Most Android Wear watches can take a splash, but knock them around and they might not hold up very well. Casio's first Android Wear device was an exception with its MIL-STD-810G rating, and the second one will be much the same. The WSD-F20 will be built to last, and it'll be running Android Wear 2.0 when it comes out around April. It won't be cheap, though.
The WSD-F20 has a similar design vibe as the last Casio watch, but it might be even more beefy. The metal case has exposed screws and three large buttons on the side. It's MIL-STD-810G and water-resistant up to 50m. The 320x300 LCD display also retains the dual functionality with low-power monochrome mode for extended battery life. This model adds a low-power GPS chip and mapping software to the mix, allowing you to track your location without a phone.
Casio will reportedly begin shipping the WSD-F20 on April 21st for around $500. That's the same approximate price as the last Casio Wear watch. It's clearly going after a particular niche, not the general smartwatch-curious consumer crowd.
LAS VEGAS, NV, January 4, 2016 - Casio Computer Co., Ltd. announced today that it will release the second product in its Smart Outdoor Watch category of wrist devices featuring water resistance and tough performance for outdoor activities. The new WSD-F20, which is scheduled to be released on April 21, 2017, will run on Android Wear 2.0* and is equipped with low-power GPS and new color map functionality that can be used offline to expand the range of outdoor adventures.
In March 2016, Casio released the Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10 with a rugged build and dedicated apps for outdoor activities. The WSD-F10 has been well-received as a truly practical wrist device that delivers the unique advantages of a wearable device for the outdoors.
The new WSD-F20 is equipped with low-power GPS and color map functionality that can be used offline, significantly improving its usability as a standalone wrist device. It supports a wide range of outdoor and water activities and can be used in areas without cellular service, freeing up users to fully enjoy their adventures. The WSD-F20 now incorporates richly-designed and easy-to-read map data from Mapbox, which is used worldwide. Maps can be downloaded in advance to the WSD-F20 and used with GPS data to track the user’s location, even when offline. The new Location Memory app enables users to customize maps by adding markers and text, so that they can revisit otherwise unmarked spots such as a great viewpoint on a hike or a good fishing spot.
In terms of design, button guards, a protective bezel, and side buttons of varying sizes enhance operability and toughness, making the WSD-F20 an even more useful piece of outdoor gear.
The WSD-F20 enables quick access to the information during activities, such as trekking, cycling, fishing, winter sports, and watersports. This watch allows users to keep their hands free and fully enjoy outdoor activities.
The WSD-F20 is positioned in the PRO TREK Smart series, the latest addition to the PRO TREK brand of outdoor watches by Casio that are designed for total appeal to outdoor enthusiasts.
Main Features of the WSD-F20
Original outdoor apps utilize low-power GPS and color maps that can be downloaded for offline use
The WSD-F20 is equipped with low-power GPS to track the user’s current location without depending on a smartphone. It also features color map functionality that can be used without any kind of cellular or internet connection, simply by downloading the maps in advance. Casio has developed various original apps that make the most of these two functions in the outdoors, allowing users to track their location on a map or add notes to a map.
- Location Memory
This app instantly reads the user’s current location, and is directly accessed by pressing a side button. In addition to recording the path traveled, users can make a mark or use speech recognition* to add notes to otherwise unmarked map spots, such as a great viewpoint on a hike or a sweet fishing spot. Navigation and Reminder functions are useful when revisiting a location that has been noted on a map. The user can also choose from a variety of map designs based on what they are doing and what they are using the maps for.
*Speech recognition cannot be used without cellular service on a smartphone
The Activity app displays real-time measurement data and has special functions for activities such as hiking, cycling, fishing, and snow and paddle sports. Now significantly upgraded, the app can use GPS data and color maps in the Hiking function to record the path traveled on a map, while also showing the course and maximum speed of each run in the Snow function.
- Moment Setter
This app alerts the user to important moments while they are hiking, cycling, fishing, or enjoying snow or paddle sports. The user sets conditions to automatically receive important alerts, such as best fishing times, rest break intervals, and sunrise/sunset times.
TOOL app measures various kinds of data to track environmental changes and show user activity levels
The WSD-F20 comes with an original app that measures and displays essential information for outdoor activities and sports using a pressure sensor, compass, and accelerometer. The app provides real-time information about changes in the natural environment and the user’s activity levels, such as compass direction, altitude and air pressure, sunrise and sunset times, tide graphs, and activity graphs.
Proprietary dual-layer LCD comes with power conservation mode
The WSD-F20 features the same style of dual-layer monochrome and color LCD that was so well-received in the WSD-F10. The monochrome LCD shows the time while the color LCD shows maps, measurement data, and apps. The watch can switch on both LCDs, or just the monochrome LCD, to ensure optimum visibility in all situations and conserve power when spending long hours in the outdoors.
Interchangeable Original watch face designs enhance appeal
Location and Traveler are new watch face designs that utilize GPS functions and map data. Location highlights GPS and map functions with sophisticated animations on the map display. Traveler enables the user to switch the type of information displayed in the window in the lower part of the watch face, and to launch the corresponding app just by tapping the watch face. Not only these two, the watch comes pre-installed with various faces to choose from for outdoor or everyday use, and even more watch face designs can be downloaded and added from the Google Play store.
Toughness meets outdoor challenges
- Water resistant to 50 meters
The watch is water resistant to 50 meters yet equipped with a water-resistant audio mic, for everyday use as well as in rain and even during water activities such as kayaking. The touchscreen features a new anti-fouling coating to resist stains from fingerprints.
- Built to military standard specifications
Tested to United States military standard MIL-STD-810 issued by the U.S. Department of Defense to perform in the rugged outdoors. Meets testing requirements under various environmental conditions including shock and vibration.
Additional apps enhance the outdoors experience
- CASIO MOMENT LINK location-based communication app
This app displays the current location of group members on a color map, enabling users to exchange text messages. This fun and useful app is great for communicating with a group of friends, such as when fishing at different spots or cycling at a different pace.
*This app uses the cellular connection and GPS data on a smartphone. The app cannot be used without cellular service and GPS reception on your smartphone.Link to other apps popular with outdoors enthusiasts
The following outdoors apps can be optionally installed by choosing Casio Recommended from the App List screen on the watch.
- ViewRanger GPS app for hiking
This is a GPS app for outdoor adventurers providing route information, navigation guidance, location data and distance to next waypoint all at a glance. App by Augmentra Ltd. http://www.viewranger.com/
- MyRadar weather app
This real-time weather app shows local animated weather maps, helping the user to easily and quickly track weather changes nearby. App by ACME AtronOmatic, LLC. http://myradar.acmeaom.com/
- YAMAP GPS app for hiking
This GPS app can display hiking maps even without cellular service. YAMAP is widely used by outdoor enthusiasts and has won numerous awards for its novel features and utility. App by YAMAP Inc. https://yamap.co.jp/