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Gen 5 Smartwatch The Carlyle HR Black Stainless Steel $205

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Gen 5 Smartwatch The Carlyle HR Black Stainless Steel $205

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Most items on the site are 30% off with the code on the site.

Found the Gen 5 Smartwatch The Carlyle HR Black Stainless Steel for around $205 after taxes

Look around the site, there are some other gen 5 on sale too

Ebates 2.5% or swagbucks 2%

Edit: found these two that works with the promo code. Posted screnshots

Edit 2: most gen 5 that works with code is oos.
the blue gen5 is on Amazon for around $236 not as great deal tho
The hybrid works with the code tho screenshot below
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Thanks for sharing. Bought one too, hope they ship it as per terms and conditions of sale, it does not apply to smartwatches. "Offer not valid on the purchase of touchscreen smartwatches, refurbished smartwatches..."

Tried on other smartwatches, code doesn't work, only this particular band and watch package.
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adaptivemind wrote: Thanks for sharing. Bought one too, hope they ship it as per terms and conditions of sale, it does not apply to smartwatches. "Offer not valid on the purchase of touchscreen smartwatches, refurbished smartwatches..."

Tried on other smartwatches, code doesn't work, only this particular band and watch package.
They shipped it last time for cheaper, so they'll probably let this go too.
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Is it a single band or set of 3 bands with the watch.
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Worth it to upgrade from Gen4 to Gen5?
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yesnomaybe wrote: Worth it to upgrade from Gen4 to Gen5?
Yes depending on the extra cost as Gen 5 have the newer 3100 cpu & 1G ram & a speaker with the cpu/ram eliminating lag issues.
For reference i ordered the Sport to try this all out at a lower price point as I didn't want to spend quite as much as the Gen 5.

The Gen 5 have the newer 3100 processor (similar main cpu chips Cortex A7 but with an added low energy processor) & 1G ram which apparently eliminates lag.
The sport are like gen 4.5. They have the newer 3100 CPU but still have 512 ram which is ok. Some people report that Sport works well & some say there's some lag (perhaps they have too many apps running?). It is also waterproof to 5ATM which is more than Gen 4 or Gen 5 (3ATM).
The Gen 4 have 2100 processor (which still had the Cortex A7 but no extra low power chip) & the 512 ram.

(PS: Qualcomm just announced a new chipset (4100 & + based on newer chips cortex A53) but it'll be while before they appear in watches & then unlikely to be discounted much).
The other aspect is Google's Wear OS which receives less attention than android for phones. But maybe with their purchase of Fitbit they intend to do more.
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Few months ago. Didn't bunch of people on RFD buy Fossil Smartwatches and then majority returned them? Because watch was POS? Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
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chilli604 wrote: Few months ago. Didn't bunch of people on RFD buy Fossil Smartwatches and then majority returned them? Because watch was POS? Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
I think that was the refurbished Sport model, which has less RAM and bad battery life.
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warhawk wrote: Is it a single band or set of 3 bands with the watch.
I'm pretty sure it comes with 2 other bands
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Angultra wrote: I think that was the refurbished Sport model, which has less RAM and bad battery life.
Hmm, Fossil had a big sale as the Pademic was happening. Back in April?

Maybe it was the Fossil 4. Either way. Lots of returns for a reason. Buyer Beware.
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chilli604 wrote: Few months ago. Didn't bunch of people on RFD buy Fossil Smartwatches and then majority returned them? Because watch was POS? Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
Stay away from Fossil smart watches. They have a known issue where once they get wet (i.e. hand washing) the glue that holds the sensor on the back of the watch will start to come off. Happened to my wife’s, my sister in-law’s and mine within a span of 6 months to a year. Contacted Fossil and they admitted that it is a known issue (google it). They will fix while under warrenty for 2 years however I had to pay for shipping to Brampton and then they ship the watch out to Austin Texas for repairs and then ship it back to you within 4-6 weeks. My wife’s watch took 5 weeks and my sister in law’s and mine took 6 weeks. They fixed the issue but a bit of an inconvenience and since mine was fixed 6 months ago the glue on the back is starting to go again and it is coming off. They are advertised to withstand simple water use but not sure if that is really the case. My advice is to stay away from fossil smart watches.
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I was tempted but looked in to the battery life , most people struggle to get a day out of it with a lot of options turned off.
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How is the bezel on the gen 5? The bezel on the gen 4 sport is horrendous.
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covabwoy wrote: Stay away from Fossil smart watches. They have a known issue where once they get wet (i.e. hand washing) the glue that holds the sensor on the back of the watch will start to come off. Happened to my wife’s, my sister in-law’s and mine within a span of 6 months to a year. Contacted Fossil and they admitted that it is a known issue (google it). They will fix while under warrenty for 2 years however I had to pay for shipping to Brampton and then they ship the watch out to Austin Texas for repairs and then ship it back to you within 4-6 weeks. My wife’s watch took 5 weeks and my sister in law’s and mine took 6 weeks. They fixed the issue but a bit of an inconvenience and since mine was fixed 6 months ago the glue on the back is starting to go again and it is coming off. They are advertised to withstand simple water use but not sure if that is really the case. My advice is to stay away from fossil smart watches.
A friend of mine had the same issue with his Gen 4 but just swapped it out at a Fossil store at the mall. At the time they didn't have any Gen 4 in stock so they gave him a Gen 5 instead. This was the first week the Gen 5 came out.
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imtapan wrote: I was tempted but looked in to the battery life , most people struggle to get a day out of it with a lot of options turned off.
Which options will you use? I have a gen 5 and get a day/day and a half on a charge. I disable wifi and don't answer calls through my watch. I also have AOD enabled. Overall, I like the look of the watch, even though WearOS is only meh. If you have a Samsung phone, i'd get a version of the Galaxy watch. The biggest downfall when I got one was the fact tap to pay via watch only let you add a credit card, no debit. This is the biggest reason I use the Fossil, google pay has been more versatile. If you want the best smartwatch, get an Apple Watch, which only works with IOS.
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adaptivemind wrote: Thanks for sharing. Bought one too, hope they ship it as per terms and conditions of sale, it does not apply to smartwatches. "Offer not valid on the purchase of touchscreen smartwatches, refurbished smartwatches..."

Tried on other smartwatches, code doesn't work, only this particular band and watch package.
I tried code with other smartwatches already discounted, and it worked. Of course not all but some of them work
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The Gen 5 is "ok", I've been using it for about 2 months now. I upgraded from the Wear24 watch because I wanted an HR sensor. A few things I have noticed with the Gen 5 compared to my Wear24:

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  • The Gen 5 lists it having GPS, but still relies on your phone for more accurate readings. I have tried taking the watch on its own without a phone but the GPS was unreliable.
  • I like to use Strava, but same issue with GPS here w/o the phone. Also the Strava app for WearOS sucks. It doesn't go in AMOLED mode, the app just stays open and kills the battery. Could also lead to pixel burn in too if used regularly. My MiBand 4 paired with a 3rd party app has better Strava integration.
  • My Wear24 app would automatically log walks using GPS. The Gen 5 does not do this and I miss that feature.
  • Gen 5 does have Google Pay, but having to add a lock screen to the watch is pointless. A better function would be if your phone is unlocked, the watch is also unlocked. I might as well just use Google Pay on my phone. The ONLY benefit I see having Google Pay on your watch is if you don't have your phone on you and are travelling in another country to pay for things it could be useful.
  • Gen 5 is still laggy, but its an old chipset so thats expected.
  • Battery life is not bad. Since I don't wear it all day, I'm reaching 3 days use including 60 minutes of an activity each day.
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All in all for the price I got it for (about $170), it was a good deal. But personally I don't think I am going to ever buy a WearOS device again if this one breaks. Google doesn't seem to care about WearOS at the moment and there are VERY few apps that work well with WearOS. My MiBand 4 does everything I wanted for $40. The HR sensor is definitely better on the Gen 5 but still has its discrepancies.
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redkulat wrote: The Gen 5 is "ok", I've been using it for about 2 months now. I upgraded from the Wear24 watch because I wanted an HR sensor. A few things I have noticed with the Gen 5 compared to my Wear24:

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  • The Gen 5 lists it having GPS, but still relies on your phone for more accurate readings. I have tried taking the watch on its own without a phone but the GPS was unreliable.
  • I like to use Strava, but same issue with GPS here. Also the Strava app for WearOS sucks. My MiBand 4 paired with a 3rd party app has better Strava integration.
  • My Wear24 app would automatically log walks using GPS. The Gen 5 does not do this and I miss that feature.
  • Gen 5 does have Google Pay, but having to "unlock" the watch each time is pointless. I might as well just use Google Pay on my phone. The ONLY benefit I see having Google Pay on your watch is if you don't have your phone and are travelling in another country to pay for things.
  • Gen 5 is still laggy, but its an old chipset so thats expected.
  • Battery life is not bad. Since I don't wear it all day, I'm reaching 3 days use including 60 minutes of an activity each day.
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All in all for the price I got it for (about $170), it was a good deal. But personally I don't think I am going to ever buy a WearOS device again if this one breaks. Google doesn't seem to care about WearOS at the moment and there are VERY few apps that work well with WearOS. My MiBand 4 does everything I wanted for $40. The HR sensor is definitely better on the Gen 5 but still has its discrepancies.
if you wanted a sports tracker, Garmin is one of the serious competitors, not a smart watch.

I thought most Google Android apps have a Wear OS component?
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coffeebean wrote: if you wanted a sports tracker, Garmin is one of the serious competitors, not a smart watch.

I thought most Google Android apps have a Wear OS component?
My wife has the Vivoactive 3 Music and its a good activity tracker but thats about it. Its also started to malfunction so I have to call Garmin to get a warranty claim on it.

Apple seems like the only company really investing into their wear devices. If it was a better design and I owned an iPhone I'd get one.

There are many WearOS apps, but not many good ones. WearOS should have a native inactivity reminder with Google Fit but you need a 3rd party app and even that isn't perfect. If this is someones first WearOS watch, its a good one don't get me wrong. But I was expecting better performance from my cheap Wear24 watch and so far they are on par.

Design wise its way nicer, especially with the quick release bands.
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covabwoy wrote: Stay away from Fossil smart watches. They have a known issue where once they get wet (i.e. hand washing) the glue that holds the sensor on the back of the watch will start to come off. Happened to my wife’s, my sister in-law’s and mine within a span of 6 months to a year. Contacted Fossil and they admitted that it is a known issue (google it). They will fix while under warrenty for 2 years however I had to pay for shipping to Brampton and then they ship the watch out to Austin Texas for repairs and then ship it back to you within 4-6 weeks. My wife’s watch took 5 weeks and my sister in law’s and mine took 6 weeks. They fixed the issue but a bit of an inconvenience and since mine was fixed 6 months ago the glue on the back is starting to go again and it is coming off. They are advertised to withstand simple water use but not sure if that is really the case. My advice is to stay away from fossil smart watches.
My Gen4 backing started peeling off after a year or so as well. But I went to the Markville Fossil and they ordered me a replacement and I picked it up within a week without much hassle.

Lady at the counter said it was a common problem and original production of these were in some dusty factory so dust got into the glue seal. Apparently the "newer" Gen4s were produced in a different factory that is now cleaner so the problem should be fixed. We'll see about that lol

I like how sleek the Gen5s look and the hardware upgrade would be nice but I find them too small since I like a bigger watch. IMO Gen4 looks better because of the bigger crown - looks more like a classic watch too as opposed to what is obviously a "sport/smart" watch that is the Gen5

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