I’ve had the Fossil Q for about a month and a half now, and I wanted to talk about it. It was a bit of an impulse buy, as I had originally only picked one up for my father, but the deal was great and it looked really pretty.
First and foremost, I’ll just get it out in the open. I only paid $30 CAD for this. I would absolutely NOT pay full price for this tracker. While I do think it’s quite pretty, so is my Jawbone UP3, and it has a lot more features and you can buy if for much less than what the Fossil Q Dreamer retails for. (If you can even find it). I’m sure you can still find them in the outlets, or second hand, though, so if you’re considering making a purchase, I hope this can be of some help.
The main reason I purchased the Q Dreamer (besides the price) was because it’s both pretty and customizable. The tracker that I chose is somewhat reminiscent of marble, there were also tortoiseshell and a few different metal options. The straps also came in a variety of options, primarily leather, but I believe that there were a few rubberized sports bands available as well.
The tracker itself is on the larger side, but not overly large. For perspective, I have used the Fitbit One, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Alta and the Jawbone Up3. It’s about as wide as the Charge, but with a bit more height than even the Alta.
While the size took a little bit of getting used to, I was fine with it after a day or two. Unfortunately, the bracelet got dirty fairly quickly, most likely due to daily use and the type and colour of leather, and I don’t think there’s much that can be done about it, unfortunately. Also, while the buckle itself stayed beautiful and shiny, the two rings on the bracelet to keep the excess of the strap in place had a beautiful brushed metal finish. This started to wear and look scratched within a couple of days. I love the idea of it, but somehow the choice of leather for the bracelet was terrible. It’s soft and untreated, it holds on to dirt and grime, stained with just a small splash of water from washing my hands and just started looking gross pretty quickly. I have no objection to leather watch bands, but I would never choose a watch with a band like this.
Setup was easy. The bracelet charges wirelessly on a little stand that comes in the box. You just put it down and the light turns red. When it’s fully charged the light will turn blue. Once it’s charged, you can connect to the app with just a few touches.
But… bad luck? My tracker stopped working after two days, and it took Fossil 5 whole days to reply to my email (and only after I tweeted them) and another 7 to get a solution. My replacement didn’t arrive until the first week of January. First, it stopped syncing and giving notifications, eventually, it started syncing again, but still no notifications. (very rarely, one would come through if I was holding my phone, though). While two weeks isn’t terrible, I felt that I had to really push them to get help in the first place, and then push even more to get a replacement. That being said, once the replacement was offered, I was upgraded to the Q Gazer Hybrid Smartwatch.
Honestly, it’s a bit difficult to gauge accuracy with an activity tracker. Even though I also wore both the Fitbit Alta and the Jawbone UP3 for the time that I was testing the Q Dreamer, short of counting my steps all day (impossible), it was pretty hard to decide which of the three was giving me the best number.
However. The Fitbit Alta gave me the highest average step count and the Jawbone UP3 was usually about 10% behind. The Q Dreamer averaged about 50% of that middle ground between the Fitbit and the Jawbone. Essentially, if the Fitbit Alta tracked around 10,000 steps, the Jawbone UP3 would track around 9,000 steps and the Fossil Q Dreamer would track around 4,750 steps. Not good.
One of the things that I love about the Fitbit app and the Jawbone app is that they have social aspects, as well as being fairly multipurpose. The Fossil Q app is very basic by comparison The only thing this bracelet tracks are your steps, and the only other options that the app has is sleep tracking and “goals”. I suppose if you’re new to activity trackers, or you don’t feel like you need a lot of functions, you may like this. I’ve been primarily a Fitbit user for the last several years, so I’m fairly biased that way.
Even without those features, though, I really miss the social aspect. This is another reason I purchased my tracker when my boyfriend got his watch. I had hoped we could connect with each other through the app. On the bright side, it does connect with Apple Health, and the Google equivalent, the Jawbone app, and an UnderArmour app that I’ve never used. So you can get that social experience if you want to download a second application.
I’m not really a fan. I find that the features are pretty lacking, especially considering the price. While I do like the way it looks, it’s not even particularly easy to keep it looking nice, and eventually, it winds up looking dirty and gross. Also, since it’s leather, you have to be a little bit cautious about getting it wet, even though the tracker itself is waterproof to 1M. While it’s not quite as beautiful, if you’re looking for a tracker that is pretty, packed with features and with a good app, I highly recommend the Jawbone UP (2,3,4, they’re all good depending on what you need it to do). Also, if you’re flexible on colour, you can score a great deal on Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.
Do you use a fitness tracker? Which ones do you use? Or are there any that you’re considering purchasing but haven’t bought it yet? I may be interested in trying out a few more, and reviewing? Leave me a comment!
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