Thursday, December 6, 2012

If you've forgone the traditional wristwatch in favor of a cellphone clock, you may have a reason to go old-school again. Casio's G-Shock GB6900AA with Bluetooth 4.0 syncs with your iPhone to deliver email and phone call alerts. Oh, and it tells time, too.

The G-Shock Bluetooth Low Energy Smart Watch also includes notifications for basic things like calendar alerts, weather and stock although you may have to squint to see them on the tiny screen. You can silence all of these vibrating notifications by simply double-tapping the watch's screen.

One feature we like in particular is the watch's built-in system that notifies you when your iPhone is out of range. That's perfect for those of us who hastily grab at our pocket in a short burst of panic after getting out of a cab.

Even with its iPhone-syncing capabilities, the Casio watch reportedly doesn't consume an exorbitant amount of energy because it runs on a traditional button-cell battery. Assuming that you use the Bluetooth function for 12 hours per day, the watch's battery could last two-year lifespan.

Casio isn't the first to release a smartphone-connected watch. The sleek Sony LiveView, $78, runs Android 2.0 and can download apps from the Android Market. The Meta Watch FRAME, $199, is another option that connects to both your iPhone 4S and Android smartphone.

Casio's G-Shock connects with iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. The watch was announced in Japan earlier this year. It now retails for $180 at select U.S. retailers including Macy's and Bloomingdales.