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It tries so hard...
on 29 September 2011
...but doesn't quite succeed. Given how happy everyone else is with theirs, perhaps i got a gammy one?
Pro: It is accurate to within 5 degrees, so as another reviewer said, you'll still need a proper compass, but for emergencies it's very good. It's also simple enough to set up, if a bit tricky to follow the flashing cursor precisely.
Con: mine wants to be recalibrated at least once a month, which is a little frustrating.
Pro: Easy to set, easy to switch on/off
Con: It runs for a miserly, unalterable 10 beeps (10 seconds), then switches off. This is not good after a particularly hard day when you're completely zonked out in your sleeping bag. Admittedly, the 60 seconds i got with the old Casio was probably too long, but 10 seconds is definitely not enough. Yes, you can use the snooze function (repeats every 5 minutes, up to 7 times) but then you always have to use the snooze function if you want a long alarm, which makes the other 4 a bit pointless. (although, yes, you may well use the others for something other than waking up to. Again, though, a ten second window is very easy to miss, and it's not the loudest watch alarm in the world, either.) And, having to wait for the snooze to go off again gives you 4 minutes and 50 seconds to fall back asleep, which is very easy to do if it barely tickled your senses in the first place.
I have also found that if you use the secondary time-zone function (Mode 2) (rather than setting the main time to a different zone) the alarm still registers in UK time (I assume because the primary time is still set to UK, and this is what the alarm feeds from). Unavoidable, i guess, but i certainly won't make that mistake again. It does make one wonder whether it's worth having the mode 2 time-zone function. It's confusing/frustrating. Admittedly, this could be me doing something wrong. Er, i may not have really read this section...
Pro: Can dive with it. i've been down to just over 20 meters, no problem. Super for fun/recreational diving
Con: Nope, none. Happy with this function
Pro: Does what it says on the tin
Con: not as bright as my previous (15 year old) Casio, which sucks. I could literally use that one to see where i was going. darn thing could light up a room. I miss that...
Also, backlight switches off as soon as you press another button. Picture: you're in ya tent. It's dark. You realise you haven't turned on your alarm. You hit backlight so you can see what you're doing. press the mode button- light goes off. Press light again, then press the mode button again to find the stop watch function...and the light goes off. Repeat, again. and again. Oh look! Alarm mode. Yay. Now, if you've already set the time, it's just a case of switching it on. if you still need to set the time, well, i wish you the best of luck. It's like pulling teeth, trust me. Some of you may say 'why not use your torch to see?' Good question. a) defeats the point of a backlight. b) completely obliterates your night vision, hence the backlight being green and not 'white'
Pro: Easy to use. And let's face it, how can you screw up a stop watch?
Pro: Actually, until i started writing this review, i hadn't used it. My bad. i have, right now, figured it out in under 15 seconds. Super easy to use/set/reset. As demonstrated. Cool
Pro: does just what it's meant to. You just have to remember to take it off for a while, otherwise it reads your body heat.
Con: the above doesn't count as a con, it's logical.
Super easy. It's a wonderfully straight forward system. You simply activate the settings function by holding 'Adjust' while in mode 1 (standard time) and then scroll through the many settable options using the mode button till you find the one you want. 'Light' and 'Comp' then become your up/down adjust. Simples
I'll give you this, it's pretty robust. I've dropped it, dropped things on it (and no, my above listed 'cons' didn't start after the mishaps it's been through, it was like that out the box! I've had this watch nearly a year, so it's been round the mill, so to speak) trodden on it, kicked it, and it still works a charm. No signs of abrasion, no scratches on the perspex face, all the plastic and trim is still surprisingly good, despite one or two scuff marks. It's like an original Nokia- you all know the ones. You could drop kick them and you'd never know it coz they'd still work perfectly. Not that i've drop kicked my watch. That'd be silly.
This watch is incredibly easy to use. i would go as far as to saying the basic options, and the set up are idiot proof. It's a nice, beefy looking watch, and it's hard wearing. Mine's been up a mountain, 20-odd meters under the sea, camping more times than i can count, hot, cold, i've painted in it, tinkered in engines in it, doused it in petrol, thinners, etc, (not intentionally, mind), covered it in brick dust, used and abused it and the dear thing just keeps going. Honestly, in the event of a nuclear explosion, all that would be left of me would be my watch and my boots. And possibly my sunglasses...
Where it falls down, for me, is it's technical side, and that's a huge shame, coz this watch could be brilliant. I appreciate that, compared to a number of similar spec watches out there, it's reasonably cheap. But if you're gonna do a job, do it properly, please. It just feels so half baked
Of all the cons i've listed, i could put up with all of them and still think the watch was great if it wasn't for the 10-second-long alarm (as you may have gathered from the length of the con!) and the backlight. That's it. It sounds silly, doesn't it? But those two poorly designed functions really grate on me, and all the other niggles piled on top spoil what could be an amazing little package.
It won't put me off buying another Casio, far from it- they're brilliant watches. it's just a shame about this one. Still, i need something new and shiny to spend my money on! :D