Review: Smart Watch Casio G Mix Gba-400

building find who has never heard about the Casio, Japanese company made famous worldwide with its high-quality electronics. In addition to the iconic calculators and electronic dictionaries, the company is known for your line of G-SHOCK watches, that since the 80 presents the market with products virtually indestructible.
And it is a mistake to think that the rise of the smartwatches is worried that Japanese giant — so much so that she is already putting on the market its first watch models with some smart functions, seeking to please an audience that likes to be always connected. The Casio seems to know well that, these days, a consumer just acquires a watch for style or innovative features.
And that’s why the company has just launched here in Brazil the ‘ GBA-MIX 400 G, model with Bluetooth connection able to communicate with a smartphone Android or iOS and control playback of songs. The TecMundo had the opportunity to spend a week experiencing the product, which hit the stores in July and has a suggested retail price of R$ 959. Is it worth investing in news?
Packaging and design
The GBA-400 comes at the hands of the consumer in a discrete form, but very pretty. The first package is a simple cardboard sleeve that, besides the watch itself, keeps a variety of papers and leaflets: the international warranty, a simplified manual, cards with QR Codes to key sites from Casio etc. The product itself is protected within a second packaging, made of metal and in hex format.
Anyone who has ever had any watch G-SHOCK series will feel right at home here. The model analyzed by the TecMundo has the same iconic visual style that popularized the line — and has been victim of numerous plagiarism around. Its design exudes robustness and resistance, and, despite being a gadget full of modern functions, Casio decided not to leave out some classic elements of this type of product.
We are talking here of a hybrid watch, i.e. equipped with pointers and also with digital display: the bottom shows the time (in the form of 12:00 or 12:00 am), while the upper function changes according to the time (by default, it displays a calendar in the format of month/day/day of week). Between the two displays is a spinning disk that indicates if the Bluetooth connection is enabled or not.
Its design exudes robustness and resistance.
And no touchscreen for 800zipcodes: GBA-400 operations are made totally by physical buttons surrounding the product. The button on the left side your on and off the wireless connectivity, while the one on the right (Rotary) allows you to navigate through menus. There are still four diagonal buttons: Light (responsible for calling the lighting of the screen), the Adjustments, the Mode and a final devoid of name.

Connecting to cell phone
To connect the GBA400 to your smartphone, you need to download two applications available for free at Play Store and in the App Store. The first is the G-SHOCK +, through which you make some settings of the product; the second is G ‘ MIX, amusic player with very specific functions and controlled by the clock. The gadget is also able to control playback of standard of cellular player, but you lose a little of your usability.
Setup is simple: just open the G-SHOCK +, select the model in question and allow the smartphone to communicate with the watch, making sure that both devices are Bluetooth enabled. Ifall goes well, the upper display GBA400 must display the term “G ‘ MIX to confirm that the connection has been established successfully. From there, it’s just take advantage of the functionality of the gadget.
On the compatibility
It’s worth making a note very important: according to the official information of the Casio and the publicity materials that were ceded to the TecMundo, the analyzed model is compatibleonly with smartphones from Apple (iPhone 4S, 5, 5 c, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus) and Samsung (Galaxy S4, Note 3 and S5, all with Android 4.3 or 4.4).
In theory, any device outside this list shouldn’t be compatiblewith the clock. However, during our tests, the watch worked perfectly with an iPad and 4 with a Sony Xperia E3 (with Android 4.4 KitKat), which made us doubt about this limited compatibility informed by company.
Exploring the capabilities of the device
Who expected to see in GBA400 the same features found on an Android Wear of life will certainly be disappointed. The bright side of this watch is somewhat limited, and, in comparison with other smartwatches available on the market, the product from Casio has almost no innovations. Its main feature is simply allow the user to control the music being reproduced on your cell phone by G ‘ MIX.
With the application open on your mobile device, simply press Mode” to play or pause the song. Using the knob, you change lanes, adjust the volume or select one of the presets previously configured equalization via the aforementioned app (you can store up to five presets at the same time). Unfortunately, you cannot use the clock to control external players or streaming services like Spotify.
The GBA400 is also able to make your cell phone emits a beep, which is useful for those times when you don’t know whereyour mobile device (remembering that this feature works onlyif the device is within range of the Bluetooth signal, which is about 10 metres). With that, enough to call your own number just to try to figure out where you left the phone on your messroom.
Finally, the G Mix app incorporates the API still SoundHound,being able to identify what song is playing in the environmentwithin a few seconds. This operation can also be started through the watch by pressing combination of buttons. The mobilemicrophone is used so that the program can hear the songand return some basic information about it as long as there’s an internet connection.
Customization and setting the clock
In addition to the features above, the Bluetooth connection of the GBA400 also exists so that you can configure and customize the product through the cell phone. Alarms, time, world time zones and other basic settings present in every self-respecting watch are made through the G-Shock + application (which, by the way, is entirely in Portuguese, and is rather intuitive).
It is worth noting that, through such a program, the user can send the watch time zone of about 300 cities around the world, and the model itself already comes with dozens of times saved in your memory. All other consumers send the gadget will be displayed as “EXTRA. The coolest thing is being able to select a time zone through a visual map in Google Maps style.
Strength and battery
Honoring the family name G-SHOCK, the GBA-400 is a watch practically indestructible. Its reinforced body can resist shocks, vibrations and falls – in addition, the model is waterproof and can be submerged in up to 200 meters. This causes the gadget is perfect for sportsmen. We made a point to wet the product and submit it to impact of different intensities during testing and he did very well in terms of resistance.
The lifespan of your battery is two years.
In addition, due to the simplicity of its intelligent features, the model analyzed has a very low energy consumption. Casio claims that the lifetime of your battery is two years (since the connection with the mobile phone is not used for more than 2 hours per day), i.e. This is the perfect watch for anyone who does not like to be tied up. When the battery runs out, however, it is necessary to replace the component with a new one.
Is it worth it?
We can say that the GBA-400 is a product aimed at a specific public. He definitely did not come to fight against the Pebble or a Bike 360 of life. It is a modern clock for anyone who likes a classic design. Fans of the series G-SHOCK for sure will be delighted by this news, which was able to combine iconic elements of this traditional line with some features of mobile connectivity.
It is a modern clock for anyone who likes a classic design.
To your resistance is one of the biggest highlights of the model, as well as the long battery life. Naturally, we’re disappointed with some points, such as the inability to control music play in streaming services and the alleged limitadíssima compatibility – Although the gadget has functioning normally with other devices, it is unlikely that the Casio support a customer whose cell phone is not Apple or Samsung.
The GBA-400 is available in four different colours: black with silver (version tested by TecMundo), black with gold, purple with silver and red with silver. All models have the same MSRP-959-R$ and can be found in specialized outlets such as jewellery shops s. Stein, Emerald, New team, MaxClock and Tokyo. Also it’s not hard to find the clock with some sellers on eBay.
Again, the novelty of the Casio is not geared to those who want to enter the world of smartwatches and have an extension of your smartphone on the wrist, but who uses conventional watches in your day to day and/or is a fan of the G-SHOCK line. In this case, GBA connectivity-400 with the cell phone, even for simple tasks like music, control is something welcome to modernize your daily life.

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