If you are looking to buy a new watch, particularly one from the Casio brand, you may have considered either the Baby G or the G-Shock.
The G-Shock line of watches has been around for nearly 4 decades and have sold over 100 million units.
The Baby G is a much newer model, and yes, as the name implies, is also much smaller. When it comes to the Baby G vs. G Shock, what are the differences, and which one might be right for you?
Baby G vs G Shock: A Side-by-Side Comparison
Besides the fact that the Baby G is much smaller and lighter than the original G Shock, there are also some other main differences that you need to be aware of.
Some of these differences include construction and durability, features, the style, and the price.
Construction and Overall Durability
In terms of durability, both the G Shock and the Baby G are more or less the same. They both feature the same construction.
Both models feature a protective urethane-resin bezel design, combined with a high-quality glass screen. This allows both models to be highly resistant to impacts and towards scratching.
To make both the G Shock and the Baby G shock resistant, both also feature cushioning material between the bezel and the base.
Some might say that the smaller Baby G may actually be more durable than the G Shock, mainly because of its more compact and denser design, but this is questionable.
That said, the chances of you going 100 meters under water are slim to none, so this difference is somewhat irrelevant.
Size and Style
We have already established that the Baby G is smaller than the G Shock. The reason why we are mentioning this again is because the G shock is a bit limited in terms of who it can fit; for the most part, it requires a fairly large wrist.
However, due to the Baby G’s limited size, it can be worn by smaller people, women, and even children, thanks to the wider range of wristband options to choose from.
Many people also find that the smaller G Shock is a bit more comfortable to wear, for no other reason than because it’s not as bulky and heavy as the larger G Shock.
Moreover, the G Shock looks like a manly watch, whereas the Baby G comes in quite a few feminine styles, plus there are many more colors to choose from.
Some of the biggest differences between the G Shock and the Baby G are the features which they come with.
Due to the limited size of the Baby G, it does have fewer features, simply because there is only so much that can fit into its small frame.
One thing that the G Shock comes with, which the Baby G does not, is Tough Solar, a fancy way of saying that the G Shock (select models), can be recharged used solar light. It’s a great feature that helps the battery last much longer.
Another feature that the G Shock comes with, but not the Baby G, is Multiband 6. The Multiband feature allows the G Shock to receive radio signals.
One benefit of this feature is atomic timekeeping, which means that the G-Shock can set its own time, this eliminating the need for the wearer to set it.
There are a few other features which the Baby G does not include, ones such as the vibration alarm, a barometer, a compass, and an altimeter, among a few others.
Although the price difference between the G Shock and the Baby G is negligible across the board, there is still a bit of a difference nonetheless.
What surprises many people is that the G Shock is actually a bit cheaper than the Baby G, even though it has more features.
It is safe to assume that the convenience of having a smaller and more compact watch makes the difference.
You can find the cheapest G Shock for somewhere around $40, while the cheapest Baby G starts at roughly $55.
Related read: How to Set a G Shock Watch
The Baby G and the G Shock do share a few similarities that are worth mentioning.
- Both models have excellent battery life.
- Both feature EL backlights for easier reading.
- Both models are resistant to high and low temperatures.
- They both come with basic watch features.
- Both models feature an auto-calendar.
What you need to think about when making a decision between the two is what your needs are.
Would you rather have something larger with more features, or something a bit smaller and more convenient, but with a few less features and more design options? This is what it all comes down to.