Casio Smart Outdoor Watch: Everything you need to know

It's big, it's bold and possibly the first smartwatch designed for fishing
Casio Smart Outdoor Watch guide

The Casio Smart Outdoor Watch landed at CES and is the first Android Wear smartwatch to really diversify away from the mainstream. It's a million miles from another me-too everyday watch.

The somewhat annoyingly named Casio Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10 is smartwatch for outdoorsy types who are looking for a waterproof, shockproof and vibration proof wearable that's certified to US military standards.

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All in all, Casio's Android Wear offering is pretty hardcore. But what about the specifics? Read on for everything you need to know.

Casio WSD-F10: Design

Sleek and svelte clearly aren't words in the Casio's dictionary and the WSD-F10 is a unashamedly massive lump of smartwatch. But it's for good reason. The Casio uses a US military standard MIL-STD0810 of dust and shock resistance and is waterproof to 50m.

It weighs a substantial 90g, which sounds high but is fairly respectable given the size and protection from the elements on offer.

It comes in a quartet of colours including green, orange, black, red – all of which look better than your average outdoors smartwatch.

Casio WSD-F10: Specs

While the design is far from bog standard, the display is nothing to write home about. The 1.32-inch, 320 x 3o0, LCD touchscreen isn't exactly spectacular, but does the job. It doesn't feel especially sharp in the flesh, but its 332ppi display puts it up there with the best in terms of pixel density.

However, there is an interesting twist. The screen comes with a second monochrome display, that can be used instead of the colour panel. Why? Well colour displays sap battery life, and instead of the single day usage from the main screen, using the monochrome screen ups battery life to a month.

There is a catch though. When the monochrome screen kicks in, all the cool sensors are disengaged, a power saving that certainly adds to that month of longevity.

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There's no information on the processor under the hood driving everything, but we'll update as soon as we get further information.

Casio WSD-F10: Sensors & apps

The Casio is laden with all the sensors you'd need for life outdoors, and there's little wonder the case is so large. Housed inside is an air pressure and altitude sensor, as well as a magnetic compass.

You'll also find an accelerometer, gyrometer and magnetometer to boot. What and what are they used for? Well, a dedicated button on the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10 will show charts on your current direction, sunrise and sunset times and tide graphs for adventurers on the go.

Pre-installed Casio apps include fishing, trekking and cycling, there's a branded companion smartphone app. It is compatible with the ViewRanger GPS app for trekking routes.

Unfortunately there's no GPS on board, and we're not clear whether it will be able to piggyback from a smartphone – however, its omission is a real shame, and will be a sticking point for those who enjoy trekking and walking in the great outdoors.

Casio WSD-F10: Price and availability

All that tech doesn't come cheap: the WSD-F10 will set you back $500. It's on sale now, and available in four colours - red, green, black and orange. However, it's only set to be available in the US and Japan, with no plans for release in other parts of the world. We'll obviously update this if we get new information.

19 Comments

  • halfmoon says:

    "...we're not sure yet whether the watch features built-in GPS or not. If it doesn't, that's a real shame."

    read as "If it doesn't, that's utterly moronic and an assured deal-breaker."

  • 03588530 says:

    wow

  • Rangler6475 says:

    If it had gps why would it need an altimeter function based off of air pressure if gps gives altitude? Because it doesn't have gps. It's a glorified pathfinder with intuitive software.

    • dimitrikiselkov says:

      GPS altitude is less accurate than altitude computed from air pressure variation

  • dd4 says:

    What the hell would be the point of this watch if it doesn't have GPS, it would be utterly moronic to have to carry around a smartphone to get any use from this while out on the trail. 

  • lizard394 says:

    No GPS no WSD...

  • greenghopper says:

    $500???? Way too much!

  • Nischit says:

    GPS is not much of a problem as it will work of the user's android phone GPS. Even though it should have a GPS at this price point to compete with its main rivals!

    But selling at $500 it should have one of the best displays around! To many the low resolution (compared to other watches at this price point) and the flat tyre at the bottom of the screen will be deal breakers! Why even the lesser priced samsung gear s2 has a higher resolution display and a fully round screen at $299!

    I mean why? casio why? It would have been better value if they had; 

    Put GPS on board

    Used a fully round higher resolution display 

    made smart features available even in the monochrome display mode

    And most importantly made it tougher to look at, like its G-Shock or Protrek siblings, as the Smart Outdoor (even though its size proves otherwise) does not look as tough as you would expect it to. At a Watch mostly depending on its adventure styling this may be the biggest loss.

    So before you get bored,

    Thank You For Reading

  • sammyc says:

    Shoul have a built in GPS and needs a elivated Heart Rate Monitor!!

  • Spellbinder says:

    Clearly this is targeting the adventurer, so some readers should reconsider their expectations.

    Those asking for more features 'at this price' - note that Casio's ProTrek watches which have the triple sensors (Baro/Altimeter, Thermometer, Compass) only start at around $250, with _no_ smartwatch features. By that, I would expect the WSD-F10 to be priced about as much higher than run-of-the-mill Android watches, which are fragile toys in comparison.

    Those expecting a better screen - when you are out on a mountain for an expedition, you will not miss the extra pixels but will thank your stars for the extra few hours of battery life. If what you want is Samsung's screen resolution and Samsung's price, you should probably buy Samsung and feel good about being able to wear it while shaving.

    I will be surprised if they don't put a GPS on-board. In Casio's description under Trekking, there is mention of "ViewRanger" and "MyRadar", which make little sense without GPS. But perhaps it works off the tethered phone's location. To those wondering why the Altimeter is pressure based, please spend a minute to find out how altitude is measured on an aircraft. It's not like they can't pack a GPS, you know. I do wonder, however, whether a 400 mAh battery can power a good live-tracking GPS for a meaningful length of time - a morning run perhaps, but a day long hike?

    This is the first Smartwatch that has actually aroused my interest. For its promise, $500 is no great price to pay. (My ProTrek had cost more.) On the other hand, the WSD-F10 appears to not have Atomic Time and solar charging, which are nice features of ProTrek and certainly add to the price. And not having GPS would be a disappointment.

    • KareemElwy says:

      good arguments i like your feedback

  • xienyao says:

    Ditch the color screen, stick with the classic monochrome and couple its famous tough solar battery with a rechargeable battery for those moments when sipping on power is required. This will probably give the watch the longest life so far for a smart watch.  Casio does not need to reinvent the wheel. It should instead look at its existing strengths from its g-shock and protrek ranges and incorporate smart watch functionalities into those watches. That'll keep the price down and help convert it's already sizable fan base over to the Smart watch phenomenon while minimizing it's risk. 

  • Emilio2000 says:

    This new Casio WSD-F10 has no solar power and eats batteries for breakfast.  It is less waterproof than most G-Shock and ProTrek watches.  It has fewer ABC features. For example, it doesn't record accumulated vertical. And there is no improvement in the altimeter function.  All Casio watches take altitude measurements only once every 2 minutes, which is too slow for fast sports such as skiing, running, or cycling. You can go down a steep hill in less than a minute, and up another hill (at least partly) in the next minute and most of the vertical covered in between would not be recorded.  Overall, this watch is a disappointment for those of us who are waiting for some improvement in the altimeter. 

  • Mayzism says:

    why does the video say gps app for tracking, if it doesn't have gps?

    • Mayzism says:

      Error trekking not tracking

  • Gunboss says:

    no one mentioned that it doesn't give the temp!

  • Mdekker24 says:

    i have always had Casio watches and i still wear the Pro trek PRG60T Solar Never will i buy a watch on batteries so why don't they make a Casio Smart watch on Solar with all the Good stuff that a mudmaster Protrek G-shock Pathfinder got Then ill buy that watch for 500 $ 

  • Daniyal says:

    Dear casio 

    Casio is good brand for ever i like so much this watch but i think this is to much costly how much this watch i connect to my phone or not 

    Thank you

  • Mayhem2k says:

    my old G-Shock with solar power will not be replaced with a smart watch that doesn't have solar power,  just saying.  I'm glad to see that it's got smart decent amount of waterproofing but I don't want to have to remember to charge a watch...  I have enough stuff to charge now as it is.  No GPS or temperature reading?  Seriously?  For $500 I don't think so!  And if it's true that the altimeter only reads every 2 minutes then that stinks.  Hopefully their version 2 will fix this.  

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