Just a couple of years ago, I never ever believed I’d be wearing a Casio smartwatch on my wrist, so I need to state that it brings me pleasure to evaluate the 2016 Casio WSD-F10 that runs Android Wear. I remember a conference with a few of the brand name’s own devoted employees who seriously questioned the value of smartwatches in the context of “connected wearable technology devices.” Undoubtedly, companies like Casio – who, in their own viewpoints, “have actually been building smartwatches for several years” – harbor their own concepts and notions about that which consumers desire and how smartwatches need to act and look.
By mid-2015, there was still no word of a main Casio smartwatch, and it prompted me to write an essay on what a Casio smartwatch need to be like in May of that year. I did that due to the fact that I felt the popular Japanese “technology watch” maker remained in a great position to create an amazing smartwatch product. Less than a year later, in January of 2016, Casio finally did it, and announced their very first main connected smartwatch with the WSD-F10 here.
This now puts me in a distinct scenario since I’m evaluating a product that I made a wish list for prior to it ever being revealed. The concern, then, becomes: did Casio measure up to my own personal expectations in terms of its seminal smartwatch item? And, more significantly, where do they go from here?
In essence, the Casio WSD-F10 runs Google’s Android operating system platform, using their own case and screen hardware, as well as a couple of other little intriguing functions that make the watch different from other smartwatches out there. For most consumers, the genuine attraction of the Casio WSD-F10 will be its superior durability over different other smartwatches, as well as the inclusion of numerous integrated sensor technology that Casio fans have expected in models coming from the Pro Expedition or G-Shock family. I really like the fact that the Casio WSD-F10 is amongst Casio’s products that is produced in Japan – whereas the majority of smartwatches are produced in China.
Fit and surface for the Casio WSD-F10 is excellent. It isn’t a G-Shock in terms of overall toughness, but it feels like one of the better-made plastic Casio’s with a premium feel and terrific textures on the case. If I had to make any complaints about the case itself, it would be that it is large in size, and that the charging port (located at 10 o’clock) feels a bit “exposed”.
With that said, case size is as huge as it is most likely because of the battery. Keep in mind that in the smartwatch world batteries are presently the weakest link, and brand names need to use amply sized batteries consisted of in the cases so as to make sure a minimum of a day’s worth of wear. I will, however, state that regardless of the rather huge percentages of the Casio WSD-F10, it is very comfy. How is that so? Well, the watch does not weigh that much at simply 93 grams, so you don’t even actually feel it there, and the strap happens to fit rather snugly too.
The Casio WSD-F10 is 56.4 mm wide, 61.7 mm high, and 15.7 mm thick. As a sporty outdoors watch, this is fine, but do not attempt to use this with anything even remotely official. Given that the Pro Expedition, Casio has made it clear that its outdoors watches are made for where matches should never go. As of now, Casio provides the WSD-F10 in a metallic orange-colored body (WSD-F10RG) as well as this black one (WSD-F10BK) … and also a red (WSD-F10RD) and green model (WSD-F10GN), for now. I choose the black, as it assists aesthetically minimize mass, and the orange one looks excessive like a toy for big children. When you have a watch this size, you don’t have to call extra focus on its girth.
Casio developed the case with 3 buttons, two of which are proprietary to Casio’s systems over Android Use. The middle button that lies where the crown would be is the “house” button which turns on the screen or takes you back to the home screen. The other two buttons are actually semi-programmable and permit you to pick from a series of apps that they can launch – which is quite helpful.
As much as I like touchscreen on devices (and I state this as somebody who frantically misses physical keyboards on mobile phones … oh Blackberry, why did you need to leave the land of the keyboards?), I discover physical buttons to be really (really) helpful. Not only can you actually feel them with your fingers and not need to take a look at exactly what you are doing, they likewise have the tendency have problems with things like lag and other problems which originate from “virtual buttons.” while I concur that smartwatches require touchscreens, I really do not like the “de-buttonification” of technology due to the fact that, frankly, I hate shoving my oily fingers on the screen that I am otherwise aiming to really take a look at. I remember the first time I was prompted to play a video game on a smartphone, and was like, “you are telling me that the instructions controls and buttons overlap the screen I am aiming to look at?” Speak about invasive UI …
Anyhow, I state all of the above in part as praise for Casio including a couple more buttons to the Android Use formula – and I hope in the future we get even more buttons. Buttons, buttons galore is all this smartwatch lover desires for the holidays!
Press the Tool button and you can cycle through different app screens. In the “Casio Moment Setter+” app that you need to download on your phone, you can change the numerous apps you cycle through and eliminate some or rearrange them. Casio created all the graphical user interface of these apps, and I think they are for the most part perfectly done.
The inclusion of the barometer, altimeter, and compass sensing units in the Casio WSD-F10 not only helps this watch be a “genuine” Casio sports watch, but also helps distinguish it from the crowd. With that said, Casio plans for the WSD-F10 and future smartwatches to speak with other gadgets and sensors. When the Casio WSD-F10 released, so did a jacket-mounted body recommendation EX-FR100 electronic camera that you can control with the watch.
The other button on the case lies at 4 o’clock and is identified “App.” A little more flexible in its customization, you use the Casio Minute Setter+ app to choose a big range of installed applications that this button can launch. For me, I possess it set to release a weather application. When the watch screen is not activated, while I actually like the existence of the two additional pushers on the Casio WSD-F10 case I found that they are disabled. That indicates you have to very first activate the screen and after that push them. It implies an extra action, and I hope that perhaps in a future software application update you will be able to directly push them without having to first press the middle button.
Just a few years earlier, I never ever thought I ‘d be using a Casio smartwatch on my wrist, so I have to say that it brings me satisfaction to review the 2016 Casio WSD-F10 that runs Android Wear. By mid-2015, there was still no word of an official Casio smartwatch, and it prompted me to compose an essay on what a Casio smartwatch ought to be like in. For most consumers, the real appeal of the Casio WSD-F10 will be its exceptional toughness over numerous other smartwatches, as well as the inclusion of numerous built-in sensor innovations that Casio fans have come to anticipate in models coming from the Pro Expedition or G-Shock family. I happen to like it that the Casio WSD-F10 is among Casio’s products that is produced in Japan – whereas the majority of smartwatches are produced in China.
The inclusion of the compass, barometer, and altimeter sensors in the Casio WSD-F10 not just helps this watch be a “real” Casio sports watch, it likewise assists to help identify it from the crowd.