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    Re: Why the lack of interest on GB-5600B/6900B/X6900B Bluetooth series?

    Thanks Mike, now I know why these watches are not popular here, it seems that many have the perception base on the first generation, the AA or AB series. I personally don't fancy these first gen either and i only have one the GB-5600AA-1a which reminiscent the first ever G the DW-5600C ,first gen are slow to connect and disconnect,lack many control functions and only have CDT up to minute interval. Now for the gen 2,it's a total different beast,it's much faster and shows caller names and number.while I understand that many may not have the right phone and few years down the road these watches may no longer works is a concern, i do feel that even without Bluetooth, they are still great G shocks, take the GB-X6900B-1 now, priced at Amazon for around 120 plus, as compare to normal GD-X which cost around 80 to 90 plus for the ordinary series, i do feel the extra alarm, the vibration, the 100 cities world time, the 1 second CDT,the great viewing angle without shadow distortion and bigger digits , are well worth the extra money over the normal GD-X, as for looks and colors, they are compatible with any GD-X band and bezels if you ever get bored of the looks. Now back to the right phone topic, i guess at this point because i have the right phone and the right app,these watches serves its purpose well for me, at least for the next 2 to 3 years to come, then it's just like buying any other smart watches from Samsung or LG or Moto etc,few years later, these smart watches will also be obsolete because they no longer have the processing power to keep up with new phones. Then they will definitely be useless. Not so for the GB-B series, well, at least they are still G shocks which doesn't need a phone to serve its basic purpose, as a G-Shock ,of course it's just my point of view,and I totally respect everyone's decision on their preference of G-Shock. The Bluetooth strength is also the weakness of the watch when it comes to consumers' expectation. It's just such a pity.
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    Re: Why the lack of interest on GB-5600B/6900B/X6900B Bluetooth series?

    I fully agree with you.

    The extra bluetooth feature might be seen as more bothering then worth for the average G user.
    Maybe the freedom to operate a G in the wilderness and in harsh environments is conflicting with the urban "Smartphone available at all time" philosophy.
    You either use you smartphone directly for being communications-aware all the time or you leave it at home and go out for adventures or hard work where you not want to be disturbed by incoming calls/messages.

    Most of this will of course also apply to smartwatches.....


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    Re: Why the lack of interest on GB-5600B/6900B/X6900B Bluetooth series?

    i remember i said something about this already, but where, not even in the thread linked by Mike ....

    I DON'T NEED A BLUETOOTH Gshock AT ALL, the fact is I am surrounded myself with laptops, computers, ipad, and smartphones all the time - everything is within reach - now that if I decide to walk out of the computer/internet world, I want to walk out FREE completely , IF I wear this bluetooth Gshock, it's a distraction instead of helper

    same thing applies when I drive, work, or do anything... it makes me less productive and less concentrate on things in front of my face -

    who/which is slave of whom?

    being connected all the time is cool - but is it really LIVING life? or wasting time time on earth?

    this topic also leads to the discussion of SHELL AND SELF for Gshock, to me bluetooth Gshock doesn't have its own soul (transistor), whereas, the non-bluetooth Gshock seems to have one of its own character and talk to us collectors independently, individually (perhaps there will be time we discuss this)

    so I don't want to own a handcuff, I don't want to collect something that has no character value to me, I don't want to buy a bluetooth gshock nor any smart watch out there ...
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    Re: Why the lack of interest on GB-5600B/6900B/X6900B Bluetooth series?

    the bluetooth squares looks so classic though, but I am waiting for KungFusion open one and take off that bluetooth transmitter like he did with the atomic riseman

    LOLz

    then I will follow and own one
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    Re: Why the lack of interest on GB-5600B/6900B/X6900B Bluetooth series?

    Quote Originally Posted by rcaddict View Post
    Thanks Mike, now I know why these watches are not popular here, it seems that many have the perception base on the first generation, the AA or AB series.

    Now for the gen 2,it's a total different beast,it's much faster and shows caller names and number.
    One of the threads I read this morning (and possibly one of the ones I linked) said that Bluetooth G's are now in their THIRD generation, for whatever that's worth.

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    Re: Why the lack of interest on GB-5600B/6900B/X6900B Bluetooth series?

    Yup Mike K, Bluetooth G are in their third gen which is the GBA-400 series, I have one, while the extra buttons and music control are somewhat useful,the lack of notification functions makes it less attractive, at least to me.

    d2mac and G fob, yeah you guys have your points too,for me it's because i live in the city and my work requires me to be connected all the time, so these Bt G helps a lot. But when I go need to go to the wilderness for some natures, I still got my rangemans. As for whether the watch have 'souls' or 'characters',my personal opinion is they have it more than none Bt Gs,because at least they can 'talk' alert me lol. But then again, it's your choice whether you wanna be the slave or master,you can always switch the Bluetooth off and use it as a normal G,that's the beauty of it :)

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    Re: Why the lack of interest on GB-5600B/6900B/X6900B Bluetooth series?

    The horrible picture on the Casio page, showing a mail enveloped in the uper-right date field, dissuaded me from even reading the specs of it.

    Now the pictures of the DW-5000 look-alike posted above changed my oppinion. It sucks as a smart watch. But it is, as it seems, a very decent G-Shock square, that can be configured over bluetooth, has a vibration alarm, and on top of that can vibrate when the phone does. I hardly ever notice it when someone sends me a text message, I suppose vibration alarms of phones are not very useful when the phone is in a trouser-pocket. Therefore it might be a useful feature.

    Someone mentioned an Android app, does it work with all models, Casio only mentions iPhones.
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    Re: Why the lack of interest on GB-5600B/6900B/X6900B Bluetooth series?

    Yes it works with Android and in fact it has more functions than on IPhone especially if you buy the after market Bluewatcher app,but unfortunately Bluewatcher only support up to Android 4.4. Casio stated that only Samsung S4,S5 and Note 3 are supported up to Android 4.4. If you're already in Android 5,then you'll need to send back to Casio for module update. The updated module works with many unlisted Android phones on Casio sites. By the way'I wouldn't recommend the first gen A* series due to the limitation I've mentioned earlier, unless you really like the looks and use it as a normal G.
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    Re: Why the lack of interest on GB-5600B/6900B/X6900B Bluetooth series?

    Quote Originally Posted by rcaddict View Post
    Yes it works with Android and in fact it has more functions than on IPhone especially if you buy the after market Bluewatcher app,but unfortunately Bluewatcher only support up to Android 4.4. Casio stated that only Samsung S4,S5 and Note 3 are supported up to Android 4.4. If you're already in Android 5,then you'll need to send back to Casio for module update. The updated module works with many unlisted Android phones on Casio sites. By the way'I wouldn't recommend the first gen A* series due to the limitation I've mentioned earlier, unless you really like the looks and use it as a normal G.
    Of course I'm on Android 5, didn't that come out months and months ago? Had a look at the page, and the dev said there are problems with 5.0 and Samsung Blue Tooth drivers. He didn't mention Android 5.1 however (the current version is 5.1.1). I am not planning to buy one of those watches, after all they cost quite a bit of money, and I already have a watch. I would have been tempted to do so, instead of the one I have, had I known what I know now.

    By the way, why are Casio concentrating on iPhones, aren't iPhone users much less likely to wear a g-shock? Both seem to appeal to very different senses of style. On one side the sleek super scratch sensitive (look at the iWatch!) and on the other a rugged often needlessly ornamented watch? Likewise age groups iPhones are old peoples phones, most G-Shocks (the colourful) are for young. (And those certainly get dissuaded by cheesy "you-got-email" icons that appeal to people who print out their emails.


    There is one disadvantage compared to the regular 5600/5000 models: the overly-bright backlight. That is really beyond me, why those are getting more and more bright, and thus hardly use able in the night. The old 5600E iluminator in the mid 90s was already much brighter than it needed to be. My next Casio around 2000 (non G FKT-301) was a nuisance to look at in the night, it was better to use as a torch than for reading the time. When the GB-5600 is more like the latter than the former it would be a strong argument against it.
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    Re: Why the lack of interest on GB-5600B/6900B/X6900B Bluetooth series?

    Yup I know Android 5 was released months ago,but I'm still on Android 4.4 as I know these new release bound to have bugs, and I'm not gonna be free tester for Samsung or google.I'll wait for at least 6 months for them to weed out the bugs before upgrading. Anyway I would strongly recommend the GB-5600B-1B for the excellent negative display if you're concern about the overly bright EL of the newer G shocks, it's not only the GB series having it, all other Gs nowadays are like that. Buy what you truly desires and enjoy it to the fullest :)
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