A relatively big smartwatch with bold looks, the Axial wants to shake off the “geeky” vibe of smartwatches and look like a modern timepiece. Its rather obnoxious watch faces hold it back from achieving that, but at least there is a custom face maker, which gives you some control over the craziness.
It’s a Fossil Gen 5 watch through and through, which means you get a Wear OS experience with a couple of custom apps on top, 1-day battery life when using all features, and a built-in speaker, which works for phone calls even if you are on an iPhone.
At $350, it’s a bit more expensive than your regular Samsung Galaxy Watch. Is it a better value, though? Yeah, if you are getting it for the looks or brand.
The Diesel On Axial is a bold-looking smartwatch looking to rival the masculinity of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch. Still, it manages to stay a smidgen more compact, so the Axial can look good even on medium-sized wrists.
Most of the pre-loaded watch faces match that bold look with an in-your-face “look at me” attitude. Neon lights, moving animations, big dials — you’d be hard-pressed to find a watch face that’s “understated”. Thankfully, there’s a custom watch face maker, which will let you tone it down a bit if you prefer a cleaner style.
It comes with a soft and comfy leather strap, which you might want to replace if you are going to be using the watch for fitness tracking. Though, everything about its design suggests that it’s not meant for the jogging lifestyle.
The hardware buttons and crown on the side of the watch are big and easy to operate, with bold ridges that ensure instant feedback for your fingers.
The Axial is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip and it seems like it can’t keep up with all of the watch’s demands (that or the software needs more work). While it runs mostly fine in daily operation, you will notice stutters or slow app launches from time to time. What’s more absurd is that Diesel On’s stock animated watch face (the one that’s supposed to greet you and wow you first) will slow the watch to a halt and its animations would be choppy and frankly annoying to look at, instead of an impressive feat to enjoy.