PC SHOW 2016


1 Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch

1 Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
$699; special price of $1,088 when bundled with Casio Exilim FR100 (usual price $1,398)

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Launching at Comex 2016, the Casio WSD-F10 is the first Android Wear smartwatch from the Japanese timepiece maker.

As you might expect from Casio, this smartwatch is built to withstand the great outdoors. It is water-resistant to a depth of 50m and has passed the US MIL-STD-810G military standard endurance tests for drops and vibrations.

In addition, it features a digital compass, as well as a built-in altimeter and barometer. Furthermore, its unique dual-layer structure features separate layers of monochrome and colour LCDs.

Wearers can toggle between the two LCDs - monochrome, to conserve battery; and colour, for apps and notifications.

2 Garmin Forerunner 735XT
$579 (usual price $629)

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Built with triathletes in mind, the Garmin Forerunner 735XT has an auto multi-sport feature that lets you switch sports at the press of a button during a duathlon or triathlon. In addition, it can track other sporting activities, such as rowing, skiing, open-water swimming and even stand-up paddle boarding.

It has a built-in heart-rate monitor to keep track of your heart rate throughout your exercises without the hassle of a chest- strap monitor.

The 735XT is also a fitness tracker that monitors your daily step count, calories burnt and sleep quality. When paired with a smartphone, it can display notifications for incoming text and e-mail messages.

3 Garmin Vivomove Classic
$249 (usual price $299)

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It looks like a conventional classic watch with analogue movement and leather strap. But the Garmin Vivomove Classic is actually a fitness tracker that monitors your steps taken, calories burnt and even your sleep patterns.

The watch face also has a move bar and a progress bar. The move bar will slowly fill up to red unless you move, while the progress bar shows how far along you are towards your daily step goal.

The Vivomove Classic is water resistant to a depth of 50m. The CR2025 coin battery that powers it can last up to a year before it needs to be changed.

4 Samsung Gear Fit2
$248 (usual price $298)

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This is no simple fitness tracker that monitors only your daily physical activities and measures your heart rate. It is one of the few fitness trackers equipped with a built-in GPS to track your running. So it does not need to be paired with a smartphone for GPS tracking.

And when it is paired with a smartphone, the 1.5-inch curved touchscreen display lets you stay up to date with your fitness goals as well as notifications.

This gadget doubles as a music player with 4GB of internal memory for your favourite workout music. It is available in black, blue or pink.

5 TomTom Spark Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch
$329 (usual price $399)

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If you are looking for a GPS running watch that can monitor your heart rate without requiring a chest strap and which also plays music, consider the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch.

It has a built-in heart-rate monitor and comes with an integrated music player. Its 3GB of internal storage can hold more than 500 songs, so you can enjoy a workout and savour your favourite music via a pair of Bluetooth headphones (not included) at the same time.

This GPS running watch also tracks other sporting activities, such as biking and swimming. It is water resistant down to 40m. Finally, the Spark Cardio doubles up as a fitness tracker to monitor your daily physical activities and the quality of your sleep.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2016, with the headline 'Wearables'. Print Edition | Subscribe