Casio G-Shock GBD-200 assessment: A superbly balanced hybrid smartwatch

MSRP $149.00

“The GBD-200 is a real hybrid smartwatch that goes straightforward on the tech and overboard with sturdiness, which mixed with a slim case, a snug strap, and no battery to cost makes it very best for all-day, on a regular basis put on.”

Execs

All-day consolation

Dependable, informative notifications

Very sturdy

Cons

Solely fundamental health monitoring

Casio has been making related G-Shock watches with fundamental health monitoring for some time below its sporty G-Squad moniker, and over the previous 12 months has been experimenting with smarter variations, full with a everlasting cellphone hyperlink to allow notification help, and most just lately a full Put on OS smartwatch too. The brand new GBD-200 brings collectively the health monitoring and everlasting Bluetooth connection to create an all-digital G-Shock hybrid smartwatch.

It’s not the primary G-Shock with this performance, however it’s the first to place all of it inside a modestly-sized sq. case. It’s an important change, and it has been expertly matched with simply the correct amount of tech. We expect that is how hybrid smartwatches ought to be, and right here’s why it succeeds.

Design

Casio has added health monitoring and full Bluetooth connectivity to a number of watches already. Each the older GBD-100 and newer GBD-H1000 G Shock watches embody the performance, however the design of each means they’re not ideally suited to all-day, on a regular basis put on. It’s an issue as a result of smartwatches, whether or not they’re hybrid or full touchscreen watches, supply most of their advantages while you put on them all through the day.

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The GBD-200 is basically the primary related G-Shock you’ll be joyful to put on all day, and no matter your wrist measurement too. It’s 58 grams and 15mm thick, and for comparability, the 44mm Apple Watch Collection 6 is 36 grams with no strap and 10.7mm thick. It’s modestly sized for a G-Shock, doesn’t get caught in your cuff, could be worn tightly with out discomfort, and appears nice in most conditions. It’s not too sporty, and the completely different time display choices enable a level of personalization.

The sq. case is created from resin and connected to a really tender and versatile urethane strap, full with wrist guards connected to the lugs to assist maintain the watch centered in your wrist. The mix of all these points makes the GBD-200 very wearable certainly. I’ve worn it day by day for greater than every week now, and never as soon as felt the necessity to take it off as a result of it was annoying or too scorching.

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Casio is well-known for its sq. watch fashions, however the GBD-200 has taken on a design all of its personal. The resin case has a central cut up operating across the facet to point out off the interior resin part’s colour, the Begin button is recognized by its pink stripe, and the sunshine button has a slight texture to it. Naturally, it’s shockproof and has a 200-meter water resistance score. Sturdiness like this issues. The watch took some knocks and acquired fairly grubby once I did some backyard work, so I washed it off below the faucet, and now it appears to be like pretty much as good as new.

I washed it off below the faucet, and now it appears to be like pretty much as good as new

I’ve a 6.5-inch wrist and the GBD-200 sits completely on it, at the very least to my eyes. It’s not ungainly or comically massive, and the sq. case means it ought to swimsuit much more wrist sizes than the GBA-900 or H1000 watches. Individuals with smaller wrists could not recognize the chunky look of the black GBD-200, however in case you’re used to massive watches and may get previous the design (different colours can be found), then it’s by far the most suitable choice out of G-Shock’s present vary of health watches, and the strap is very adjustable.

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The stealth black model seen right here might be joined by a vivid yellow mannequin within the U.S., with a cool blue mannequin accessible in another areas.

Display screen and software program

The GBD-200 doesn’t have a touchscreen and also you work together with it solely utilizing the buttons on the case. There are 5 in all, with those on the facet controlling the software program, and the entrance button for activating the backlight. All are straightforward to find however do require somewhat effort to press. Nonetheless, this implies you received’t achieve this by chance.

Like most G-Shock watches it takes a short time to get used to working the watch, because it doesn’t at all times really feel pure, particularly in case you’re used to touchscreens or no watch in any respect. The Mode button cycles by means of the menu, displaying the interval exercise display, the stopwatch, exercise knowledge, and the notification window. A protracted press of the Regulate button opens a diversified settings menu, whereas a brief press adjustments the primary time show’s structure.

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The display has a “unfavourable” look which means it has a black background and a gray colour for the textual content and numbers. It’s small in comparison with smartwatches, and there’s no brightness adjustment. The scale means seeing notification particulars isn’t at all times straightforward at a look, particularly if like me your eyesight isn’t completely good. It’s clear and legible even in daylight although, and in case you nonetheless wrestle as a result of measurement, one of many alternate time layouts options very massive numbers, making it simpler to see.

I’ve examined the watch related to an iPhone 12 Professional, the place it requires the set up of G-Shock’s Transfer app. Notifications have been very dependable, however don’t count on them to be as glanceable or actionable as on a smartwatch with a touchscreen. There are two levels to a notification. You get a small alert displaying the app and some phrases of the message, which is sufficient to get an thought of whether or not it requires your consideration or not. To see extra you need to navigate by means of the menu to the notifications web page, then select the message you need to see in better element.

It’s loads of button presses to get so far, and much more to scroll by means of a person message purely as a result of display’s capability to point out textual content, however you may see nearly all the knowledge. You possibly can’t reply or work together with messages on the watch, nevertheless it does warn you to SMS and calls together with app messages. By default, the watch beeps when a message arrives nevertheless it’s fairly loud and aggravating. It may be turned off within the menu, or changed by a vibration that’s sturdy sufficient to be noticeable in your wrist.

It has been actually nice to put on a G-Shock watch that additionally exhibits notifications

The GBD-200 doesn’t present the identical stage of interplay or smartphone syncing as an Apple Watch or different full touchscreen smartwatch, nevertheless it does sufficient to be useful. It has been actually nice to put on a G-Shock watch that additionally exhibits notifications, because it intently matches what you get from a health band, together with a cellphone finder, with out compromising on type.

Health monitoring

Whereas notification and smartphone help are near what you get on a easy health band, the health monitoring is centered round strolling and operating, and there are not any choices to trace particular exercises or actions like golf, swimming, or yoga. Beginning a run is so simple as urgent the Begin button, and the show then exhibits time elapsed, distance, and tempo. Press the identical button once more to cease the monitoring.

That’s about it, aside from interval exercise monitoring. This takes some establishing, nevertheless it does solely must be completed as soon as. It will probably retailer as much as 20 completely different intervals for a single exercise and the time could be set for every stage individually. It’s a disgrace this may’t be arrange within the G-Shock Transfer app, because it’s long-winded on the watch. It’s additionally straightforward to make a mistake and since the working system isn’t very quick, the trial-and-error side can get irritating.

G-Shock Transfer app predominant display Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

G-Shock Transfer app exercise log display Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

Exercise display Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

Information is synced throughout the app while you open it. The Transfer app is very customizable, proper all the way down to the order info is proven on the display. Step depend could be seen on the watch face or within the app, the place you additionally get a breakdown of your exercise with calorie burn and distance. I actually just like the watch face that exhibits progress in the direction of your objective for every day of the week, which helps higher perceive your day by day exercise. The watch doesn’t have a coronary heart charge sensor or its personal GPS, however it could possibly take knowledge out of your cellphone or one other system for this. It additionally hyperlinks with Apple Well being, Google Match, and Strava.

Put alongside a smartwatch or health band and the GBD-200’s health monitoring is fundamental, and never very informative. Accuracy is nice and the watch matched the step depend and distance tracked by different wearables. Whether or not the performance is sufficient relies upon by yourself wants. If you would like a day by day step depend and a option to observe a stroll or run, simply to observe your private exercise ranges, it’s completely acceptable. Nonetheless, if you’d like deeper evaluation together with knowledge taken from a coronary heart charge sensor, sleep monitoring, or a number of exercise modes, it received’t be the look ahead to you.

Battery and charging

This might be a brief part, simply appropriately for any hybrid smartwatch. The GBD-200 makes use of a single inner battery which Casio says ought to final for a couple of 12 months earlier than it wants changing in case you use the Bluetooth connection on a regular basis and observe an hour of exercise every day. Use it much less and the lifetime could also be as much as two years.

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Not having to cost the battery is a big benefit. The necessity for normal charging has develop into extra commonplace even on hybrid smartwatches as they develop into extra technically advanced. Casio neatly balances nearly sufficient health monitoring and smartwatch performance with actually lengthy battery life. Sure, it will have been nice to see photo voltaic charging on the GBD-200, however this might have an effect on the value.

Worth and availability

The GBD-200 prices $149 or 139 British kilos. Will probably be accessible by means of G-Shock’s on-line retailer and boutique retail shops, in each the U.S. and the U.Okay.

Our Take

The G-Shock GBD-200 is precisely what a hybrid smartwatch ought to be. It appears to be like precisely like a standard watch — on this case, a particular and fascinating sq. G-Shock — and since it has been made by an skilled watchmaker drawing on a long time of expertise, the consolation stage is precisely proper. It has fundamental smartwatch connectivity however manages to incorporate dependable and informative notifications, plus first rate health monitoring offered you don’t need something too in-depth. It does all this with out the necessity to cost the battery, so it’s solely wear-and-forget.

You pay much less for it than you’ll for many full touchscreen smartwatches, and it’s equally priced to its closest rival, the Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR. Nonetheless, I contemplate it higher wanting, and it’s definitely extra watch-like than the Jorn, which edges extra towards a full smartwatch. That is really the place Casio succeeds. Many firms have moved past the normal hybrid smartwatch, getting carried away with including tech with restricted profit. The GBD-200 doesn’t try this, and it’s all the higher for it.

As an alternative, the GBD-200 remembers it’s a G-Shock watch, so it’s very robust and has a long-lasting battery, and sensibly avoids the size-related drawbacks of its different current hybrid fashions, plus it doesn’t attempt to do an excessive amount of on the tech facet. It’s sufficient for anybody who isn’t an athlete or hardcore health fan and doesn’t need a touchscreen watch to cost every day. It will get the stability between design and expertise excellent, making it a real hybrid smartwatch.

Is there a greater different?

There isn’t essentially a greater different, however what if you’d like extra tech and health monitoring options? In that case, you’ve the choice of Casio’s hybrid related G-Shock, the costlier $400 GBD-H1000 which has solar energy and a bigger display, plus a coronary heart charge sensor and GPS. It’s a a lot bigger and heavier watch although and does want exterior charging in case you use the GPS frequently.

The $195 Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR together with Fossil’s different Hybrid HR watch fashions even have a coronary heart charge sensor, plus a intelligent E-Ink display to point out notifications and different info. They’re a step up from the GBD-200 by way of health monitoring, however the battery life is a couple of week. What if you’d like a full touchscreen smartwatch, or a health band with extra exercise monitoring, with out spending greater than $150? The Amazfit GTR 2e is our suggestion, or you may spend round $60 or much less and get the Honor Band 6, Xiaomi Mi Band 6, or Samsung Galaxy Match 2 health band.

How lengthy will it final?

The GBD-200 meets G-Shock’s common toughness requirements, so it’s shock and vibration proof and is waterproof to 200 meters. The resin physique could be very sturdy, and the urethane strap could be very securely connected to the case, plus it’s sturdy and versatile. The battery could be changed both by your self when you have the instruments and the information to ensure the water resistance is retained, or by taking the watch to a specialist. The G-Shock GBD-200 will final for years with no downside, even in case you don’t deal with it very properly.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. It’s a extremely sturdy, very distinctively designed hybrid G-Shock watch with simply the correct amount of exercise monitoring and smartwatch performance.

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