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Casio PRO TREK WSD-F30 Android WearOS smartwatch review – The Gadgeteer

REVIEW – Casio manufactures a variety of digital items, from calculators to musical devices. However I might argue, Casio is greatest recognized for his or her wrist watches…notably their G-SHOCK line. For decades the G-SHOCK has been one of many goto watches for rugged dependability. A watch engineered to outlive a march through hell and back without batting an eye fixed. Properly, this review isn’t about any of Casio’s G-SHOCKs however on their PRO TREK WSD-F30, a modern smartwatch with much of the G-SHOCK’s DNA which is clear the moment you lay eyes on it.

I am not going to be diving into WearOS in detail aside from how properly it works operating on this watch. Like the Apple Watch OS, Android’s WearOS is a reasonably well-known quantity lately. That stated, my focus will probably be on the watch hardware and noteworthy features this smartwatch brings to the table.

What is it?

The PRO TREK WSD-F30 is Casio’s newest flagship GPS enabled smartwatch engineered for the outside enthusiast. The PRO TREK WSD-F30 runs on Android’s smartwatch WearOS software program, has a built-in compass/mapping/navigation/barometer/altimeter, and is hardened to MIL-STD-810G (United States army commonplace) survivability specs.

What’s within the box?

  • Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 smartwatch
  • USB charging twine
  • Power plug

Hardware specs

  • Charging time: Roughly three hours at room temperature
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 4.1 (Low Power help)
  • Wi-Fi: IEEE802.11b/g/n
  • Memory & storage: 768 MB RAM, four GB inner storage
  • Charging technique: Magnetic crimped charging terminal
  • Measuring unit: 1 degree
  • 5-bar (50-meter) waterproof
  • Surroundings performance: MIL-STD-810G (United States army commonplace issued by the U.S. Division of Protection)
  • Sensors: GPS, Strain sensor, Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Magnetic sensor
  • INPUT: AC 100 V to 240 V 50 Hz/60 Hz
  • OUTPUT: 5.zero V
  • Charger cable: Size: Roughly zero.75 m (2.46 ft) Sort: AC adaptor USB Sort A
  • Working temperature: -10℃ to 40℃ (14℉ to 104℉)
  • Crystal: Mineral glass (filth resistant coating)
  • Approx. Measurement (Physique H × W × D): 60.5 × 53.eight × 14.9 mm (2.four” × 2.1” × 0.6”)
  • Approx. Weight (including band): 83 g (2.9 oz)
  • Included accessories: Charger (AC adaptor), Particular charger cable

TOOL Apps:

Compass:
  • Measurement vary: 0° to 359°
  • Measurement unit: 1°
  • Steady measurement period: 1 minute
  • North Indication hand, Magnetic declination calibration, Bearing reminiscence, Gradient calibration
Altimeter:
  • Measurement range: –700 to 10,000 m (–2,300 to 32,800 ft)
  • Measurement unit: 1 m (5 ft)
  • Measurement accuracy: inside ±75 m (inside ±250 ft) (When frequent guide calibration is performed)
  • Shortest measurement interval: 1 minute
  • Altitude graph: Past 24 hours
  • Guide altitude calibration, Auto altitude calibration using location info*2*3
Barometer:
  • Measurement vary: 260 to 1,100 hPa (7.6 to 32.5 inHg) Measurement unit: 1 hPa (0.1 inHg) Measurement accuracy: within ±three hPa (within ±zero.1 inHg)
  • Atmospheric strain tendency graph: Previous 24 hours
  • Barometric strain measurement interval: 1 minute
  • Guide barometric strain calibration
Tide and Fishing:
  • Tide graph: Previous 12 hours + Next 12 hours
  • Fishing time (Calculated in response to current location, and moon hour angle and age.)
  • Dawn/sunset: Dawn/Sunset occasions (Present location dawn/sundown) Dawn/Sunset directions: Accuracy is dependent upon compass

Design

As I mentioned, the PRO TREK WSD-F30 is Casio’s newest and biggest Android WearOS smartwatch engineered for the good outdoor. The F30 is Casio’s third era flagship in the PRO TREK line. And although this watch is very large and hardened towards the elements, it does have a nicely thought out and refined design to it. The watch takes many design queues from the G-SHOCK line and is constructed to survive many epic adventures.

The fastened bezel is thick and raised properly concerning the face of the watch to protect the WSD-F30’s display from impacts. The capacitive touchscreen has a mineral glass exterior layer with a mud resistant coating. Shame Casio did not use a sapphire crystal as an alternative for added durability, power, and scratch resistance.

The case is nicely comprised of metallic and arduous plastic. The build quality is sweet but the design of this watch is rather more about ruggedness than polish and finish…undoubtedly a software watch. The right aspect of the F30 has the primary bodily controls (aka the buttons 😉 ). The buttons are giant and straightforward to seek out and press. The upper (mapping) and lower (instruments app) buttons have a pleasant knurled pattern with the middle button having extra of a bulls-eyed sample. The buttons work high quality however are a bit squishy when pressed vs having a definitive click on to them.

The left aspect of the watch has the magnetic crimped charging terminal and atmospheric/magnetic sensors. To add to the F30’s rugged attractiveness, Casio makes use of chrome steel hexbolts and screws to hold the smartwatch collectively.

Here you possibly can see the proprietary charging cable and magnetic crimped charging terminal.

The charging system works nicely though the cable does have a behavior of popping off too simply. The back of the case is a big chrome steel plate held on by six screws.

The WSD-F30 has a dual-layer OLED/monochrome display. The monochrome show exhibits the time, energy degree, and either the day/date and your step rely or sensor info (altitude, barometric strain, and compass heading) whereas saving power by turning off the complete colour show. The 390 × 390 pixels OLED layer supplies a vibrant viewing expertise when utilizing apps. The touchscreen’s clarity and responsiveness is superb.

Outside Features

Casio includes a handful of very outdoor-centric features on this smartwatch together with: digital compass, mapping & navigation, altimeter, and barometer telemetry. And regardless that this watch can provide you your notifications, music, present news, and so on…one in every of its major missions is show you how to navigate and survive once you’re getting back to nature, escaping the fashionable world. Despite the fact that the display is pretty small, the mapping and navigation capabilities of the F30 are spectacular with the power to download offline maps, preset routes, and waypoints, backtrack, and so forth. Barometric strain knowledge lets you already know of a potential change within the climate. And the usefulness of the compass and altimeter once you’re misplaced in the midst of nowhere are pretty obvious.

Only one thing is lacking…

I might say probably the most obtrusive omission on the PRO TREK F30 is the shortage of a built-in heart-rate sensor. For being such a get out and get shifting, outside and explore smartwatch not having an HR sensor might undoubtedly trigger the fitness crowd to pause when contemplating the F30 as their next wearable purchase. With the likes of Apple, Polar and lots of others doubling down on correct, all the time monitoring fitness, I feel Casio in all probability ought to have added this perform by the third era of this watch. That stated, the F30 does rely your steps, monitor activities, and does embrace Google’s and different numerous health apps.

Setup

The Casio WSD-F30 is suitable with each Android and iOS units. Establishing the F30 with my iPhone was quick and straightforward. Since I already had my Google WearOS app setup, getting the F30 speaking to my iPhone didn’t take long in any respect. The app configures all my preferences, information, and music almost seamlessly, though music switch did take a bit of time.

Performance

General the efficiency of the WSD-F30 is surprisingly good. I have tried/reviewed more than my justifiable share of smartwatches and most, if not all, of the WearOS units fell nicely brief within the efficiency category (especially in comparison with the Apple Watch). The F30 is relatively responsive with much less lag than earlier WearOS units, apps don’t crash, and the special options/instruments truly work as marketed.

With its dual-layer display know-how you will get one to two days of use out of the PRO TREK earlier than needing to recharge it…fairly normal for at this time’s smartwatches. The F30 has an Extended Mode for if you don’t have power and have to stretch battery life for many days. Prolonged Mode does limit performance but may be switched off when want be.

Consolation & Wearability

Despite the fact that the F30 is smaller than its predecessors, this watch is HUGE. The width is 54 mm with a lug-to-lug wingspan distance of over 60 mm. I sometimes put on 38 – 40 mm diameter watches with a lug-to-lug distance underneath 50 mm, so this watch does really feel giant and a bit cumbersome. Here you’ll be able to see the watch on my 7 inch wrist and the lugs overhang the edges of my wrist. The F30’s twin layer show measures 1.2 inches with much of the watch’s general diameter coming from the thick bezel.

The WSD-F30 is fairly thick as nicely. The watch sits 14.9 mm high on the wrist and does sometimes bump into issues whereas shifting via the world. Although at 83 g / 2.9 oz, the WSD-F30 feels mild on the wrist particularly when you think about its general dimensions.

Here you possibly can see the WSD-F30 compared to the 42mm Apple Watch, Polar Vantage V Professional, and Mobvoi TicWatch S2. The PRO TREK wears greater than the opposite three although it is fairly similar to the TicWatch in measurement.

The band is made out of a black plasticky rubber material with a carbon fiber-like look on the exterior. The watchband is OK, undoubtedly not my favourite, feeling extra like plastic than rubber. The band wears fantastic but not almost as snug as my Everest or RubberB watchbands or even the bands of my Apple and Polar watches.

The F30’s watch band has many notches for a exact/better fit as your wrist expands and constricts resulting from weather circumstances and energy degree.

A nice function of the WSD-F30 band is that Casio makes use of a quick launch spring bar system for straightforward tool-free removing/swapping of the wristband. Humorous factor is, the tiny fast release slider is recessed into the band and after a minute or two I gave up making an attempt to make it work with my fingernail. My spring bar software made quick work of getting the band on & off of the watch. But in actuality, in case your fingernail wasn’t working a paperclip or toothpick would work simply as nicely.

What I like

  • Properly made rugged design
  • Strong build and materials quality
  • Created for the outside fanatic
  • Pretty responsive for an Android WearOS smartwatch
  • Function wealthy
  • Offline navigation and compass
  • Good dual layer display design
  • Respectable battery life

What I’d change

  • Make it smaller
  • Lower the worth
  • Watchband is just too plasticky
  • Embrace a heart-rate sensor
  • Charging plug disconnects simply

Along with the orange-red shade I acquired, the PRO TREK WSD-F30 can also be obtainable in blue and black.

Remaining thoughts

Despite the fact that it isn’t good, I really just like the PRO TREK WSD-F30 smartwatch. It’s unapologetically massive, bold, and engineered to climate whatever Mother Nature throws at it. Casio has executed an excellent job combining the newest wearable know-how and navigation/survival tools right into a rugged, mil-spec watch. This smartwatch supplies the outside fanatic tools to get across the middle or nowhere with confidence. It will have been nice if the F30 had a built-in heart price sensor but if I had to decide on, I’d fairly have a map and a compass than know my calories burned when lost out in the woods.

Yet one more factor: the Gadgeteer Kid is heading off to school quickly and shall be attending the Colorado Faculty of Mines, situated in Golden. Along with learning engineering, he plans on embracing all that Colorado has to offer: snowboarding, climbing, rafting, and so forth. whereas he’s there. I can’t consider a greater tech-tool handy him as he walks out the door and heads off to God’s country.

Worth: $549.99
Where to buy: Amazon or instantly from Casio.com.
Supply: The sample of this product was offered by Casio.

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