Fossil Q Explorist Gen 4 FTW4012

Fossil Q Explorist Gen 4 FTW4012

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Product information

Key specs

Battery life according to customers
Poor
Compatible with operating system
Android, iOS
Shows smartphone messages
Yes
Integrated GPS receiver
Yes
Phone calls via watch possible
No

Pros and cons

According to our smartwatch expert
  • Pros:
    The integrated heart rate sensor measures your heart rate via your wrist.
  • Pros:
    The smartwatch notifies you of incoming calls, messages, emails, and gives notifications of your calendar and apps.
  • Pros:
    The smartwatch counts your steps, tracks your sleep, and measures how many calories you burn.
  • Con:
    It has a shorter battery life than similar watches.
  • Con:
    You can't use the smartwatch to make phone calls.
Product Expert smartwatches

The Fossil Q Explorist Gen 4 is a stylish smartwatch with a digital touchscreen. The smartwatch uses the Wear OS operating system, which gives you the possibility to download various apps and watch faces. Connect the watch to your smartphone with Bluetooth so you can receive notifications of messages, emails, and incoming calls. Thanks to the integrated activity tracker, you can also record your daily activity and set personal goals, such as 10,000 steps per day.

Note: an adapter isn't included. Do you want to charge the watch via a socket? If so, order an adapter separately.


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Rating

Rating per section

User friendliness
Review score 3.65 out of 5 stars
7,3
Battery life
Review score 2.65 out of 5 stars
5,3
Design
Review score 4.35 out of 5 stars
8,7
Options
Review score 4 out of 5 stars
8

Most helpful reviews

Most helpful reviews

Review score 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5 / 5 stars
6,8/10
"Underperforming, unacceptable battery life"

Barry Nauta | 22 May 2019 | In the color: Silver/Brown

  • Pros:
    Looks
  • Con:
    Battery life
  • Con:
    Performance
  • Con:
    Thick bezel

This is an absolutely beautiful watch, the main reason I purchased it. However, the battery life is an absolute no go. With all features, except bluetooth, disabled, my max autonomy is 13 hours which is not enough to make it to the end of the day. Additionally, the performance is not top. The screen is often lagging. This as such is not a real problem, but still annoying, The bezel is not how it is shown on the image of the watch, it is much thicker. This is unexpected nowadays, it makes many watchfaces look weird.

Overall, the watch looks very nice, but underperforming in many ways, the watch will be returned and I'll start looking for another.

Review score 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5 / 5 stars
7,2/10
"Buy it for the looks"

Mira Balani | 2 April 2019 | In the color: Dark gray

  • Pros:
    Looks splendid
  • Pros:
    works well
  • Pros:
    Clear design
  • Con:
    battery life
  • Con:
    UI could have more customizations

I like the way it looks on my hand

Review score 4 out of 5 stars
4 / 5 stars
8,4/10
"A nice smartwatch"

Coolblue Buyer | 24 May 2019 | In the color: Dark gray

  • Pros:
    Design
  • Pros:
    WearOS
  • Pros:
    Functions
  • Con:
    Battery

It has a good design, plenty of functions, but the battery life isn't great

Underperforming, unacceptable battery life

Review score 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5 / 5 stars
6,8
  • Pros:
    Looks
  • Con:
    Battery life
  • Con:
    Performance
  • Con:
    Thick bezel

This is an absolutely beautiful watch, the main reason I purchased it. However, the battery life is an absolute no go. With all features, except bluetooth, disabled, my max autonomy is 13 hours which is not enough to make it to the end of the day. Additionally, the performance is not top. The screen is often lagging. This as such is not a real problem, but still annoying, The bezel is not how it is shown on the image of the watch, it is much thicker. This is unexpected nowadays, it makes many watchfaces look weird.

Overall, the watch looks very nice, but underperforming in many ways, the watch will be returned and I'll start looking for another.

Barry Nauta | 22 May 2019 | In the color: Silver/Brown

Buy it for the looks

Review score 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5 / 5 stars
7,2
  • Pros:
    Looks splendid
  • Pros:
    works well
  • Pros:
    Clear design
  • Con:
    battery life
  • Con:
    UI could have more customizations

I like the way it looks on my hand

Mira Balani | 2 April 2019 | In the color: Dark gray

A nice smartwatch

Review score 4 out of 5 stars
4 / 5 stars
8,4
  • Pros:
    Design
  • Pros:
    WearOS
  • Pros:
    Functions
  • Con:
    Battery

It has a good design, plenty of functions, but the battery life isn't great

Coolblue Buyer | 24 May 2019 | In the color: Dark gray

Most helpful reviews

Most helpful reviews

Review score 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5 / 5 stars
6,8/10
"Underperforming, unacceptable battery life"

Barry Nauta | 22 May 2019 | In the color: Silver/Brown

  • Pros:
    Looks
  • Con:
    Battery life
  • Con:
    Performance
  • Con:
    Thick bezel

This is an absolutely beautiful watch, the main reason I purchased it. However, the battery life is an absolute no go. With all features, except bluetooth, disabled, my max autonomy is 13 hours which is not enough to make it to the end of the day. Additionally, the performance is not top. The screen is often lagging. This as such is not a real problem, but still annoying, The bezel is not how it is shown on the image of the watch, it is much thicker. This is unexpected nowadays, it makes many watchfaces look weird.

Overall, the watch looks very nice, but underperforming in many ways, the watch will be returned and I'll start looking for another.

Review score 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5 / 5 stars
7,2/10
"Buy it for the looks"

Mira Balani | 2 April 2019 | In the color: Dark gray

  • Pros:
    Looks splendid
  • Pros:
    works well
  • Pros:
    Clear design
  • Con:
    battery life
  • Con:
    UI could have more customizations

I like the way it looks on my hand

Review score 4 out of 5 stars
4 / 5 stars
8,4/10
"A nice smartwatch"

Coolblue Buyer | 24 May 2019 | In the color: Dark gray

  • Pros:
    Design
  • Pros:
    WearOS
  • Pros:
    Functions
  • Con:
    Battery

It has a good design, plenty of functions, but the battery life isn't great

Underperforming, unacceptable battery life

Review score 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5 / 5 stars
6,8
  • Pros:
    Looks
  • Con:
    Battery life
  • Con:
    Performance
  • Con:
    Thick bezel

This is an absolutely beautiful watch, the main reason I purchased it. However, the battery life is an absolute no go. With all features, except bluetooth, disabled, my max autonomy is 13 hours which is not enough to make it to the end of the day. Additionally, the performance is not top. The screen is often lagging. This as such is not a real problem, but still annoying, The bezel is not how it is shown on the image of the watch, it is much thicker. This is unexpected nowadays, it makes many watchfaces look weird.

Overall, the watch looks very nice, but underperforming in many ways, the watch will be returned and I'll start looking for another.

Barry Nauta | 22 May 2019 | In the color: Silver/Brown

Buy it for the looks

Review score 3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5 / 5 stars
7,2
  • Pros:
    Looks splendid
  • Pros:
    works well
  • Pros:
    Clear design
  • Con:
    battery life
  • Con:
    UI could have more customizations

I like the way it looks on my hand

Mira Balani | 2 April 2019 | In the color: Dark gray

A nice smartwatch

Review score 4 out of 5 stars
4 / 5 stars
8,4
  • Pros:
    Design
  • Pros:
    WearOS
  • Pros:
    Functions
  • Con:
    Battery

It has a good design, plenty of functions, but the battery life isn't great

Coolblue Buyer | 24 May 2019 | In the color: Dark gray

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Fossil Q Explorist Gen 4 FTW4012

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Specifications

Product

Product number
817328
Manufacturer code
FTW4012
Brand
Fossil
Warranty
2 years
Warranty type
Carry-in warranty

Suitable for user

Generation
Adults
Gender adults
Men

Screen or watch face

Data display
Digital
Kleur wijzerplaat
Blue
Second hand
No
Integrated screen
Yes
Screen size
1,4 inch
Screen type
AMOLED
Touchscreen
Yes
Always-on display
Yes
Color screen
Yes

Physical properties

Watch case shape
Round
Width
45 mm
Size watch case
Large
Recommended for wrist circumference
17 - 19 cm
Depth
12,5 mm
Weight
279 g
Watch case material
Stainless steel
Type glas (horloges)
Mineraal
Watch case color
Gray
Water-resistant
Yes
Water resistance
5
Water resistance
Waterproof

Watch strap

Type of watch strap
Link watch strap
Closure type
Folding closure
Minimum wrist circumference
20 cm
Maximum wrist circumference
20,5 cm
Watch strap connection width
22mm
Watch strap color
Gray
Watch strap material
Metal
Type of metal watch band
Stainless steel
Interchangeable watch strap
Yes
Compatibility watch strap
Universal

Battery

Soort uurwerk
Battery
Battery life according to customers
Poor

Connectivity

Compatible with operating system
Android, iOS
Compatible with Android version
Android 4.4 KitKat, Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Android 7.0 Nougat
Compatible with iOS version
iOS 10.0, iOS 11.0, iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4, iOS 9.0
Operating system
Android Wear
App installation possible
Yes
Compatible with apps
Google Maps, Runkeeper, Spotify, Strava
Shows smartphone messages
Yes
Smartphone notifications
Notifications, Receive messages
Notification
Light alarm, Notification on screen, Vibration
Bluetooth
Yes
Integrated WiFi
Yes
ANT+
No
NFC
Yes
Contactless payment
Yes
Contactless payment system
Google Pay
Country contactless payment
Belgium
Required Belgian bank account
BNP Paribas Fortis Maestro, BNP Paribas Fortis Visa, BNP Parisbas Fortis Mastercard, Bunq BE, Fintro Maestro, Fintro Mastercard, Fintro Visa, Hello Bank! Visa, Hello bank! Maestro, KBC Maestro
Phone calls via watch possible
No
Camera operation
No
Independent music player
No
Voice control
Yes
Total storage capacity
4 GB

Heart rate sensor

Heart rate measurement
Yes
Heart rate sensor
Integrated pulse sensor
Heart rate measurement moment
Continuously
Heart rate zones
No
Irregular heartbeat notification
No
Heart rate measurement under water
No
Measures recovery time
No
Measuring fitness age
No
Measure heart rate stress level
No
Type of heart rate measurement
Optical heart rate measurement

GPS sensor

GPS sensor
Yes
Integrated GPS receiver
Yes
GPS application
Route registration
Global satellite navigation system
GPS
Uploading routes possible
No
Trackback feature
No

Other sensors

Altimeter
No
Compass
No
Gyroscope
Yes
Thermometer
No
Accelerometer
Yes
Oximeter
No

Reading daily activity and health

Measuring activities
Yes
Measure
Calorie burning, Distance, Heart rate, Ladders, Speed, Steps
Automatic motion detection
Yes
Motion reminder
Yes
Automatic step goal
Yes
Calorie measurement based on heart rate
No

General sports functionalities

Recommended for sports
Hiking
Live tracking
No
Animated workouts
No
Adjust sport profiles
Yes
Pre-installed maps
No

Training functions

Virtual partner
No
Virtual opponent
No
Interval training
Yes
Measures average speed during activity
Yes
Measures minutes of intensive training
Yes
Lap counter
Yes
Speedometer
Yes
Automatic pausing
No

Condition and repairs

VO2 max measurement
No
Measuring fitness age
No

Bike functionalities

Cadence sensor possible
No

Extra functions

Date display
Yes
Timer
Yes
Stopwatch
Yes
Alarm function
No
Vibrate function
Yes
Button lock function
Yes
Automatic time synchronization
Yes
Emergency button
No
Geofencing
No
Contacts
No
Product line
Explorist