“The GSW-H1000 is every thing a G-Shock collector would need a G-Shock smartwatch to be, however the distinctive fashion, lack of tech focus, and excessive worth make it a tricky promote for non-G-Shock followers.”

As powerful as smartwatches get

True G-Shock design

Snug to put on

Two-day battery life

Huge case means it will not go well with everybody

Lack of technical focus

Costly in comparison with different smartwatches

Casio’s G-Shock watches are a collector’s dream. The model releases a number of thrilling collaborations, persistently updates colours all through its vary, and releases fashions particular to location making them much more fascinating for these gazing at them jealously from overseas. One G-Shock is, fairly merely, by no means sufficient.

The brand new GSW-H1000 smartwatch is a pure G-Shock, from the best way it seems to the best way it operates, and due to this fact it is going to immediately enchantment to G-Shock devotees. There’s completely nothing improper with preaching to the choir, as Casio is clearly doing right here, however what should you’re a tech fan looking out for a brand new smartwatch?

Design

It’s instantly apparent the GSW-H1000 is a G-Shock watch because it takes styling cues from a wide range of current G-Shock fashions, and congratulations ought to go to Casio for not watering down the seems. There’s no mistaking it for some other watch and every thing G-Shock followers love in regards to the design has been included. Maybe surprisingly, it’s extremely “watch-like” and should you’ve worn a earlier era Mudmaster, the Rangeman, or an older Gravitymaster G-Shock, the GSW-H1000 feels similar to all of them.

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So far as making the GSW-H1000 a real G-Shock smartwatch goes, Casio has fulfilled the temporary completely. Nevertheless, by rigidly sticking to the plain remit, issues for a wider viewers are launched, beginning with the dimensions. It’s huge, and I say this as somebody who likes G-Shock’s bigger watches. The case measures 65mm by 56mm, and is 19.5mm thick, with a complete weight of 104 grams. It’s an absolute whopper.

Don’t dismiss it solely but, as a result of G-Shock has been making huge watches for years, and its expertise shines by on the GSW-H1000 as a result of it’s surprisingly snug to put on. The urethane strap is mushy and pliable, but stiff sufficient to maintain the watch centered in your wrist. Put on it free sufficient so you’ll be able to match a finger between the strap and your wrist — a G-Shock advice — and it by no means feels ungainly, or that heavy both.

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It hasn’t change into scorching or sweaty, and there have been instances the place I forgot I used to be carrying it, largely because of the stability. It sits completely on my 6.5-inch wrist while not having to be worn too tightly or loosely, because of a pair of soppy silicone pads the place the strap meets the physique. The case again is made out of titanium which helps maintain the load down, aluminum has been used for the Begin button, and the remainder of the case is a tricky resin that will likely be acquainted to anybody who has owned a G-Shock earlier than.

The watch’s thickness is the principle downside as a result of it doesn’t match beneath cuffs. Getting it beneath a shirt cuff is not possible, and even stretchy cuffs pose an issue because it quickly will get uncomfortable when tucked beneath them. The one choice is to push your cuff again, exposing the look ahead to all to see, and this presents the subsequent concern — it’s not a wear-with-anything watch. That is most likely true for many G-Shocks, however the GSW-H1000 is each sporty and tremendous powerful, and in my view not appropriate for sensible put on.

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As a part of G-Shock’s sport-orientated G-Squad vary, this isn’t a shock, nevertheless it does imply you might not need to put on the GSW-H1000 on a regular basis. Lots of the advantages from smartwatch performance like notifications and health monitoring include long-term use, and if there are conditions the place the watch isn’t all the time appropriate to be worn, worth can rapidly be known as into query.

There are three fashions out there, the H1000-1 seen right here in our pictures with blue accent colours, the H1000-1A with out the blue, and the brighter H10000-1A4 with a crimson strap and accents.

Toughness, sensors, and apps

Though this can be a smartwatch, it’s nonetheless each bit as powerful as you’d anticipate a G-Shock watch to be, and it goes some strategy to explaining the general measurement and weight of the GSW-H1000. It has 200-meters water resistance, but nonetheless has a microphone, and is solely shock resistant regardless of having a glass-covered touchscreen. A particular titanium carbide end minimizes the prospect of scratching the case and ruining the enticing matte end. It’s the hardest, most damage-resistant smartwatch you’ll purchase, from an organization that has made precisely this sort of watch for the reason that early 1980s.

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Silicone strap guards on the G-Shock GSW-H1000 Andy Boxall/Digital Traits

There’s GPS inside and a coronary heart fee sensor on the again of the watch, together with different sensors normally discovered on a G-Shock — accelerometer, air stress, gyroscope, and a magnetic compass. It doesn’t have a blood oxygen sensor or wi-fi charging. As a substitute charging is carried out utilizing a magnetic plug that attaches to the facet of the watch.

Each bit as powerful as you’d anticipate a G-Shock watch to be

The GSW-H1000 is the primary G-Shock to make use of Google’s Put on OS software program. It connects to the usual Put on OS app and Casio’s G-Shock Transfer app. The Transfer app is similar used to sync with the GBD-H1000 sports activities watch, and retains observe of exercise. It’s not important for utilizing the smartwatch, however it’s if you wish to use the G-Shock exercise monitoring suite. Nevertheless, it doesn’t all the time reliably reconnect to the watch, generally forcing you to pair them collectively once more.

Screens

There are two screens on the G-Shock GSW-H1000, similar to the Professional Trek WSD-F30 and the Mobvoi TicWatch Professional three. The principle display screen is a 1.2-inch LCD, overlaid with a monochrome LCD for always-on duties. It’s a power-saving method that avoids having to make use of the full-color display screen for an always-on time show, and it really works very well. There’s a useful choice to have a shiny or darkish always-on show, which aids visibility in tough circumstances.

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Contact sensitivity is nice, nevertheless it’s maybe just a little too delicate generally with the watch choosing options or choices by accident when scrolling by menus. The awkwardly formed raised bezel doesn’t make swiping significantly snug, however total use isn’t affected.

It’s a disgrace there are solely two watch faces to select from, and the choice to vary the background impact and coloration doesn’t present sufficient customization. It’s stunning G-Shock hasn’t included digital representations of its many dial designs. Personalizing the watch face is a part of Put on OS’s enchantment, and I anticipate many (most?) individuals who purchase this watch will likely be G-Shock followers who may have their favourite dial designs.

Casio’s analog watch face on the G-Shock GSW-H1000 Andy Boxall/Digital Traits

Another ambient display screen design Andy Boxall/Digital Traits

Issues will be swapped to create new seems Andy Boxall/Digital Traits

As a substitute, the issues on the H1000’s dial will be modified and there are a number of configurations, together with a collection of hexagon-shaped indicators, similar to a DW-6900 watch. The one draw back right here is that some configurations alter the always-on LCD’s look, and never all the time for the higher.

Efficiency

Oddly, we don’t know what the processor is contained in the G-Shock GSW-H1000 as a result of Casio gained’t inform us. Regardless of repeated requests, the corporate states that it’s proprietary data and gained’t be revealed, though the wording of 1 piece of communication does counsel it’s a Qualcomm chip inside. This wouldn’t be a lot of a shock, as Qualcomm is about the one sport on the town on the subject of wearable tech platforms, making Casio’s stance much more uncommon.

There’s no Qualcomm branding on the GSW-H1000’s field, so the choice to not state which chip powers the watch could also be right down to restrictions positioned on it by a licensing settlement. This leaves us speculating that if it’s a Qualcomm chip contained in the GSW-H1000, is it the getting older Snapdragon 3100 Put on, or the new-and-desirable Snapdragon 4100 Put on chip?

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Given the rarity of the Snapdragon 4100 and the advantages it could possibly deliver, I might need to shout about it if it was powering my costly new smartwatch. Nevertheless, if I used to be making a smartwatch in 2021, charging $700 for it, and utilizing the Snapdragon 3100 chip, I’d need to keep fairly quiet about it. Sadly, Casio’s silence on the topic means we robotically lean in direction of this because the almost definitely state of affairs right here. If I’m improper Casio, be at liberty to inform me.

Are there any clues in efficiency as to the chip it makes use of? The GSW-H1000’s software program expertise is clean and quick, and has been utterly dependable throughout my time with it to date. It has remained linked to my Google Pixel 5 and reconnected on most events with out opening the Put on OS app to immediate it after being out of vary.

Putting in apps from Google Play continues to be ponderous, however that’s the identical throughout all Put on OS smartwatches, however efficiency is respectable even when utilizing notoriously gradual apps like Google Maps. Put on OS advantages from having 1GB of RAM when paired with the Snapdragon 3100 Put on chip, and that could be the case right here. Notifications have been solidly dependable, which makes a pleasant change for Put on OS.

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The GSW-H1000’s battery life is nice because of the dual-screen system, and it lasts two days with notifications and all-day coronary heart fee monitoring lively, however with out carrying it in a single day or monitoring a exercise. Though good, the battery life doesn’t replicate the advantages seen with the Snapdragon 4100 within the TicWatch Professional three. Charging is gradual, with Casio stating three hours to full.

Casio has probably not prioritized tech on the H1000 — it doesn’t even have NFC for Google Pay — which can be nice for watch folks, nevertheless it’s not for smartwatch folks, and it’s that group which it actually wants to draw.

Exercise monitoring

Press the App button on the watch and also you entry a carousel of particular G-Shock Transfer options, together with knowledge from the sensors, a tide graph, the compass, and the G-Shock exercise tracker. The monochrome carousel rotates with contact, however the remainder of the management system is annoying as there’s no again button, so should you mistakenly choose a characteristic (which may occur with the overly delicate display screen), all actions kick you out to the principle watch face.

G-Shock Transfer app Andy Boxall/Digital Traits

G-Shock Transfer app Andy Boxall/Digital Traits

G-Shock Transfer app Andy Boxall/Digital Traits

There’s additionally a characteristic known as Sensor Overlay which makes use of the digicam in your telephone to report a video of your actions, and locations stats and knowledge collected out of your watch onto the picture. Utilizing it’s fairly sophisticated and requires you to learn the directions revealed on Casio’s assist pages, after which use the Transfer app to sew the information and your recorded video collectively. It’s too long-winded for restricted advantages.

Whereas Google Match is onboard to make use of, and there are a number of health apps for Put on OS contained in the Play Retailer, you can elect to make use of G-Shock’s personal app to trace exercises. The Exercise app actually matches with the look of the watch with its easy, monochromatic show, making it clear and easy to learn at a look. There are numerous actions coated, and you’ll set a goal exercise time, nevertheless it’s just a little fiddly to get began and alter these facets. Google Match is unquestionably faster and simpler to make use of for the informal exerciser.

Monitoring exercises with the GSW-H1000 made me just a little involved in regards to the accuracy of its knowledge. I seen surprising variations to what I’m used to seeing with calorie depend and coronary heart fee, and in contrast it to the Apple Watch Sequence 6. The G-Shock recorded half the calorie burn, and the typical coronary heart fee was totaled as 106 beats-per-minute (BPM) in comparison with the Apple Watch’s estimate of 115BPM. Just like the GBD-H1000, the emphasis appears to be on working, though there are many different exercises to trace, together with biking, kayaking, fishing, and browsing.

Worth and availability

Wallets on the prepared, G-Shock followers? The G-Shock GSW-H1000 prices $699 or 599 British kilos, and is out there by G-Shock’s on-line retailer within the U.S. and the U.Okay., plus by its retail companions now.

Our take

The G-Shock GSW-H1000 is a tough one to sum up. I’ll begin by saying the GSW-H1000 is totally a G-Shock watch, not a watered-down G-Shock smartwatch, and can sit alongside the others in your assortment with out wanting misplaced. Casio hasn’t minimize corners or edged away from its madder design logos, and I’m assured G-Shock followers will love the GSW-H1000.

I match into this class, however those that aren’t invested within the model will most likely battle, and I don’t assume Casio is seeking to convert folks into G-Shock followers with the H1000. Many will virtually actually discover the large measurement and form off-putting, regardless of how effectively the watch hides its dimensions, or how spectacular the engineering is to ensure it retains that all-important G-Shock toughness.

The refusal to share the H1000’s technical particulars might alienate tech followers too. I need to know what chip is inside as a result of it helps quantify worth and examine its efficiency to the competitors. The questions raised by Casio not offering fundamental technical particulars are a distraction from the watch itself. Casio must be upfront in regards to the state of affairs, no matter it’s, reasonably than avoiding it.

G-Shock followers are going to like the GSW-H1000

The shortage of transparency and restricted deal with tech might put folks off, as might the distinctive design that’s aimed squarely at G-Shock aficionados, nevertheless it’s the excessive worth that’s the most important barrier to the GSW-H1000’s success. At $700 it’s dearer than all our prime smartwatch suggestions, which places the G-Shock in a tough state of affairs when making an attempt to draw those that prioritize know-how.

Nevertheless, I don’t assume Casio sees these watches as its competitors. The GSW-H1000’s worth is roughly what G-Shock collectors anticipate to pay for the model’s high-level Grasp of G watches just like the GWF-A1000 Frogman and Full Steel watches like the various B5000 vary. Smartwatch patrons don’t comply with this logic, and do contemplate the Apple Watch and TicWatch Professional three because the alternate options, so the $700 price ticket merely makes the GSW-H1000 look very costly by comparability.

G-Shock followers are going to like the GSW-H1000, however smartwatch patrons could be higher suggested to have a look at the numerous cheaper choices that emphasize the tech facet, whether or not that’s by the processor, further well being monitoring sensors, and even NFC for cell funds.

Is there a greater different?

Sure. If you wish to purchase a smartwatch, not a G-Shock watch, we’ve a number of suggestions, and none of them price $700. Should you personal an iPhone and need a smartwatch, the Apple Watch is the most effective, and at $400 aluminum Apple Watch Sequence 6 seems like good worth subsequent to the GSW-H1000, and much more so should you select an Apple Watch SE. Should you personal an Android telephone we suggest the Samsung Galaxy Watch three. Samsung’s Galaxy Watch three or a TicWatch Professional three. All three of those smartwatches are technically spectacular, have nice software program, and are extra wearable than the G-Shock.

If you’d like a smartwatch from a watchmaker, the selection turns into smaller, and the costs are normally bigger. TAG Heuer’s Related fashions price at the very least $1,800, and Hublot’s Huge Bang e is 3 times that quantity. Apparently it’s Casio which offers center floor with the G-Shock GBD-H1000, which is a sports-orientated watch performance together with notifications however no touchscreen, and prices $400.

If you’d like a much less techy watch, Casio’s vary of linked G-Shock watches just like the GST-B400 G Metal might match the invoice. These fashions all have fundamental smartwatch connectivity, however no notifications.

How lengthy will it final?

That is most likely the hardest, most sturdy smartwatch you should purchase. Should you work or play in harsh environments, the G-Shock GSW-H1000 will likely be your greatest pal, because it’ll shrug off an enormous quantity of abuse. The battery and the software program will cease the GSW-H1000 from lasting indefinitely, however you’ll nonetheless be good for at the very least a few years.

Do you have to purchase one?

If you’d like a smartwatch to put on daily and worth tech over design, then there are higher decisions out there for a lot much less cash, however should you’re a G-Shock collector you’ll actually just like the GSW-H1000, and may add two stars to the rating right here.

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