Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE Review
Even though most other smartphones come equipped with Android 4.2 or 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE is limited to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Once again Casio is using their own custom G’zOne skin. It may not be as customizable as HTC Sense or Samsung Touch Wiz, but it still comes with 7 homes screens and has 5 icons at the bottom for accessing the phone, contacts list, app drawer, web browser, and messaging.
Naturally, the device does well with Android core apps, such as E-Mail and Gmail, contacts, and calendar. Also included are the Amazon app store, Amazon Kindle and MP3, Amex Serve, Audible, IMDb, NFL Mobile, Slacker radio, Verizon Tones, Viewdini, VZ Navigator, and Zappos.
We’re glad to see the return of the G’zGear app and desktop widgets, which provide useful information such as an earth compass, thermometer, tides, sun/moon chart, star gazer, walking counter and barometer. The Earth Compass shows your current heading in degrees, as well as an arrow to North, and the Layer Compass shows where you are in relation to world cities, US Parks, world mountains, and world nature. The Walking Counter has a virtual trek for different trails, and a pedometer for how many steps you’ve taken for each day of the week, which is shown in a handy graph. The Thermometer shows what the current temperature is, and the temps of 3 cities you can select from, or view a global map of temps around the world. Tides show what the current high and low tide times are for your location as well as their height. The sun/moon will show how many hours until the sun rise/set and moon rise/set for your location. Lastly, the Star Gazer will show what stars and constellations are in the sky, through it isn’t as good as Google Sky Map.
One new app is called G’zWorld. It starts off by showing a map of your current location with a small compass and current elevation on the bottom. By clicking on the Route tab at the top (and then start), it will automatically track your GPS location every few minutes and plot it on the map. This can be very handy while hiking or camping, or even if you are in an unfamiliar area. You can also manually Pin your current location to the map, even with a picture.
Both the G’zGear and G’zWorld apps are unique, and really help market the phone to active individuals that would use it while being outdoors.
Processor and Memory:
Running the show on the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE is a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM. Even though this is a vast improvement over the 800MHz single-core processor that was on the original model two years ago, it still falls behind devices on the market that feature quad-core processors. Regardless, we found that the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE was fast enough for the tasks that we threw at it, running various apps, and using the included G’zGear and G’zWorld apps. The benchmark tests below show that is stacks up just fine with other dual-core processor phones.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD)||Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
|Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE||5128||10391||3441||1793 / 633|
|Pantech Perception||5552||9694||2579||1649 / 611|
|LG Lucid 2||5774||11800||2794||1636 / 602|
|Motorola DROID RAZR M||4864||11471|
One nice surprise is that the devices comes with 16GB of internal storage, but only half of that is available to the user. Though you can install a microSD memory card up to 32GB for additional space.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE comes equipped with a standard web browser, though you can install Chrome or Dolphin if you desire. It renders pages just fine, with kinetic scrolling and pinch-to-zoom working without a hitch.
Like we mentioned earlier, this new model does support Verizon’s 4G LTE data network, since the original model was limited to only EVDO. So we fired up the Speedtest.net app and was able to get 28 Mbps downloads and 8 Mbps uploads, with a signal reception of -95 dBm. Naturally, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 are supported, but since the device is also global roaming capable, it also can use GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 MHz networks while overseas.
1. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)
This phone is like a tank and makes S4 Active and Xperia Z like a bunch of wusses in terms of outdoor performance. Unfortunately G'zOne missed the boat in terms of processing power and camera performance which the two wusses have done a better job in that arena.
4. kephaff (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Agreed what really sucks is this phone was cleared by the FCC back in Oct of 2012 and if it came out then would have been perfect competition as most of the phones last yr were still duel core it had the same snapdragon processor as the S3 and Moto Razr HD and Maxx and those phones came out in April and Aug-Sept of last yr so it would have stacked up great against them but Verizon had to sit on the phones for 10 months giving the other phones a better chance to sell that wasn't needed
16. sgogeta4 (Posts: 391; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
you have to compromise, which is more important to you - true ruggedness with slower tech or semi-ruggedness with uptodate tech?
2. lsutigers (Posts: 694; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
This is a nice durable phone but the Sprint Torque is a much better option being fully submersible, with Smart Sonic Technology and Sprint Direct Connect is far superior to Verizon PTT. Otherwise specs are pretty much on par between the two.
3. kephaff (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
This phone is fully submersible to, I have the phone and already have put it underwater several times with no problem, even have taken some underwater pictures already both this and the old commando have always been fully submersible up to 5 ft for 30 mins per recommindation of the company but can go deeper and longer as I have taken the old commando.
5. activedeb (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)
Just got the phone yesterday, so have the 14 days to switch.
I really wanted a rugged phone and have no issue compromising the video and some other features for that and the great speakerphone quality when on calls.
but,,,in the first two days the battery capability may be the issue I can not live with.
Downloaded ATK and keep eye on that. Disabled amex, all amazons.
Any other ideas for better battery life?
Is there extended battery available with cover that keeps the water/shock proof benefit?
Thanks, I am just an active girl who hated to spend any money on any smart phone I had to be careful with!
6. kephaff (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Yes i bought the extended battery from verizon themselves
i called and asked for the commando lte extended battery which is 2920 mAH. I dont have enought post to post the link but if you go to verizon wireless.com and in the search box type (2920) the battery should pop up, i had to call them to get it also got a discount on the battery because of who i work with. Also the battery does add weight and thickness. It comes with another back plate for it that sticks out but provides a long days worth of battery use. from around 9 this morning till almost 10 tonight it lasted with moderate to heavy use at some points. hope this helps you a bit
7. kephaff (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Also forgot to mention with the new back cover i still took mine to the local water park and submerged it several times with no problem again only thing is it add bulk and weight to the phone but i dont mind for what it can do its 49.99 without discount and again you may have to call them
8. activedeb (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)
Thank you for the info. Will it still fit in shirt or pants pocket?
That's all I need.
Thanks for helping.
9. kephaff (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Yes it fits into my pockets still i haven't had a problem with it I do know my step dad likes the phone and is getting one but doesn't like the bulkyness it adds so he's sticking with the other battery again I have had no problems putting it in my pocket or anywre else it adds about 5 cm or 1/8 of an inch hump on the back panel where the battery is.
11. JDeus01 (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 May 2013)
dont follow, this is an outdoor phone, yet the battery only last 2 days?
17. sgogeta4 (Posts: 391; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
it's called, get an external battery. I have a 13000mAh ext battery for my extended trips away from a charger...
12. talentonly (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
First off, I'm not a forum guru but I'm from neanderthal when it comes to reviews. This is my opinion one of the best pieces of consumer tech to come out in years. The fact that it has received publicity in the shadow of S4 active is sad. Probably this is due to the fact that the name isn't catchy enough and way too long. Casio as a company has been dropping the ball across the board for awhile. But let's put all that aside for a minute and look at just this phone. You can read specs for yourself, I'm not a salesman, all I can say is that the phone does everything described by the review above and more. For me, the software and hardware are sufficient for anything that you would want to do on a phone.
I've had this phone for a month. I've beat the living snot out of it. Every phone I've ever owned has needed an insurance plan to keep up with my lifestyle (and yes I got a plan for this phone too, although it may not need it). If you need a prissy phone that takes good self-portraits, your out of luck here. If you need a phone that blasts your favorite music while enjoying a shower beer, you've struck gold. In the rain, in the sun, thrown into pools, dropped from ledges this thing is still kicking strong.
Here my list of pros and cons on this product:
1. Rugged and familiar with water
2. Fully customizable landscape
3. Functional built-in apps (that can be removed) and power control widget is awesome
4. Hotspot node
5. Blutooth sync (although the refresh rate is a little slow)
1. Severely lacking accessories
2. 'Glove mode' button placement is terrible (could've done better on top or bottom)
3. Battery life (although it has a bulky upgrade option)
If you're thinking about this phone, here's something to consider before buying. You're getting into a phone made a company that is not very popular or frankly well-known outside of specific markets. The Walkman days are over and we're not comparing new tech so often as we are better tech. This phone is the best at what it does.
18. Handyman (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Sep 2013)
I do not have the new version yet but I will tell you the 3G model is a very rugged phone. I have had it sense it came out. It has fallen of the hood of my van at 70 mph going down the freeway, fallen off 2 - 3 story buildings, thrown into a brick wall, submerged into everything you can think of from mud, beer, sewer, even sat on the bumper of my truck all night in a hot, humid summer Tn storm, all night (wash it off and it keeps working). The list go on as to the durability of the Casio Commando.
The battery life is what it is, keep a charger close by.
I look forward to owning the new G4 LTE
13. Dawgdaylive (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)
This may seem elementary to some ...to get the most out of your battery but it seems to work the best for me and others I have helped so far..
Auto brightness on.
"Touch light key" on no more then 1.5 seconds
Screen time out no more then 1 minute
Turn off vibrate and haptic feedback mode
use as few widgets as possible on main screen
NO LIVE WALLPAPERS !!!
obviously powersave mode
Keeping wifi and bluetooth
off when you are not using those features
and I found this out without realizing it immediately ...
when you are connected to a bluetooth earpiece I found that the battery lasts 25 -30 % longer because the phone speaker is not being used
Transmitting sound to your bluetooth earpiece uses less power
Speaking from my own experience of course ..
14. rmg21 (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 May 2011)
Does anyone know if Push to Talk work on this new 4G phone?
15. tschlicht (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
PTT does not work on this phone. What a bummer. It took months before they release PTT on the first one so maybe they will have it later??? Still a rather disappointing battery like the first one.
19. ediesquid (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jun 2014)
does anyone know how good the antennae range is compared to other phones. I had heard Casio did't have a very good range due to the thickness of the phone. that sounds like hogwash to me. I want this phone but range is important when I am hunting and ATV ing.