Google’s Android Wear 2.0 was supposed to come out long time ago but it has been one disappointment over another. That’s finally over as the Android Wear 2.0 software is finally out, onboard Casio’s latest smartwatch.
The recently concluded CES 2017 was the venue for the unveiling of this latest gadget which it calls Casio WSD-F20 smartwatch. The name sounds like one culled out of a Sci-Fi movie and indeed the smartwatch is trying to bring the features of the future to the current time.
The Casio WSD-F20 rugged smartwatch wearable features a thick and chunky design and looks like one meant for the outdoors with select outfits. The device looks quite beautiful when viewed from the front with a wide plastic band which some might not really find delightful due to its thickness. The color isn’t the most attractive one around, too. An important highlight is that the smartwatch is water-resistant up to a depth of 50 meters and is said to meet the military-grade MIL-STD-810 standard for ruggedness.
The Casio smartwatch also comes with some custom functions which Casio tweaked with the Android Wear 2.0 interface. The features include Casio’s custom watch faces and mapping app. The mapping app is particularly of importance, because they can be loaded up and saved offline. And since the smartwatch comes with GPS, you can actually see where you are on these maps at any point in time, regardless of network availability. The feature might just come in handy as the Casio WSD-F20 doesn’t feature cellular network coverage.
The smart wearable is well suited for the outdoors, packing a matte screen that doesn’t reflect sunlight and thus prevent users from seeing the display properly. So, you can actually read from the display under intense sunlight. Isn’t that sweet?
It’s reminiscent of Casio’s very popular G-Shock watches and it’s similarities are striking at first glance.
The Casio WSD-F20 rugged smartwatch comes with a hefty $499 price tag and it will be available beginning April 21.