comscore Fossil Collider Hybrid HR review: Price in India, specs | BGR India
Review

Fossil Collider Hybrid HR smartwatch review: Classic timepiece!

If you are on the hunt for a decent and affordable hybrid smartwatch, then read our Fossil Hybrid HR smartwatch review. The wearable is priced at Rs 14,995 in India.

Fossil Hybrid HR review

Photo credit: Vijay Khutale


Fossil Collider Hybrid HR 4 5
BGR Rating :
4/5

When it comes to hybrid smartwatches, Fossil or Garmin are among the top brands. Companies like Apple, Fitbit or Samsung don’t offer a hybrid smartwatch, but instead offer the best of smartwatches. Adding to Fossil’s portfolio is the new Hybrid HR wearable. This hybrid smartwatch comes with an innovative e-ink display, and costs Rs 14,995. If you are on the hunt for a decent and affordable hybrid smartwatch, then read our Fossil Collider Hybrid HR review. Also Read - Oppo smartwatch photo hints at a curved display and Google Wear OS

Design, Display and User Interface

The latest wearable from Fossil is a beautiful blend of analog and a monochromatic always-on display. It sports a classic design, which goes with any outfit on any occasion. The bundled black rubber straps are of good quality, making them comfortable to wear the whole day. There are no size options though, and the watch feels a bit too big for someone with slim wrists. Also Read - Skagen Falster 3 smartwatch launched with Wear OS at Rs 21,995

The e-ink display is among the highlights. It not only blends with the overall watch design, but also doesn’t consume a lot of battery. Fossil calls this panel as “read-out” display. This display shows all sorts of app notifications, real-time weather, heart rate, steps, and date and day for at least seven days. Also Read - TicWatch Pro 2020 smartwatch launched: Price, features and more

Fossil smartwatch

The low-power display is also easily readable under sunlight. We noticed a visible lag in terms of response when navigating between options as the e-ink display has a low refresh rate. The Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch HR doesn’t come with a touchscreen. Instead there are three side buttons for navigating.

One of the disadvantages of the smartwatch is that in the dark, you won’t be able to check the time. Fossil has added four tiny LEDs and you just need to double-tap the watch, and it will lit up. However, the backlight doesn’t turn on most of the time, which is annoying especially at night. Also, you will have to tap hard enough to turn LEDs on.

There are a total of three buttons, out of which, the middle button looks like a rotatable crown. Long pressing this button opens a menu, where you will find options like Notifications, Music, Workout, Ring My Phone, Wellness, and more. If you press it just once, you will be able to check all the notifications. The watch doesn’t “automatically” clear the notifications, and you will have to manually clear it after checking them.

Fossil Hybrid smartwatch app

You can customize the watch buttons using the Fossil app. So, if you want to use the middle button for music control, you can do that. The app gives several options, and you can set any three at a time as shortcuts. The options include Workout mode, Wellness dashboard, Stopwatch, Timer, Past Notifications, Music Control, and Weather, to name a few.

Fossil smartwatch

Fossil’s Hybrid app has an Alerts section, where you can change the Notifications settings as per your preference. You can receive notifications from any app you have installed on your phone. You just need to turn it on in the Fossil app, after installing a new app from Google Play Store. The app also offers you six watch faces, which you might get bored after some time. You can create your own watch face using Gallery photos, but that seems a bit pointless. First of all, the image will be black and white, and second, the four tiny circles will hide the image. Still, the ability to create your own design for a watch face is a nice addition.

Fossil smartwatch

There is a Home section in the app, where you will get all the recorded fitness data. There you will find five activity tabs showing steps count, active minutes, calories, heart rate, and sleep. Once you tap on any one of those tabs, you can check detailed activity information for the day, week, and month. The company’s app is very minimalistic and the customization options are limited too.

Extras

I did like the fact that I can control my smartphone’s music from the watch, though there’s no option to store music locally. You can pause, play, and change music tracks using the watch while traveling. Do keep in mind that this is a hybrid smartwatch, and you don’t get an option to reply to notifications, of course, as there isn’t a microphone or a touchscreen. The watch allows you to pick and reject calls, which is nice.

While the smartwatch has real analog watch hands, it sometimes gets difficult to check the default screen information like date, weather, etc. Apart from buttons and watch face customization, you can also change the information you would like to see on the default four circles on the hybrid smartwatch, which is nice. You get to choose from seven options, including heart rate, steps, day/date, active minutes, weather, chances of rain, and second-time zone. Simple. The options are pretty limited, but should be enough for hybrid smartwatch users.

Fossil also has a solution to hands blocking your view. You just need to flick your wrist and the hands will move in the opposite direction so that you can easily see the details. Also, when you receive notifications or calls, the watch hands automatically move to the three and nine positions and the message is displayed on the upper and lower sides. The same will also happen when scrolling through menus or notifications.

Is Fossil Hybrid HR a good fitness tracker?

Before diving into the fitness features of this wearable, you should keep in mind that this is a hybrid smartwatch and it is not meant for fitness fanatics. While the device doesn’t support NFC payments and GPS, it does offers you basic fitness tracking features. This Fossil watch can track activities like treadmill running, Weights, Run, and elliptical training. It can also keep a track of your steps, calories burned, resting and active heart rate, active minutes as well as sleeping patterns.

The smartwatch registered steps close to accurate, as I manually counted steps to check its precision. The results are, of course, not completely accurate, but you do get a sense of an idea, which is normally the case with basic fitness trackers. Unfortunately, the Fossil Hybrid HR even recorded steps when I was traveling in a cab or train. We also noticed that when the smartwatch is not worn and you turn on the workout mode, it shows fake results. This is quite disappointing, and Fossil should take a note of it and fix it.

There’s also an optical heart-rate sensor, which can keep track of your resting and active heart rate all day, and the results here too are not highly accurate. Also, there is no option to manually turn off the continuous heart rate monitoring system or set a time. It tracks heart-rate every one or two minutes. The wearable did a good job of detecting sleep duration, and it also measures heart-rate during sleep, which is nice. You’ll get a detailed overview of your night’s sleep in the app, and it also displays the time when you fell asleep and when you woke up in the morning. The details here are accurate, and you get deep and light sleep details as well.

Fossil smartwatch

The Fossil Hybrid HR could also have offered features including the ability to track body energy levels, blood pressure, cycling, and hydration, considering its price. It is also worth noting that smart wearable is waterproof to 3 ATM.

Battery

The Fossil Hybrid HR’s e-ink display doesn’t drain much battery. The company claims that its latest wearable can last for two weeks. With continuous heart rate monitoring, one hour workout, and everything else turned on, the watch delivered six days of battery life with 10 percent still left. You can get nearly eight days of battery with limited usage. In the box, you get a USB charging cable, which takes 1 hour 10 minutes to fully top up the battery of the device.

Fossil Hybrid HR  smartwatch: Should you buy it?

The Fossil Hybrid HR is priced at Rs 14,995 in India. The hybrid smartwatch is purely for those who prefer looks over fitness features. There is no doubt that this wearable has a gorgeous design, but you cannot rely on this watch when it comes to fitness. Yes, the watch can monitor your heart rate, basic activities and track sleep. The device also allows you to control music, and you can get six days of battery, which should be enough for a hybrid watch lover.

If you are looking for a good-looking analog watch, which can also track very basic activities and show you notifications, you can add this watch to your buying list. However, if you are serious are about fitness and tracking exercise, we would recommend you to opt for a full-fledged smartwatch.

For the latest tech news across the world, latest PC and Mobile games, tips & tricks, top-notch gadget reviews of most exciting releases follow BGR India’s Facebook, Twitter, subscribe our YouTube Channel. Also follow us on  Facebook Messenger for latest updates.
  • Published Date: March 1, 2020 12:31 PM IST



new arrivals in india

Micromax In 2b
Micromax In 2b

8,999

Vivo Y72 5G
Vivo Y72 5G

20,990

Tecno Camon 17
Tecno Camon 17

12,999

Tecno Camon 17 Pro
Tecno Camon 17 Pro

16,999

Realme C11 2021
Realme C11 2021

6,999

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G

39,990

Oppo Reno6 5G
Oppo Reno6 5G

29,990

Samsung Galaxy M21 2021
Samsung Galaxy M21 2021

12,499

OnePlus Nord 2
OnePlus Nord 2

27,999

Poco F3 GT
Poco F3 GT

27,999

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G

19,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F22
Samsung Galaxy F22

12,499

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite

21,999

Infinix Note 10 Pro
Infinix Note 10 Pro

16,999

Infinix Note 10
Infinix Note 10

10,999

Vivo Y73
Vivo Y73

20,990

OnePlus Nord CE 5G
OnePlus Nord CE 5G

22,999

iQOO Z3
iQOO Z3

19,990

Realme C25s
Realme C25s

9,999

Poco M3 Pro 5G
Poco M3 Pro 5G

13,999

Realme X7 Max 5G
Realme X7 Max 5G

26,999

Oppo F19
Oppo F19

18,990

Motorola Moto G40 Fusion
Motorola Moto G40 Fusion

13,999

POCO M2 Reloaded
POCO M2 Reloaded

9,499

OPPO A74 5G
OPPO A74 5G

17,990

Oppo A53s 5G
Oppo A53s 5G

14,990

Vivo V21 5G
Vivo V21 5G

29,990

Realme C25
Realme C25

9,499

Realme C21
Realme C21

7,999

Realme C20
Realme C20

6,799

Motorola Moto G60
Motorola Moto G60

17,999

iQOO 7
iQOO 7

31,990

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G

21,999

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

69,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G
Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G

39,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X
Xiaomi Mi 11X

29,999

Realme 8 5G
Realme 8 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F02s
Samsung Galaxy F02s

8,999

Samsung Galaxy F12
Samsung Galaxy F12

10,999

POCO X3 Pro
POCO X3 Pro

18,999

Realme 8 Pro
Realme 8 Pro

17,999

Realme 8
Realme 8

14,999

Vivo X60 Pro Plus
Vivo X60 Pro Plus

69,990

Vivo X60 Pro
Vivo X60 Pro

49,990

Vivo X60
Vivo X60

37,990

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G
OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

64,999

OnePlus 9R 5G
OnePlus 9R 5G

39,999

OnePlus 9 5G
OnePlus 9 5G

49,999

Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72

34,999

Samsung Galaxy A52
Samsung Galaxy A52

26,499

Micromax In 1
Micromax In 1

10,499

Asus ROG Phone 5
Asus ROG Phone 5

49,999

Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Galaxy M12

10,999

Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30

10,999

Motorola Moto G10 Power
Motorola Moto G10 Power

9,999

Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G
Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G

25,990

Oppo F19 Pro
Oppo F19 Pro

21,490

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

18,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

15,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

11,999

Realme Narzo 30A
Realme Narzo 30A

8,999

Realme Narzo 30 Pro
Realme Narzo 30 Pro

16,999

Infinix Smart 5
Infinix Smart 5

7,199

Samsung Galaxy F62
Samsung Galaxy F62

23,999

Samsung Galaxy A12
Samsung Galaxy A12

12,999

Nokia 5.4
Nokia 5.4

13,999

Nokia 3.4
Nokia 3.4

11,999

Realme X7 Pro 5G
Realme X7 Pro 5G

29,999

Realme X7
Realme X7

19,999

Vivo Y31
Vivo Y31

16,490

Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G

35,990

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

1,05,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G

81,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

69,999

Vivo Y12s
Vivo Y12s

9,990

Vivo Y51A
Vivo Y51A

17,990

Samsung Galaxy M02s
Samsung Galaxy M02s

8,999

Xiaomi Mi 10i
Xiaomi Mi 10i

21,999

Oppo A15s
Oppo A15s

11,490

Tecno Spark 6 Go
Tecno Spark 6 Go

8,499

Vivo V20 2021
Vivo V20 2021

24,990

Vivo Y20A
Vivo Y20A

11,490

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G9 Power
Motorola Moto G9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G 5G
Motorola Moto G 5G

20,999

Vivo V20 Pro
Vivo V20 Pro

29,990

Xiaomi Mi 10T
Xiaomi Mi 10T

35,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9i
Xiaomi Redmi 9i

8,299

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

39,999

Infinix Hot 10
Infinix Hot 10

9,999

Vivo V20 SE
Vivo V20 SE

20,990

Vivo V20
Vivo V20

24,990

Micromax In 1b
Micromax In 1b

6,999

Micromax In Note 1
Micromax In Note 1

10,999

OnePlus 8T
OnePlus 8T

42,999

Samsung Galaxy F41
Samsung Galaxy F41

15,499

Best Sellers