Skagen Falster Gen 6 Smartwatch Review (2023)

Skagen is a subsidiary of Fossil that makes watches with Danish-inspired aesthetics (despite being based out of Texas). Its latest smartwatch, the $295 Falster Gen 6, closely resembles one of Fossil’s latest models, the Gen 6 (we reviewed the $329 model made in conjuction with gaming company Razer), packing most of the same hardware and features into a smaller and simpler case. It's one of the sleekest smartwatches on the market, though like the Razer X Fossil Gen 6, it's held back by unimpressive battery life and Google's uneven Wear OS platform. Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 ($249.99) remains our Editors’ Choice among Android-compatible smartwatches for its more polished UI and advanced biometric features, while the $399 Apple Watch Series 7 is our top pick overall.

Danish-Inspired Design

At a glance, you wouldn't necessarily know that the Falster Gen 6 isn't a smartwatch. It sports a minimalist Danish aesthetic, with a flat top and smooth sides. Its 416-by-416-pixel AMOLED screen measures 1.28 inches in diameter, doesn't have any bezels, and is identical to the one on the Fossil Gen 6.

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The right side of the watch (when worn on the left wrist) includes a rotating crown and two buttons just like the Fossil Gen 6, but here the crown is smooth instead of ridged. The mounts for the wrist straps are simple, thin metal bars that bend inward to form a rounded rectangular shape.

The Falster is available only in black and in a case size of 41mm. That's smaller than both Fossil Gen 6 models (42mm and 44mm), and I found that the watch looked a bit small on my wrist. When you order it, you can choose between several different styles of wrist straps, including black silicone; brown leather; and black, charcoal, or silver stainless steel mesh. You can also swap any of those out for a third-party 20mm strap.

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My test unit came with the black silicone strap, which I found to be strangely frustrating to use. The outside of the strap is smooth, but the inside is covered with horizontal ridges that are about the same (but not exactly the same) distance apart as the width between the holes for the buckle. This discrepancy made securing the watch around my wrist a chore, because it forced me to use my finger to align the pin with the hole rather than just use the ridges as guides.

Inside the Watch

The watch uses the same internal components as the Fossil Gen 6, including a Snapdragon Wear 4100+ processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. It integrates heart rate, blood oxygen, IR presence, and ambient light sensors, along with an accelerometer, an altimeter, a compass, and a gyroscope. The watch also supports Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, and NFC for Google Pay payments.

The Falster Gen 6 is rated for use at up to 5ATMs, which is better than the Fossil Gen 6's rating of 3 ATMs. However, it still lacks an IP rating like the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 (IP68), so it isn’t technically waterproof. It also doesn't carry MIL-STD-810G certification for shock protection. Regardless, it should be safe to swim with (unless you get the leather strap).

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According to Skagen, the Falster should last up to 24 hours between charges, but based on our testing, this estimate seems a bit generous. With the always-on screen turned off, I found that the watch could comfortably last throughout the day, but keeping it on for sleep analysis without a charge first would be pushing it. Ultimately, the battery life falls a bit short compared with the Apple Watch Series 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch4, both of which can last a full day with enough battery left to track your sleep overnight.

Wear OS and Fitness Features

The Falster Gen 6 runs on Google's Wear OS, just like the Fossil Gen 6. The operating system is powerful, but its interface is often awkward to use. We outline the basics below, but for more detailed information about Wear OS, check out our review of the Razer X Fossil Gen 6.

You can use Wear OS with an Android smartphone or an iPhone, but the Android-based smartwatch OS naturally integrates better with Android devices. Message notifications and media playback controls work on iOS devices through the Wear OS app, but the app doesn’t provide access to the Google Play store. That means that if you want to get new watch apps or faces from Google, you need to access the Google Play store via a browser or use the awkward Play store app on your watch.

From the watch face, swipe up for notifications, swipe down for quick settings, swipe right for Google Assistant, swipe left for tiles, and press the crown button to view your apps. The controls are fairly direct, but a few clunky elements hinder the experience. Take the separate tiles and apps sections, for example. The Tiles area offers only a handful of functions that mostly revolve around fitness features. In the apps section, all of your apps appear in a list that you can scroll through by twisting the crown, but you don't get many options to create shortcuts; you can pin your favorites to the top of the list or assign one of the watch's two buttons to launch one, but that's it. The app list’s icons and labels are a bit too small to read comfortably, as well.

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For watch faces, you have a number of options. The Falster comes with several analog and digital Skagen watch faces, but most are either minimalist or whimsical. For example, many stack the hour and minute hands on top of each other, rather than placing them next to one another in a traditional configuration. For comparison, the Fossil Gen 6 offers many more classic (and, in my opinion, usable) watch faces out of the box. This is a matter of taste, of course, and you might like the Skagen's face designs more.

Your other options are to download watch faces from the Google Play store or use the Facer app. Google Play’s selection of watch faces is unimpressive and many cost about $2. Facer offers the biggest library of watch faces, but many are "premium" and are available only if you sign up for a $5-per-month or $40-per-year subscription. Fortunately, the app has some nice, free faces, too.

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The selection of apps for Wear OS devices is decent, though some notable first-party apps aren't available. Google Assistant, Google Calendar, and Google Fit are all built into the OS, and you can install Google Keep and Google Translate on the watch, but there isn’t an official Wear OS app for Google Authenticator (I wouldn’t trust the third-party pay apps that offer MFA). And, while you can control smart home devices with your voice through Google Assistant, you can't do so directly from the watch's touch screen. The one exception is that Samsung offers a SmartThings app for Wear OS.

For fitness options, you can install Adidas, Calm, Nike Run Club, Strava, and a few dozen other apps, including some to track menstruation and ovulation; Google Fit doesn't offer those features natively. Rounding out the selection are Spotify, a third-party podcast client, and an oddly large number of weather apps. You won't find built-in apps for simple functions like performing calculations or taking voice notes.

Through Google Fit, the watch tracks your heart rate, blood oxygen level, and sleep, plus offers the standard selection of step-counting features and workout guides. All of this data is accessible via the Tiles section of the interface. The watch lacks the electrocardiogram (ECG) feature of the Apple Watch for monitoring heart rhythm problems and the bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA) of the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 for measuring body composition.

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For Minimalist Android Users

The Skagen Falsten Gen 6 offers nearly all of the hardware and software features of the Fossil Gen 6 in a simpler, smaller case. It works just as well, but still lacks the more advanced biometric capabilities of top-rated competitors. The Falsten's biggest weakness, however, is that it runs on stock Wear OS; the software is powerful, but it's also clunky to use and doesn’t offer as many watch faces or apps as we'd like. If you can look past those issues, the Falster is a stylish alternative to our Editors’ Choice winners, the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and the Apple Watch Series 7. Samsung’s One UI interface makes Wear OS on the Watch4 easier to use, while the watch itself features an innovative digital bezel and costs nearly $50 less than the Falster. The $399 Apple Watch Series 7 costs more, but Apple’s watchOS remains the most polished smartwatch platform and seamlessly integrates with iOS devices. If you like the idea of watchOS but can’t stomach the price of the Watch Series 7, consider the more affordable Apple Watch SE, which starts at $279.

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Pros

  • Minimalist design

  • Physical, rotating crown

  • Lots of features

Cons

  • Wear OS remains clunky and uneven

  • Mediocre battery life

The Bottom Line

The Danish-inspired, minimalist Skagen Falster Gen 6 is one of the most stylish smartwatches you can buy, although the Wear OS platform that powers it isn't nearly as sleek.

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FAQs

Is Skagen Falster 6 waterproof? ›

Skagen Falster Gen 6 Smart Watch with Water Resistant up to 5ATM, Black.

Is Fossil Gen 6 a good smartwatch? ›

The Fossil Gen 6 gets the design and display totally right. The large and colourful screen is bright enough in almost all situations and the touch also works really well. It is also quite easy to read text messages, notifications, and emails on this watch. This one is also quite comfortable to wear all through the day.

Does Skagen Falster work with iPhone? ›

You can use Wear OS with an Android smartphone or an iPhone, but the Android-based smartwatch OS naturally integrates better with Android devices. Message notifications and media playback controls work on iOS devices through the Wear OS app, but the app doesn't provide access to the Google Play store.

What is the MRP of Skagen Falster smartwatch? ›

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Is Skagen owned by fossil? ›

Skagen Denmark is a brand, initially of watches, of Skagen Designs Ltd. (a subsidiary of Fossil), that has grown into being a wider American contemporary accessories brand based on Danish design.

Can Fossil Gen 6 answer calls? ›

Make & Take Calls

Make and receive phone calls while connected to any smartphone.

How long does the Fossil Gen 6 last? ›

The Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid sports a traditional design like previous models. Its battery delivers up to 14 days of activity on a single charge. The smartwatch also comes with a redesigned companion app for a more pleasing use. There is a SpO2 sensor, smart notifications, and either a 45mm or a 40.5mm dial.

How long do Skagen batteries last? ›

Depending on the model of your watch and its usage, your battery will last from 5 to 12 months.

Is Skagen waterproof? ›

Protecting this is a mineral crystal glass. Powering this men's Skagen watch is a reliable quartz movement. It also comes with a 50m water resistance rating which is suitable for most day to day use.

Is Skagen smartwatch waterproof? ›

Like the Michael Kors Access Runway, the Falster 2 has a heart-rate monitor, built-in GPS tracking, and waterproofing up to 3ATM.

Is Skagen a luxury watch brand? ›

Yes, Skagen is a fashion brand sold as luxury dress watches in the market.

Is Skagen made in China? ›

Otherwise, Skagen is a modern, international brand which might even be considered American. Like many watches in its price range, Skagen's production is based in China.

What is Skagen known for? ›

Skagen, also called The Skaw, city and port, northern Jutland, Denmark, near the northern tip of the peninsula on the Kattegat strait. Chartered in 1413, it is one of the principal fishing centres in Denmark. It is also a summer resort and, from the 1870s, the site of an artists' and writers' colony.

What is the #1 smartwatch in the world? ›

Apple Watch Series 7 45mm Aluminium (GPS Only)

The Apple Watch Series 7 is undoubtedly one of the best smartwatches in the World, and so is its predecessors.

Which smartwatch has best accuracy? ›

#1) Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch

The option of having a continuous heart rate monitor gives you accurate data.

Which size is best for smart watch? ›

Smaller watches (S) are most suitable for a wrist with a maximum circumference of 15cm. Medium watch cases (M) look good on a circumference of 15 to 17cm. Large watches (L) fit a circumference of 17 to 19cm.

Is smart watch good for health? ›

For patients, smartwatches can monitor your heart rate, sleep habits, and physical activity. For doctors, patients can then take that information and share it with your physician to gain valuable insight around your health to make alterations that could improve your overall well-being.

Which color is best for smartwatch? ›

But if we had to choose, we would say that a black watch face is the most versatile color to choose. Black watch faces blend well with almost any color. They reduce glare in the sunlight, they are easy to read, and they provide a nice contrast with other colors, such as gold, white, brown, etc.

Can you text on fossil Gen 6? ›

You must be using the Android messaging app. You cannot reply to text messages if pairing it with an iPhone.

Is Gen 6 waterproof? ›

The watch is available in 42mm and 44mm sizes, with black only in 44mm. The watch is rated for 3ATM, so you can swim with it. The Gen 6, however, isn't officially waterproof.

Can you text on a smartwatch? ›

You can send texts through voice commands and customizable templates with most advanced smartwatches. Some models also include features like handwriting-to-text messaging and smart replies, which are generated based on your text conversation.

Is the Fossil Gen 6 worth the money? ›

Our Verdict. Bottom line: Fossil Gen 6 is a smartwatch with lots of unrealized potential. Solid hardware packs great performance, battery life, reliable health metrics, and ultra-fast charging speed. It's just a shame that Wear OS 2 holds it back so much.

Can Fossil Gen 6 connect to Iphone? ›

Fossil made no such blunders with the Gen 6; it's compatible with both iOS devices and non-Samsung Android devices, so it's a good fit for those who like to switch up platforms from time to time.

Does Fossil Gen 6 have GPS? ›

Besides, the watch has all the regular features that the Wear OS supports; these include health and fitness features like SpO2 measurement, heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, activity tracking, GPS, etc. With Google Wear OS and a comprehensive list of features, the Fossil Gen 6 looks like a perfect smartwatch.

Can you replace the glass on a Skagen watch? ›

Due to the unique shape and design of Skagen watches, we usually recommend that only an original glass replacement is carried out. At Babla's we have an official Skagen parts account therefore are able to obtain and fit original Skagen glass replacements for all Skagen Denmark watches.

How do you pronounce Skagen watches? ›

Q: How do you pronounce Skagen? A: Skagen can be pronounced one of three ways: “Skah-guhn,” “Skay-gen,” or “Skay-en.”

What kind of batteries do Skagen watches use? ›

Top quality battery.

Most Skagen's use a size 364 battery, but it's always critical to double check. Here at WatchGnome, we always make sure to use a top quality battery like Energizer, Renata or Sony. It's also critical to change the battery without touching it with your hands.

Do Skagen watches come with batteries? ›

External components, such as the band, case, and crystal, as well as the battery, are not included in the warranty.

How do you clean a Skagen watch? ›

Use a soft microfiber cloth for surface cleaning. Avoid wearing and storing in direct sunlight. Use a polishing cloth for a protective, maximum shine. *Do not use soap products, as soap leaves residue behind when dry.

Are Skagen watches nickel free? ›

They sell very beautiful and classy designs and are very reasonably priced for the high quality that you are purchasing. Looking online, it does say that they are not necessarily nickel-free but "nickel-safe" according to EU standard: www.skagen.com/service/watchInfo.fx .

Does Skagen Falster 3 work with Iphone? ›

It is compatible with a range of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch. It is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets. The device can connect to Wi-Fi.

Is the Skagen Falster 3 waterproof? ›

You'll also be pleased to hear that both the Falster 3's casing and the speaker are 3ATM water resistant. In case if you're wanting to know which exact smartphones the Falster 3 is compatible with, Skagen says it'll work with iOS 10.0 and above or Android 6.0 or later.

Does Skagen smartwatch work with Apple? ›

Your Hybrid Smartwatch works with phones running the latest version of Android or iOS. Supported features may vary between countries with compatibility subject to change.

Is TicWatch E3 worth? ›

Bottom line: With its clean design and excellent performance, thanks to the Snapdragon 4100, the TicWatch E3 checks a lot of boxes. Add in solid battery life, built-in fitness features like sleep tracking, a $200 price tag, and you have a great Wear OS option.

How do I reset my Skagen Falster 2? ›

To reset to factory settings, follow these steps:
  1. Press the middle button or swipe down from the top of your screen.
  2. Scroll and tap on Settings.
  3. Tap on System.
  4. Tap on Disconnect & Reset.
  5. Tap the checkmark to confirm.
  6. Remove the smartwatch from your phone's Bluetooth settings.

Do Skagen watches use batteries? ›

Most Skagen's use a size 364 battery, but it's always critical to double check. Here at WatchGnome, we always make sure to use a top quality battery like Energizer, Renata or Sony. It's also critical to change the battery without touching it with your hands.

Do Skagen watches come with batteries? ›

External components, such as the band, case, and crystal, as well as the battery, are not included in the warranty.

Can you use a smart watch with iPhone? ›

Smartwatches using Google's Wear OS can work with an iPhone via an iOS app, allowing you to receive basic notifications for phone calls, alarms, text messages, and calendar reminders, as well as for other apps that you select on your iPhone; Google's own apps allow for slightly richer notifications.

What is Pebble time? ›

Pebble Time is a discontinued smartwatch developed by Pebble Technology and assembled by Foxlink, released on 14 May 2015.

Is fitbit versa 2 a smartwatch? ›

Meet Fitbit Versa 2™—a smartwatch that elevates every moment. Use your voice to create alarms, set bedtime reminders, check the weather or start an exercise with Amazon Alexa Built-in, plus see the time or your stats at a glance with always-on display mode.

Which Apple Watch series is the thinnest? ›

Designed specifically for endurance athletes and runners, the Trail Loop band is the thinnest Apple Watch band to date.

Is Mobvoi good? ›

It's both durable and comfortable, the tracking software is mostly accurate and Mobvoi has clearly been working on streamlining the software on the watch to feel less cluttered; something that will no doubt improve even more with the addition of Wear OS 3, later this year.

How long does a TicWatch last? ›

Experience faster and smoother performance for all of your favorite fitness, health and productivity features, while retaining the TicWatch Pro trademark of a jaw-dropping 30-day battery life in Essential Mode and 2-5 days in Smart Mode empowered by Mobvoi's proprietary layered display technology.

Is Amazfit GTR 3 worth buying? ›

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro smartwatch bottom line

If you're after a dedicated sports watch for serious training, you're better off looking elsewhere. But if you're smartwatch-curious and like the idea of getting notifications on the move and being able to track basic fitness data, the GTR 3 Pro is well worth considering.

How do I turn off my Skagen smartwatch? ›

Press the middle pusher button to enter app menu. Scroll and tap on Settings. Tap on System. Swipe up and tap Power Off.

How do you charge a fossil smart watch without a charger? ›

Just connect your smartwatch to a USB power source and insert the two gold pins that extend from the watch's band into the USB port. Next, connect the power adapter to the same USB port that powers your laptop or computer. Press the middle button once to activate the charging process.

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