Casio & # 39; s latest look at the smartwatch is here to tell your adventures near and far. Whether walking through the local park or hiking through rugged mountains, the Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 will keep you on the map. The Wear OS platform provides a powerful basis for Casio's capable trekking software. If you are the type to abandon a weekend in society to enjoy the great outdoors, the F30 might be for you.
Here is Android authorityCasio Pro Trek WSD-F30 review.
Casio makes all kinds of watches, but it is best known for its sporty and tough timepieces. Casio has been focused on fitness people for years. The Pro Trek series takes the tough design of Casio & # 39; s G-Shock series and adds Wear OS for extra smarts.
The Pro Trek WSD-F30 is a hardened smart watch that is more suitable for outdoor adventurers than fitness dogs. It lacks a heart rate monitor, which may be a dealbreaker for some. Despite this omission, the F30 covers a lot of terrain thanks to the accompanying app for following all your outdoor activities. If you are looking for a device to record the statistics of your mountainous escapades, the F30 is one to do it.
However, the watch is expensive and competitive, robust watches offer hundreds of the same functions. Is the F30 worth the high price tag?
The WSD-F30 looks exactly the same as an outdoor trekking watch. That it to say, it is large and bulky. With more than an inch thick it knows it's role to stand out on your wrist. It comes in black, blue and orange with visible metal parts to give it a tough look. It holds nothing back.
Much of the housing is made of plastic. The lunette and the main chassis are made of a resin material. Only the bottom of the watch is covered with stainless steel. This does not mean that it is chintzy. The watch meets the MIL-STD-810G for durability. That means that it can withstand extreme cold, big jumps in height, fog / moisture, and of course a lot of physical violence if you rush over rocks or blow up a killer single-track on your mountain bike. It holds out. I left it one night in the rain and it didn't get any worse for wear the next morning. Speaking of water, it can withstand 5 atmospheres, so take it for a swim, a paddle or even a few shallow dives.
The belts are made of two materials, a soft rubber on the inside and a harder plastic on the outside. I really like that it has 14 (yes, 14!) Holes to catch the buckle. This means that you can get the size just right. You can change the straps if you want thanks to the lever at the hinge. I found the F30 comfortable to wear for a long time. You will notice that the jacket sleeves catch the watch from time to time.
It stands out in an unashamed way.
Regarding the functionality of the hardware, the F30 usually gets things right. My favorite feature is the charger. Yes, Casio uses its own connector to charge the watch, but it is magnetic and is attached to the watch like the MagSafe connectors on Apple laptops. Normally I pushed through to a patented gate. However, Casio & # 39; s magnetic charger is cool and can be easily attached / detached.
On the right there are three huge buttons. They are metallic, although the buttons are actually made of plastic. The central button is the on / off button. If you press this button, the app drawer will also be opened and the Google Assistant will be started. The top button is dedicated to cards. By pressing it, your location will be displayed on the screen. The bottom button is for the Casio Tool or the outdoor stuff.
I just keep going and say it: these buttons are terrible. You will have no trouble finding them (even if you wear gloves), but the action is total slime and it's hard to tell if you've even pushed them. Really, these buttons are bad. The buttons on the older WSD-F20 watch from Casio are perfect. It is hard to understand how Casio got it so wrong.
The F30 is not an elegant timepiece that you have to wear at the theater on Saturday night, and it is not. It stands out in an unashamed way. Some competing fitness watches, such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, strike a better balance between function and form as far as it looks.
The F30 has a dual-layer display, so you can experience full colors while using the app and monochrome when you simply use it as a watch. It is a good idea and helps to extend the battery life in certain circumstances.
The main screen is an OLED panel. It looks really good. The pixel density is more than sufficient for resolving details on the screen when viewing maps and the like. The color looks precise and is not oversaturated. Viewing angles are good, which means that it is easy to estimate the time without raising the watch completely. It can be a little clearer.
When the monochrome LCD screen is on, the time, date, battery life and sensor time are displayed. I thought it was readable outside. It also has solid viewing angles.
My only real complaint about the screen is the size. At 1.2 inches it feels tight compared to watches with 1.4-inch screens. I wish it was a hair larger, although I realize that this would affect the already formidable size of the F30.
I didn't come across a performance snafus with the F30. It doesn't have the newest or fastest chip in the world, and for the price it should have more memory and more storage space. These limitations did not seem to affect the ability of the watch to work smoothly or smoothly.
Apps were opened surprisingly quickly and screens such as the app drawer showed no scrolling delay. The GPS location is very fast. It can locate you in just a few seconds. This is vital for real outside people.
There are many sensors in the F30 and they all functioned as expected. The watch has a magnetometer for finding direction. The compass takes a few minutes to calibrate and may need to recalibrate occasionally. The altimeter measures the height up to 32,000 feet. I have Mt. Everest to test that, but the watch has shown me the ups and downs of my favorite local trail accurately. A barometer measures the air pressure and can show you trends in mercury, so that you can recognize any changes in the weather. The F30 also offers tide and sunrise / sunset data collected from online sources. I really like that you can set your local port for the most accurate tide data.
As noted, there is no heart rate monitor. This watch is not the type that you wear in bed for following the sleep cycle.
Casio does not say what the battery capacity of the F30 is. Whether it's 300mAh or 400mAh, we just don't know. What we do know is how long the battery lasts.
The F30 has three operating modes as far as the battery is concerned: normal, extension mode and multi-timepiece mode.
Normal mode is exactly what it means. When you use all the functions of the watch, including consistent GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with the color screen on, you get a battery life of 1.5 days. Thanks to extensive GPS use, that can drag a little, but the F30 consistently lasts exactly 1.5 days on one charge.
Extended mode lowers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections and makes more aggressive use of the monochrome LCD screen. Casio says the F30 lasts for about three days when it is charged in the Extend mode. Casio anticipates that the watch will be used in this way for weekend camping. You can still use GPS and view color maps. When testing this mode, the F30 took a little less than three days. It was more than 2.75 days, or from 8 a.m. early in the morning until mid-afternoon on the third day.
You have some control over the battery.
Then there is the multi-timepiece mode, which is the F30 at its simplest. When this mode is on, the watch only displays the time and sensor data on the monochrome LCD. This mode reduces power consumption by a huge factor, allowing the watch to last up to 30 days with one charge. I easily ran the F30 through this mode for a week and still had a lot of juice in the tank.
The bottom line here is that you have some control over the battery. I wish the watch got normal use for two days, but 1.5 is not terrible.
By using the watch for a few weeks, I was able to assess the location performance in urban environments and in the forest. Casio knows how to do GPS. The F30 is a mapping animal. Your recorded location is never more than one push of a button. The accuracy is excellent. In New York City, the F30 could show me which side of the street I was on. During the course, the GPS kept a perfect walk. You cannot ask for better GPS performance.
There is no LTE option.
The F30 connects to your phone via Bluetooth 4.1. Pairing via the Wear OS app on my Pixel 3 XL was easy. Once paired, the watch and the phone remained connected as long as they were within range of each other. The range is pretty good, over the full 10 meter radius from the phone. I did not miss any real-time alerts, such as incoming messages, due to a lost connection. A minus point is that the F30 itself does not support storage / playback of media. You can control music playback from your phone through the watch, but you cannot store songs on the watch and listen through Bluetooth headphones. This is a feature that has much less expensive smartwatches.
Finally, there is wifi. The F30 automatically connects to the Wi-Fi network that your phone is connected to. This is great if you are walking outside the Bluetooth range of your phone. It also helps with downloading maps.
There is no LTE option.
Wear OS gets a bad rap from many and it is especially deserved. That said, the latest version of it is easily the best and most capable. Together with the phone-based Wear OS app, owners of the F30 have a lot of control over the experience. Casio did not do too much to change Wear OS, although it has added several of its own tools.
The F30 offers countless interchangeable dials with quick access to notifications, Assistant, settings and Google Fit. These are all achieved by swiping up, down, left and right. Wear OS works smoothly on the watch.
The largest additions are the map and tool functions. As mentioned earlier, pressing the top button immediately opens Google Maps and locates your location. From this screen you can zoom in or out and search the area for nearby coffee shops and the like. The point navigation tool is useful. With this you drag the map to where you want to go and get directions to that place. You can also download up to five cards for offline use. Keep in mind that the GPS radio works everywhere, so the downloaded maps still offer a real-time location when you move. This is a link for those times that you are deep in the forest and the cell signal is nowhere to be found.
The tool app provides access to all your local statistics, including air pressure, direction, altitude, tides and the like. If you need to quickly assess whether you are removing the forest from the forest before dark, the tool app will provide you with an answer. I like that it can be adjusted and can be set to display a specific statistic first.
The Casio Moment app is intended to help you achieve goals. Whether you go mountain biking or kayaking, the app allows you to set specific goals, such as altitude gains or distance traveled. These are linked to activities that are monitored via the watch, such as hiking or skiing. It's easy enough to walk through the app and set goals. When you're done, the app catalogs your activity and can export it to a PC if you want to investigate the results further. The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store, although it is not necessary to use the watch.
|Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30|
|show||1.2-inch color OLED and monochrome LCD
390 x 390 pixels
512 MB RAM
4 GB storage space
Water resistance up to 5ATM
|Sensors and components||3-axis accelerometer
Wi-Fi antenna (802.11 b / g / n)
GPS / GLONASS
|notifications||Call, text, e-mail, calendar, music, assistant, etc.|
|Dimensions||60.5 x 53.8 x 14.9 mm
|colors||Black, orange, blue|
This is where Casio gets into trouble. The Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 costs a sobering $ 549. I understand that filling all these sensors in the watertight, robust chassis is no small technical challenge. The watch can handle all kinds of abuse on the trail, on the beach or on the street. With the powerful software you can measure incredible amounts of details about your activities.
The math is not in Casio's favor.
Unfortunately, the F30 costs much more than much of its competition. Many OS devices, including some semi-robust options, carry the hover in the range of $ 250 to $ 350. The new Galaxy Watch Active from Samsung costs only $ 199 and the Gear S3 Frontier is only $ 229. The price level of $ 549 of the F30 far exceeds this. Only a handful of Garmin watches that focus heavily on GPS functions cost just as much as the Casio.
The math is not in Casio's favor.
The Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 is a difficult sale. There is no doubt that the watch is durable and capable. It handled a lot of abuse in different circumstances and allows you to collect more data about your activities than most other watches I have come across. The offline, real-time map and GPS functionality can potentially be a lifesaver, and it is very accurate. The dual screen design gives you control over the battery life, although the watch usually only lasts 1.5 days per charge. All radios work very well. I wish the buttons weren't mushy. Some will certainly be deterred by the lack of a heart rate monitor.
The Wear OS platform has its limitations and yet it went very well on the F30. Moreover, Casio's special activity apps are powerful and deliver real results.
The watch really loses its appeal, however, when you consider the price. You can find watches that are almost as suitable for hundreds of dollars less. Whatever the case, I recommend the F30 only for those tough adventurers who really need or want advanced tracking capabilities. People who are casually adventurous can best be served by something less expensive.
This is the conclusion of our Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 review. What do you think, do you want to buy the F30?