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A Cool New G
on March 11, 2013
First off, this new model is slated for an imminent US release at an MSRP of $120 and a probable lower street price shortly thereafter.
Secondly, in addition to 1 and 3 seconds mentioned in J. Duncan Hubbell's review, LED light duration can also be set to 5 seconds. This watch has a big, powerful CR2032 cell the better to handle the vibe alarm, initial scrolling of full city names in World Time mode (lasts about a minute, after which the name freezes to as much of it as will fit the screen) and of course, the bright, 5-second long two LEDs.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the vibration is really more of a high-frequency buzz that could be missed in active situations where your arm is in motion. Don't expect actual low-frequency vibration found in cell phones which, by the way, have an exponentially bigger and more powerful cell to make such a vibration possible.
GD350 rightfully caused a sensation in G-Shock circles right at its release in Japan a few weeks ago in mid-February. Direct, push button access to the Countdown Timer in Timekeeping mode; 100-city, full name scrolling World Time; bright, long-duration LED and the flash and vibration alarm all contribute to its instant success and popularity.
This is a big but easily manageable and very comfortable, featherweight G, chock-full of cool and in some cases new features, all brought together for the first time in a single Casio model. It wouldn't surprise me if in time it becomes one of the most successful G-Shocks ever spawning many more variants than the introductory three. An upcoming version, the Garish Gold GD-350BR will be released in Japan soon.