Casio's G'zOne C771 rugged Android smartphone for Verizon
0. phoneArena 06 Jan 2011, 02:50 posted on
The Casio G'zOne series of phone for Verizon is know for their Military Specs for being able to take abuse, including water, dirt, and extreme temperatures. So why hasn't Casio made a G'zOne Android smartphone? Look no further, as it is now a reality. The Casio C771 G'zOne model looks to be resistant to all those same things, with a rubberized body, noticeable silver screws, locking battery cover on the back, and protective gaskets on the ports to keep the elements out.
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2. barbsman73 (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
Wonder if it will have Push to Talk also??????????
3. kantt (unregistered)
It will have push to talk. If for some reason it doesn't, there is any way an app in the market that allows any android devices to use push to talk for free since the verizon service for push to talk cost 5 dollars and it is only good for communication between verizon devices.
4. anonymous1 (unregistered)
yes its called tikl but both phones need it installed
5. chekako (unregistered)
the phone I have been looking for. now if they can only put real GPS in it for the trail...someday
since we're sharing the iphone now, how about a little AT&T action, there.
6. jnaylor27 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Is there any word as to the launch date for this phone?
7. snowgator (Posts: 3504; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
This would make me giggle. I work in a fatory setting and despertly need a phone I can abuse a little. I want a smart phone, and am willing to settle for the Blackberry Style simply becouse it flips and protects the inside screen. Any info on this phone and its release date would be great. It might make me a Verizon customer....
8. none (unregistered)
Verizon rep. just told me they anticipate phone being available sometime in 2nd quarter 2011
10. none (unregistered)
okay. I just called Casio's Cell phone division and was told that it is not approved yet by verizon, but it's in the process. Was also told that it's going to be called the G'Zone Commando. Casio rep. said they are hoping April 1st for approval. But said that was a total ballpark guess. But should be around that time period. So keep your fingers crossed for April 1st!!
11. destroyer of phones (unregistered)
I've been praying for this day since i was first forced to have a smart phone for work, 6 years ago. i nearly cried when i had to give up my almost indestructible old Nextel Motorola, but i needed access to the web and our company's exchange server for scheduling and email. i work in harsh environments like coal fired power plants and paper mills that are usually very hot dusty dirty places that just destroy smart phones and i'm also an avid outdoors man and i'm never inside, im always out in the rough stuff... but isnt april first, april fools day? just sayin...
13. knower (unregistered)
Seeing this device in person by surprise in February, and speaking with a PCD representative who was showing it off at the time, the device is to have a 3.7" capacitve touch screen (same size as Droid 2 & Incredible) that has a surprisingly rich-in-color and vibrant lcd display and is even smoother then expected when scrolling from screen to screen, a 5MP rear camera with led-flash but with no front-facing camera, it will be a 3G device with no option for a 4G upgrade, it will run Froyo 2.2 OS out of the box with pending upgrade to Gingerbread 2.3, it will not have VZW's PTT capability but the device seen was already branded with the Big Red logo just like the photo depicts above although applications are already available in the Market for PTT services, also it will have mobile hotspot capability for up to 5 wifi enabled devices just as most devices with Froyo carry. No exact dimensions of the device but by look and feel, it felt as thick as the Droid 2 but with the weight of the Droid Incredible, surprisingly light. Battery-life was deemed to be one of the best in class as far as androids are concerned these days and the PCD rep stated that he had not charged the device since the day prior and it still had 75% battery with moderate to heavy demoing usage throughout the day, impressive.
In all, the specs don't blow anyone away and there wasn't talk of hardware specs like processor speeds and memory capabilities on board or added thru SD card but the concept was amazingly smooth, and it was the gem of the day given that the main attraction was to be the ever-so-delayed HTC Thunderbolt and now available Palm Pre 2 demoing. The "G'Zone Droid" as every one was calling it due to no name being decided on as of the conference was a heavy-duty Android option that was big on durability as with the predecessors of the G'Zone family but not as bulky as first thought, and given the known vulnerability that a large touch screen phone has, this device in person is seeming well worth the purchase by someone wanting style, reliable data connection and the famous Casio durability. can't wait to see this thing closer in the days to come.
15. snowgator (Posts: 3504; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
That it even has an upgrade pending to Gingerbread is great news. I have been dreading it being an extreme low end phone, and I would have been crushed. I wasn't deluding myself into thinking it would be anything other then 3G. I am hoping for a fairly respectable mid-range processor and wonder how Casio does on the screen resolution and brightness, not to mention being curious as to how they "protect" a full touch screen to military style standards but still have it responsive. I appreciate the update!!!
14. Sean (unregistered)
Wow...that's disappointing news about the PTT feature not being enabled. I've read up on the Android app for PTT and while it's supposedly very good, everyone has to have an Android phone for it to work.
16. NorCalLegend (unregistered)
So does this phone have a qwerty keyboard? The keyboard on the Casio Brigade looked like it would have been a great addition. If it does have a keyboard (although I have seen nothing mentioned) this will easily replace my Droid 2.
17. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
Dude, look at the picture. Its a touchscreen phone. No physical keyboard. Sheessh.
18. cfm09777 (unregistered)
is there any exact release date yet?
19. snowgator (Posts: 3504; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
While still no news on release date, Quarter 2 seems very likely. The latest gossip, all unconfirmed, is Android 2.2, 5 MP camera, 800 Mhz processor (sigh, was hoping for 1.0 G, oh well.), ships with a 8 G memory card, fairly light, 3.7 inch screen and fairly thick as one would expect. Got all this from "Android Central" web site. A couple of the bloggers have said they have had hands on, and that it is fairly responsive, has several recessed outside keys, any of which will wake up the phone. There is also a rumor of a sync button directly to social networks. Kinda worried the 3.7 inch screen will make the touch screen keyboard tough to use with the thick, rubber body around it.
20. snowgator (Posts: 3504; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
April 7 looks like the date, and it will be called the Commando. This was just posted on the road map for Sprint.
22. cfm999 (unregistered)
this phone still hasnt been released
23. cfm097 (unregistered)
where is this phone!
24. workerkid9 (unregistered)
i was told today from verizon that it is lunching on the 28th
25. xwoj (unregistered)
June is when they have debuted past phones.
26. workerkid9 (unregistered)
just called verizon and they sed its lunching on 28th and 199 with 2 year contract
27. cfm9 (unregistered)
28. ThomasII (unregistered)
cmon users where are the reviews at? didnt anybody purchase this phone?
29. ThomasII (unregistered)
cmon users where are the reviews? I want to see how this phone turned out to be!
30. mikaelis1116 (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 May 2011)
Well,after having g this phone for a week, I am torn between keeping it and tossing it out. Android is great, but touchscreen on a rugged phone? Really? What a slow way to type. Where is the REAL QWERTY keyboard? This thing is hard enough to use dry, inside a house, I cant imagine using it with wet hands or on dirty construction site. Yes it has G'zOne tools, which are great fun, but honestly, if Casio had any brains, they would have included them with the Brigade (the previous rugged phone)
31. mikaelis1116 (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 May 2011)
The Brigade was much more rugged, and the QWERTY real keyboard protected the screen from damage. I can type 40 times faster with a real keyboard. I just wish all the tools had been included on the Brigade. You can't set individual reminder tones, but atleast they go off (the Brigade wasn't reliable in this department), and the screen is really nice. If only there were a hard keyboard for real workers, not this virtual garbage. And how about a brighter color so when I drop it in the water, I can see it easily. Casio needs to fix the Brigade problems and add a hard keyboard to this as well.