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The newest Casio G-Shock smartwatch is the first to run Wear OS

The newest Casio G-Shock smart...
The three GSW-H1000 models come with Wear OS on board
The three GSW-H1000 models come with Wear OS on board
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The three GSW-H1000 models come with Wear OS on board
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The three GSW-H1000 models come with Wear OS on board
The smartwatch tracks location, steps, heart rate and much more
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The smartwatch tracks location, steps, heart rate and much more

Google's Wear OS platform could certainly use some more actual smartwatches to run on, and Casio has obliged with the GSW-H1000 – the first G-Shock smartwatch from the brand to come with Wear OS on board.

The watch has all the ruggedness you would expect from a Casio G-Shock timepiece: it's shock-resistant and water-resistant down to a depth of 200 meters (656 feet).

It'll handle more extreme pursuits like snowboarding and surfing as well as the usual running, cycling and indoor activity tracking. The titanium carbide finish on the back of the smartwatch is designed to resist scratches and damage, but the wearable is also designed to be comfortable, with a soft urethane strap intended to be both flexible and durable.

This is a smartwatch packed with sensors, too. Of course it can track your location via GPS, and how many steps you're taking per day, but it also packs in a heart rate sensor, a compass, and an altitude and air pressure sensor. A total of 15 activities and 24 indoor workout options are covered in total.

There's a neat trick with the display, as well – it's a dual-layer affair that can switch between monochrome and color, so you can save battery life when you need to. Depending on how you use the screens and the sensors, battery life can reportedly be anywhere between one-and-a-half days and a month.

The display also features a customizable three-tier layout, so you can pick which bits of information you want to see at a glance – from heart rate to lap times. That's on top of all the customizations Wear OS gives you, too.

The smartwatch tracks location, steps, heart rate and much more
The smartwatch tracks location, steps, heart rate and much more

This being a device running Google software, Google Assistant integration is baked right in, and you can use it to see notifications and to control media on your connected smartphone (both Android and iOS are supported by Wear OS, though the integration with Android and its apps is much tighter).

The Casio G-Shock GSW-H1000 is scheduled to go on sale in mid-May with a retail price of around US$700 – your color options are black with gray highlights, black with blue highlights, and black with red highlights and a red strap. While there are some decent Wear OS smartwatches out there, another one is very welcome.

Product page: Casio G-Shock GSW-H1000

3 comments
3 comments
guzmanchinky
These are very cool, and Casio is amazing. However I resist the concept of a watch that is constantly monitoring me and buzzing me. Having a smartphone is bad enough. Maybe I'm just old...
phissith
Compelling but I think I'll stick to my Garmin Solar instinc.
The deerhunter
Might be a contender for my 15 year old Titanium strap Casio Protrek Solar charged which is starting to not respond to some of its buttons. I am not confident that Casio will even look at servicing it. Fifteen years is not a bad innings for a mid priced digital watch that is looking more than a bit "outdoors scarred."