The GBD-200 is a true hybrid smartwatch that goes easy on the tech and overboard with durability, which combined with a slim case, a comfortable strap, and no battery to charge makes it ideal for all-day, everyday wear.
Casio has added fitness tracking and full Bluetooth connectivity to several watches already. Both the older GBD-100 and more recent GBD-H1000 G Shock watches include the functionality, but the design of both means they’re not ideally suited to all-day, everyday wear. It’s a problem because smartwatches, whether they are hybrid or full touchscreen watches, offer most of their benefits when you wear them throughout the day.
The new operating system offers a lot of interesting fitness features that become available once you pair the watch with your phone. The watch doesn’t have a lot of internal sensors (aside from a step-counter accelerometer which is still on the newer side for G-Shock), but it does pair with your smartphone and makes use of things such as GPS, which your phone can use. GPS combined with other data allows the watch and related G-Shock smartphone app to track your fitness activities in a way that is an interesting and satisfying mixture between a fully independent smartwatch (that requires daily charging) and a classic G-Shock. One of the newer features that the watch operating system has is interval timers. This allows the user to manually set a repeating series of specific countdown times that are a key part of many types of modern workouts ranging from Crossfit to boxing.