Casio WSDF10 hands on

by: Jonathan FeistJanuary 11, 2016
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There weren’t a whole lot of smartwatches showcased at this year’s CES, and apart from the women-centric Huawei Watch Jewel and Watch Elegant, the one that did catch our eye was the smartwatch for outdoor enthusiasts running Android Wear that was introduced by Casio. Casio is, of course, a very well-known name in the watch space, and here, we get to take a quick look at what’s the company’s take on the smartwatch is, as we go hands on with the Casio WSDF10!

Casio WSDF10 Watch 11

This military-grade smartwatch from Casio is designed for those who love the great outdoors, and that is evident not only in its features, but its look as well. Measuring in at just shy of 62 x 53 x 15.7 mm, the Casio WSDF10 is undeniably a large smartwatch, and even though it features a comparatively smaller display, its rugged body, thick bezels, and overall thickness make for a device that is larger that most of its Android Wear competition out there. Speaking of the display, this smartwatch comes with a 1.32-inch Color LCD display with a resolution of 320 x 300.

Casio WSDF10 Watch 9 G Watch R

This rugged smartwatch features water resistance up to 50 meters, and packs a standard suite of sensors seen with most Android Wear smartwatches, save for a heart rate monitor, which is actually a rather odd omission, given the segment of the market this device is intended for, but it does somewhat make up for it with everything else the device packs.

Casio WSDF10 Watch 7

On the software side of things, we get the latest version of Android Wear on-board, which includes all the current capabilities of the OS, such as Wi-Fi connectivity and more. In addition to the standard capabilities of Android Wear, the Casio WSDF10 comes with pre-installed “Adventurer” software, which includes a navigation app called View Ranger, a weather app called My Radar, RunKeeper, and a host of others. There are also tools for personal performance monitoring, covering aspects like altitude tracking, basic activity tracking, travel speeds, distances, and activity times.

Casio WSDF10 Watch 2

Casio also has a software suite called Casio Moment Setter Plus, which includes activity tracking, and something called Moment Setter, which will notify you of local photo opportunities. There is also something for any fishing enthusiasts out there, with the information available including tide graphs and notifications for best times to fish.

As you can see, the Casio WSDF10 is no ordinary smartwatch, and is obviously not necessarily intended for daily wear, but instead for making the most of your outdoor adventures. Whether it’s worth picking up will largely depend on what you’re looking for in a smartwatch.

So there you have it for this quick look at the Casio WSDF10! Price and availability information for this smartwatch is yet to be announced, but when it does make its way to the market, available color options will include black, red, green, and orange. Understandably, this device has a very specific consumer base in mind with all that it brings to the table, but if you are someone that does fall in the category, you will certainly be hard-pressed to find something better than the Casio WSDF10 in the Android Wear space.

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  • Bruno Oliveira

    My main doubt is… how much time it will last without having to recharge ? (Edit: just read one and a half days)

    • James Sarino

      I got this info elsewhere, but if you’re using the Android Wear functionality, it’s around the same as most AW watches now, which is a day or a little over. But, if you use it without the AW functionality, it reportedly can run for around 30 days.

    • Bobthefirst

      It has two displays, a monochrome one and a color one for Android wear. If you use it for timekeeping, the website says it lasts for a month.

  • James Sarino

    It doesn’t mention it in this article (or others that I’ve seen), but it comes with a GPS app. Does it mean it has built-in GPS to be able to use when not connected to a phone?

    • KG501st

      From other sources: The watch does not come with GPS built-in. I believe it might have something to do with how fast the battery might drain if GPS is used. With all the outdoor apps pre-loaded on the watch, you would probably have those apps open for awhile and if it had GPS enabled it might drain the battery very fast.

  • Marty

    “Where’s the beef?”

  • Jeremiah R.

    better be cheap, really cheap.

    • Aweso

      Nope. $500.

  • Seth Forbus

    I’ve been waiting for this. I’ve been using a pebble instead of android wear because the pebble can withstand the crap that happens to it in the woods, or while fishing. This might be the first android wear watch I can actually take with me.

  • Wude

    All those bezels and they use a flat tire too?

  • This thing looks awfully big.

  • bobthefirst

    Yes! I have wanted something like this for a long time. I absolutely love my G-shock watch, and now they’re making an Android Wear one. I can’t currently afford it, so I would have to wait until their Second generation or until the price comes down (or Android Authority does a giveaway for it and I win ;), but this has me super excited. I hope they up the water resistance in their second gen, so I can swim with it as I currently do with my G-shock.

  • Al Linkenhoker

    No built-in GPS, and it’s still that size?! It’s big enough to have its own self-deploying life raft. Not impressed.
    I never much liked wearing a watch anyway, and stopped as soon as I got my first phone. Casio always did make quality watches and calculators, so I hope they can do better. If I’m going to wear a big fitness device on my wrist, I want it to do it all, and GPS is my number one need in that realm. I want the watch to free me from carrying my phone.
    Keep trying, Casio. I look forward to seeing your future offerings.

  • Aweso

    Good thing you visually compared it to my current watch. I dig everything about this watch and can overlook the flat tire, but the size may be a little too big for my wrist.

  • Lindle

    Make an Edifice line Android Wear then I MAY be interested

  • thelastguyX20

    Hey John? Please don’t do videos again :|