The Casio group was the first range of watches to move away from the traditional timepiece concept.The range of Casio watches with calculator functions and functions to store data were extremely popular in the 1980’s and 1990’s. However, other manufacturers started catching up and soon the company lost its edge in the timepiece market.
Today, we are looking at the GB-6900 model from the G-Shock series with inbuilt Bluetooth functionality.
Let us start with the exterior of the Casio watch. The timepiece is encased in plastic and has a design similar to other timepieces from the company. It weighs around sixty-four grams or a little over two ounces. In spite of being a big timepiece, it is not uncomfortable and it will sit easily on your wrist.
The color options provided by Casio are a combination of black and blue, red and yellow and white and blue.Like others in its range, the timepiece has a Liquid Crystal display and has two extra indicators for reminders and the Bluetooth connection. It also has other standard features like a Light Emitting Diode light source that allows you to see in the dark or low light conditions.
Next, let us look at the main selling point of the timepiece – itsBluetooth functionality. The timepiece connects with your mobile handset via Bluetooth 4.0. Once it is connected, all your alerts become active. The first is the call alert informing you that you are getting a call. The next is the email and short message service alert that denotes the type of message received with a short indicator at the beginning. Next is a reminder of any appointment fed into your mobile handset.
The Casio watches (in Danish Casio ure) will also alert you if the connection between the handset and the timepiece is lost.Additionally, if you misplace your mobile handset, you can find it with the phone location alert that makes the handset vibrate loudly. You have the auto adjustment alert where the timepiece can adjust the time as per the time on the mobile handset.
Finally, let us look at the heart of the timepiece – thesetup of the timepiece and the notifications.This is one area where the user will have to use a lot of buttons. The simplest setup is the Bluetooth, where one press is all that is needed to make the functionality active. The buttons on the timepiece are Mode, Adjust, Split & Reset, Start and Stop. The bundled software for the Android platform is simplistic. It gives you five options to decide which alerts you want to activate. There is no way to control the timepiece from the mobile handset.
The plus points of this timepiece are its battery and the G-Shock features. Since the timepiece uses the 4.0 version for its Bluetooth, the company claims a life span of close to two years. The timepiece has all the regular features of the G-Shock series that are very handy.
The negative points of theseCasio watches (or as the Danes say ure) are the Bluetooth version, software control and overdependence on buttons.The 4.0 version is not widespread across the globe. Additionally the simplistic version of the software bundled with the phone and the constant use of buttons to make changes makes it a little tedious to use.
So what do you think of the GB-6900? Try it out and tell us if you agree with our assessment.