The Bluetooth functions are minimal, but you can always turn it off and it's just a good old G-shock. When connected, I primarily use notification to my cellphone's calendar for reminding me of meetings and appointments. Kind of an extension to the 5 alarms in the watch. Here are few more benefits besides what you already pointed out:
- "Poor" man's GW5000 lookalike.
- Bright LED back light. The only square at this point to use that.
- Tons of functions! Even with Bluetooth turned off, you got 1000h stopwatch, 100h timer, UTC with 15min increment, 100 cities world time, vibe alarm, etc. Easily the most feature rich square to this day.
- Big and clear digits! One of most legible squares, even bigger digits than GWM5610.
- Higher quality resin and comes with metal keeper. Probably not to the quality of the GW5000, but pretty nice compare to lower G's.
Seriously, just as asked by the topic title, why the lack of interest? What is not to like for the watch? Nothing, really. Probably it's not pure enough for the "Square Purists" because of all the modernized functions. That's the only thing I can think of.
I couldn't agree more with Stevie and watchgeek, these are great watches.
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Last edited by rcaddict; October 18th, 2015 at 10:15.
This one arrived a few days ago from SeiyaJapan.com (highly recommended BTW)
Model - GB 5600B 1JF V.4 Bluetooth:
Vibra notification is better that my GD350. My iPhone 5s links up to this model without any problems. I only use the link when I go out in the car and in noisy areas. Very comfortable to wear in hot weather like we are getting right now! (30C). The illumination is improved over the early squares. Only slight problem is my big fingers finding the lume button in the dark. LOL I guess I'll get used to it as I have only just got it.
I don't have a smartphone to link one up with. The second reason why I haven't chased one of these down is because I feel like I would be committing myself to wear this watch everyday and I already have a large collection of battery, solar & Solar/Atomic G-Shocks that I like to wear in rotation.
I'm thinking seriously about selling all my G-Shocks though since I can't wear my big ones to work. They all just sittin' & gettin' old. They age and rot even while sitting in a box in storage. That's the unpleasant truth about urethane resin.
I almost never wear any watch other than a G-Shock. My collection is listed here-->http://watchshock.com/collection/1471/
Other watches: Invicta Sub-Aqua Venom 5733 & Coalition Forces 0225, Suunto Vector, Traser Mil-G Type 6 P6600 Celebration Edition, Luminox 3059.SAR and a few cheap Timex & Armitron
Originally Posted by f[I
I don't think you need to wear the GB5600B all day everyday. I only use the link with my phone when I actually think I will be in an area where I won't hear my phone in my pocket; e.g. in the street or shopping malls in town. Most of the time I wear it the Bluetooth will be switched off at my home (I'm retired). I do not have a large watch collection now, but I like to rotate watches each month. The GB5600B is not solar and has a CR2035 battery which is easy to replace. I used to have two solar powered watches, but I flipped them as I didn't want to be constantly placing them in areas where they need light. I now own three basic quartz and two Japanese made automatic divers which should outlast me! LOL.
*I doubt if I would be obligated to wear the GB5600B all the time just because it has bluetooth. I also don't believe Casio manufacture the G-Shock massive range of watches to last for years. If you say that they 'rot' with time, that's a shame and they should think about making G's with material other than urethane resin, especially the commemorative issues. The hightec, colorful models they put out each year emphasise high turnover and not longevity. Some of the range are marketed for guys who like technical features, others like the traditional styles with lots of different dials with cases and straps of many styles and colours. Many of the younger generation like the new styles purely as the latest fashion icon.
I don't know how many G's you have in your collection, but my advice, for what its worth, would be for you to sell off most of your collection and keep maybe three or four of your favourites for daily wear.
Last edited by STEVIE; November 4th, 2015 at 15:03.
Can I turn the bluetooth off on the watch so I can use the bluetooth radio in my car?
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I was very interested in one a few days ago till I found out you need the G-Shock app running in the background at all times for it to work.
Sure the watch may have a 2 year battery, but with bluetooth on constantly AND the app running in the background my Galaxy S5 will need recharged every 8 hours, even with it's 2800mAh battery.
"A gentleman's choice of timepiece says as much about him as does his Saville Row suit."
The GB5600B uses a CR2032 battery, which is one of the largest coin batteries use in digital watches. Without Bluetooth, it can certainly last for 10 years or more.
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