Diesel On Griffed Gen 6 review

The protracted nature of the Wear OS 3 rollout has meant it has been some time since Diesel graced us with its typical model of daring appears to be like. Just a few years on from the Gen 5 Axial, although, we now have the Diesel On Griffed Gen 6.

The years of absence have not modified what Diesel brings to the social gathering, both. The design of the Griffed is simply as daring as its predecessors, and which means that is as soon as once more rather more of a press release smartwatch than a sensible one. 

For a choose few turned off by the generic vibe of Wear OS watches like Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 5 and even Fossil’s personal Gen 6 choices, the Diesel vary has at all times offered an honest mix between brash and ugly-on-purpose.

And on this Gen 6 version, Put on OS 3 additionally means it is a way more palatable expertise on the wrist. However there are nonetheless some points to get round right here – and we have explored them under after carrying the Griffed for a few weeks.

Design and luxury

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The Griffed is a bit smaller than most earlier Diesel On smartwatches we have been handled to.

The 45.5mm case right here is smaller than the hulking Gen 4 Full Guard 2.5 and the 48mm of the fifth-gen Axial, although it’s nonetheless bigger than the Diesel Fadelight that arrived at first of 2020.

We predict that it sits across the candy spot for these unapologetically masculine watches, however we also needs to observe that it feels a bit larger than this due to the chunky, chrome steel button guards, lugs, and borderline-offensive crown dimension. 

The Griffed measures in at 13.6mm, too, which implies it is also not the thinnest Android watch on the market. 

As we alluded to up high, then, it simply is not probably the most sensible design for monitoring.

Our overview unit featured the band created from leather-based and woven nylon, which, whereas very sturdy and effectively made, is fairly uncomfortable to put on 24/7.

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We’re additionally not too stunned Diesel does not disclose the Griffed’s weight, as a result of our personal scales put it round 90g. This, as you’d anticipate, meant it felt very sluggish to hold round throughout basic put on, not to mention throughout out of doors monitoring. 

You are not getting something particular with the show to offset this, both. The Griffed actually pales compared to an AMOLED display from Garmin or the super-bright OLED show on the Apple Watch.

Finally, the equation continues to be the identical right here because it at all times has been – for those who actively take pleasure in massive and brash watches, you will just like the Diesel Griffed.

And whereas it does lack versatility for something apart from basic put on, it does have loads of persona – and that is undoubtedly a rarity in smartwatches today. 

Options and Put on OS 3

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With the design very a lot pointing you in the direction of gentle use, it is a good job that Google’s Put on OS is now in a a lot better place than when Diesel final launched a smartwatch.

It isn’t clear whether or not the Griffed will make the bounce to Wear OS 4 as soon as it arrives later this 12 months, however the excellent news is that Put on OS 3 is greater than sensible sufficient to supply a wealthy expertise.

Apps at the moment are straightforward to obtain straight from the watch’s personal Play Retailer, and we have not skilled any important bugginess throughout use – even with new apps like WhatsApp for Wear OS.

The Snapdragon 4100+ processor additionally holds its personal right here. Efficiency is not good, with the odd hiccup in menus or between Tiles nonetheless jarring, however it’s a far cry from the button delay and lagged touchscreen swipes we skilled on earlier Diesel watches.

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The brand new-gen Snapdragon W5+ will probably land on the subsequent Diesel smartwatch, however we would not anticipate this touchdown till later this 12 months on the very earliest, given it is solely simply debuted on the TicWatch Professional 5.

All of Google’s personal providers additionally run very easily. Maps, Residence, and Pockets are notable enhancements over the previous couple of years since Put on OS 3 started rolling out, they usually’re equally spectacular right here as on comparable Put on watches. 

The Griffed, like others, does have the curious omission of Google Assistant, nevertheless. The excellent news is that Amazon’s Alexa steps as much as the plate in its absence, however it does really feel odd for such an overwhelmingly Google-driven expertise. And it additionally requires extra setup and pairing, regardless of a stable efficiency.

Our solely actual gripe with the Put on OS 3 integration right here is how sure apps nonetheless do not characteristic crown-scroll performance, which feels at odds with the newest Wear OS app guidelines from Google which might be attempting to deliver extra uniformity to the expertise. It isn’t an enormous deal, clearly, however it does take among the polish away.

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We also needs to observe the truth that the Griffed provides iPhone assist, as effectively, which may’t be stated for the favored Google Pixel Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 collection.

We examined the Android model of the redesigned Diesel On app, which now appears to be like precisely the identical as the entire Fossil Group’s manufacturers’ apps, and, actually, there’s nothing to get labored up about both means right here. 

It’s totally primary and easily serves as a means so that you can tinker with settings a bit extra simply.

There are additionally a few unique mini-apps that make their means onto Put on OS 3. 

These completely aren’t new, causes to purchase and even get excited, however they do at the least add a contact of persona to the software program expertise.

One is the ‘Diesel T-ON-I’ app, a form of every day rundown of your day within the kind of some digestible screens. It really works superb, we expect, however it’s crying out for use as a Tile as an alternative of being hidden away in an app.

The opposite is ‘Diesel Dial Results’, that are basically three skins that cowl your watch face. Once more, we’re undecided this must be a separate app, however it’s an added further to pay attention to.

Monitoring accuracy

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As we have talked about all through right here, the Griffed will not be significantly designed for out of doors excursions. Encouragingly, although, most of what it does monitor is fairly correct.

It may well’t compete with what Garmin and Apple are producing in terms of GPS or HR accuracy, however it’s sufficient of a reference for many who do not actually care in regards to the superb margins. 

Let’s dive into the core monitoring of the Griffed with a couple of consultant examples under.

HR accuracy comparability

WareableDiesel On Griffed Gen 6 review HR comparisonHR comparability: Diesel Griffed Gen 6 (left) vs. Wahoo Tickr X (center) vs. Garmin Forerunner 965 (proper)

Our 30-minute restoration run above is a fairly consultant instance of what we have discovered with the batch of Gen 6 watches over the past couple of years.

The center price efficiency is first rate when depth is regular and low, however struggles to adapt to adjustments rapidly and in additional intense coronary heart price zones. 

Usually talking, this skews the post-workout averages so the Diesel would at all times underreport figures when in comparison with a chest strap and extra correct watch.

As we are saying, it is correct sufficient to provide you a tough thought of your effort, although there are a lot, a lot better choices at this worth.

GPS accuracy comparability

WareableDiesel On Griffed Gen 6 review GPS comparisonGPS comparability: Garmin Forerunner 965 (left) vs. Diesel Griffed Gen 6 (proper)

On every recorded out of doors train, the Griffed’s GPS monitoring would stray from our precise location. Sadly, this implies distances are at all times barely overreported. 

Every route is completely different, in fact, however we would estimate that the Griffed typically provides round 0.1 miles / 0.16km onto each 3.1 miles / 5km. In a single run, it additionally tacked on an additional 0.5 miles to our 6.2 mile / 10km route.

We predict this type of efficiency might be superb for many who aren’t tremendous involved with the pinpoint route monitoring you’d get from Garmin or Apple, however it’s one thing to bear in mind for those who’re aiming for particular distances. 

Sleep monitoring

WareableDiesel On Griffed Gen 6 review Sleep trackingSleep monitoring: Diesel Griffed Gen 6 (left) vs. Oura Ring Gen 3 (center) vs. Whoop Strap 4.0 (proper)

Sleep efficiency was a bit bit extra hit or miss – usually registering time asleep once we have been merely sat at our desk working – with studies additionally providing little or no element.

The Griffed does not concern itself with distinguishing between REM and Deep, which, given the character of wrist-based sleep stage accuracy, we will forgive, however we discovered awake occasions have been usually slim-to-nil. 

In comparison with the extra accurate-feeling units we have established baselines with, this was persistently means off. Nevertheless, gentle and deep figures, in addition to registering once we fell asleep and awakened, have been normally fairly first rate.

Once more, it follows the identical theme as the remainder of the Diesel’s monitoring: fairly common, however most likely sufficient for the unfussy to achieve some basic insights. 

Battery life and charging

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The place Put on OS 3 giveth, it additionally takes away. And as we have discovered with different smartwatches working the software program, the battery life is a big sufferer right here. 

Utilizing the Griffed’s always-on show and ‘Day by day Mode’, which we anticipate most customers would have on by default, we discovered that making it via a full 24-hour interval is nigh-on inconceivable. 

Even with scarce interactions with the watch itself – maybe a few Google Pockets funds and common wrist-raises when notifications come via – will see you battle to make it via a full day. 

As we have famous in different latest Put on OS critiques, it is a actually poor exhibiting – particularly when these aren’t precisely low-cost smartwatches. 

Put on OS 3 does embrace an ‘Prolonged Mode’, too, and it clearly helps, however even this would possibly not do a lot to offset the very fact your charger will at all times must be shut by. 

Fortunately, Diesel has at the least included quick charging assist right here, which genuinely saves this from changing into fully inconceivable to advocate.

With it, you may go from 0-80% in simply over half-hour, and we persistently discovered ourselves topping it up on our workplace desk to assist it limp to the top of the day.


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