G-Shock GSW-H1000 Overview: The G-Shock Collector’s Selection

“The GSW-H1000 is every thing a G-Shock collector would need a G-Shock smartwatch to be, however the distinctive fashion, lack of tech focus, and excessive worth make it a troublesome promote for non-G-Shock followers.”

  • As robust as smartwatches get
  • True G-Shock design
  • Snug to put on
  • Two-day battery life
  • Huge case means it will not go well with everybody
  • Lack of technical focus
  • Costly in comparison with different smartwatches

Casio’s G-Shock watches are a collector’s dream. The model releases a number of thrilling collaborations, constantly updates colours all through its vary, and releases fashions particular to location making them much more fascinating for these gazing at them jealously from overseas. One G-Shock is, fairly merely, by no means sufficient.

The brand new GSW-H1000 smartwatch is a pure G-Shock, from the best way it seems to be to the best way it operates, and subsequently it can immediately attraction to G-Shock devotees. There’s completely nothing mistaken with preaching to the choir, as Casio is clearly doing right here, however what in the event you’re a tech fan looking out for a brand new smartwatch?

Design

It’s instantly apparent the GSW-H1000 is a G-Shock watch because it takes styling cues from quite a lot of current G-Shock fashions, and congratulations ought to go to Casio for not watering down the seems to be. There’s no mistaking it for another watch and every thing G-Shock followers love in regards to the design has been included. Maybe surprisingly, it’s extremely “watch-like” and in the event you’ve worn a earlier era Mudmaster, the Rangeman, or an older Gravitymaster G-Shock, the GSW-H1000 feels similar to all of them.

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So far as making the GSW-H1000 a real G-Shock smartwatch goes, Casio has fulfilled the temporary completely. Nevertheless, by rigidly sticking to the apparent remit, issues for a wider viewers are launched, beginning with the scale. It’s large, and I say this as somebody who likes G-Shock’s bigger watches. The case measures 65mm by 56mm, and is 19.5mm thick, with a complete weight of 104 grams. It’s an absolute whopper.

Don’t dismiss it fully but, as a result of G-Shock has been making large watches for years, and its expertise shines by way of on the GSW-H1000 as a result of it’s surprisingly comfy to put on. The urethane strap is gentle and pliable, but stiff sufficient to maintain the watch centered in your wrist. Put on it unfastened sufficient so you’ll be able to match a finger between the strap and your wrist — a G-Shock advice — and it by no means feels ungainly, or that heavy both.

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It hasn’t change into scorching or sweaty, and there have been occasions the place I forgot I used to be sporting it, principally as a result of steadiness. It sits completely on my 6.5-inch wrist with no need to be worn too tightly or loosely, as a consequence of a pair of soppy silicone pads the place the strap meets the physique. The case again is produced from titanium which helps hold the load down, aluminum has been used for the Begin button, and the remainder of the case is a troublesome resin that will likely be acquainted to anybody who has owned a G-Shock earlier than.

The watch’s thickness is the primary downside as a result of it doesn’t match beneath cuffs. Getting it beneath a shirt cuff is inconceivable, and even stretchy cuffs pose an issue because it quickly will get uncomfortable when tucked beneath them. The one possibility is to push your cuff again, exposing the look ahead to all to see, and this presents the following problem — it’s not a wear-with-anything watch. That is in all probability true for many G-Shocks, however the GSW-H1000 is each sporty and tremendous robust, and in my view not appropriate for good put on.

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As a part of G-Shock’s sport-orientated G-Squad vary, this isn’t a shock, nevertheless it does imply you might not wish to put on the GSW-H1000 on a regular basis. Lots of the advantages from smartwatch performance like notifications and health monitoring include long-term use, and if there are conditions the place the watch isn’t at all times appropriate to be worn, worth can shortly be known as into query.

There are three fashions obtainable, the H1000-1 seen right here in our images with blue accent colours, the H1000-1A with out the blue, and the brighter H10000-1A4 with a crimson strap and accents.

Toughness, sensors, and apps

Though this can be a smartwatch, it’s nonetheless each bit as robust as you’d anticipate a G-Shock watch to be, and it goes some technique to explaining the general measurement and weight of the GSW-H1000. It has 200-meters water resistance, but nonetheless has a microphone, and is fully shock resistant regardless of having a glass-covered touchscreen. A particular titanium carbide end minimizes the prospect of scratching the case and ruining the enticing matte end. It’s the hardest, most damage-resistant smartwatch you’ll purchase, from an organization that has made precisely this type of watch for the reason that early 1980s.

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Silicone strap guards on the G-Shock GSW-H1000 Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

There’s GPS inside and a coronary heart charge sensor on the again of the watch, together with different sensors often discovered on a G-Shock — accelerometer, air strain, gyroscope, and a magnetic compass. It doesn’t have a blood oxygen sensor or wi-fi charging. As an alternative charging is carried out utilizing a magnetic plug that attaches to the aspect of the watch.

Each bit as robust as you’d anticipate a G-Shock watch to be

The GSW-H1000 is the primary G-Shock to make use of Google’s Put on OS software program. It connects to the usual Put on OS app and Casio’s G-Shock Transfer app. The Transfer app is similar used to sync with the GBD-H1000 sports activities watch, and retains observe of exercise. It’s not important for utilizing the smartwatch, however it’s if you wish to use the G-Shock exercise monitoring suite. Nevertheless, it doesn’t at all times reliably reconnect to the watch, typically forcing you to pair them collectively once more.

Screens

There are two screens on the G-Shock GSW-H1000, identical to the Professional Trek WSD-F30 and the Mobvoi TicWatch Professional 3. The primary display is a 1.2-inch LCD, overlaid with a monochrome LCD for always-on duties. It’s a power-saving approach that avoids having to make use of the full-color display for an always-on time show, and it really works very well. There’s a useful choice to have a shiny or darkish always-on show, which aids visibility in troublesome situations.

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Contact sensitivity is nice, nevertheless it’s maybe a bit of too delicate typically with the watch deciding on options or choices by chance when scrolling by way of menus. The awkwardly formed raised bezel doesn’t make swiping notably comfy, however total use isn’t affected.

It’s a disgrace there are solely two watch faces to select from, and the choice to alter the background impact and shade doesn’t present sufficient customization. It’s stunning G-Shock hasn’t included digital representations of its many dial designs. Personalizing the watch face is a part of Put on OS’s attraction, and I anticipate many (most?) individuals who purchase this watch will likely be G-Shock followers who could have their favourite dial designs.

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Casio’s analog watch face on the G-Shock GSW-H1000 Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

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An alternate ambient display design Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

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As an alternative, the problems on the H1000’s dial could be modified and there are a number of configurations, together with a sequence of hexagon-shaped indicators, identical to a DW-6900 watch. The one draw back right here is that some configurations alter the always-on LCD’s look, and never at all times for the higher.

Efficiency

Oddly, we don’t know what the processor is contained in the G-Shock GSW-H1000 as a result of Casio gained’t inform us. Regardless of repeated requests, the corporate states that it’s proprietary info and gained’t be revealed, though the wording of 1 piece of communication does counsel it’s a Qualcomm chip inside. This wouldn’t be a lot of a shock, as Qualcomm is about the one recreation on the town with regards to wearable tech platforms, making Casio’s stance much more uncommon.

There’s no Qualcomm branding on the GSW-H1000’s field, so the choice to not state which chip powers the watch could also be right down to restrictions positioned on it by a licensing settlement. This leaves us speculating that if it’s a Qualcomm chip contained in the GSW-H1000, is it the growing old Snapdragon 3100 Put on, or the new-and-desirable Snapdragon 4100 Put on chip?

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Given the rarity of the Snapdragon 4100 and the advantages it will probably carry, I’d wish to shout about it if it was powering my costly new smartwatch. Nevertheless, if I used to be making a smartwatch in 2021, charging $700 for it, and utilizing the Snapdragon 3100 chip, I’d wish to keep fairly quiet about it. Sadly, Casio’s silence on the topic means we mechanically lean in the direction of this because the most certainly situation right here. If I’m mistaken Casio, be at liberty to inform me.

Are there any clues in efficiency as to the chip it makes use of? The GSW-H1000’s software program expertise is clean and quick, and has been fully dependable throughout my time with it thus far. It has remained related to my Google Pixel 5 and reconnected on most events with out opening the Put on OS app to immediate it after being out of vary.

Putting in apps from Google Play continues to be ponderous, however that’s the identical throughout all Put on OS smartwatches, however efficiency is respectable even when utilizing notoriously sluggish apps like Google Maps. Put on OS advantages from having 1GB of RAM when paired with the Snapdragon 3100 Put on chip, and that could be the case right here. Notifications have been solidly dependable, which makes a pleasant change for Put on OS.

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The GSW-H1000’s battery life is nice as a result of dual-screen system, and it lasts two days with notifications and all-day coronary heart charge monitoring energetic, however with out sporting it in a single day or monitoring a exercise. Though good, the battery life doesn’t replicate the advantages seen with the Snapdragon 4100 within the TicWatch Professional 3. Charging is sluggish, with Casio stating three hours to full.

Casio has not likely prioritized tech on the H1000 — it doesn’t even have NFC for Google Pay — which can be superb for watch individuals, nevertheless it’s not for smartwatch individuals, and it’s that group which it actually wants to draw.

Exercise monitoring

Press the App button on the watch and also you entry a carousel of particular G-Shock Transfer options, together with information from the sensors, a tide graph, the compass, and the G-Shock exercise tracker. The monochrome carousel rotates with contact, however the remainder of the management system is annoying as there’s no again button, so in the event you mistakenly choose a characteristic (which may occur with the overly delicate display), all actions kick you out to the primary watch face.

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G-Shock Transfer app Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

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G-Shock Transfer app Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

There’s additionally a characteristic known as Sensor Overlay which makes use of the digicam in your cellphone to document a video of your actions, and locations stats and information collected out of your watch onto the picture. Utilizing it’s fairly difficult and requires you to learn the directions printed on Casio’s assist pages, after which use the Transfer app to sew the info and your recorded video collectively. It’s too long-winded for restricted advantages.

Whereas Google Match is onboard to make use of, and there are a number of health apps for Put on OS contained in the Play Retailer, you might elect to make use of G-Shock’s personal app to trace exercises. The Exercise app actually suits with the look of the watch with its easy, monochromatic show, making it clear and easy to learn at a look. There are numerous actions coated, and you may set a goal exercise time, nevertheless it’s a bit of fiddly to get began and alter these elements. Google Match is unquestionably faster and simpler to make use of for the informal exerciser.

Monitoring exercises with the GSW-H1000 made me a bit of involved in regards to the accuracy of its information. I observed surprising variations to what I’m used to seeing with calorie depend and coronary heart charge, and in contrast it to the Apple Watch Sequence 6. The G-Shock recorded half the calorie burn, and the typical coronary heart charge was totaled as 106 beats-per-minute (BPM) in comparison with the Apple Watch’s estimate of 115BPM. Just like the GBD-H1000, the emphasis appears to be on operating, though there are many different exercises to trace, together with biking, kayaking, fishing, and browsing.

Worth and availability

Wallets on the prepared, G-Shock followers? The G-Shock GSW-H1000 prices $699 or 599 British kilos, and is obtainable by way of G-Shock’s on-line retailer within the U.S. and the U.Ok., plus by way of its retail companions now.

Our take

The G-Shock GSW-H1000 is a troublesome one to sum up. I’ll begin by saying the GSW-H1000 is totally a G-Shock watch, not a watered-down G-Shock smartwatch, and can sit alongside the others in your assortment with out trying misplaced. Casio hasn’t reduce corners or edged away from its madder design emblems, and I’m assured G-Shock followers will love the GSW-H1000.

I match into this class, however those that aren’t invested within the model will in all probability battle, and I don’t suppose Casio is trying to convert individuals into G-Shock followers with the H1000. Many will nearly actually discover the large measurement and form off-putting, regardless of how nicely the watch hides its dimensions, or how spectacular the engineering is to verify it retains that all-important G-Shock toughness.

The refusal to share the H1000’s technical particulars could alienate tech followers too. I wish to know what chip is inside as a result of it helps quantify worth and evaluate its efficiency to the competitors. The questions raised by Casio not offering fundamental technical particulars are a distraction from the watch itself. Casio must be upfront in regards to the state of affairs, no matter it’s, somewhat than avoiding it.

G-Shock followers are going to like the GSW-H1000

The dearth of transparency and restricted deal with tech could put individuals off, as might the distinctive design that’s aimed squarely at G-Shock aficionados, nevertheless it’s the excessive worth that’s the largest barrier to the GSW-H1000’s success. At $700 it’s dearer than all our prime smartwatch suggestions, which places the G-Shock in a troublesome state of affairs when making an attempt to draw those that prioritize know-how.

Nevertheless, I don’t suppose Casio sees these watches as its competitors. The GSW-H1000’s worth is roughly what G-Shock collectors anticipate to pay for the model’s high-level Grasp of G watches just like the GWF-A1000 Frogman and Full Metallic watches like the numerous B5000 vary. Smartwatch patrons don’t observe this logic, and do think about the Apple Watch and TicWatch Professional Three because the options, so the $700 price ticket merely makes the GSW-H1000 look very costly by comparability.

G-Shock followers are going to like the GSW-H1000, however smartwatch patrons could be higher suggested to take a look at the numerous cheaper choices that emphasize the tech side, whether or not that’s by way of the processor, extra well being monitoring sensors, and even NFC for cellular funds.

Is there a greater various?

Sure. If you wish to purchase a smartwatch, not a G-Shock watch, we have now a number of suggestions, and none of them price $700. Should you personal an iPhone and need a smartwatch, the Apple Watch is one of the best, and at $400 aluminum Apple Watch Sequence 6 seems to be like good worth subsequent to the GSW-H1000, and much more so in the event you select an Apple Watch SE. Should you personal an Android cellphone we suggest the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Three or a TicWatch Professional 3. All three of those smartwatches are technically spectacular, have nice software program, and are extra wearable than the G-Shock.

If you would like a smartwatch from a watchmaker, the selection turns into smaller, and the costs are often bigger. TAG Heuer’s Related fashions price at the least $1,800, and Hublot’s Massive Bang e is thrice that quantity. Curiously it’s Casio which gives an excellent center floor with the G-Shock GBD-H1000, which is a sports-orientated watch performance together with notifications however no touchscreen, and prices $400.

If you would like a much less techy watch, Casio’s vary of related G-Shock watches just like the GST-B400 G Metal could match the invoice. These fashions all have fundamental smartwatch connectivity, however no notifications.

How lengthy will it final?

That is in all probability the hardest, most sturdy smartwatch you should buy. Should you work or play in harsh environments, the G-Shock GSW-H1000 will likely be your finest good friend, because it’ll shrug off an enormous quantity of abuse. The battery and the software program will cease the GSW-H1000 from lasting indefinitely, however you’ll nonetheless be good for at the least a few years.

Do you have to purchase one?

If you would like a smartwatch to put on day by day and worth tech over design, then there are higher decisions obtainable for a lot much less cash, however in the event you’re a G-Shock collector you’ll actually just like the GSW-H1000, and might add two stars to the rating right here.

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