With the normal version everything works fine (besides the drift as i use a gear vr but modded with usb tethering, which will be upgraded with driver4vr soon), but with the Beta 2.0 for Gear VR it seems like nothing works :/ HEVC stopped working (in 1.5 everything is fine), also in 1.5 i can turn up all settings when usb tethered without a problem. When i use Stream Theater it streams moonlight with my 2.4ghz WIFI without any problem, rlly clear picture no drift (because of the gear vr sensors). In 2.0 Normal APK its not as good as Stream Theater but it works, in 2.0 Gear VR APK Moonlight doesn't even open for me i just get a blackscreen (the same happens when i use it without wifi but HEVC turned on.
TL;DR: Very good general purpose watch, with excellent screen and vibration, but only OK battery life.
Ebags.com put the Fossil Q Explorist up for sale early, and I got an order in before they took it offline. So here's an early review. (Here's the first post
I'm really happy with the build and weight. It's 12.6mm thick, which I think isn't out of proportion to the case width of 44mm. The glass is slightly raised from the case, with a smooth chamfered edge down to the bezel. It's a nice sensation when navigating, which has made me not like the raised bezel of the zen 3 as much. The extra buttons have a good positive-feeling click when pressed. The main button doesn't have this click, but I'm not convinced I'd like it better if it did. I have accidentally pressed it when turning the crown a few times, but I've adjusted how I use the crown to not press so much on the edge.
Performance is great. I haven't run into any lag. I haven't loaded it up with apps, but so far, so good. The vibration, for an android wear watch, is great. It's still not pebble strength, but the best I've tried and very quiet, especially compared to the noisy zen watches. (I've not used a Huawei 1 but "buzzy" has been a complaint on this group for that watch, too.)
Software wise it's standard Wear. Two simple games are included. I tried them each once before disabling them. They're each only 24K, so not much space is lost by them being pre-installed. The Fossil faces have the ability to share settings of colors and typefaces with friends on facebook. Interesting, I guess?
Speaker and mic are good. Phone calls are fine.
The screen is beautiful, at least indoors. Fossil switched to fully-round AMOLED screens after last year's transflective LCD flat-tire displays, with a slightly reduced size of 1.38 inches. At 454 pixels wide, only the Urbane 2 and Sport have higher resolution screens. (There is a mask around the display that obscures the outermost ring of pixels, but is not something you'd ever notice unless you looked for it.) The ambient light sensor sits below the screen at about the 3 o'clock position. It does use low-bit ambient mode, but this doesn't bother me; I'd rather have high-contrast screens for readability than a realistic face that requires more than a split-second to read. And then there's one of the nicest features: the ambient light sensor adjusts how bright the face is in ambient mode, based on the how bright it is when it goes to sleep. This means when it's brighter where you are, you have a much better chance of actually being able to read the time without waking the watch. And in a dark room, it means less of the beacon-on-your-wrist effect. [edit
feature was gone, now it's back with 2.5 update]
(The Mission does this, do the Sport and Style? The Zen 3 doesn't.) There is a black ring between the display and the bezel, like the Mission and the Style, a place the Zen 3 looks nicer.
My biggest complaint with this watch is the battery life. It's OK
. (For what it's worth, AIDA64 reports that it has a 370mAh battery.) I want my watch to last all day, from 7am to 11:30pm. Only a few days did the watch make it to then without having gone into battery-saving mode with its black screen. I've been conservative with usage since getting the watch: factory faces, no weather or other data-hungry complications. No third-party launcher. I'm not trying to be a hyper-miler, though: always on display, tilt-to-wake on, wifi on. Several days I would manually turn off wifi in the morning, but it's been inconclusive about it making a real difference. (There are obviously bugs in 2.0 with wifi-bluetooth connection changes.) I have sideloaded the standalone hangouts apk, but at least it hasn't shown in the battery reports as a battery hog. I'll never be using this watch out on a run, but I think a 20 minute navigation and a couple of short phone calls will mean the explorist will call it a day on the early side. Battery life gallery.
The rotating crown has proven more useful to me than I anticipated. I find it most useful reading email and scrolling through notifications. But setting alarms and timers are a bit easier with touching the screen than turning the crown - I have to be too careful to not overshoot the numbers I want with the crown. Side note: if you're left-handed, don't base your watch-buying decision on it: if you wear it on your right wrist, you'll be contorting your hand to use it. If you wear it on your left wrist, the swipe and handwriting keyboards will make you wish you were ambidextrous. Maybe some day google will get around to making the watch UI rotatable like the apple watch.
There's the small issue of the turning resistance of the crown. It's not bad, but it's not great. I can't say how it compares to the Sport or Style, but it is a little harder to turn than on the apple watch. Turning it doesn't wake the watch, so I can't see a reason that it couldn't have been made to turn easier. Again, it's certainly not a showstopper, but there's room for improvement here.
A smaller complaint is the charging time. It's a bit over 3 hours to fully recharge it on its wireless puck charger, according to the Wear Battery Full app. I've read it will charge on any Qi charger, but don't have one to test if it would improve charging time. Bottom line is that overnight is the only practical time to charge it. If you want to use it for sleep tracking, you'll have to decide what part of the day you're willing to go without it for a few hours.
Yes it would be nice if it had NFC for android pay, but I'm not convinced that's a must-have on a non-cell capable watch.
Overall, it's a very nice watch. Recommended.