Just as rumors have been circulating about a possible rugged Apple Watch, Casio has unveiled its first rugged smartwatch with G-Shock using Google’s Wear OS platform. The GSW-H1000, part of Casio’s rugged G-Squad Pro series, has a range of sporting features and is also the first G-Shock color-watch.
As you’d expect in a G-Shock watch, the GSW-H1000 has a tough look with a titanium back for extra durability. It is supported by actual toughness, including impact and water resistance down to a depth of 200 meters. The new one is Android Wear OS plus a two-layer screen with an always-on LCD screen for time display combined with a color screen that can display maps, alerts, sensor data and other information. It̵
The watch is also loaded with sensors, including a built-in GPS, optical heart rate sensor, compass bearing, altitude, barometric pressure and more. It also includes Casio’s app for 24 indoor exercise options and 15 activities, including running, mountain biking and swimming, or more extreme sports such as surfing and snowboarding. Meanwhile, the Wear OS platform gives you access to smartphone alerts, many apps and Google Assistant access. A major negative is the 1.5-day battery life with color screen, although it extends to a month in “multi timepiece mode.”
The Casio G-Squad Pro GSW-H1000 comes in red, black and blue and costs $ 700 in the US and £ 600 in the UK. It is scheduled to arrive in mid-May, although it is not yet due to appear on the US G-Shock website. However, you can find it on the UK website and ask to be notified when it arrives.