The watch industry has, by and large, taken a hit with many people carrying around cell phones these days. Who needs a watch when they can look at their phone for the time? Casio thinks that they have an answer to that question with their latest G-Shock watch (model GB6900AA).
The watch can connect with your iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 via Bluetooth. With Casio’s G-SHOCK+ app downloaded from the App Store, the watch can
— provide notification of incoming email and calls
— enable the iPhone alarm function via the Phone Finder function
— vibrate if connectivity with the iPhone is lost
— synchronize its time with the iPhone
Why, you ask, would someone want this? Actually, my nearly 20-year-old son asked for this for Christmas. He currently has a ‘normal watch’ which is black and wants a white watch. I guess he figures he might as well go for the gusto since he will be getting an iPhone 5 in February. Actually, I think it’s pretty cool but I don’t think it would make me start wearing a watch again (if they offered a women’s version).
According to Casio’s website, this watch, priced at $180, has ‘limited availability at select retailers’. Good luck with that. Casio was kind enough to provide me with a list of retailers when I emailed them about my inability to find the watch. I checked all of the retailers on the list and am still without a watch. I found it on Amazon and eBay but at prices starting at $300, I passed.