Casio's WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch released last year at CES is, by far, one of (if not the) best Android Wear smartwatches on the market, and the smartwatch that turned my head and made we want to experience Android Wear smartwatches for the first time is back with the next generation. Casio has publicized its next-generation, WSD-F10 successor, called the WSD-F20, at its website, though the smartwatch isn't yet available for purchase.
The WSD-F20 follows in the same vein as its predecessor when it comes to looks and apps, though Casio has made some subtle yet good changes to update the device for a new year and customer demand. The WSD-F20 maintains the same look of the WSD-F10 but adds a protective bezel and resizes the side buttons for distinction. Built-in GPS is now low-power, providing battery-saving capabilities while allowing you to track your trek (and yes, you now get color maps and can view them in offline mode). CASIO MOMENT LINK also makes its debut here, since Casio debuted the app back in November. The feature lets you keep track of where your friends are via Bluetooth if you're skiing or engaging in some activity that has you and your friends spread out over a large territory (or even if you're close by).
Location memory is a new feature that lets your WSD-F20 remember your previous travels and locations, and "Moment Setter" lets you set notifications to display at certain times (for example, if the time is close to sunset or sunset, for example). Additional watch faces provide more customization to make the WSD-F20 your own. And, yes, according to Casio's own YouTube preview for the upcoming smartwatch, both outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen can enjoy the WSD-F20. It may be rugged, but Casio wants you to view it as not just a men's smart outdoor smartwatch. I love the idea.
The charge port remains on the watch itself, as opposed to most smartwatches that require you to use some sort of casing in which to charge the device. Of course, the Moto 360 and Gear S3 Frontier/Classic (as was the case with Samsung's Gear S2) utilize wireless charging, but for those who don't care for having to use a small charging pad, you can simply plug the adapter into the side of the WSD-F20.
Additionally, the Casio WSD-F20 will feature Android Wear 2.0, Google's new wearables platform, that brings customizable watchfaces, an on-screen virtual keyboard, app download access from the smartwatch, and so on. The WSD-F10 was announced with a $500 price tag, and we don't expect the WSD-F20 to cost any less (although a reduced price tag on such a great smartwatch is always welcome).
You can check out the Casio WSD-F20 smartwatch at the YouTube video below.