Smartwatc maker are getting strong development. Lots of watchmakers are devote themselves to make the smartwatch. Casio has released its Android Wear-toting smartwatch- WSD-F10.
It’s the first time we’ve seen Android Wear used outside the arena of general interest smartwatches, and thus represents not only a new and interesting wearable device, but a potential turning point for the industry in general.
If it’s a success, it could show other brands that Android Wear has the ability to power niche devices and extra sensors that could become the bedrock of new and exciting smartwatches.
The Casio WSD-F10 is massive. It’s a beast. If you thought the Fenix 3 was a giant piece of armour-clad wrist furniture, you haven’t seen anything yet.The size of the build houses an array of tech and sensors, a cut above most of its rivals. Forget trying to marry this with your work attire, you wouldn’t even be able to get it under your jacket cuff, let alone your shirt. That’s not to say it’s uncomfortable. It’s much lighter than its size insinuates and the chunky rubber strap provides a nice secure fit.
The body comes in orange, black, green and red – all with a metallic hue. They all look sleek and swish, more so than any of the rival Suunto or Garmin devices we’ve seen.
In terms of sensors there’s such an impressive array it’s virtually a weather station on your arm. There’s an air pressure sensor for altitude and weather forecasting as well as a compass, gyrometer and accelerometer all inside, meaning you can benefit from a host of charts and activity tracking stats all on the watch.
However, there’s no GPS, which is a big downside against the likes of the Fenix 3, which will track your location for around 25 hours while out on the slopes. In terms of its use of Android Wear the Casio is an interesting step forward, but already the concerns over power management and battery life are impacting on the device’s design and features.
What’s more, the omission of GPS – which is likely to be for the above reason too – is a little perplexing for those who love the great outdoors. There is the argument that we will have our smartphones with us 24/7 but time and time again we hear that people want to be able to ditch phones if need be.