Casio has recently introduced its latest smartwatch to the industry, the Casio PRO Trek Smart. It’s a GPS-enabled outdoor smartwatch operated by Android Wear 2.0 this time. The Casio Pro Trek Smart is an iteration of the first version.
This digital watch is designed for travel, outdoor trekking, and rough-and-tumble adventures. It has your back whether you need GPS, a compass, movement monitoring, or Android Wear.
Let’s get into the specifics and see if it can help a true explorer.
Design and Build
Thanks to its military-grade construction and 50m (5ATM) water resistance, the Pro Trek will work in the harshest environments, from stormy damp to high sun.
It has a two-layer display mode (full colour and monochrome) and a 1.32-inch touchscreen with a protective coating. The shape and style are similar to the famous Casio G-Shock watches.
This smartwatch is wide enough to match large wrists and has a decent weight to it, making it feel substantial when wearing. The measurements are 61.7mm tall, 57.7mm wide, and 15.3mm deep. The whole thing weighs almost 100g!
There are two colour options available: black and orange. The black model is the obvious winner, in our opinion.
Powerful Dual Display Mode
The Pro Trek has a two-Layer LCD Display. One is a full-colour LCD, helpful in viewing colour maps, events, and navigation. The other display is a monochromatic LCD, used for display modes and simple functions that are still visible (to save battery life).
Offline GPS Support
A mobile link is not always available in the wilderness. As a result, built-in offline GPS is included to assist you in staying on track while there is no data link present. It employs a low-power GPS that makes use of Russian GLONASS, and Japanese Michibiki and American GPS that provides pinpoint positioning in the colour display.
Android Wear 2.0
The device allows you to use key Android features as well as loads of Google Play Store applications. Google Assistant, Music, Google Fit, Google Play, Facebook, Messenger, Uber, WhatsApp and most of your usual apps will be available for your convenience.
The Pro Trek encompasses quad sensors to include a precise barometer, altimeter and compass reading (without needing a smartphone).
It has various outdoor activity-tracking features, such as swimming, paddling, hiking, trekking and more, which are available on the Google Play Store for Android Wear.
It keeps time using an electrical quartz crystal. To maintain accurate time, it will continuously oscillate at the right frequency.
The Pro Trek is made of military-grade materials, weighs 810g, and is water-resistant to 50 metres. In fact, it meets the level that military devices must pass to be considered “field ready.” This watch is prepared for battle!
There are no issues with syncing with a mobile. It runs flawlessly on phones running Android 4.3 or higher and iOS 8.2 or higher. Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi connectivity are also supported.
The Casio Pro Trek Smart’s battery life is adequate for its specifications. It has a battery life of over a full day, with GPS activated, one of the best available. The most significant use is as a timepiece; even with the GPS switched off, it will last up to a month!
Any of the features intended to prolong battery life include the second Monochromatic LCD Display and reduced-power GPS.
In a potential version, solar panels will be a perfect way to stretch the battery life even further when in the sticks. But I suppose it raises the price significantly.
Is the price reasonable?
The Pro Trek will undoubtedly be one of the year’s finest military-grade smartwatches. It has excellent endurance, a subtle interface, Android Wear 2.0, GPS, activity monitoring, and a slew of other exciting features.
A heart rate sensor is missing in this case. Is it, however, really appropriate for this style of watch? Casio is aiming for an audience of outdoor adventurers such as runners, climbers, and hunters. Is it really necessary for them to wear a heart monitor? Sure, it’s important material to have, but I don’t think it’s a huge deal in this case. Runners will like it, but what about hikers? That will also significantly shorten battery life.
The battery life is also very impressive. Given the energy-intensive features, the Lithium-ion battery performs admirably.
Well, this watch is pricey (Apple Watch level), but it’s well worth it for a specific niche audience. It is not a device for the typical urban dweller. More, it’s for those who need precise maps and a compass—a rugged, well-designed, and fantastic watch for a really specific audience.
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Last Updated on June 4, 2021