Hands-On: Weekend Warrior: The Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
WSD-F10 was first appeared at CES 2016, back in January. In contrast to numerous wearable gadgets, including wellness trackers and “associated” watches like those made by Mondaine and Frederique Constant, this is a genuine smartwatch, running Android, and fit for doing all that you’d expect an Android smartwatch to do, with all the standard extravagant accessories including cautions, schedule capacities, voice-enacted Google search, the capacity to run watch applications from Google Play, etc. Nonetheless, it additionally has some intriguing actual highlights that set it apart from a great deal of other Android watches – just as some prepared in applications that utilize Casio’s portable natural sensor technology.
The case is very considerable, to say the least. This is a 61.7mm x 56.4mm x 15.7mm wristwatch, and clearly it’s intended for solidness and usefulness, not style fundamentally. The case is in compliance with MIL-STD-810, which is an overall military norm for stun and vibration obstruction. It’s dustproof, water-impervious to 50 meters, and however extreme, it’s shockingly light (around 92 grams by and large, including the lash). Preserving power is a significant need for smartwatch creators, and to that end Casio’s planned a two-layer LCD show. One is monochrome, effectively noticeable in sunlight, and customers almost no force; the other is an enlightened shading show, which is helpful for perusing the time around evening time, and which is additionally used to see all the smartwatch capacities, remembering the worked for Tool application. The processor, on the off chance that you monitor such a thing, is a Snapdragon 2100 with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of inner stockpiling.
Battery life in ordinary use is about a day, which will differ contingent upon application use. Shockingly, for a company that utilizes GPS innovation somewhere else, Casio has decided to not incorporate a GPS recipient into WSD-F10, probably with the end goal of improving battery life; in any case, the watch can piggyback on the GPS collector in your telephone. There’s full compatibility with any Android telephone regarding usefulness, yet remember that in case you’re an iOS client, you will be fairly restricted in what you can do.
What you can do, regardless of whether you’re an Android or iOS client, is exploit the sensors in WSD-F10. Sadly in case you’re in iOS, you just get the fundamental suite: a compass, barometric pressing factor, and elevation, notwithstanding any Google cautions you’ve set up in the Android Wear application (and rudiments like plan, stopwatch, alerts, etc). These, in any case, function admirably, however I would have wanted to have the option to utilize not just the compass, gaseous tension and elevation capacities, yet the tide diagram and the dawn dusk times as well.
All these capacities are, as we’ve referenced, preinstalled as a feature of the Tool application, and additionally, are available through the devoted Tool button on the correct hand side of the case. On the contrary side of the case is a gap that from the outset resembles a type of miniature usb port, however is really the vent for the gaseous tension sensor. Simply above it is the port for the charger. There has been some complaining about the exclusive force connector yet that was most likely a significant piece of getting 50m water resistance.
The charger connects magnetically and it’s a little fiddly, having a tendency to separate more effectively than I’d like however it is anything but a major issue. Setting up the watch was clear, and as an Android watch on iOS it turned out great, sending schedule cautions, messages, etc easily, just as obediently following advances. All things considered, the best time was taking WSD-F10 for an end of the week stroll over a neighborhood milestone: the Williamsburg Bridge.
This was the height estimation along East River Park, prior to heading up on the walker walkway of the scaffold (in case you’re inexperienced with New York City topography, the Williamsburg Bridge runs over the East River from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn).
This was the height perusing directly in the focal point of the range, on the walker walkway. The contrast between the two is 135, and lo and observe the authority stature of the middle range of the Williamsburg Bridge is 130 feet. Pretty darned great goal for a barometric altimeter.
Despite the constraints forced by the utilization of iOS with an Android watch, I had loads of fun with WSD-F10. I speculate that its intended interest group (particularly, obviously Android clients) will mess around with it as well; in spite of the size it’s not difficult to wear, and the sensors appear to all work rapidly and precisely. (The steel development of the scaffold appeared to make the compass go somewhat haywire yet in the incredible, non-metropolitan outside I assume this is a non-issue).
The just disadvantages that I can see to the watch are identified with battery life, and to its dependence on a cell phone for GPS. Open air smartwatches are an extraordinary thought yet it’s natural in their plan to be pretty force hungry in the event that you use them as planned, and this specific watch requires an exclusive charger, so on the off chance that you need to utilize it for more than single day endeavors, you’ll need to bring along a generator. It’s intended for day-climbing, and more limited term action situated trips like cycling, kayaking, etc. For longer term exercises, Casio’s sunlight based controlled Pro-Trek watches are an extraordinary other option. It’d be intriguing to see a form of this watch that can charge off a versatile PDA/cell phone charger; matched with a cell phone in a reasonably water safe case, this could transform into a multi-day undertaking watch. Meanwhile, however, it’s a strong decision for a physically slanted end of the week fighter.
Price, $500; accessible to purchase online from Casio.
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