I tried out the new G-Shock Apple Watch Ultra competitor, and it’s impressive

A person wearing the Casio G-Shock GPR-H1000 Rangeman.

Casio G-Shock GPR-H1000 Rangeman

MSRP $500.00

“The Casio G-Shock GPR-H1000 Rangeman is a brilliant hybrid smartwatch.”

Pros

  • Surprisingly comfortable
  • Very durable and tough
  • Solar and USB charging
  • Software isn’t intrusive

Cons

  • No sapphire crystal
  • Much too big for sleep tracking

Casio’s fully connected G-Shock watches are fast becoming the ideal casual smartwatch, and the G-Shock GPR-H1000 Rangeman is a testament to this. This watch is very different from its predecessor, and it successfully competes with the Apple Watch Ultra 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, among other sports watches.

Why is the Rangeman a casual smartwatch?

A person wearing the Casio G-Shock GPR-H1000 Rangeman.
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The G-Shock Rangeman is a prime example of a casual smartwatch, known for bestowing benefits without the need to wear it round the clock, making it a stellar entry in Casio’s connected G-Shock range. Its outdoor-centric design and connected features make it a great alternative for those looking to avoid the constant smartwatch grind experienced with today’s mainstream smartwatches such as the Apple Watch Series 9, Galaxy Watch 6, or a Fitbit.

The Rangeman is tailor-made for outdoor activities and integrates connected features such as a Bluetooth connection to your phone, notification delivery, and workout tracking with heart rate and blood oxygen monitoring. In addition, it comes with features such as built-in GPS, a compass, an altimeter, and a barometer, alongside connecting capabilities with Apple Health, Google Fit, and Strava.

The Casio G-Shock GPR-H1000 Rangeman's keeper.
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With the G-Shock Rangeman, excusing oneself from constant tracking of movement or feeling the pressure to meet fitness goals is non-existent. Transitioning away from the aforementioned daily smartwatch grind feels liberating, making the Rangeman the ultimate expression of an ideal smartwatch.

What it’s like wearing the Rangeman

A person wearing the Casio G-Shock GPR-H1000 Rangeman.
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