Following on from the analog G-Shock GBA-800 Casio have released a digital variant, the GBD-800, of their fitness tracking, step counting, bluetooth tough watch.
Press Release :
The following press release is taken from GShock.com :
DOVER, NEW JERSEY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 – Today, Casio G-SHOCK unveils the latest additions to the Men’s Power Trainer Series with the release of the GBD800. Available in two color ways of black with red accents (GBD800-1) and black with neon green accents (GBD800-8), the models are compatible with the G-SHOCK Connected app and include new technical features such as a re-designed full digital display and phone finder function through Bluetooth Mobile Link.
The models come on the heels of the analog-digital GBA800, which was released earlier this year in partnership with U.S. Olympian and G-SHOCK brand ambassador Louie Vito. Geared towards athletes and active individuals, the GBD800 features a step tracker function that breaks down daily steps taken in five metabolic equivalent levels (MET) – all of which are displayed in a graph via the G-SHOCK Connected app.
The watch also boasts a work-out timer with up to five intervals and an updated digital display of three different rows to easily track fitness progress. Toggling between modes, the top display showcases a step graph and lap number, while the mid display showcases time and the bottom display showcases the total number of laps and steps.
Other key features include a built-in stopwatch with 200-record memory, an auto super illuminator LED light, target alarm and auto time update capabilities.
Each model also comes equipped with standard G-SHOCK technology such as:
- 200M water resistance and shock resistance
- 5 daily alarms
- 1/100th stopwatch and countdown timer
- Dual Time
- Round timer
The GBD800-1 and GBD800-8 will retail at $99 and will be available for purchase beginning in October 2018 at G-SHOCK retailers including Macy’s, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and
Europeans are even more lucky – the basics of the press release remains the same but we get much broader colour ways with some pretty awesome options in there over the US’ black and green and black and red.
For me the option was obvious – The GBD-800-4ER :
The blue variant (GBD-800-2ER) is also outstanding looking in my own personal opinion. Talking of opinions, the only slight issue I have with the GBD-800-4ER is the copper detailing around the watch face and the ‘Lap / Reset’ button. I am not a big fan of gold and rose gold colour ways and this copper is just a little bit ‘goldy’ for my own tastes but the deep yellow helps me get over it.
I have previously written a pretty detailed review of this fitness / step tracking series from G-Shock were I compared the steps counted with a FitBit along with the internal step counter on an Apple iPhone X. You can find it here : https://tbni.blog/2018/03/22/casio-g-shock-gba-800-unboxing-and-review-gba-800-9aer/
This digital variant uses the same tech for the step counting and uses the same G-Shock Connected app – just pair it up and you are good to go. More details of the app and what it records and makes available for you is covered in the above link.
Since getting my GBA-800 it has rarely been off my wrist – alternating occasionally with my Apple Watch for its heart rate monitoring whilst at the gym. For that reason I had no issue in moving to a very similar watch. Everything about this is the same as the GBA-800, case size, material, wear, feel and functions. From buying this GBD-800 it has become my everyday choice.
I found the step counter and my targets were enough to keep me motivated ‘most’ days and it seems to be pretty accurate whether out and about or in the gym.
I also got rid of the ‘FitBit’ – there was just too much going on, too many apps needed and they were all standalone, now I am back just to Apple Health and the G-Shock App.
The digital face is extremely easy to read (even on the negative display of the 4ER) and the light is outstanding illuminating the entire display perfectly so regardless of the conditions the face and time are easy to read.
If you work nights or in the dark this makes the most noticeable difference over the GBA-800 – this display is so easy to read, giving you the info you need in an instant. The illumination from the GBD-800 gives a blue background with almost bright white digits. I haven’t been able to capture a decent enough image at the time of writing but believe me it is perfectly illuminated.
So there you have it, another solid addition to the G-Shock Smart / Fitness line up. You even have the options of 2 smart black colour ways or something a little bit more lively in the yellow or blue options. The choice is yours.
Oh, and thanks to a well timed eBay discount code along with a sale on by the retailer I picked this up for an absolute bargain £72GBP (RRP is £99GBP) – so have a look there are a few bargains about.
03/10/2018 G-Shock GBD800-4ER Unboxing
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