The Skagen Falster Gen 6 from the Fossil group is another great smartwatch that goes beyond the design part. But with Wear OS at the helm, is this the right purchase for you?
When you are paying upwards of Rs. 10,000 on a smartwatch, it is clear that you are looking for more than just a mini assistant on your wrist. And there are dozens of watches that happily do this. The Apple Watch SE is great to consider for its form and function, while its more expensive cousin pushes these to the limit! Most other watches in this price range try to copy the Apple Watch (the Oppo Watch) and so if you’re looking for variety, it’s easy to be disappointed. Not from the Fossil group though.
The Fossil Gen 6 is one that stands out with a very smart design, and if you pair it with a nice strap, you have a very nice watch on your wrist. But what if you want something more extravagant? Then look at the Skagen collection, where its latest model, which is the Skagen Falster Gen 6, seems to be the perfect choice. I mean, BOY! Those looks can kill! Oh!
Um, sorry for the sudden burst of emotion. The Falster Gen 6 has just launched in India and at a starting price of Rs. 21,995, is also close at hand. So is it the best? I wore it for two weeks to find out.
Skagen Faster Gen 6 Design
First of all, a wristwatch must look good! This is its main purpose as nowadays you can see the time in every corner of your digital screens. The Skagen Falster Gen 6 does exactly that – it looks lovely. He takes the concept of minimalist design very seriously; the cylindrical body with the flat display and the crown and the buttons beautifully crafted in matte black evoke strong emotions, in ways that not even the Apple Watch can.
This is where the Skagen Falster Gen 6 won me! It served its purpose. Why do you have to do something else about this, right? My unit came with the silicone strap attached, but I bet it looks even better with a tasteful smelling mesh strap or a leather one.
Part of its appeal also comes from Skagen’s preloaded watch faces. Of course, you can download Facer and get some flashy faces for free, but Skagen’s select faces look the best. All are functional and fit well into personal and professional spaces.
And it is also heavily built. In my two weeks of use which involved a short journey, the watch survived bumps and bumps against walls, train doors, airport luggage and more! As of this writing, there is not even a scratch on this watch.
The 44mm casing contains a 1.28-inch circular and flat OLED display that is highly responsive to touch. It makes most of the dials lively and makes it easier to read the texts. Brightness levels are good indoors, but sunlight readability isn’t as good as an Apple Watch. Hence, you may have a hard time seeing under the sun.
Smart features of Skagen Faster Gen 6
The Falster Gen 6 is based on the Fossil Gen 6 and therefore the user experience does not vary. In addition to the Skagen watch faces, it’s essentially a Wear OS device under the skin. Specifically, it’s a Wear OS 2 device, and Skagen still doesn’t give any dates on that mystical Wear OS 3 for non-Samsung watches.
Similar to the Fossil Gen 6, a Snapdragon 4100+ chip powers the Skagen Falster Gen 6 watch. It also gets 1GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM, both of which do an overall better job than the Fossil version. Unlike the Fossil Gen 6, the Skagen version didn’t keep restarting automatically and for all the time I spent with it, the interface was snappy. You can read and reply to messages, check email snippets, run some apps, and much more. You can answer calls via Bluetooth from your smartphone and the audio quality is decent. I was almost sold out until I observed the weird bugs that interrupt the experience. Seriously, why Fossil why? Because none of your beautiful watches work as they should.
At the time of writing, my Skagen Falster Gen 6 unit suffered from a connection bug that could not pair with my Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra via Bluetooth. It wasn’t until a few reboots before I could see the notifications updating on their own. While in a Wi-Fi zone, the watch can pair to the network to send notifications faster, but on the go, it’s currently faulty.
Skagen relies on the Google Wear OS app on Android and iOS devices to pair the watch and serve as a companion app. All health data can be viewed on the Google Fit app. While pairing was easy with an Android phone (when it worked), the Skagen Falster Gen 6 doesn’t want to pair easily with an iPhone. And even when it does, it can’t reconnect to the iPhone.
Additionally, I also observed that the Skagen watch warmed up quickly while using Google Maps or running some demanding apps outdoors. Battery life also deteriorates quickly, as my watch ran out in the evening. By the way, note that I used the watch to answer calls and did some activities on the smartphone directly. Charging is pretty fast – it only takes about 40 minutes to fill the battery to 10 percent via a 10W charging adapter.
Skagen Faster Gen 6 Fitness
Similar to most full-blown smartwatches, the Skagen Falster Gen 6 has the standard kit of monitoring systems. It can track your heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, steps, calories, sleep, and more. Now, I’m not a fitness enthusiast and hence, I haven’t put this Skagen watch in hard times (even if I were, I wouldn’t put this beautiful watch in sweaty training sessions).
However, I turned on the outdoor training mode while exploring the city on my vacation, and the data was mostly comparable to my brother’s Apple Watch SE. Step count, heart rate data, and SpO2 data were comparable. Note that I did not have a medical device to verify its authenticity and we always recommend not relying on this data for medical applications.
The Skagen Falster Gen 6 appears to be a product for watch connoisseurs, especially those who want a refined design and all the intelligence of a modern connected device. But it suffers from the same problems that plague all other Fossil products – that is, it has a very unreliable platform to work with. Wear OS 2 despite its smarts now looks outdated with the way it works. Nobody likes that their expensive smartwatch is lagging from time to time and it certainly struggles to pair with the phone. May the Wear OS 3 update come fast, considering how good these watches are!
The main reason why you (and I) would consider the Skagen Falster Gen 6 over anything else is the way it looks! That classy design paired with a beautiful finish and durable construction is what would make me invest my money. Basic smart bits are good too, even if they lag behind the benchmark Apple Watch SE. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 beats the Skagen in terms of functionality, but it simply cannot match the beauty of the Skagen Falster Gen 6.
Should you buy this? If you care about looks, then definitely go ahead. If you are looking for a great overall experience, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is still the best buy for Android users. And the mighty Apple Watch SE and Watch Series 7 remain the quintessential kings, if you have an iPhone at your disposal.
Skagen Falster Gen 6
- Beautiful looks
- Full of intelligence
- Fast charging
- Buggy Wear operating system
- Inadequate battery life
1.28 inch AMOLED
Wear the operating system
Accelerometer, Altimeter, Ambient Light, Compass, Gyroscope, Out-of-Body IR, PPG Heart Rate, SPO2
Snapdragon Wear 4100+