Today, few peo­ple have not heard about var­i­ous kinds of “smart” watch­es and bracelets, which are cre­at­ed as acces­sories for smart­phones and tablets. How­ev­er, few rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the smart­watch fam­i­ly can boast not only of a durable and durable body, but also of long bat­tery life. Still, devices run­ning Android Wear have to be charged at least as often as the smart­phone itself — every oth­er day or two. But watch­es are get­ting smarter not only from the gad­get side, but also from the reg­u­lar watch side. For exam­ple, in recent years, Casio G‑Shock has received more and more func­tions, while main­tain­ing the orig­i­nal pro­pri­etary design and reli­able con­struc­tion, and most impor­tant­ly, high auton­o­my.

Specifications

  • mech­a­nism: quartz;
  • body: plas­tic;
  • glass: min­er­al;
  • back­light: yes;
  • dust and mois­ture pro­tec­tion: 200M (scu­ba div­ing);
  • func­tions: clock, alarm clock, timer, event noti­fi­ca­tion, music remote;
  • bat­tery: up to 2 years of oper­a­tion;
  • fea­tures: syn­chro­niza­tion with a smart­phone via Blue­tooth 4.0;
  • dimen­sions: 55 x 51.9 x 18.3 mm;
  • weight: 66 grams.

Package

The watch is sold in a medi­um sized white card­board box. At first glance, it makes a mod­est impres­sion, but inside there is a hexag­o­nal met­al black box, which is lined with foam rub­ber that secures the watch itself.

In addi­tion, detailed instruc­tions and a war­ran­ty card with ser­vice address­es are includ­ed.

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Appearance

Per­haps the most famous Casio series is the leg­endary G‑Shock, which is easy to use, reli­able and high­ly durable. They can be found on the hand of a teenag­er and an accom­plished man, an office work­er and a mil­i­tary man.

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The test­ed mod­el is pre­sent­ed in bright red col­or, there are mod­i­fi­ca­tions in pur­ple and black cas­ing. The strap is made of plas­tic and is mod­er­ate­ly rigid. The watch fits com­fort­ably on your hand, the weight is mod­er­ate, and the inside is cov­ered with a met­al plate. Despite the fair­ly light weight of the “shocks,” the watch itself is quite mas­sive, and nar­row sleeves can become a hin­drance.

Review of Casio G-Shock GBA-400: ...also music

Review of Casio G-Shock GBA-400: ...also music

There are four large but­tons on the case that are respon­si­ble for nav­i­gat­ing the menu and acti­vat­ing the back­light. Also, a sep­a­rate but­ton on the left starts con­nect­ing the watch to a smart­phone, and there is also a rotat­ing key on the right, rare for a G‑Shock, as in a reg­u­lar mechan­i­cal watch. Depend­ing on the select­ed oper­at­ing mode, its pur­pose changes: adjust­ing the vol­ume, switch­ing tracks, select­ing equal­iz­er para­me­ters, set­ting the time and oth­er tasks.

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The watch’s screen is cov­ered with glass, which did not show any scratch­es dur­ing test­ing. G‑Shocks are designed to with­stand drops to the ground from heights of over 10 meters. It is also stat­ed that this mod­el works at a depth of up to 200 meters. It was not pos­si­ble to test this in prac­tice, but there is no rea­son not to trust Casio.

Review of Casio G-Shock GBA-400: ...also music

Review of Casio G-Shock GBA-400: ...also music

The device in operation

The watch is paired with the G‑SHOCK+ appli­ca­tion, which is avail­able for free down­load to own­ers of smart­phones run­ning iOS or Sam­sung. The fol­low­ing devices are offi­cial­ly sup­port­ed: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, GALAXY S5, Note 3, S4. G‑SHOCK+ does not have a tablet ver­sion, so the inter­face is designed exclu­sive­ly for phones. The man­u­fac­tur­er notes: in the back­ground with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the watch does not yet work cor­rect­ly, the prob­lem will be fixed in the near future. The test involved an iPhone 5s with iOS 8.1 and the G‑SHOCK+ appli­ca­tion. The man­u­fac­tur­er pays a lot of atten­tion to work­ing with the appli­ca­tion, rec­om­mend­ing reg­u­lar­ly check­ing for updates in the soft­ware store.

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To estab­lish a con­nec­tion between the watch and the smart­phone, you need to turn on Blue­tooth in it and press the large but­ton on the left side of the watch. Of course, it is bet­ter to install G‑SHOCK+ on your smart­phone in advance in order to enter all the nec­es­sary set­tings into the watch.

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You can trans­fer cur­rent time and date data from your smart­phone to your watch. You can turn off the sound of the but­tons so that press­ing is not accom­pa­nied by a beep­ing sound. Thanks to the back­light, all data on the screen is clear­ly vis­i­ble at any time of the day, even in bright sun­shine.

The addi­tion­al G‑MIX appli­ca­tion is respon­si­ble for lis­ten­ing to music. The low­er right but­ton is used to select the required oper­at­ing mode. The watch has built-in equal­iz­er pro­files, and among the ready-made set­tings there are also cus­tom scripts to fine-tune the sound. There are a cou­ple of dozen pro­files in total, which allows every­one to find their pre­ferred set­tings for lis­ten­ing to their favorite song. You can enable cyclic or ran­dom play­back of tracks and albums, as well as fast or slow play­back. The watch remote also works with the stan­dard iOS music app, but in this case you will need to remove G‑MIX.

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The G‑MIX itself has a Casio-style design rather than the min­i­mal­is­tic iOS design. This is con­firmed by con­vex vir­tu­al con­trol but­tons. In the cen­ter there is a small round win­dow where the track cov­er can be seen. The pro­gram also includes a ready-made set of sounds, some­thing like a beat machine. If you quick­ly turn the switch on the side three times, the tracks begin to fast for­ward or back­ward, depend­ing on the direc­tion of rota­tion.

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The watch makes sure that the own­er of the smart­phone does not lose his device. If the watch does not “see” the smart­phone, a warn­ing sig­nal sounds; there are three built-in melodies to choose from. To find your smart­phone, you need to dis­con­nect the con­nec­tion between it and the watch, and then hold the low­er right but­ton for a few sec­onds. The device will start play­ing the spec­i­fied sound, and it will be eas­i­er to find.

The watch also has a rather unex­pect­ed option — a music detec­tion func­tion that works using the well-known Sound­Hound appli­ca­tion. You need to click on the top left but­ton, after which the search starts from the watch. If the com­po­si­tion has been rec­og­nized, its name is dis­played at the top of the screen, where space is allo­cat­ed for a line that can hold up to 17 char­ac­ters. All the infor­ma­tion can­not appear on the screen at once, so we get a creep­ing line. Nat­u­ral­ly, with­out a smart­phone, the watch will not be able to find a song, and the device must be con­nect­ed to the Inter­net, so this is a kind of dupli­ca­tion of the func­tion of a mobile device.

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Of course, the watch also ful­fills its main role — it is respon­si­ble for indi­cat­ing the time, show­ing data for dif­fer­ent coun­tries. The time of 300 cities in all time zones of the Earth is stored in mem­o­ry. The screen in stand­by mode shows the cur­rent time; you can turn on the white back­light, which will help out at night. At the same time, with the help of sim­ple nav­i­ga­tion through the menu, it is easy to get data about the day of the week, turn on the timer or stop­watch.

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The watch has many func­tions, but, odd­ly enough, such a smart device can­not noti­fy about events such as SMS, calls or mes­sages from social net­works.

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The man­u­fac­tur­er stat­ed that using Blue­tooth in the watch for about two hours a day will drain the bat­tery with­in two years.

Results

Of course, first of all, the watch must show the time. It is also clear that this new prod­uct can do this very well. In addi­tion, Casio GBA-400 can dis­play a lot of use­ful infor­ma­tion. Final­ly, they are smart­phone friend­ly. The watch will work as a music remote con­trol, and at the same time make sure that the phone is not lost. All that remains is to teach them to noti­fy the own­er about new events in the con­nect­ed gad­get — and the price of 11,5 dol­lars will not con­fuse any­one. In gen­er­al, Casio’s range of watch­es with Blue­tooth is sim­ply huge, here you can find the extreme G‑Shock, the sports STB-1000, or the time­less clas­sic Edi­fice EQB-500. So every­one can eas­i­ly choose a solu­tion for them­selves in the design they like.

Review of Casio G-Shock GBA-400: ...also music

You can buy a Casio GBA-400

Pros:

  • pro­tec­tion from water, shock;
  • music remote con­trol func­tions;
  • search for music from the watch.

Minus­es:

  • sup­port for a small num­ber of Android devices;
  • There is no event noti­fi­ca­tion func­tion.