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Here is a watch I have just received. I had decided I wanted an activity tracker as I am going on a couple of holidays which will involve a lot of walking and I rarely carry a smart phone around with me.














































































































It is the newly released GBA-800, I got the dark green model which I thought was the best looking of the bunch.

The face is pretty simple compared to most current G Shocks. What I like are the bright white hands set against the dark dial which means it is very easy to read the time in poor light.

The lower LCD can be set to show day, date and seconds or time and day or just seconds. It can also show the number of steps done that day.

The watch is an ‘activity’ watch with many useful functions. It is also a ‘smart’ watch and links to a phone four times a day, at times you can set, to update the current time. It obviously does this by Bluetooth once you have paired the watch to your phone.

Its ‘star’ function is a pedometer and steptracker. It records the number of steps you have taken up to one million, resetting at midnight. You can also set a step daily target and the watch will graph your progress to the target on the upper LCD. It works well in giving you a quick glimpse of your progress. The watch also graphs the number of steps taken each hour in the lower LCD. Pretty neat.








The watch has some really fancy timers and stopwatches. As well as the usual split times etc it will record up to 200 lap times all of which can be recalled with time and date in the ’Recall’ mode.
It also lets you set 10 ‘Target’ times of up to 24 hours, each settable by the second, an alarm sounds for 10 seconds when you reach the target time. You can use this function for instance if you go on a run and want to set times for certain way points so that you can see if you are matching the pace you have set for yourself for the run.

It has a very fancy countdown timer. You can set five different timers, which can auto repeat up to twenty times. This allows you to set interval training up. For instance you could set up say 60 seconds of a certain activity and then a 30 second rest period followed by 30 seconds of an intense activity and then a forty second rest. You can set this interval training in sets of up to twenty. Sounds complicated but it is actually easy to use once you have done it a couple of times. The watch sounds out the last five seconds of the countdown.

All these things, timers, steptracker etc can be set up on the phone using the app and just sent to the watch. You can do it all on the watch though and a phone and app is not required to use this watches functions.

There are some things just on the phone though, the app shows your steps and route on a map for that day and you can check your activity on any previous date. You record your vital statistics on the phone, height, weight, age etc so that your calorie usage can be calculated. The watch will attempt to update the phone with its data every half an hour. When the watch is connected, a Bluetooth icon shows in the upper LCD. The watch disconnects with the push of any button other than the light button.































































The watch has a phone finder built in and will get the phone to play your choice of any music or sound you have loaded if you have mislaid it.

The watch has world time which can be set on the watch but you can use the app to have one of 300 world cities set and of course DST will always be set automatically when the watch updates its time via the phone. The app shows you your watch and its current mode whilst you are connected.





It has a normal alarm and hourly signal as well.

The watch has a great auto duel LED light system which lights up both the face of the watch and the LCDs separately. The bright white hands lets you see the time in really low light situations and they are lumed as well. Really impressed with the legibility of the watch, even the negative LCDs have good contrast.






















Another good thing about the watch is that it will move the hands out of the way of the LCDs if you are using a function, also you can move the hands manually out of the way at any time with a quick push of a button and they will stay out of the way until you push the button again, The lower LCD shows ‘HND’ whilst this function is operating. Very useful and well thought out.





The band is a very soft urethane and has far more holes than usual G Shocks for finer adjustment. It also has a little nodule on the inside of the strap keeper meaning the strap keeper never slips, again something ‘G’ fans have been asking for for ages.























Having a link to a smart phone means the watch’s software can be updated, indeed the first thing the watch did, when I paired it up, was to update its software.

However, where this watch really scores is that it doesn’t need a phone or app, everything can be done on the watch, it can never be made obsolete by ever changing smart phone functionality. The watch will always work.
Also this watch just uses a normal battery, which Casio rate for two years, but they are renowned for being very conservative in these estimates. No having to charge every couple of days, no lugging around of chargers, no problem if there is no signal, the watch is quartz accurate and anyway can always update and transfer data later when a phone is available.
Actually it works with tablets as well I have the app loaded on a cheap tablet and it works quite well. Even the ‘phone finder’ function works on it!

The watch is no ‘monster’ either being smaller and lighter than most of Casio’s current line up of G Shocks, for instance it is smaller than the old DW-6900 by a fair margin.

So I think this is a really great G Shock from Casio, it does not appear to have had much impact yet but this is really a different way of implementing ‘smart’ activity functions in a watch and in good way. Who really wants to be trying to send text on a watch and one that has to have the phone present anyway?
This watch can stand alone but using a phone, when available, gives you absolute accuracy over the whole world and can make setting the watch easier and adds thing like travel mapping, calorie counting and the ability to keep and show data over the life of the watch. This is how it should be not making the watch almost entirely reliant on having a phone present and working.

This must be one of the best value watches out there. It is Casio getting back to what they are good at, great functionality at a great price and is a change from Casio’s direction of producing more ‘upmarket’ watches and charging a fair bit for them.

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Any thoughts out there?





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can this track workouts?
or does the stats only show overall for the day?
then having to figure out which part of the day stats the workout is at?
 

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The app will show activity intensity levels by each hour in a day, so you can check your workout times on any day, it can you show you weekly or monthly averages and you can check back to any day.

The watch also has your last 200 recorded laps in its recall mode.



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Excellent review! I had been ignoring this model, but I like the timers and step tracking functions. I may find this watch useful when I'm working out.
I also agree that Casio's taking connected watches in a good direction.

Do you think that regular blue tooth syncing will drain the battery faster?
 

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Excellent review! I had been ignoring this model, but I like the timers and step tracking functions. I may find this watch useful when I'm working out.
I also agree that Casio's taking connected watches in a good direction.

Do you think that regular blue tooth syncing will drain the battery faster?

Well the four times a day syncing by Bluetooth to update the time is included in Casio's assumptions on battery life, as presumably is the half hour sharing of data from the watch.

You know how conservative Casio are with their battery life estimates, it would not surprise me if the battery lasted quite a bit longer than this.

The watch turns off the accelerometer if it does not detect any movement for three minutes, turns it back on again when movement is detected again.

You can also sync time with the phone manually at any time as well, just press button D and it will connect and sync.



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Great review Mitch. Does the GBA800 have music player controls?

No, this concentrates on activity related functions and the better for it in my opinion. Who wants to play around with phone apps on a watch when you have to have your phone handy anyway, far too fiddly?




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I tried on one of these GBA-800s before, nice watch but I didn't like the strap. They made the strap thinner than the GA-800 and other GAs. Didn't feel right to me somehow. May be for an active watch the strap's supposed to be thin and with more holes, I don't know... ;-)
 

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Nice write up! I like all of the timers for interval training; that sounds pretty handy. Thanks for the work on the review.
 

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someone who has this watch, has not thought of any application that makes it send notifications?

Would it be possible to make an application to send notifications to the clock?
 

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I have the same watch but Casio needs to update/correct the app. When the watch syncs the steps are recorded on the wrong day. Additionally the steps on the watch do not always match the steps on my phone after syncing.


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I have the same watch but Casio needs to update/correct the app. When the watch syncs the steps are recorded on the wrong day. Additionally the steps on the watch do not always match the steps on my phone after syncing.


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The same happened to me. mark the steps of more or less. But very rarely.I would like to be able to receive whatsap notices.Modifying the open code of the application.

If you see some of the notifications on some side of the internet, please, let me know |>|>|>|>:-!:-!
I think that this option casio does not put it so as not to waste the fast battery.



saludos!
The same happened to me. mark the steps of more or less. But very rarely.I would like to be able to receive whatsap notices.Modifying the open code of the application.I think that this option casio does not put it so as not to waste the fast battery
 

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Thank you for this very good review!

I am using this watch since 3 weeks, and it became my most used watch.

It tells me, how lazy I am!
This is the most important function of this watch for me.

Yes, the iPhone has a stepcounter, but with this watch I see it every minute, and it’s motivating me, to stand up and walk!

There is only one wish from me: to implement a “pause counting steps” function! Because it counts steps, when I drive a car, or go by train.
 
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