You can get a rugged watch or a smartwatch, but it’s not often you can get both. Casio is the last G-Shock smartwatch from $ 700 embraces both by packaging Wear OS in a rugged design. It has a range of smart sensors and can survive in water up to 200 meters deep. It will arrive in mid-May.
While Casio makes other Wear OS watches, this is the first time its rugged G-Shock line has received the Wear OS treatment. You get most of the sensors found in modern Wear OS watches: heart rate, compass, altitude and air pressure, accelerometer, gyrometer, GPS and more. One of the glaring omissions seems to be NFC, so no payments with this watch. But despite its clever capabilities, it can still take a beating.
You get the benefits of Wear OS, of course, including voice control thanks to a microphone, notifications, maps, sensor data and apps. But you also get access to Casio’s workout extras, including 24 indoor workout options and 15 activities. That includes everything from running to cycling to indoor training and more. The biggest drawback is the battery life of a day and a half.
The G-SQUAD PRO GSW-H1000 smartwatch (what a name) will go on sale on Casio’s site for $ 700 sometime in mid-May. You can get it in red, black, and blue.