Gentlemen, meet the WS-210H, a baby GLX150, an aspiring G, an evidence that a good things sometimes do come in small packages and small price tags.
I just received the WS210 from Amazon, cost me INR 2200 ($35). Those interested in the official spec sheet can view it here. I'll get started with a short photo review.
The watch comes packaged in a box that looks, well, boxy! Nothing notable about the box except that the size of the box is huge considering the size of the watch and comes stuffed with enough foam to make a small teddy!
Time to take out the watch. If you have been wearing a G-shock or a chronograph, the WS210 will suddenly look puny on your hands. It's not really that small, it's just that your eyes take some time to get used to the size. The case width is 44mm which is just about the same size as my Timex Ironman. It's pretty light too, weighing just 41gms as per the official figures. The watch comes with a clear protective film over the crystal.
Clear film covering the face.
The mandatory wrist-shot.
Size comparison with the GR8900A
The display has moon graph center-left, tide graph in the center and power indicator center-right, with the day/date on top and time below the tide graph. the layout is quite similar to the GLX150. The display is highly readable in all lighting conditions however, the crystal covering the display is not glass - it's a plastic crystal and that's the biggest letdown in addition to the fact that it has a convex surface, making it a magnet for scratches. There are no bumpers to protect the surface of the crystal either.
Display layout - very legible and nicely laid out
The Achilles heel - the domed plastic crystal
Coming to the backside, nothing unusual, there is the usual steel plate fastened by four screws. The module used is 3214. Interestingly, the case itself is blue in color, while the bezel is a metallic black. The strap is average at best but again, the plastic buckles are extremely cheap and flimsy - I doubt how long they'd last.
Nothing extraordinary here...
Plastic buckle feels extremely cheap and flimsy
Coming to other points about the WS210, the backlight is a single Orange LED. However, it is quite bright as compared to some other models like the WS220 and you'd never need to make an effort to view the time even in pitch darkness. However, lack of auto-backlight is a letdown. 4 alarms + 1 snooze alarm are standard affair. World time and stopwatch are pretty standard as on most other Casios. CDT won't allow you to set seconds, you can set it for a duration between 00:01 to 23:59 in HH:MM format.
Backlighting is adequate
Being a Tough Solar model, the WS210 does feature the Powersave mode, which switches off the display if the watch is left in darkness. The module also features an option to mute the button tones. Interestingly, beep volume for alarms/hourly chime in this model are much louder than my GR8900.
I haven't found out much about the tide and moon modes except for the fact that the moon age is shown automatically and tide values are calculated based on manually entered values. I am not sure if this is the same process on the G-shocks too, haven't owned any Tide/Moon watches previously.
Moon age showing as 3.6 days
So that sums up my short review of the WS210H. Here's a short summary of the pro's and con's
- Packed with lots of features
- Excellent value for money
- Solar powered with Powersave function.
- Adequate backlight and beep volume
- Convex plastic crystal with no protection against scratches.
- No Auto backlight
- Strap buckle is extremely flimsy.
Hope y'all enjoyed this post!