New Bluetooth G-Shock square and my impending G-Shock addiction
Like Tree15Likes

Thread: New Bluetooth G-Shock square and my impending G-Shock addiction

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13
  1. #1
    Member pablobell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Posts
    40

    New Bluetooth G-Shock square and my impending G-Shock addiction

    I picked up my first G-SHOCK a few days ago.


    Strange for me as I haven’t warn a watch since I got a cell phone over 10 years ago.


    I just happened to see the bluetooth square G-SHOCK in a magazine at a hairdresser in Tokyo and had to have it. I guess in the back of my mind I have always liked the original G-SHOCK design and since a model has arrived that can increase the usefulness of my phone, I just had to have it.


    After the haircut I did some brief research over coffee on my iPhone, saw that it was compatible with the Bluetooth 4.0 Phone 4S and 5 and some Android phones. That was it, I decided within about 10 minutes that I would walk down the road and buy it.


    So I headed to Bic Camera and purchased it. It was very reasonable at just 14,000 yen (US$170).

    Name:  DSC02216.jpg
Views: 4042
Size:  304.6 KB


    The bluetooth and vibration functionality itself is excellent, for a retro design, I don’t think they could have integrated the new features any better without destroying the look. Those features are:


    -time sync from the phone to the watch, this works perfectly and gets the watch to within 1 sec of atomic time (verified with time.is). I don’t own any atomic clocks or watches because I may end up living out of atomic radio tower range. So this is a great feature for people like me.


    -watch vibrates when the phone is out of range, which can remind you to go back and get it if you have left it somewhere, and if you're somewhere like Japan it will probably still be there when you go back :)


    -hold down the search button on the watch and the phone will play a unique tone (or music you can select) at the volume you have configured, even if the phone is in silent mode, so it’s like local-area “find my iPhone” but much faster to use, and works perfectly. To silence the tone, you just double tap the watch screen, there is a tap indicator on the screen whenever an event such as countdown timer (24-hour btw) finishing or an alarm goes off.


    -incoming call alert, I have set this to vibrate only, as fiddling with the watch to turn on mute regularly doesn’t appeal. No caller ID on iPhone, I believe there is on Android. Would be nice on the iPhone but no big deal.


    -incoming mail alert, I also have this set to vibrate and it will scroll the senders address across the dot matrix portion of the display, at least most of it anyway, there is of course a character limit before it scrolls from the beginning again. Alternatively, you can set it to only alert on new mail from addresses in contacts, if this option is on, it displays the senders name on the watch instead of the email address.


    -the watches bluetooth connection will sleep if it doesn’t detect movement for an hour and will then reconnect automatically once you pick it up without touching the phone.


    To enable all of this functionality you need the G-SHOCK+ app which, luckily is available in the UK Apple iOS app store that I use. The app is good (for a 1.0) but certainly not great, it needs work that I can only hope actually occurs.

    Name:  IMG_0419.PNG
Views: 1776
Size:  366.8 KB


    The english in the app isn’t perfect and it could do with a bit more polish, the initial paring does take a few minutes which seems excessively long. This paring is done within the app itself and not in the iPhone Settings app, if bluetooth is off in the Settings app you are prompted to turn it on.


    The email functionality works internally in the app so it is not linking to any email accounts setup in iOS. You need to manually enter POP/IMAP settings and set the check interval to 5, 10 or 15 mins. I have it set to 5 and I have Exchange push mail set on the phone as well, so this does mean that the watch will buzz anywhere from 0-5 mins after the phone does. Doesn’t bother me much but Im sure it will for some.


    It would be nice if iOS features like caller ID, iMessage, txt, FaceTime, iOS alarms, countdown timer etc. could send alerts to the watch. Hopefully the app can one day be updated to do this. Im not sure if Casio is waiting on the SDKs from apple for it or if they just haven’t done it as yet. While I’m in dream land, music controls via the watch would be great too, but Im sure that would require a re-design of the watch itself.


    The app will run indefinitely in the background. How Casio got Apple to allow this I have no idea, but they have allowed it, and it works. I used an app called AppSwitch to monitor CPU usage etc. There is no noticeable extra load but it is constantly pumping warning messages into the console, which in of itself I don’t think really matters, but it sure makes me wonder about the extra battery drain that this app could be causing. Anecdotally, I do think I’m getting slightly less battery life, but I did go from having bluetooth switched off previously, to now being always on.


    Aside from the bluetooth features I am loving the watch itself. Its very comfortable, I think it looks great and I'm really enjoying glancing at my wrist vs taking out my phone to find out the date or time.


    The watch itself has really overshadowed the bluetooth geekery for me and has brought back fond memories of the Casio digital I had as a kid in the 80’s and 90’s.


    I’m really wondering why I gave up wearing watches and why I have never owned a g-shock before. I’m already eyeing a mint DW-5600C screw back model and possibly the current 5000 series screw back…
    Last edited by pablobell; December 4th, 2012 at 06:55.

  2. #2
    Member Chrisek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Brentwood, TN
    Posts
    6,184

    Re: New Bluetooth G-Shock square and my impending G-Shock addiction

    Very nice review! I had not seen this model yet. Very well explained and glad to have you back in the fold!
    Yes, I am OCD. What gave it away?

  3. #3
    Member Micha's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    2,445

    Re: New Bluetooth G-Shock square and my impending G-Shock addiction

    Nice review, the GB-6900 is on my wishlist
    Cheers,
    Micha

  4. Remove Advertisements
    WatchUSeek.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Member Gordon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Torchwood, UK
    Posts
    1,596

    Re: New Bluetooth G-Shock square and my impending G-Shock addiction

    Thanks for the review! Next on my radar I think!

  6. #5
    G-Shock Mod stockae92's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Southern California - USA
    Posts
    13,611

    Re: New Bluetooth G-Shock square and my impending G-Shock addiction

    Thats awesome! More pix (or even vid) would be great!

    This model is on my radar. :)
    1 3 5
    ├┼┼╕
    2 4 6 R

  7. #6
    Member pablobell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Posts
    40

    Re: New Bluetooth G-Shock square and my impending G-Shock addiction

    Not really a video guy. What pics are you after specifically? Happy to post more. Or answer any questions.

  8. #7
    Member GShockMe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    6,403

    Re: New Bluetooth G-Shock square and my impending G-Shock addiction

    Nice watch. Good to know that the app doesn't use much resource.

    Do you know if there will be an Android app for worldwide market? Or do you know if there is a work around to use it on Android phones other than some Japanese carriers?

  9. #8
    Member Fer Guzman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    3,045

    Re: New Bluetooth G-Shock square and my impending G-Shock addiction

    very very cool, I second a request for a video review. Please!

  10. #9
    Member niuniu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    221

    Re: New Bluetooth G-Shock square and my impending G-Shock addiction

    This is a dream watch for cycling! I always have my watch in a backpack and stop every once in a while to check calls/emails.

    Congrats on your watch! But more importantly, when can I get one? :D

  11. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Planet Earth
    Posts
    765

    Re: New Bluetooth G-Shock square and my impending G-Shock addiction

    Thanks for the nice review! Mine arrived last week, but I can't get my paws on it as I'm traveling out of town.

    Pure torture!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

    Tags for this Thread

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •