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Form Over Function
on July 25, 2014
I'm not entirely sold on the Terminator-Meets-Blade-Runner look of this watch. I bought it because it has all the features I wanted: analog/digital display, multiple alarms, timezones, hourly chime and durability. I don't mind that it's large. In fact, that becomes a selling point to me since the display is larger and easier to read.
This watch does everything and it does everything well. Except, that is, if you want to read the time. I realize that those who buy G-Shocks often do so for reasons of style and therefore aren't especially concerned at usability. But those who want to shoot a quick glance at their watch to get the time had better look elsewhere.
- Specific to this particular model, the hour and minutes hands are different colors. Worse still, the red on the hours hand is insufficiently contrasted with the black background; sometimes you just don't see it. In dim lighting, the problem grows worse, and with the LED light it is worst of all - like a total eclipse inside your watch face.
- In general, the watch faces of G-Shocks are very, very busy looking. There are too many visual elements vying for attention, some of which are of of questionable value.
This one is being returned. While I'll likely buy another model of G-Shock, it's going to have to be one with decent contrast between the hands and the background.