Casio G-Shock GBA-800 Unboxing and Review (GBA-800-9AER)

Casio G-Shock GBA-800 Unboxing and Initial Review (GBA-800-9AER)

At CES 2018, Casio introduced two new G-Shock watches to its ever growing collection of tough timepieces. Known as the GBA-800 and GPR-B1000, both devices connect to the G-Shock Connected app to help track different metrics and information.

The relevant watch to this review is from G-Shock’s new G-Squad series, the GBA-800 — a hybrid fitness watch that you can adds a little bit of fitness tech to G-Shock’s already iconic style.  It comes in six different colour models – and of course the poster child for the series is the almost day-glo yellow (or is it green) model.

Using a built-in accelerometer the watch measures your daily steps along with your walking or running pace, the amount of steps you’ve taken will be displayed on the watch, both as a figure and a graphic.

So to wet your appetite here are a few of the promo shots released for the watch…

G-Shock GBA-800-9AER
G-Shock GBA-800-9AER
G-Shock GBA-800-9AER
G-Shock GBA-800-9AER

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Casio G-Shock Bluetooth GBA400-1AER UnBoxing

G-Shock GBA400-1AER Bluetooth Watch UnBoxing Review

With Smart Watches taking over the world, is there a place for a non smart watch?

Absolutely!  Of course there is, many people have no interest in a Smart Watch, many people would rather speed £500 on a wrist watch over a smart watch.  Others need the functions of a standard watch more than a Smart Watch.  Me, for example I wear G-Shocks, for their rugged strength, and I like how they look.  I can wear it to work and not even slightly worry about it, same goes for being out on the bike, no weather will phase it, nor me, and if pulling a long a long weekend, or a full day I don’t need to worry about my watch’s battery.  I don’t need to worry about damaging it, because let’s be honest if the watch breaks, there’s a good chance my arm is broken with it!

However when browsing I noticed the G-Shock ‘Smart’ Watch at a bargain price of £90 GBP, when the RRP is £180, that was easily enough to tempt me, so it was ordered and arrived the next day.

Basically it is a G-Shock with everything you expect in the rugged strength and chunky looks, with the added bonus of Bluetooth 4.0.  There is an app for iOS (and Android) which pairs to the watch, which when you activate and from there the app can control the time settings and the music on your smart device, whether that be song selection or volume.

So its smart settings are basic, time setting and music control. that’s all there will ever be, but that’s fine, not too many people will need or want more from a G-Shock, but it is a nice feature set, it adds to the G-Shock experience, and at a reasonable price it is a bargain.

The battery is touted as lasting for 2 years when using the Bluetooth Features for 2 hours a day, obviously the more or less you use the more or less the battery will be affected.  Also it doesn’t remain parked indefinitely.  In an attempt to preserve battery the BT connection will disconnect after 2 hours of non use.  Some people like this, others hate it, for me I am reasonably indifferent, pairing the watch and a phone back up is very easy and quick, so it doesn’t bother me at all.

All I would say in summary is that this is a G-Shock with a Smart features, it isn’t a smart watch.  Don’t expect text, email notifications, for some reason Casio have dropped this feature which they do have on other watches, this is a watch to control your music, if that is something you would benefit from then this is definitely the G-Shock for you.  If not the RRP of £180 opens up a massive range of other G-Shock watches for you so have a good browse around.  Oh and at £90 this is an absolute bargain!

G-Shock GBA400-1AER Bluetooth 4.0 UnBoxing Gallery :

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Pebble Watch Unboxing

Pebble Watch Unboxing & Review

With my annual trip over to the Gadget Show Live, this year I picked myself up a Pebble Watch.  With the imminent release of the Apple Watch at the time I was curious if a Smart Watch had a place in my life, but the price tag of £299 GBP was more than I was prepared to spend on a effectively what would be a trail.

As is plainly evident from this blog my watch of choice is a G-Shock, so moving to a delicate Smart Watch is a big move.

The deal on the Pebble Watch was great with a show special of £80 so I jumped on the Smart Watch ship.

Pebble Watch Unboxing Gallery :

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G Shock GD-120-CM-4ER Unboxing

G Shock GD-120-CM-4ER Unboxing

The latest G-Shock to my collection, and a lovely birthday present, is the Red Camo GD-120-CM-4ER. With its large face (one of the XL sizes) and reverse display it has instantly become one of my favourite Gs. Also without doubt it gets the most positive reaction of any of my watches, so far with universal approval from everyone who has spotted it. Having worn it daily for almost a month I have no complaints, the strap has kept its design flawlessly, my only rather minor gripe is that the retaining band, like most gets stained, what starts out as a nice bright red quickly becomes dull and almost dirty looking. Thankfully it is a minor issue, and one that would rarely ever be seen. The important aspect being the strap so far is holding out flawlessly. One final thing, this is not a discreet watch, however Im pretty sure you already know that!

By way of information, in relation to replacements and repairs, a new strap and bezel will be costly, coming in at around £55 for both delivered from Casio.

Wear it, enjoy it!

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G-Shock GLS-8900 2-ER Unboxing

G-Shock GLS-8900-2ER

With winter quickly approaching and the temperatures rapidly dropping what a better time to get a new G-Shock, and a winter G-Shock at that!

The G-Shock GLS-8900 Low Temp Editions were brought out just in time for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, (the funky colour range at least was refreshed.)  These are branded as Low Temp and claim to function to -20 degrees celsius.  Hopefully we don’t experience that this winter but if we do at least the watch should keep on ticking.

A full colour range to suit every pallet was released, with black, blue, pink and a yellow.  Myself, not having a blue G-Shock decided on the blue.  It was only when I received it I noted that the blue is actually flecked, you can’t see in the photos that there is almost a metallic fleck throughout the strap, and in my opinion it looks really smart.

Finally, this is a big G, not GX-56 big but as you can see from the comparison photos with my GA-1000 and from the photos of the watch on my wrist this is a good sized G!

Some of the Stats and Specifications from the Casio Web Site :

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G-Shock GA-1000-FC-1AER : Unboxing

G-Shock Aviator GA1000-FC-1AER Unboxing

My latest G-Shock to the collection is the G-Shock ‘Premium’ GA-1000-FC-1AER from the Aviator Series.

With its titanium strap and bezel, and functions consisting of but not limited to a compass, thermometer and altimeter and couple these features with its tough as hell yet smart as hell look this watch definitely deserves its ‘Premium’ label.

This is a big beast of a watch and in the gallery below you will see a couple of photos directly comparing it in size to that of the GA-100 Series, a series which is known for its bulk, if you don’t like a big watch you’d best look elsewhere. Other than that she is a weighty beast too, but it feels right, strong, and pretty damn tough!

A picture paints a thousand words, or so they say, so here is a 20,000 word review on why this watch is the dogs danglies!

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Casio G-Shock GA1009AER UnBoxing

G-Shocks are without doubt one of the hardest, toughest and in my opinion coolest watches in the world.  Couple this with the oversized G-Shock range and the GA-100 series, in my book you are onto a winner every time!

This Christmas I was lucky enough to get another GA-100, bringing my total to 3 (Black, White and now Yellow!).  This time I opened the box to see the bright, and oh so shiny GA-100-9AER staring at me, that product code referring to the yellow model.

This watch is big, vivid and in your face!  If you can’t handle that then this is not the watch nor the range for you.  However for me the fact that this watch is big, vivid and in your face is all part of what makes it so very very cool!

Here is my unboxing gallery :

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G-Shock DW6900-CS-1ER : The Zombie Slayer – UnBoxing

Casio G-Shock DW6900-CS-1ER:

G-Shock Classic Watch featuring Shock resistance, 200M WR, countdown timer, 1/100 sec. stopwatch and auto-calendar. Black resin band digital watch with green face.

This model has affectionately been named amongst the G-Shock Community as the ‘Zombie Slayer’ and with the increasing popularity in all things ‘undead’ this watch has become a cult classic in its own right.

I picked this watch up in a sale, the price was far too good to miss, however the only issue from this being a sale item was that it came in a generic Casio box rather than the rather cool looking G-Shock Casing, forgetting that the watch arrived in perfect condition and it now has a good spot in my G-Shock Collection!

Tech Specs:

Shock Resistant
200 Meter Water Resistant
EL Backlight with Afterglow
Flash Alert
Flashes with buzzer that sounds for alarms, hourly time signal, countdown timer time-up alarm
1/100 second stopwatch
Measuring capacity: 00’00”00-59’59”99 (for the first 60 minutes)
1:00’00-23:59’59 (after 60 minutes)
Measuring unit: 1/100 second (for the first 60 minutes)
1 second (after 60 minutes)
Measuring mode: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
Countdown timer
Measuring unit: 1 second
Countdown range: 24 hours
Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 24 hours
(1-second increments, 1-minute increments and 1-hour increments)
Other: Auto-repeat
Multi-function alarm
Hourly time signal
Full auto-calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2039)
12/24 hour formats
Accuracy: +/- 15 seconds per month
Battery CR2016
Approx. battery life: 2 years
Module 1289/3230

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G-Shock GDF100-1B (GDF100-1BCR) : UnBoxing

Another fantastic bargain I picked up on my holidays this year!

I have been keeping an eye on the Casio G-Shock GDF100 Series on Amazon, eBay and a few other watch retailers that I could find stocking in the UK, however prices were increasing on a weekly basis, then I came across this little puppy in the Florida Mall, a happy day it was!

It matches my requirements for a watch perfectly, a big, cool, G-Shock.

The Casio Site describes it as follows :

At A Glance

This totally new design for G-Shock comes packed with altimeter, barometer and thermometer, plus a powerful collection of additional features. Its design has been carefully crafted to incorporate a number of basic elements that reflect G-Shock’s unique individuality.

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G-Shock GW300B UnBoxing and Initial Thoughts…

So I have had this watch for a while now, picking it up whilst on holidays in Florida, for an amazing price, which I’m going to keep as a secret! But the same watch retails here for the equivalent £250GBP.

You may recognise this watch as it currently one of Casio G-Shock’s Poster Models, and with just a quick look it is easy to see why it is so desirable! Just look at it, it is a stunning watch!

Casio knew what they were doing whilst marketing this watch…Put a jet on it, people will want it! Damn straight!

G-Shock Aviation GW3000

The added information from Casio below will tell you of the features and functions of this watch, but here are my real world points in relation to every day wearing :

1. Comfortable – I have big wrists and it fits well.
2. Big but not massive. I thought this may be a bad point for me, however it isn’t. I usually wear large faced watches, the GA-100 and GX-56 are usually found wrapped around my wrist. This watch is noticeably smaller when being worn than both, however its depth somehow beefs it up and after a couple of minutes I had fully accepted it. Instead of saying smaller, I will say neater.

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