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posted on 19 Jan 2009, 19:08
I had this phone up until november 18, 2008 @ the verizon store i got the gzone type s which now is old enyway too so i dc if it old its like unbreakable. i dropp it on cement its not scratched or enything its pretty good yaDesign 7/10Features 9/10Performance 2/10
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posted on 12 Jul 2007, 08:06
Sturdy, good performance
We bought one Casio-Hitachi G'zOne Type-V, model NX9200, as a replacement for a Motorola V60i, which was among the sturdiest cell phones available in 2002-2004. After 6 weeks of use, we found the NX9200 outshines the V60i in all respects and bought another. With release of a so-called "successor" Type-S, offering Bluetooth but otherwise inferior specs, Verizon is selling the Type-V for $100 with a 2-year contract. At that price it is a bargain.
The V60i featured a thin aluminum shell and solid aluminum hinge brackets, while the NX9200 has a solid magnesium shell with a full width solid metal hinge. It is shock-resistant and water-resistant to 1 meter, provided the battery and antenna are secure and the two port plugs are in place.
The talk time is rated about 3.5 hours, and standby battery life is variously rated at up to 400 hours. In an urban setting we are getting about a week of battery life with occasional brief usage. Reception is better than the V60i, and sound quality is good. When calling from an area with strong signal, people we talk with cannot tell we are using a cell phone.
Although the NX9200 has many features, so far we use only the stored contact list. Although slightly less convenient than the V60i, it provides multiple numbers for each contact. A drawback of the Casio-Hitachi cell phones released in the U.S. is lack of accessories. Although UTStarcom was supposed to act as a U.S. marketer, so far this company has done little to help.
Design 10/10Features 8/10Sound Quality 8/10Signal Strength 8/10Value for money 9/10
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posted on 10 Jul 2007, 22:06
Gave up on it...
I loved the idea of a Verizon phone that could withstand the vigors of daily use. I was tired of replacing phones due to scratched or broken cases and screens. This phone looked promising. After shelling out 295.00 to be one of the 1st users I was amazed it dropped in price so fast. I was not impressed by the fact that with all the phones having Bluetooth this phone did not offer that feature. I also noticed that within the 1st three weeks of use the battery life dropped dramatically. I can barely use it a couple hours before i have to charge it and the phone offers about a couple minutes warning before it shuts off. In addition, the phone was constantly freezing up, requireing me to pull the battery out to reboot. This got tiresome after a half dozen times a day. Within a month of owning the phone it finally froze so many times I called custer service. They suggested *228 option 2 to refresh my programming. Having done this it sent the phone into a total reboot and i lost ALL my contacts. Too bad I didn't buy into the 1.99 mo charge to save them (Extremely pissed). After getting this phone replaced in June the new phone is experiencing the same problem and this one shut down completely. (This time i spent the $$ to to a backup) Cell reception was not too bad, phone is rugged but when it doesn't work, no bluetooth and the battery is worthless it is time to move on. I would not recommend this phone to anyone (and I am sorry to say a friend of mine bought one after seeing mine)....Design 6/10Features 4/10Sound Quality 5/10Signal Strength 7/10Value for money 3/10
posted on 30 Jun 2007, 21:23
Had this phone for a month. Drops calls like crazy. verizon is shipping a new one to try and fix it.I hope it is solved. I also had a problem with freezing and not sending pic or txt messages.But this thing is a tank.I am a firfighter and phones only last me a short period of time before i water log them. i really hope the next one works out.Design 7/10Features 9/10Sound Quality 10/10Signal Strength 2/10Value for money 4/10
posted on 18 Jun 2007, 17:30
Speed dialing solution
I have experienced the same problem w/the speed dialing causing the phone to freeze. I discovered that when Verizion transfered all my numbers to my new Casio, my phone froze when I tried to access speed dials. You cannot change the default #1 speed dial on the Casio (it will forever be voicemail.) On my old phone, my default #1 speed dial was changable and I had it programed to my husbands number. What I had to do to fix the problem, which Verizon had NO CLUE how to fix, was to reassign my husbands speed dial to #2. That completelly fixed the problem. Verizon used their transfer software to transfer all the numbers to my new phone. Perhaps the conflict of both the voicemail and my husbands number wanting to use speed dial #1 caused the glitch. I have not had problems since. I told Verizon about the possible solution but I guess they want to keep that to themselves...
I sure do wish that the signal strength was better and that they offered an extended battery - the one w/the basic phone is a joke!Design 10/10Features 7/10Sound Quality 7/10Signal Strength 5/10Value for money 6/10
posted on 28 May 2007, 17:21
one of the crowd
I had a total of four of these phones before I gave up on them. First one had the speed dial entry glitch mentioned by another reviewer. However the biggest problem that I had was dropped calls. Now, I know everyone is going to say that is the system provider, but in side by side usage with my old kyocera or my wife's raz'r, in my home or in the car in places where I had never had reception problems before, I was constantly dropping calls. Everyone was begging me to get rid of the thing, even my technology challenged mom! All those bells and whistles are'nt worth a thing if the "PHONE" portion of the cell phone does'nt work.Too bad, cause I am hard on phones, and i wanted this phone to work out.Design 8/10Features 8/10Sound Quality 7/10Signal Strength 1/10Value for money 3/10
posted on 17 May 2007, 16:42
A++ for rugged, but they forget why
The biggest selling point is that it's built like a tank. Unfortunately, they didn't put a lot of thought into WHERE or HOW people would be using a phone built like a tank.
Doesn't ship with a belt clip or a head set. No bluetooth, so a headset (use of which apparently makes the unit less waterproof, but I might hot glue the adapter on to fix that) wire gets tangled up in tool belt or backpack straps.
Analog failover? No, a failing that become very obvious when I took it camping.
The watch-style front is cute, but I'd prefer a small scroller on the hinge instead; that way I could tell the time, incoming caller, timer and so on by looking down on it in it's clip instead of having to unholster it. The current config is great for showing anyone around me the time, but me? not so much. If I have to put down what I'm working on to interact with it, then the design has failed.
I could care less about the V-whatever video service, fancy ringtones, or background art; the excellent physical design here is purely utility, so why waste space and power on toys? Oh, and the flashlight "flash LED On" feature is useful, as is the camera, but would be a whole lot more so if I didn't have to flip the unit open to access it... at least they could add these functions to the voice commands.
When I tried to check equipment spec pages for my job and google maps from the built-in browser, it wouldn't make an https connection (bad certificates?, and wouldn't fetch new ones), and mangled the...Design 9/10Features 6/10Sound Quality 8/10Signal Strength 8/10Value for money 5/10
posted on 04 Apr 2007, 11:51
Great Phone, Software Hiccup
The camera is terrific; the movies look great when played on a pc in QuickTime; the sound is great, especially from the speaker. But I'm on my third phone in 5 days because of a problem that develops after inputting several "Speed-dial" number assignments. It goes to a white screen with a message "IWS_CONTACTS_S10075" and the phone freezes. Only way to get it back is to r&r the battery. Verizon Wireless apparently doesn't have a software revision for this. I'll wait until they do, because other than this glitch I love the device.Design 9/10Features 7/10Sound Quality 9/10Signal Strength 9/10Value for money 9/10
posted on 03 Mar 2007, 21:18
Great phone so far.Only one problem with phone so far...Cannot stay connected with E-bay..I no its a phone,but I need E-bay.
But other then that, A great phone.
And its been replaced 2 times,and tech service couldent get it working.
O well I will problly take phone back and go back to useing my old lg 7000 till another phone comes out that I like.Design 9/10Features 8/10Sound Quality 9/10Signal Strength 10/10Value for money 10/10
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posted on 14 Jan 2007, 21:37
One totally Bitchin' Phone
I work on radio towers, tall Water tanks, tree tops, and roofs in all weather conditions, this thing is tough
hard to kill
easy to read display
LOUD and CLEAR
HQ camera is nice (but would trade it for a bluetooth any day)
the battery isn't as long lived as I would like
accessories are near nonexistant and expensive when you can find them
WHY is there no BLUETOOTH? COME ON!!! I use this thing in cold wind and a wireless headset would go a long way!
over all it is a bitchin' phoneDesign 10/10Features 7/10Sound Quality 9/10Signal Strength 9/10Value for money 7/10
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posted on 10 Dec 2006, 20:49
TOUGHEST PHONE ON THE MARKET
Have had the phone 2 weeks. KICKS A#!
Already dropped it in snow, water and on hard ice. CAN'T hurt it.
Good sound quality (better through speaker). Good menu and big screen. Picture quality ok..
LOVE THIS PHONE..Design 10/10Features 9/10Sound Quality 8/10Signal Strength 10/10Value for money 10/10
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