced originated from using the Play Store on the watch. With 4GB of storage, also you can store music on the smartwatch.

The circular AMOLED display gets bright, so that it is simple to view content in sunlight. The colors pop off the screen and make the watch faces look more vibrant. The 1.19-inch display is merely slightly smaller in proportions when compared to third-gen Q Venture which came in at 1.2-inches. But without the addition (and distraction) of extra gemstones, it feels as though there’s room to see more content on the Q Venture HR.