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Casio Pro Trek Smart Outdoor Smartwatch WSD-F30

Casio Pro Trek Smart Outdoor Smartwatch WSD-F30 [1] or just Casio WSD-F30, in short, is an outdoor smartwatch running on Wear OS. Wear OS is Google’s Android operating system designed for smartwatches and other wearables.

WSD-F30 is the third generation of Pro Trek outdoor smartwatches. The first being WSD-F10 [2] and followed by WSD-F20 [3] the year after.

Three colors are available for the WSD-F30, Orange, Blue, and Black. Orange being their flagship color.

It was launched in Singapore on 18th January 2019, and it retails for S$749.

Specifications

Unboxing

Casio WSD-F30 - Outer Box [4]
Casio WSD-F30 – Outer Box
Casio WSD-F30 - Inner Box [5]
Casio WSD-F30 – Inner Box
Casio WSD-F30 - Box Open [6]
Casio WSD-F30 – Box Open
Casio WSD-F30 - Box Contents [7]
Casio WSD-F30 – Box Contents

Charging
Unlike most smartwatches that uses induction charging, WSD-F30 uses a charging cable to plug to the watch. The charging port located on the left of the watch is magnetic, so it will snap into place.

Casio WSD-F30 - USB Charging Cable [8]
Casio WSD-F30 – USB Charging Cable

Despite being small in size, the USB charger has to be connected to a bulkier power cord to work. Casio should have just included a USB wall charger instead.

Casio WSD-F30 - USB Charger [9]
Casio WSD-F30 – USB Charger

I am not a fan of the WSD-F30 charging method. It looks ugly and because of its protruding nature, you will accidentally knock the charging cable off from the watch. The magnet is not very strong.

Casio WSD-F30 - Charging [10]
Casio WSD-F30 – Charging

Battery Life
If you are only using monochrome display without GPS, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth, it can last you about a month.

A mixture of both color and monochrome (default), without Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, can last you about three days. This mode is useful for three days/two nights tracking.

And lastly, with color and all the features turn on, it will last you about 1.5 days.

Design

Casio WSD-F30 - Front [11]
Casio WSD-F30 – Front
Casio WSD-F30 - Back [12]
Casio WSD-F30 – Back

There are three buttons on the watch and all of them are located on the right. The top button is the Map button. Pressing it shows where you are right now. The middle button is Wear OS power/home button, so pressing it will launch the app drawer. The bottom button is the Tool button. Pressing it will display the information you need for your outdoor activities.

Casio WSD-F30 - Right [13]
Casio WSD-F30 – Right

The magnetic charging port is on the left.

Casio WSD-F30 - Left [14]
Casio WSD-F30 – Left
Casio WSD-F30 [15]
Casio WSD-F30
Casio WSD-F30 - Top Strap [16]
Casio WSD-F30 – Top Strap
Casio WSD-F30 - Bottom Strap [17]
Casio WSD-F30 – Bottom Strap
Casio WSD-F30 - Setup [18]
Casio WSD-F30 – Setup

Features
WSD-F30 is designed for extreme sports, and hence it conforms to the MIL-STD-810G [19] standard for durability established by the U.S. Department of Defence.

Water resistance of the WSD-F30 is up to 50m. So you can swim with it or go snorkeling with it, but you can’t Scuba dive with it.

One of the unique features of the WSD-F30 is the 1.2″ dual-layer display. It has both a monochrome and a color display.

For color, it uses an organic Electroluminescent (EL) display which has a higher resolution (390 x 390) than its predecessor.

Casio WSD-F30 - Color Display [20]
Casio WSD-F30 – Color Display

For monochrome, besides the time, it also displays the atmospheric pressure/altitude and compass bearing.

Casio WSD-F30 - Monochrome Display [21]
Casio WSD-F30 – Monochrome Display

Apps
WSD-F30 comes with four original Casio apps.

Casio WSD-F30 - Apps [22]
Casio WSD-F30 – Apps
Casio WSD-F30 - Maps [24]
Casio WSD-F30 – Maps
Casio WSD-F30 - Tool [25]
Casio WSD-F30 – Tool

For other apps, Casio’s partners’ design most of the Wear OS apps for Pro Trek smartwatches [26].

The apps are not exclusive, just that they are designed for Pro Trek smartwatches in mind with the use of the watch’s dedicated buttons.

Some notable apps include:

Conclusion
The WSD-F30 is targetted at people who love outdoor and extreme sports due to its shock resistant.

I am probably not their target audience since I don’t do both.

Wear OS does work on iOS devices, but the functionalities are limited. I still recommend user to use Android for Wear OS.

If you are on the iOS ecosystem, Apple Watch is probably a better choice. But sadly Apple Watch is not shock resistant.

The WSD-F30 is not meant to compete with the Apple Watch but with Garmin’s Fenix 5X [38] and Suunto’s Traverse Alpha [39].

Despite the high price, WSD-F30 doesn’t include a heart rate monitor which is quite disappointing.

Casio WSD-F30 - On Wrist [40]
Casio WSD-F30 – On Wrist