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G2310 and DW6900 side-by-side comparison
on February 12, 2009
This is a side-by-side comparison of two of Casio's great G-shock watches. I've recently become a fan of the G-shock line, and this comparison is quite unscientific. I just received the solar powered G2310 and had been wearing the classic DW6900. Both are great watches, but (according to amazon's own prices) there's about a $20 difference which may affect your buying decision.
Here's how I feel they stack up:
Cosmetically, the 2310 is definitely more eye catching with its "chrome" bezel and light button. Side-by-side the 2310 takes up a little less real estate on your wrist, but the faces are the same size (more plastic around the 6900.) In all, the 2310 looks a little more "techy" vs. the rugged all-black look of the 6900.
The displays are both very readable in daylight and the EL (electro-luminescent) feature is great in the dark. The 2310 adds an "autolight" function that illuminates the watch when you move the watch to look at it. This function can be turned off and I've had kind of mixed feelings about the feature, but it is a neat hands free function.
Where the 6900 has the three circle display in the top half of the face, on the 2310 this extra space is used for a battery indicator (which also indicates when the watch is in sleep mode) and a seperate LCD panel that can scroll characters across. In timekeeping mode, this area is used for the day.
The buttons feel slightly stiffer on the 2310, perhaps because they are covered in plastic rather than the metal buttons on the 6900. They are responsive, but they just feel different. I like that the 2310 has "Forward" and "Reverse" buttons for setting time and punching in letters (as well as navigating the world time function). The 6900 does not have the additional functions like world time, or a databank and fewer options for setting alarms. I do find it confusing that you have to push "Reverse" on the 2310 to start the stopwatch, but its noted inside the bezel that it is also "start/stop".
Both watches are comfortable to wear. I have owned the 6900 for over a week and its band seems more supple than the 2310s, bands are fairly changable though, so I don't think that should be much of a worry. And speaking of not much of a worry, I think the best part of the 2310's feature list is that it is solar powered. The 6900's battery is listed as good for 2 years, I've heard some people get 4 years out of it, at any rate you should get your G-shock batteries changed at a jeweler to ensure that the watch remains waterproof.
I am glad I have both watches but honestly, unless you really need the databank function or are dying for a solar watch, I believe the 6900 watch is a great watch and I would recommend it over this one. The 6900's design is a little more straighforward when you're making adjustments. The features of the 2310, while outstanding, don't really make me look down on the older model.