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Field Testing the Casio Pro Trek

Posted: June 21st 2019, 9:20am
by koimaster
Other than being round and attached to a wrist strap, the Casio Pro Trek is not really a watch. It is a computer equipped with a thermometer, barometer, altimeter, and GPS sensors. It connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone, which is also a computer with GPS connectivity and apps that will emulate all the Pro Trek’s sensors via cellular data. Assuming you’re within cellular range, the Casio Pro Trek doesn’t provide any information that your phone can’t.

The question of redundancy has plagued the smart watch since its inception, and in urban settings the answer seems to have been simply that some people find a wrist-worn smartphone useful. There are also new health-tracking features on the Apple Watch (and now models from other brands) that require the computer to be strapped to your wrist to read your pulse and to monitor movements, such as a fall. The Casio Pro Trek lacks these health-tracking features. So why would one want the Pro Trek? And why would one want yet another computer along when adventuring in the great outdoors where, I assume, most folks aim to interact with nature, not computers. ... oor-watch/