Casio Pro Trek Smart Review WSD-F30
This is a short review, so I will go through and give my opinions and experiences on several areas of the Casio Pro Trek Smart (WSD-F30) ie those that stood out to me the most. Bear in mind that I’m not going to talk about every suitable WearOS app that exists, of which there are many great ones. So there will be a LOT more that you can do with the WSD-F30 than I’ll cover here, although I WILL cover the onboard Casio apps.
Setup and First Impressions
The WSD-F30 is a big-cased, outdoors watch with a high-quality, yet normal-sized screen. Better than that, it has a dual-layered, always-on screen where an LCD-like display often pops up to save battery and still tell you the time.
Whilst the overall looks are not my kind of thing, I definitely can see how others will like the rugged appeal of this watch and the Casio is well-made; feeling very durable and sturdy, both of those characteristics are delivered within the limits of a ‘sensible weight’.
Looking at some of the details: the watch face is well-protected by the raised bezel; the removable strap is not going to break anytime this century; and, indeed, everything oozes durability from the metal casing to the glove-friendly, over-sized buttons.
There’s no optical HRM on the rear of the WSD-F30, although some WearOS apps should let you pair a Bluetooth HRM. So this is definitely one of those outdoors watches where in winter it makes sense to wear over your jacket sleeves. However, what you lack in oHR you gain with a magnetic compass and barometric altimeter that can also be periodically GPS-calibrated.
WearOS requires that you set this up with your smartphone and that should work well when using most modern, android phones. Once you’ve set up the pre-canned apps you can add many others from Google Play such as View Ranger, My Radar and STRAVA.
The OLED screen has a VERY nice and detailed resolution with great colours. My only criticisms here would be that I would have liked a larger screen that is more visible in direct sunlight and I would like the touchscreen to work better when wet – that’s touchscreens though, right?
Finally, the magnetic charger really requires you to use the OPTIONAL clip as it’s not strong enough to properly hold the charger in place.
Casio Pro Trek Smart – WSD-F30 Apps
If the screen resolution is important to you then you can forget Garmin, as the Casio will give you detailed maps via several apps which provide additional functionality. For example, Casio’s LOCATION MEMORY app gives several types of map such as satellite and road, as well as enabling you to curate your own map intelligence by dropping ‘markers’ along your route. So you might leave markers showing your coffee stop or a great fishing spot. I thought that was nice.
The maps have clever add-on abilities like being able to overlay your journey onto 3D Google Earth as well as standard abilities like being able to follow point-based navigation.
Competing watches like the Coros Vertix, Suunto 9 and Garmin Fenix 6 all have their own flavour of ‘ABC’ and the Pro Trek is no exception. However the Casio Pro Trek Smart’s altimeter, barometer and magnetic compass are prettier (!) and packaged with the Casio TOOL which also includes intelligence around sunrise/sunset times, tides & fishing and the ‘my graph’ activity tracker which includes the usual stuff like activities, steps and calories whilst also adding in a flavour of the outdoors with metrics like cumulative ascent.
Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F30 claims to support a wide range of outdoors sports including Trek, Snow, Golf, Fishing, Running, cycling, Paddling, Fitness, Surfing, Swimming and Horse riding. However these are supported by a combination of in-house functionality and 3rd party apps – eg surfing is supported by the excellent GLASSY app. The sports’ profiles delivered by Casio are ‘adequate’ and cannot be customised, thus, if you like them, that’s fine, but if not you’ll be able to get another 3rd party app.
Casio’s recommended 3rd party apps are Viewranger, Hole19, Glassy, Ski Tracks, FishBrain, MyPwimPro, Equilab, Exercise timer, Zombies run, Bike map and MyRadar. The latter is cool and shows images of the approaching weather front on your screen!
Underlying all the pre-canned activities is Casio’s MOMENT SETTER which is an app comprising of a series of flexible alerts that you can set before you head off. Whilst alerts are found on other watches, the novel introduction from Casio is that ENVIRONMENTAL conditions can also trigger an alert. For example, you can be prompted for events like ‘WARN ME 20 MINUTES BEFORE SUNSET” and “DISPLAY THE ALTITUDE GRAPH WHEN THERE IS 100m OF ASCENT REMAINING”.
The final part of Casio’s app offering is their MOMENT LINK which allows you to map your group member’s locations even if they are not Casio watch users as well as to text them via voice-recognition on your Casio. I didn’t test that.
I’ve only performed more cursory tests on the Casio than I normally would whilst researching this Casio Pro Trek Smart Review. There is no optical HR to test and I have completed 3 runs totalling over 35km plus several smaller ones – but no elevation tests.
The GPS performance is VERY GOOD for easy GPS conditions but VERY AVERAGE when all GPS conditions are taken into account. Read more here…
There are pros and cons with Wear OS. The ‘pro’ is that you get a detailed screen but the con is that WearOS eats battery for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casio have addressed this is a rather innovative manner with two screen layers – the beautiful, battery eating colour OLED touchscreen and the other battery-saving monochrome LCD.
Using that clever combo, Casio claim the following use-case scenarios for their 3 battery modes
- EXTEND Mode – 3 days/2 nights with 8 hours of map display and GPS recording PER DAY. Bluetooth and WiFi are disabled
- MULTI Mode – 1 month with GPS, WearOS and the colour screen disabled. The monochrome display does shows other sensor info.
- NORMAL Mode – Up to 1.5 days of full usage though enabling GPS will lower this figure.
The full recharge time is 3 hours.
Well. Those are the official stats. Despite the battery-extending functions, in reality, a multi-day trip will require you to carry a battery pack.
Casio Pro Trek Smart Specs – WSD-F30
The F30 is slightly slimmed down from last year’s F20 model.
|Bezel diameter||52.9 mm||49.1 mm||-3.8 mm|
|Case length||61.7 mm||60.5 mm||-1.2 mm|
|Case wide||57.7 mm||53.8 mm||-3.9 mm|
|Case thickness||15.3 mm||14.9 mm||-0.4 mm|
With the Apple Watch 4 (42mm) coming in with a screen size of 390×312px you can see that Casio’s 390x390px is good for this type of watch. Also note the WiFi connectivity is normal with WearOS. Plus the weight of 83g, whilst not lightweight, is still fairly light for a watch of this type.
|Water Resistance||5 bar (50 meters)|
|Environmental Durability||MIL-STD-810 (United States military standard issued by the U.S. Department of Defense),*2 low-temperature resistance (-10°C)|
|Display||1.2-inch dual layer display
Color OLED (390×390 pixels) and monochrome LCD
|Touchscreen||Capacitive touchscreen (anti-fouling coating)|
|GPS||Compatible (including GLONASS and Michibiki)|
|Color Maps||Compatible (supports offline use, can save up to five offline maps)|
|Sensors||Pressure (barometric air pressure, altitude) sensor, accelerometer, gyrometer, magnetic compass|
|Wireless Connectivity||Bluetooth V4.1 (Low Energy)
Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n)
|Buttons||MAP button, Power button, TOOL button|
|Charging Method||Magnetic charging terminal|
|Recharging Time||Approx. 3 hours at room temperature|
(When GPS Not in Use)
|Normal use (color display): 1.5 days, roughly
Multi Timepiece Mode (timekeeping and sensors only): 1 month, roughly
(Varies according to use)
|Size of Case||Approx. 60.5 mm×53.8 mm×14.9 mm (H×W×D)|
|Weight||Approx. 83g (including wristband)|
|OS||Wear OS by Google|
|Operating Environment||Wear OS by Google works with phones running Android 4.4+ (excluding Go edition) or iOS 9.3+. Supported features may vary between platforms and countries.|
Casio Pro Trek Smart Comparisons
The Casio Pro Trek Smart’s specs are quite good for the WSD-F30. Maybe the screen could be bigger and maybe the battery could be better.
|Display||1.2-inch, dual-layer display – OLED (390 × 390 pixels) and monochrome LCD||1.32-inch, dual-layer display – Color TFT (320 × 300 pixels) and monochrome LCD||1.32-inch, dual-layer display – Color TFT (320 × 300 pixels) and monochrome LCD|
|Touchscreen||Yes||Capacitive touchscreen (anti-fouling coating)|
|GPS||Yes||Compatible (including GLONASS)|
|Colour Maps||Yes||(supports offline use)|
|Low-temperature resistance (−10°C/14F), 5-bar (50-meter) water resistance*2|
|Sensors||Compass (magnetic) sensor, pressure (air pressure, altitude) sensor, accelerometer, gyrometer||Optical sensor (heart rate), Compass (magnetic) sensor, pressure (air pressure, altitude) sensor, accelerometer, gyrometer||Compass (magnetic) sensor, pressure (air pressure, altitude) sensor, accelerometer, gyrometer|
|Heart Rate Measurement||No||Yes, Valencell||No|
|Other||Microphone, vibrating alert||Microphone, vibrating alert||Microphone, vibrating alert|
|Charging Time||Approx. 3 hours at room temperature||Approx. 2.5 hours at room temperature||Approx. 2 hours at room temperature|
|Battery Life**3||Not Using GPS / Up to 1.5 days*4, Using GPS (Prioritizing battery life) / Up to 30 hours*4, timekeeping and sensors only / Up to 1 month||Not Using GPS / Up to 1.5 days*5, Using GPS (Prioritizing battery life) / Up to 20 hours*5*6, timekeeping and sensors only / Up to 1 month||Not Using GPS / Up to 1 or more days*7, Using GPS (Prioritizing battery life) / Up to 25 hours**7, timekeeping only / Up to 1 month or more|
|No. of Downloaded Maps Saved||Approx. 5 places||Approx. 5 places||1 place|
|Measured Values on Monochrome Display||Yes||Yes||—|
|Export of Activity Records from Casio Apps||LOCATION MEMORY, ACTIVITY||LOCATION MEMORY, ACTIVITY||LOCATION MEMORY|
|Display of Latitude / Longitude Information with the TOOL App||Yes||Yes||—|
|Size (H × W × D of the watch only)||Approx. 60.5 × 53.8 × 14.9 mm||Approx. 61.7 × 57.7 × 16.8 mm||Approx. 61.7 × 57.7 × 15.3 mm|
|Weight (including wristband))||Approx. 83 g||Approx. 81 g||F20: Approx. 92g|
|F20A: Approx. 90g|
|Possible Band Sizes (when attached)||Soft urethane band: 140-210 mm||Soft urethane band: 145-210 mm||Soft urethane band: 145-215 mm|
|Removable Band (Slide Lever Type)||Width: 23mm||—||—
Also: Snapdragon 2100 is used making operation slightly sluggish from time-to-time.
Price, Availability & Discount
Prices are about £450 and $500-550 or Eu500-550. Buying from REI in the USA will give you an annual rebate of about 10%
This link clicks to a stockist in your local country: HERE
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Summary Review - Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F30
Price - 75%
Apparent Accuracy - 80%
Build Quality & Design - 85%
Features, Including App - 90%
Openness & Compatability - 95%
Casio ProTrek Smart (WSD-F30) Opinion
If you are a day hiker or an enthusiast adventurer then the Casio ProTrek Smart WSD-F30 might be for you. You’ll probably be a ‘New School’ user of tech rather than someone who relies on paper maps and, whilst you’ll be very familiar with smartphone apps that support your adventures, you just want the convenience of having directional and environmental info on a watch rather than frequently taking your smartphone from your jacket pocket or rucksack. And if all that stuff is going on an expensive watch then, for sure, you’ll want it to look pretty on the screen and for it to be WELL-CONNECTED to your Android smartphone.
Hey! Buy the Casio, it’s good at all that. It’s got good sensors and is well-made and in that sense is trustworthy.
If you’re doing stuff that involves 7000m asl, blizzards and not seeing other people for very long periods of time then I wouldn’t recommend it.
For others of you reading this Casio Pro Trek Smart Review who want longer battery lives or the ability to support more serious athletic endeavours, then you probably already know you’re not going to buy this. You can chip away with criticisms aimed at various aspects of what the Casio offers and you will eventually buy a Garmin, Suunto or Coros. But read that first paragraph again if you have any doubts. You might yearn for the Solar charged, large-screened Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar but at $1150 you know you have to make compromises. Remember: what’s right for your buddies may not be right for you.
I think Casio’s problem will be the price. I can see why they think it’s the right price…brand loyal Casio devotees will buy one as might people wanting a watch that looks like you can whack a bear with it and it’ll still be able to show SMS notifications afterwards. Casio will even think that the depths of functions offered by WearOS apps will compensate for those natively included on a competing brand.
Point of interest: The Moment setter app has had over 100,000 downloads…that’s a lot of watches using it. Just sayin’, people like Casio’s Pro Trek Smart Watches.
- Great-quality screen, though not in bright sunlight
- Great Android smartphone integration
- Many, quality, supported apps
- WearOS – love it or hate it…I like it
- Focussed on hikers and lovers of outdoors activities rather than athletes
- For overnight trips, you’ll need a battery pack
- Weak and poorly designed magnetic charger (optional clip-on attachment can be bought)
- Casio devotees will love the rugged looks…others won’t