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1.0 out of 5 stars DB36 Outclassed by the old DB31, November 16, 2009
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I bought this watch to replace my aging but fully functional Casio DB31 ( I have also owned a much older DB2000) because the case broke where the watch band pins connect. I have lived with the DB36 now long enough to say that it is no improvement over the older DB31 and the DB31 outclasses the DB36 in many ways.

The DB36-1AV keeps good time so far. The bright LED back-light is excellent. Most functions are equivalent to the DB31 and work well. The long battery life remains to be proven. Press of the "Reverse" button displays the Dual Time setting. Press of the "Forward" button displays the last telememo viewed.

The display functionality of the DB-36 is grossly inferior to my old DB-31. The large font on the first (top) line (day of the week, name of telememo, and other headings) is so big it allows only 3 characters at a time to be displayed. In the database function, any remaining characters of the 8 allowed must scroll by to view. The second line that typically displays the time of day or the beginning of the telephone number in the database also has a large font except for the first character that is small and the last two characters that are medium size. This is fine for the time of day but for a telephone number it presents a strange combination of sizes that means it is useful only for the area code. Then the remaining part of the telephone number is relegated to the third line that uses a miniature tiny type font and is difficult to read unless you are under age 40. (As I write this, the DB36 just reset itself to factory defaults wiping out all of the 21 telephone numbers that I put in.)

Followup added 10 months later: The DB36 just reset itself again for no apparent reason. Lost all of the info in the telememo database, so if the reason for buying this watch is the telememo feature, you may want to keep on looking!

UPDATE 10-27-10
The DB36 reset itself again and I decided to return it to Casio for warranty repair or replacement. Just got their "estimate" by return email yesterday and they want a total of $17.52 to replace the item still under warranty! I told them NO DEAL! Keep the darn thing! Based on unit performance and Casio warranty service I cannot recommend this product. Are you listening Casio?

Other thoughts:
The telememo database feature is the primary (and perhaps only) reason for purchasing this watch but the display font sizes largely defeat this purpose. The display fonts are a strange mixture of too-large and too-small. The selection of font sizes by Casio for the DB36 represents a step backwards from the DB31. The older DB31 will show 6 characters in the first line, 10 characters in the second line, and 6 characters in the third line. This is compared to the newer DB36 that shows 3 characters, 7 characters, and 8 characters respectively. These are important differences where it counts.

This means that you must wait for the display to scroll to see the entire name in the telememo and you cannot assign a name to any of the five alarm settings like you can with the DB31. You must remember what number the alarm means.
Conclusion: Casio laid an egg with this one. You would have to be legally blind to need the large font in the first line but then you could not read the third. Bring back the DB31 but with an LED light!
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Initial post: Feb 24, 2012 3:17:42 PM PST
vasa says:
He's right! I have a db31 and love it but it's showing wear. Want to buy another but not to be found. Alas. So Cascio you have a winner with this watch so why not get off your --- and remake it and you can even charge a little more and they will sell, I promise you. Your new selections of watches are really pretty bad.
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