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Casio G-Shock fitness watch

There is a watch you can afford that actually does everything you want it to… and nothing more. Image: Casio

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It can be hard these days to get a decent watch for a reasonable price. When it comes to watches that do more than tell time, it can be nearly impossible. Want a watch that measures heart rate? Good luck finding one for a price that won’t tear your wallet to shreds. Want a watch with a step counter? Get ready to take out a second mortgage on your house.

Watches these days often come with too many features—things no one other than an astronaut will ever use, but things that drive the price through the roof. Casio’s GBD800, however, seems as though it was designed for the average health-conscious person who doesn’t want to sell the family silverware for a watch with a direct link to the Mars Rover. It comes it at around $100 and has pretty much everything the average person is looking for.

Casio G-Shock watch

$100? Yes, please! Image: Casio

If you are the kind of person who routinely smashes your possessions into tiny little bits, you may have already been aware of Casio’s G-Shock line of watches. They’re shock resistant, water resistant to 200 meters, and look as though they could be military grade.

The GBD800 features a 3-axis acceleration sensor, which is fancy talk for a step counter that goes up to 999,999 steps. It also can link wirelessly to your phone using Bluetooth, which can hook up to the G Shock app. From there, all the information the watch collected filters through the app which breaks it all down into five metabolic equivalent levels, which, according to Casio, helps to more effectively measure your energy output. You can also set goals for yourself and figure out how many calories you burned that day. And yes, it also does all the other regular watch stuff, like telling you what time it is.


In short, if you’re the type of person who likes to track and measure things, doesn’t need all the insane features that come on a regular smartwatch, and doesn’t want to shell out for a bunch of features you’ll never use, the GBD800 is your man.


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