Fossil Sport vs. TicWatch Pro: Which should you buy?

Fossil Sport
Fossil Sport (Image credit: Android Central)

Fossil Sport

If you want to buy a Wear OS smartwatch right now, the Fossil Sport is the best one in terms of form and functionality. This watch has all the sporty fitness tracking you want, NFC for payments, and a scrolling crown for easier navigation.

Fossil Sport

Sleek style

Compact, comfy size with scrolling crown
Eye-catching design with a two-tone finish
Wide variety of colors to choose from
Inferior battery life
Occasional lag

TicWatch Pro

This watch makes me wish all watches had dual-layer screens, and it's hard to understate how wonderful the LCD "always on" layer is for battery and functionality. Alas, the Pro has all the tracking you could want, but it's also comically large on most wrists.

TicWatch Pro

Hybrid hulk

Dual layer screen is awesome
Beastly battery
Ruggedly handsome
It's a kaiju on my wrist
Last-gen processor

The market for Wear OS watches continues to focus more on fitness tracking and everyday performance prowess, and right now, the TicWatch Pro and Fossil Sport are the cream of the crop. Unless you like your watches extra chunky, the choice here is pretty clear.

The best vs. the biggest

I've used a TicWatch Pro for about six months, and I thoroughly enjoyed its hybrid screen and unkillable battery. That said, even most movie spy-watches aren't this big, and even though it doesn't sound that much bigger than the Fossil Sport on paper, trust me: the Pro is a big hulking monster on your wrist. It's a monster with the best hybrid display I've seen yet in a Wear OS watch, but it is a monster nonetheless.

The Fossil Sport, by comparison, checks just about all the same boxes while looking and feeling much more manageable on your wrist, and coming in a plethora of color options between the 41mm and 43 mm versions.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Fossil SportMobvoi TicWatch Pro
Dimensions41mm x 12mm43mm x 12mm45mm x 12.6mm
Colors41mm: Red, Blush, Black, Grey, Light Blue Neon43mm: Black, Smokey BlueBlack/Black, Silver/Black
Watch housingAluminum bezel and buttonsPlastic frameStainless steel bezel and backplatePlastic frame
Button configurationThree button rightScrolling crownThree button right
Display1.2" AMOLED 390 x 390px1.39" OLED 400 x 400pxFSTN display
ChipsetSnapdragon Wear 3100Snapdragon Wear 2100
ConnectivityBluetooth v4.2 Low EnergyWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/nNFCBluetooth v4.2Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GhzNFC
Battery"Estimated all day"415mAh2 days on regular Wear OS30 days on Essential Mode
Water resistance5ATMIP68 dustproof, waterproofNot recommended for swimming
SensorsAccelerometerAltimeterAmbient LightGyroscopeHeart RateAccelerometerGyroscopePPG Heart Rate sensorMagnetic SensorAmbient Light SensorLow Latency Off-Body Sensor

The Fossil Sport's 5ATM waterproofing is tighter than the TicWatch Pro, allowing you to swim with it while a TicWatch Pro would be forced to watch from the sidelines, and the Fossil Sport also features the newer Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor inside running the show, though the Fossil Sport has seen more performance bugs at launch than the TicWatch Pro has in over 6 months.

TicWatch Pro battery for days!

If there's one area where the Pro stands head and shoulders above the Fossil Sport, it's battery life. The Fossil Sport can get through one day, and that's about it, whereas the TicWatch Pro can easily go two days of mixed-use on Wear OS mode, thanks in large part to that battery-sipping LCD secondary display layer. If you kick over to Essential Mode, the Pro can last a month, but let's call that the "Desert Island Castaway" option.

The Fossil Sport can get through the day, I can charge it at night, and it looks much, much better on my wrist while packing the latest Wear 3100 chipset and upgraded Wear OS 2.0 UI inside, so while my TicWatch's hybrid screen sings its siren song from my bookshelf, it's the Fossil Sport I want to wear out to the theme parks.

Ara Wagoner

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.