Casio Smart Outdoor Watch review: Android Wear climbs a mountain

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The trouble with smartwatches is that no one really knows what they’re for yet. Undercooked as app platforms, underperforming as fitness trackers, and underwhelming as fashion items, it’s unclear to most people why they’d want to strap a little computer to their wrist.

As a company that’s very used to getting people to strap little computers to their wrist, however, it’s perhaps not surprising that Casio has taken a different approach with its first smartwatch. The $500 Smart Outdoor Watch twists Android Wear into a new shape like no other product before it. Although it’s far from perfect, the result is the rare modern smartwatch with actual focus.

That focus is hiking, with a slew of sensors and features designed to help you scale…

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