One year on from launching their first smartwatch, the WSD-F10, Casio has launched an updated version. The new watch, which is called the Casio WSD-F20, has several improvements over its predecessor, which makes it a very fine smartwatch indeed.
The first key improvement is the design. To look at, the older WSD-F10 and the new WSD-F20 look the same, but the devil is in the details. The WSD-F20 has a new matte black protective bezel running around the display, and the aluminum buttons on the side of the case have been altered in size to make differentiating them easier (for reference, the middle button remains large, while the two surrounding buttons have been shrunk).
Here’s a comparison image of the two devices:
As you can see, the design has changed rather significantly.
Casio WSD-F20 Features
The new WSD-F10 also runs Android Wear 2.0. It is one of the first Android Wear 2.0 devices on the market, bringing with it a wealth of new features, including standalone apps, better notifications, better messaging functionality and an independent Play Store. It’s important to point out though that the older WSD-F10 model will get an upgrade to Android Wear 2.0 sometime in Spring – so don’t just bag yourself a WSD-F20 for Android Wear 2.0.
Instead, bag one for the new Pro-Trek features and color maps. Those color maps are very interesting too, since they can be accessed both online and offline, to help you navigate areas you aren’t familiar with. The WSD-F20 also gets low-power GPS, a feature missing from its predecessor, and an “anti-fouling coating” on the display, which resists dirt, muck and grime, to keep the touchscreen nice and clear whatever you throw at it. The WSD-F20 is also more rugged than its predecessor. The screen has better protection with a new bezel and the silicone band is said to be more durable. The WSD-F20 does not improve on the WSD-F10’s 50m water resistance rating, however. That might be an issue for those of you who go diving; although it will be fine for swimming.
Pricing and Availability
Interested? The WSD-F20 will go on sale soon, with pricing and availability to be announced by Casio later this month (a price tag of around $500 is expected). It will be available in a single color scheme – orange and black (sorry stealth fans) – and it will come preinstalled with a wide range of activity and fitness-based apps developed by Casio.