Discover the things you need to know before purchasing a Casio WSD F10
Things To Consider Before Buying A Casio WSD F10
According to Statista, the market for global wearables is predicted to reach $19 billion by 2018. There are so many smartwatches available these days. Many of them aren’t really that much of a step up from a classic analog watch.
Sure, they may run on an operating system and let you access apps, but many of the dress watches that offer smartwatch features have glitchy functionality and aren’t all that practical.
Casio WSD F10 brings sports modes and better smartwatch functionality to the basic Android Wear app. It’s designed for the active person who enjoys the great outdoors.
Could you make use of numerous sensors, 50 meters of water resistance and a barometer that gives you weather alerts? Would you benefit from the productivity features that Android Wear offers?
If you’re not a serious athlete but want a watch to wear on your outdoor adventures, you might be interested in the Casio WSD F10. If you prefer a sleek timepiece that isn’t rugged enough for the gym or your fishing adventures, you might want to look elsewhere.
Is the Casio WSD F10 worth it? It’s a hunk of a watch that can withstand a lot of tough use. It has a lot of outstanding features that lend credibility to its $500 price tag. If you don’t need those features, you might want a more basic smartwatch. I’ve written reviews of other smartwatches here.
Presenting The Product
If you’ve ever looked for a watch that’s marketed to outdoor enthusiasts, you’ve probably been steered toward Garmin. Niche athletes, like surfers and skiers, may be familiar with Nixon’s “The Mission” smartwatch.
Casio is a leader in digital watchmaking. Casio’s digital G-Shock watch, which does not have smartwatch capabilities, is updated in the WSD F10. It retains its hard-wearing features.
The company claims that the watch can withstand drops, vibration, temperature shock and freezing rain. It passes military tests for environmental stress and endurance. That means that you can wear it on your next camping trip, even if it storms and you end up falling in the river.
Is the Casio WSD F10 good? It has a dual display that helps you save battery life when in timepiece mode. The battery is somewhat weak when you use the smartwatch features, though.
The watch has sensors that include a magnetometer that acts like a compass, barometer and altitude sensor. There’s no thermometer or GPS. However, you can sync it with your GPS-enabled smartphone if you want to use that feature.
The various sports modes and apps provide useful information for the general adventurer. However, if you train for a specific sport, you might need a dedicated watch for that.
Although the Casio WSD F10 works best with Android smartphones, it can be used with iOS devices. The functions are more limited with iPhones than with Android phones, however.
- Dual-layer display conserves power
- Unique functionality for some specific outdoor sports
- Useful sensors
- Mediocre battery life for outdoor excursions
- Bulky silhouette
- No heart rate sensor or GPS
Features & Benefits
Style And Design
The Casio WSD F10 is not a bad-looking watch. It blends sporty ruggedness with refined attractiveness. It’s not fancy, but you could wear it every day without questioning whether it’s appropriate for the office.
One of the downfalls of wearing it every day is that it’s huge. Scratch that. It’s gigantic.
I thought the Garmin Fenix 3 was enormous until I wore the Casio WSD F10. The good news is the straps attach to the case in such a way that it hugs the wrist well if you can get over the bulk of the watch face.
The plastic watch face is available in black, red, orange or green. It’s one of the only colorful watches that retains its grown-up look. Some other smartwatches that come in different colors look a little juvenile.
This one looks like it’s great quality. The back of the plastic watch face is constructed of stainless steel.
The display on the Casio WSD F10 is intelligently devised for conserving power. There’s a monochrome display for time features. If you use this display alone, you don’t wear out the battery as quickly.
Use the color display when you’re using the touchscreen and messing around with the apps. This can suck out the battery life, though.
As much as the display gets bonus points for innovation, it loses points when it comes to vividness. The screen is just kind of dull. It’s hard to see in bright sunlight, which makes it tricky to use outdoors.
The Samsung Gear S3 has a crisper screen with better visibility. It’s not as rugged, though.
The screen on the Casio has the flat-tire effect. A slice of the display is cut off at the bottom to make room for the ambient light sensor. This doesn’t bother everyone, but it can be annoying, especially when the ambient light sensor doesn’t really help the display increase in brightness in the sunlight.
You don’t have to use the touch screen for everything. This becomes important when your hands are wet or covered in gloves, which is highly probable for outdoor explorers.
Manual buttons on the side of the watch case let you choose an app, switch between display modes or cycle through the data from the sensors.
The three sports modes are fishing, trekking and cycling. This watch is like the triathlon watch for the outdoors.
The watch claims to measure distance when you’re running or walking. However, because it’s recorded via an accelerometer and not GPS, it can be inaccurate. It basically tries to recalculate your steps into a number that indicates feet or miles.
One of the features that takes this watch from average to exemplary is its ability to remotely control an Exilim EX-FR100 wearable camera. Now you can brag about your outdoor adventures more easily. You have proof.
Casio adds its own app to the Android Wear operating system. You still benefit from all of the features available with Android wear. However, if you have an Android phone, you also get the advantages of the Casio Moment Setter+ app.
What are those advantages? You can customize the watch face beyond the faces that are available through Android Wear. You can appoint the buttons on the outside of the watch as shortcuts to the apps you use the most.
You can also set relevant alerts for whatever you’re doing. If you’re fishing, you can set an alarm to remind you of high or low tide. If you’re traveling, you can see a map of your location every so often. If you’re hiking, you can prompt yourself to eat every time you burn a certain number of calories.
You have access to different fitness apps if you want to keep track of your steps and calorie burn during the day. According to Harvard Health Publications, activity trackers really can motivate you to move more. If you’re buying this watch, you’re probably already getting out enough, though.
You can download third-party apps if you want to do more with the data that you collect using the watch. You’ll need a phone to get the most out of those apps.
An outdoor smartwatch should have enough battery life to make it useful on an overnight hike or camping trip. The Casio WSD F10 lasts about one day.
The beauty of the watch is that you can make the battery last a month by using it as a timepiece alone. However, if you bought it for trekking, you’re going to want to use all of its features when you’re out and about.
The charger attaches to the side of the watch case with a loose magnet. It can fall of easily, so you probably won’t be able to charge your watch while you’re moving. The need to stop to charge it detracts from its usefulness on a trip.
The Casio WSD F10 has pretty good reviews from buyers who have shared their experiences online.
One user called it the “Best of both worlds.” This customer preferred the Casio WSD F10 to the Moto 360, praising its durability and variety of features.
Another customer said: “Great watch, battery lasts a day or two, maybe overpriced when it doesn’t have heart rate monitor nor internal GPS. Although, overall is a great watch.”
One customer said: “I am a watch junkie and previously owned two Samsung watches. They were above average, but not being waterproof was always an issue. I researched this Casio and decided to make the investment. So far I really like it. It was easy to set up, has a bunch of options, and pretty much does everything I need it to. I would rate it five stars, but find it a little difficult to read in sunlight, even on the brightest setting. I read a few complaints about battery life, but is has not been a problem. It is a very large watch, but I like a large face. I recommend it if you are an Android user looking for a versatile, waterproof smart watch.”
Moto 360 Sport
The Moto 360 Sport is perhaps just as useful as the Casio WSD F10. It’s less durable, but it’s quite a bit cheaper.
Moto 360 Sport vs. Casio WSD F10:
- Moto 360 Sport has heart rate monitor; Casio WSD F10 doesn’t.
- Moto 360 Sport has GPS; Casio WSD F10 doesn’t.
- Moto 360 Sport only specifically tracks running and cycling.
- Casio WSD F10 is waterproof; Moto 360 sport isn’t.
If you want a more traditional-looking watch that has GPS functions to help you along on your adventures, check out the Moto 360 Sport.
Nixon “The Mission”
This is perhaps the only watch that compares with the Casio WSD F10 in terms of durability. I don’t think you can break it no matter what you do.
Nixon “The Mission” vs. Casio WSD F10:
- Both have equally disappointing battery life.
- Nixon is waterproof to 100 meters; Casio is waterproof to 50 meters.
- Both have a microphone for voice commands.
- Nixon has more color combinations to choose from.
If you want an outdoor sports watch that’s geared more toward surfers and skiers, check out Nixon “The Mission.”
Garmin Fenix 3
The Fenix 3 has options for more sports and a slightly heftier price tag. It’s pretty similar to the Casio WSD F10 when it comes to size. Both are large and durable, although I’d throw my Casio around more than the Garmin.
Garmin Fenix 3 vs. Casio WSD F10:
- Garmin Fenix 3 has GPS; Casio WSD F10 doesn’t.
- Garmin Fenix 3 has longer battery life when the GPS isn’t on.
- Garmin Fenix 3 is waterproof to 100 meters.
- Garmin Fenix 3 has no microphone or voice activation.
- Neither has a heart rate monitor.
If you want more sports options and a watch that’s almost equally as rugged as the Casio WSD F10, the Garmin Fenix 3 might be worth checking out.