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Category: Hardware Published on Monday, 22 April 2013

Casio's Bluetooth Watch Links to Facebook and Twitter 

How smart is your watch?

We've been playing with the new Casio Bluetooth G-Shock watch ($189) and - - - when it works - - - it's pretty darn smart. But, when it doesn't work, it can be more frustrating than trying to housebreak a new puppy.

We used the watch with an iPhone 4S using iOS 6.1.3 (some features won't work with iOS 5) and the G-Force app, which is available free from the iPhone app store. The app is designed to "discover" the watch and send a Bluetooth synchronization code to the watch. This process took several attempts, which can be frustrating. But, after several attempts - - - and a "time out" - - - we were able to obtain the code and enter it into our phone.

The first thing the watch did was synchronize its time with the iPhone and scan for Facebook, Twitter and email accounts. It wasn't able to link to our email service, but it WILL link to those provided by Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, etc.

Soon I was receiving Facebook and Twitter alerts on the watch. The watch won't display the contents of those alerts, but it will notify you when they occur.  It also vibrated whenever I received a call, which is a pretty cool feature if you have the ringer volume on your phone turned down or disabled. You have the option to set this as a beep, but that can be annoying.

The watch also automatically disconnects from your phone when it detects little or no motion, because you've taken it off you wrist. It automatically reconnects when you move it. In addition, it can help you find your phone and lets you know when you phone is too far away from the watch to receive a signal.

Overall, once we survived the connection issues, we really liked this watch.  It looks great on the wrist (not "clunky" or oversized like other watch in this category) and, since its made by Casio, it offers all of the features you'd expect from a G-Shock watch, including:

  • Shock Resistant
  • 200-meter water resistance
  • LED Backlight
  • World time 35 time zones (100 cities + coordinated universal time), city name display, daylight saving on/off
  • 1/100-second stopwatch
  • Countdown timer
  • 5 alarms (daily or one-time)
  • Hourly time signal
  • Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
  • 12/24-hour format
  • Button operation tone on/off
  • Low battery warning (
  • Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month

More information can be found on the World G-Shock website at http://world.g-shock.com/us/en/ble/concept/

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