UPDATED Hands-on with a Casio Exilim C721 dummy phone
This article contains unofficial information.
We'd rather have a real, working Casio Exilim C721, but until then, we were able to get a hold of a dummy phone (the display model that some stores use). In the few leaked images that we saw early on, the phone's body appeared to be a champagne color with black flip, but in-person the body is closer to silver. The overall size of the unit is approximately 4.1"H x 1.9"W x .75" D, which is almost the same size of the new Alias 2.
The front of the unit has a small display, possibly OLED that measures 0.75" x 0.30". Due to its small size, all that is shown are the EV and 1X signal bars, battery meter, and time (no date). It's too bad a larger display isn't used, similar to the one on the Chocolate 3 or V9m. On the left side is a microSD card slot and charger port, while on the right is a headphone jack, volume rocker, and camera buttons.
The internal display measures 2.3" diagonal (1.4"W x 1.8"H) and is said to have a resolution of 480x800 pixels with 262K color support. The d-pad and keyboard buttons are large and easy to press, which we hope will be true on the working model.
One of the main features of the Exilim is the 5MP autofocus camera with flash and 3X optical zoom, which is located on the back. There is a protective piece of glass in front of the camera's lens, and it looks like the flash consists of two LEDs. The display flips and rotates, in similar fashion to the Samsung A990 and FlipShot, but we hope that is the only similarity.
That's mostly everything one can gather from the dummy model, except that it's said to be Water Resistant. We don't want to comment on the phone's construction or feel, since this is a non-working dummy unit. Hopefully, the real working Casio Exilim isn't too far off, but chances are it will not be out until after June 6th, since it's not listed on the current Verizon rebate form. Expect our Casio Exilim C721 review in the future!
The Casio Exilim C721 is reported by BGR to be released on June 10th.
A friend of our was able to locate the final specifications for the Casio Exilim. The internal 2.3" display is listed as QVGA 240x320 resolution with 65K color support, not WVGA 480x800 resolution at 262K colors as was rumored. This is a big let down. External display is 0.7" mono white with 96x32 pixels. The camera is still 5.1MP autofocus with flash and 3x optical zoom, and the Exilim meets Military Standard 810F for dust, water, and shock resistance. The Web Browser is listed as HTML and uses EVDO Rev A, and up to 8GB microSD cards can be used. The Exilim is loaded with Verizon's Dashboard program, which means the device can only be activated on Nationwide calling plans. The size of the device is 4"H x 2"W x 0.8D and has a weight of 4.50oz. Include in the retail box will be the phone, standard battery with cover, wall charger, charging cradle, digital photo album CD, headset adapter, wrist strap, and user guides.
From Verizon's internal site:
Introducing the CASIO EXILIM, focused on what your customers want the most. The CASIO EXILIM is the picture perfect blend of digital camera and entertainment, for messaging, and for fun. Featuring a 180-degree rotating display and professional-quality 5.1 megapixel camera coupled with desirable handset features such as Instant Messaging, Visual Voice Mail, Dashboard with Mobile Web, and V CAST Music with Rhapsody its clear to see that the CASIO EXILIM is outstanding - from any angle!
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3. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)
Im not a fan of this phone. External screen is way to small.
11. TheCellDepotVZW (Posts: 26; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
yes cause the external screen is the one we will be using most... all your looking at that screen for is to see who calling and that it... oh and maybe to see if your phones gonna die...
4. bigredemp_2007 (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 May 2009)
i haven't seen a dummy phone in our store yet. i really hope the swivelling screen is only thing similar to the Samsung Flipshot! It looks like a pretty sharp looking phone though, and if it is water resistant like Casio's other phones, we may sell a few of these. Most people like the concept of the G'zone series, but it is not a good looking phone. I wonder how that camera looks on the screen? I was hoping for a much bigger screen.
5. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
screen size really doesn't matter. Resolution is what will actually dictate the quality of the pictures the phone will display on its own. Sometimes people feel the pictures on their phones suck because they are only looking at the display of their phone and they never load them on a computer to see what they actually look like. The external screen is small, but i would sacrifice a small external screen for a beatuiful internal display 480x800 resolution on a "dumb" phone is fantastic!
6. bigredemp_2007 (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 May 2009)
from my experience working in a store, most of the people who would buy this phone, or really any camera phone for that matter, will be complaining that it has such a great camera but does not look great on the phone. Sure, get an SD memory card, load them on a computer, it'll look good.
7. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 237; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
The final specs now show the internal display to be QVGA 240x320, not WVGA 480x800.
10. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I need to read more thoroghly, and not scan these longer posts... i skipped the NOT part
8. Arielnyc2006 (unregistered)
It has dashboard, which means no prepaid.. sigh....
12. whyNoWindows7Driver (unregistered)
I recently upgraded to this phone and a Windows 7 PC. I must say it's a really nice phone with a great camera, however, if you want to download your pictures to your Windows 7 PC you won't be able to with the supplied USB cable until Verizon decides to make a driver for Windows 7. So, if you decide on upgrading to this particular phone, it would be advatageous for you to get a micro SD card and transfer your pictures on someone elses non-Windows 7 PC, use a photo development center with a micro SD card, or incure the charges for the megabyte usage that your plan provides when not using a micro SD card. I read on numerous sites that it works fine with the other versions of Windows. My big question for Verizon is when is the USB driver for Windows 7 going to be made available? Hoping some human from Verizon reads this instead of receiving a system generated form letter from the customer support division server and provides an actual answer.