I’m introducing a new strand to my YouTube channel. I’m constantly buying new gadgets and technology all the time – most of it minor items that don’t warrant a full review. So I’m going to regularly do a quick overview of whatever has been delivered to me over the last seven days.
TECH THERAPY – EPISODE 1. I reviewed a rugged, waterproof, Atomic watch by Casio. Part of their famous G-Shock range, the AWG-M100-1AER is a beautiful analogue wristwatch that is just as comfortable at a black tie dinner as it is in rainforests and deserts! You can pair it with your tuxedo or climb mountains with it safely strapped to your arm. It’s a versatile timepiece that could well be the only wristwatch you’ll ever need. I’m comparing it to my Huawei Watch 2 (4G LTE version). I paid extra to import the Orange version of this Android Wear OS device, which is more than capable of handling some heavy rain and rough terrain too.
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Whatup nerds? I’m Jay Shareef.
And, if you’ve watched my channel before then you
already know, I absolutely love gadgets and technology.
Which means I order a lot of stuff off Amazon and ebay.
I’ve decided to introduce a new strand
to the channel and I’m calling it:
Basically, on Tuesdays I’m going to do short videos
all about the gadgets and technology
I’ve bought in the last week or so.
I’m still going to do the longer reviews whenever
I’ve got a new and expensive gadget.
However, the Tech Tuesday videos will be short and sweet overviews
about whatever has recently arrived in the post.
And I’m going to start with a really nice
item that I bought not too long ago.
Now, personally, I’m not a big fan of watches.
I like to keep my life simple and watches can be a hassle.
I’ve got a Google Watch here by Huawei.
This has the very unimaginative name of “Huawei Watch 2”
because it’s the second watch Huawei ever made.
Now, apart from my Macbook, I am not an Apple fanboy.
I prefer Android. So obviously I was going to get an Android watch.
And, in many ways, it’s absolutely brilliant.
Obviously, you can use it to tell the time. Duh (!)
But it can also track your exercise activities.
It has a heart rate monitor. It’s waterproof.
You can use it to pay for things in shops.
And this one has a SIM card, so
I can literally use it as a phone.
That’s no exaggeration. If you have my
phone number then you can call me.
And we can have a conversation
through this watch, “Star Trek” style.
It also keeps me updated about everything
that’s happening on my mobile phone.
Including any text messages that I’ve
got, and any other notifications.
I can read my emails, if I want.
I can read my Whatsapp messages.
I can control the music player or video player.
I can control Google Maps.
It’s absolutely fantastic!
However, the most important feature
of this watch is that it’s ORANGE.
I had to import it from Amazon’s Italian
website in order to get an orange one.
Usually they only come in black,
and I thought that was really boring.
So, I shelled out an extra £50 GBP
for the funky orange version.
The problem, however, is battery life.
This will last about half a day on a full charge.
I can get a full day out of it. But only if
I turn off all the phone and wireless features.
The other problem with this one is that
I can’t really wear it to any formal events.
Yes! Formal Events.
On this channel I’m a scruffy looking nerd.
In the real world, however, I regularly
get invited to fancy black tie events.
Which I absolutely do not enjoy, by the way.
Now, I’ve got a really lovely collection of suits and ties
and cufflinks and handkerchiefs and cummerbunds.
But when you’re dressed in a fancy tuxedo this bright
orange Google Watch doesn’t really go with the outfit.
So, I needed to find a watch that satisfies the nerd in me
but, at the same time, looks the part
when paired with some formal attire.
So, as usual, I drew up a list of features that I wanted.
Firstly it has to be analogue, not digital.
Wearing a digital watch with formal wear
basically makes you look like a peasant.
If you’re wearing a nice fancy outfit then you need
to pair it with an old school analogue watch.
And, if you’re a man, it should be a
simple, elegant-looking timepiece too.
Secondly, I want it to be solar-powered.
I absolutely cannot be arsed with winding
my watch or changing batteries – ever.
Thirdly, I want it to be rugged and waterproof.
Because, at times, I am a clumsy guy
and it also rains a lot in England.
I do also want it to be small and lightweight.
I’ve owned some fancy and very
expensive dress watches in the past.
What annoyed me most about them,
however, is how bulky and heavy they are.
And, finally, to really satisfy the nerd in me,
I really wanted it to be an Atomic Watch.
If you don’t know what that means, Atomic Watches
are the most accurate clocks available on the planet.
Basically, all watches will slowly drift and become less
accurate over time unless you keep correcting them.
However. Atomic Watches always show the correct
time because they regularly update themselves
using radio signals that tell them the exact time.
Which is why they’re also referred
to as “radio controlled watches”.
Now, that’s a really specific set of features.
And I wasn’t sure I’d be able to find a reasonably
priced timepiece that would satisfy me.
However, I did manage to find a watch
that fulfils all of those requirements.
It’s called the Casio AWG M100 1AER.
Yes, it really is called that!
And it normally retails for about £150 GBP.
I wasn’t willing to pay that, however.
But I did see one on ebay, that was supposed
to be in mint condition, for just £70 GBP.
And I ordered it.
Unfortunately, a week later it still hadn’t arrived
and I was worried that I’d been scammed.
So, I messaged the seller. He was really apologetic.
And he promised me the watch
would be with me the next day.
I was a little skeptical about that, considering the
Post Office was now closed and it was late in the day.
However, at 6pm the next day, I got a knock
at my door and there was my watch!
The seller hadn’t it posted it to me.
He’d literally turned up at my doorstep to deliver it in person.
I have never had that happen to me.
And he wasn’t local either he lives about 60 miles away.
But, he said he was really sorry he’d forgot to post it.
So, he decided to drive to my
house and deliver it in person.
And I don’t know if that’s admirable or downright insane.
Anyway… here it is.
The Casio G-Shock M100.
This watch is analogue, as you can see.
It’s a G-Shock, which means it’s rugged and waterproof,
to 200 metres, so you could conceivably
go scuba diving with it if you wanted.
It’s also solar powered, even
though it doesn’t really look like it.
Casio claim the internal battery could keep
going for six months, once fully charged,
even if you just stick it in a dark drawer.
And, finally, the icing on the cake: it’s radio controlled.
It also has luminous hands that glow in the dark,
as well as a light that you can activate
using one of the buttons on the side.
The date is displayed on the face in a small digital panel
and it also has all the usual alarms and stopwatch
functions you normally get with Casio watches.
By the way, this G-Shock watch weighs just 57g,
and just to give you a sense of the size,
this is how it looks next to my Google
Watch, and a digital G-Shock I also own.
I’ve also put it next to my bank card because
that’s a universal item, and pretty much
everyone watching will know what size it is.
So, I seem to have found my perfect watch.
I can wear it at formal events.
I can wear it while swimming.
You will never need to replace the battery,
and it will always tell you the correct time.
What you do have to do is set the
correct date and the correct time zone.
And that’s it. From now on it will be 100% accurate.
I’ve actually had this about a month now.
It’s worked perfectly, and I highly
recommend the Casio G-Shock M100.
There’s a link in the description below
if you want to buy one for yourself.
This has been Tech Tuesday.
I’ll be back again in a week’s time.