Thursday , August 24 2017

Wrists-on: Fossil’s new Android Wear watches – Q Marshal and Q Wander – are now on-sale in Australia

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As reported last week, Fossil’s new Android Wear watches – Q Marshal and Q Wander – are now on sale in Australia, online and in-store. The watches are a step up from the company’s original Q Founder, and it looks like Fossil is committed to releasing new designs in the Q line as well keeping pace with Android wear features.

We checked out the pair at Fossil’s Sydney QVB store last week and found that both of the new watches are lovely to look at and feel great in the hand and on the wrist. The Q Wander is marketed at those with – shall we say “smaller” – wrists, although the reality is that it’s really only ever so slightly smaller and about the same price, so it’s really a matter of preference. Each of the four finishes on the watch body were available, with a number of replacement bands also on show.

While many Android Wear manufacturers are tech companies moving into wearables, you can tell when a company goes the other way. Fossil is already well-known for its watch craftsmanship and you can feel the quality of its build and design as soon as these new watches touch your wrist.

The Q Marshal literally has its own Zoolander-style “blue steel” which is pretty eye-catching if blue’s your colour and goes well with a brown leather band, but I was more drawn to the stainless steel bands myself – I feel like I want a watch whose fastener doesn’t create more bulk on the underside of my wrsit when resting on a desk or table.

The new Q’s also include a speaker to take advantage of Android Wear’s audio capabilities – something sorely missing from a few watches out there at the moment (and the one on my wrist). The microphone is also near those speakers; hopefully it’ll bring clarity to the voice recognition system, but it’s hard to tell in a retail environment.

The watches also feature wireless charging, with a tiny Qi charger included in the box. It’s small enough that you can bundle it up and take it with you, and attaches magnetically to the watch to ensure it charges.

There are a couple of notable caveats with Fossil’s new babies, though: the company hasn’t yet moved on from the “flat tire” screen with a lower chunk missing from it, first seen in Motorola’s original Moto 360. It is what it is, and we know a number of people have been happy to make this trade-off over the past couple of years. It’s also eschewing some part of the fitness market with the absence of a heart rate monitor. With a number of fitness-specific players in the Android Wear market now, this is pretty easy to forgive.

The new watches both retail between $479 and $499. They both have 22mm band connectors, and Fossil is also selling their own range of bands with them. They’re available in store and online (from Fossil’s Australian site) now. We’re looking forward to checking them both out in more detail, and should be seeing some review units in the coming weeks.

 

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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11 Comments on "Wrists-on: Fossil’s new Android Wear watches – Q Marshal and Q Wander – are now on-sale in Australia"

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Mark Brown
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Mark Brown

The charger is very different to the Q Founder, which looks like a watch stand/holder. I wonder if they sell the charger seperately

Tango India Mike
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Tango India Mike

Looks nice but no sleep tracking, no GPS and no heart rate monitoring….I’m still waiting for a”complete” all in one option for Android Wear

Nelson Davila
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Nelson Davila

Is this a dressed up moto 360?

Mojo
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Mojo

Like how the Wander looks actually, too bad it isn’t smaller

Phill Edwards
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Phill Edwards

Are there any other watch announcements expected from IFA, or has it finished?

Carbs
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Carbs

What kind of “glass” do these have on the face, doesn’t say on their website?

Adam
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Adam

(Doesn’t Fossil mostly use mineral crystal for most of their watches; it may be the same on the Q range?)

Adam
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Adam

Clear 😛

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What the… that 360 ‘flat tyre’ look totally kills any justification for that price point. Fossil isn’t even a properly desirable brand, so it’s not like your paying for brand cachet.

Intergalactic_wolf
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Intergalactic_wolf

Nice to see you too, Mike.

Phill Edwards
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Phill Edwards

Also no GPS and it’s not Android Wear v2. Looks nice, though.

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