Fossil Q Wander first impressions: Pretty but not perfect

IFA 2016: Android Wear in a stylish Fossil package
Fossil Q Wander: Pretty not perfect

My first thought when I saw the Fossil Q Wander at IFA was: Moto 360 2. The resemblance to Motorola's second watch is no bad thing, either. Both are smaller – though not exactly small – smartwatches aimed at women and with colours, materials and details that won't ruin an outfit.

So far, so good. Like the Moto, the $275 Q Wander also runs Android Wear, also has a minimal and modern looking stainless steel watch body and also has a flat tyre at the bottom of the screen.

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The latter detail is just plain annoying considering how much care has gone into designing something good looking. But I knew to expect it and everyone can decide for themselves whether it's worth the trade off.

fossil q wander review

I saw a couple of different 22mm straps – the light brown leather and the rose gold coloured stainless steel, both of which look very classy.

It also comes with a black silicone strap or silver stainless steel, if ladies want the boyfriend look, or perhaps for men who have smaller wrists. It's a decent selection of accessories for now but this being Fossil we'd assume that more are on the way.

The Q Wander is light and comfortable to wear though it isn't the skinniest and does sit up on the wrist a little more than you'd expect from the press pics. It's smaller and slimmer than last year's Fossil watches, but it's still 46mm so don't expect it to be too dainty.

There's a single physical crown-style button, plus holes for the built-in mic and speaker (for voice controls) on the opposite side.

fossil q wander review

Android Wear looks pretty standard, with the addition of Fossil watch faces, and the 229ppi display looks okay, if not particularly eye-catching. Fossil isn't releasing the exact resolution to avoid getting caught in a specs war with tech brand smartwatches.

The smartwatch runs on Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip, which uses 25% less power than its previous mobile/wearable processors. Fossil decided that the best use of this extra juice was to make the screen always on, which is a nice choice though it seems to be optional.

Battery life is "up to 24 hours" so nothing special here, but the wireless charging dock is pretty cool.

Features wise there are no standout functions you can't get on other Android Wear watches, so the Q Wander is worth a look purely for the classy design and strap options. At an IFA packed with stylish round wearables, it's one of the nicest smartwatches I've seen yet.

So will this female friendly Fossil convince legions of women to buy their first smartwatch? Well, it costs $275, is already shipping in the US and it will certainly turn more heads than the gadgety smartwatches of old. Look out for a full Fossil Q Wander review on the site very soon.

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