Casio G'zOne Commando to launch on Verizon April 28th?
Over the past few years, Casio has been making rugged phones for Verizon, but the Commando will be the first rugged smartphone. Included features on the Android 2.2 Froyo device be an 800 MHz processor, 3.6" 480x800 resolution touchscreen display, EVDO Rev A with 3G Mobile Hotspot software, Bluetooth 2.1, 5MP camera with dedicate shutter key, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3.5mm headset jack, and will come with a pre-installed 8GB microSDHC memory card.
The Casio G'zOne Commando meets MIL Spec 810G, for being resistant to shock, dust and water, and will come with a variety of G'zGear apps, that include Earth Compass, Walking Counter, Adventure Training, Thermometer, and Tide Calculator. The only thing that appears to be missing is PTT capability. We haven't heard what the final price will be, but it is expected to run between $149-$199.
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1. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I dunno. Nice that a rugged smartphone is coming out for Verizon, but Casio's efforts in the rugged category have been fairly shoddy. They hold up to abuse, but they have alarming design issues and a high defect rate.
12. deezy (Posts: 46; Member since: 10 Feb 2011)
Speakers and mics are flawed with the "waterproof" film covering them as well. I deal with a bunch that sound blown because the film is distorting the sound...
16. fishesfromtupperware (unregistered)
I've been using the Brigade and the Rock before it. The sound is ok except when it gets wet. Then you have to blow out the mic and speaker (literally) for them to function adequately again. The waterproofing seems fine (phone works)
I fish in a kayak and I gave up my smart phone because stuff gets wet. The ruggedized phones have been a lifesaver. A smart phone would be VERY nice and I'm stuck with Verizon thus no Defy.
Many handheld VHF radios have a "burp" feature that uses a tone to clear the mic and speaker. That would complete this coup.
Maybe there's an app for that.
2. theGodfather (unregistered)
tripping...return rate is below 1%...where doyou get your numbers from?
4. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I worked in Verizon's first ever warranty center, and then I sold the phones. I worked with models all the way from the type S to the Ravine. The type S was...eh. The Boulder sucked, the Rock sucked worse, and the Brigade also sucked. The back battery door for the Boulder always broke, and the battery life was horrible. It also saw a high return rate through my stores. The Rock was about as bad; besides being cheaply built, it also had major software bugs, as does the Brigade. The Ravine is the only phone I didn't get enough experience with, and it seemed much better made than all the rest. Maybe Casio got their act together. I don't know. But I'm not sure I can trust them right now on something as major as a smartphone, especially one with such middling specs.
6. snowgator (Posts: 3351; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
This has been the phone I was hoping would solve my problems. A rugged, Android phone that would meet my needs at work (I repair/operate Boilers. Fairly tight spaces, a lot of crawling around, dirty, wet), and still give me the Smart phone experience I need. However, middling is correct. 800 mhz processor and the small screen is really low end for a 2011 device. Now Mr. Sniggly experience with Casio is anything but glowing. Still more then willing to give it a look, still hoping it will surprise me. But at 200$ on a two year contract, it better be a HUGE surprise, because that is close to Premium device pricing.
Gotta admit, though, that some of the G'zGear App's sound kinda neat ...
11. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The Defy is cheaper if you're willing to go with T-Mobile. And Casio's tough phones are always priced that way. Even a Motorola android phone would serve your purposes, just out an otter box on it.
14. idiotwind13 (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
You missed the Type V pimp?
Casio phones with the exception of the Boulder, which I will give you was pretty much a piece of junk, have all been solid. I have been with Verizon from when we still sold the Type V, which was like a grey two by four, but it was solid as hell. I had a guy who had left his Type S at his house while it was flooded for 6 days, and made a phone call shortly after the water subsided. They make pretty darn good rugged stuff.
3. workerkid9 (unregistered)
now whats the price
5. workerkid9 (unregistered)
just called verizon and they sed its lunching on 28th and 199 with 2 year contract
9. I have (unregistered)
would the phone have to have a 30.00 data package
10. quakan (Posts: 1281; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
More than likely because of the android os and the mobile hotspot capability
13. SomeGuy (unregistered)
Any android phone on Verizon uses the $29.99 data package.
15. John (unregistered)
Casio G’zOne Ravine for Verizon Wireless is a good and new phone. There is already a buzz in the market about this. Check out it's reviewhttp://mobile-store.dell.com/show_category/b
rands/casio.html.It is really amazing!!!
17. cash (unregistered)
Had my Boulder for almost three years. It's getting banged up now from carrying it in my pocket all of the time with change and a pocket knife. I swim with it in my pocket..its been dropped, stepped on kicked, and just generally beat up. still works as new! I get great battery life with the orginal battery. Why would I open the door to the charging port when I have a cradle? Came with the phone! I have had G'zone phones since they first came out and have gotten great service from all of them. I'm going to get a Commando ASAP.