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Casio G’zOne Ravine Review

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Interface and Features:

The Casio G’zOne Ravine doesn’t really bring anything new to the table in terms of the included software, but we did notice using the software is faster than the previous models. The Main Menu is typical for a Verizon phone with categories for media center, contacts, messaging, recent calls, and settings & tools. There are also four themes included (white, wireframe, trek, and clash), as well as being able to display them in a tab, list, and grid view, where you can even replace and move menu items around on the grid. The external clock on the front display can also be inverted between black and white lettering.

Interface of the Casio G’zOne Ravine - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Interface of the Casio G’zOne Ravine - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review

Interface of the Casio G’zOne Ravine


There are four themes included - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
There are four themes included - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
There are four themes included - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
There are four themes included - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review

There are four themes included


You can display the phone themes in a tab, list, and grid view - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
You can display the phone themes in a tab, list, and grid view - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
You can display the phone themes in a tab, list, and grid view - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review

You can display the phone themes in a tab, list, and grid view


The external clock on the front display can also be inverted between black and white - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The external clock on the front display can also be inverted between black and white - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The external clock on the front display can also be inverted between black and white - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review

The external clock on the front display can also be inverted between black and white


You can store up to 1000 contacts with their name, multiple phone numbers, IM screen name, physical street address, ringtone and picture, as well as adding them to one of 999 speed-dial locations. There is also a separate PTT list where you can add up to 500 PTT names and numbers.

Contacts - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
There is also a separate PTT list - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Casio G’zOne Ravine Review

Contacts

 

There is also a separate PTT list

 

One thing we’re glad to see on the Ravine is the inclusion of the G’zGear program, which is also included on the Rock. It is located in the Tools menu, but can also be accessed directly by holding-down the CLR key. The Earth Compass shows a red line designating North and your current direction and degree heading (0-360), while World Nature tells you what Earth features are in your direction, such as the North Pole or Mt Everest. Walking Counter tracks your steps on a daily basis and shows them on a graph, including miles walked. Tides shows the current tide levels for cities around the US coast line and Current View displays an animated graphic of what the tide level would look like. Going into Sunrise/Sunset shows how many hours there are until the event, and even a day/night chart. Lunar Phase, as the name implies, shows the current phase of the moon (from full to new-moon), and Cosmic View displays the current location of the sun, moon, and earth in relationship to each other. The Star Gazer is similar to the Google Sky Map program, as it shows which stars and constellations are in your area based on your GPS location and direction. All of these features are nice as each one has a useful function for the outdoorsman.

The G’zGear program - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The G’zGear program - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The G’zGear program - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The G’zGear program - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The G’zGear program - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The G’zGear program - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The G’zGear program - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The G’zGear program - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The G’zGear program - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The G’zGear program - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The G’zGear program - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The G’zGear program - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review

The G’zGear program


The Casio G’zOne Ravine does come with an HTML browser, though we found it to be quite limited. When going to large sites, such as PhoneArena.com, it breaks the site up into smaller pages called Optimized View, which to us is not true HTML. You can choose to turn the Optimized View off, however in doing so most large sites will not fully load and it becomes difficult to navigate. Because of these browser limitations, we can only see using it on occasion; not on a daily basis.

The Casio G’zOne Ravine comes with an HTML browser - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The Casio G’zOne Ravine comes with an HTML browser - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The Casio G’zOne Ravine comes with an HTML browser - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
The Casio G’zOne Ravine comes with an HTML browser - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review

The Casio G’zOne Ravine comes with an HTML browser


The included 3.2MP fixed-focus camera on the Ravine does a better job than the Rock’s 2MP camera, but it does lack the autofocus that is found on the Brigade. Images that were taken outside using the Ravine produced adequate detail, but color accuracy is a bit off, as is the white balance. Bright areas also have a tendency of being overexposed, but the purple fringing that we saw with previous models appears to be gone. For capturing pictures indoors, image quality is reasonable as long as there is plenty of light, but in low-light conditions it is difficult to capture and the single LED flash doesn’t help much. Video recording is limited to 320x240 resolution at 15fps, so this is really only good enough for playing back on the phone, not on a large PC monitor. We were also able to playback an MP4 fila at 320x240 pixels on the Ravine.

Camera interface - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Camera interface - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Camera interface - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Camera interface - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review

Camera interface


Outdoor samples shot with the Casio G’zOne Ravine - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Casio G’zOne Ravine - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Casio G’zOne Ravine - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Casio G’zOne Ravine - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Casio G’zOne Ravine - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Casio G’zOne Ravine - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Casio G’zOne Ravine - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Casio G’zOne Ravine - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Casio G’zOne Ravine - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Casio G’zOne Ravine - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Casio G’zOne Ravine


Strong - Indoor samples - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Night mode with flash - Indoor samples - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

Darkness

Night mode with flash

Indoor samples


Included memory on the device is 235MB, of which 197MB is available to the user. You can also install a microSD memory card up to 32GB to provide plenty of room for storing music and pictures.

Most other features remain the same that we’ve seen from other Verizon devices, such as the appointment calendar, text/picture/video messaging, MP3 music playback, VCast video streaming, and VZ Navigator for GPS guided driving directions. Other messaging options include Mobile Email, which will allow you to send and receive email through your standard POP or IMAP accounts, and Mobile IM for connecting to people in your AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo! buddy lists. Also included on the Casio Ravine is a new program called Social Beat that allows you to connect to your accounts for Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google Talk, and GMail, as well as RSS. We tried it with Facebook and were able to view our feed, wall, inbox, and friend’s list. You can also post your current status and even upload a mobile photo.

Music player - Most other features remain the same that we’ve seen from other Verizon devices - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
VZ Navigator - Most other features remain the same that we’ve seen from other Verizon devices - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
AIM - Most other features remain the same that we’ve seen from other Verizon devices - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
Social Beat - Most other features remain the same that we’ve seen from other Verizon devices - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review

Music player

VZ Navigator

AIM

Social Beat

Most other features remain the same that we’ve seen from other Verizon devices



Push-To-Talk:

The Casio G’zOne Ravine uses the Verizon EVDO Rev A. network for PTT connectivity. This allows the connection time between the devices to only be about 1 second or less, with voices also taking about 1 second to transmit. Using the PTT on the Ravine works quite well, as the orange PTT button is easy to find, and the stereo speakers on the bottom edge produce loud and clear voices. We also like the fact that it can be used with the phone open or closed.

PTT connectivity - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
PTT connectivity - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review
PTT connectivity - Casio G’zOne Ravine Review

PTT connectivity



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posted on 24 Oct 2010, 10:48

1. JH (unregistered)


Is the blue tooth in the Ravine the same as the Rock. I recently purchased the Brigade and like the features but the blue tooth is not compatible with my 2009 Chevy Traverse. The Rock appears on GM's site as compatible with the Traverse but does not mention the Ravine. Any help would be appreciated...

posted on 24 Oct 2010, 11:07

2. Kat (unregistered)


yes accroding to an internal Verizon equipment guide the Rock and Ravine share the same internal bluetooth.

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 05:03

3. KLX (unregistered)


Pretty half-baked review, to be honest. It felt rushed, especially when the G'ZGear section didn't even include screenshots of every tool packaged with the device.

Writing errors including 'through' instead of 'throw'? Terrible.

posted on 01 Jan 2011, 19:49

4. shortciruit62 (unregistered)


there is a spot on the ravine for a cradle charger .......but do they make one?????????????????????????????????

posted on 19 Jan 2011, 08:18

5. smittyrider03 (unregistered)


I would also like to know if they make a cradle charger...

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 15:25

6. Sean (unregistered)


Is this phone intrinsically/explosion safe? I work in a refinery and cell phones have to be intrinsically safe.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 22:52

7. xxxxxx (unregistered)


this biggest junk pile i have paid so much for. the battery charger port. the freezing up .
battery life is very poor even with the expensive extended battery. i have never had more problems with a phone like this one. i hate it and the sad part it was used very gently has no scratches or anything just a nice looking piece of junk.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 12:16

8. aaplumbing (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


The first Casio G'One Ravine phone screen froze several times. I buy the insurance and traded for another unit. After two months the current one froze. Each time I have to remove the battery to reboot the phone. Battery standby life is ok, battery usage life is poor. The phone's operation is slower than other phones I have used. For both phones there is a lag time from the moment a button is pressed till that particular operation begins or ends. If I can trade for a comparable LG flip I will, if not then I'll be stuck with another Ravine.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 19:23

9. Plum (unregistered)


Nobody could hear me talk on this phone-because the talk into mic is up close the ear piece ! I only had this phone a couple days-took it back & got a samsung convoy 2.
(After a big hassle with verizon) It will be att&t for me the next time!

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 19:51

10. Tom (unregistered)


I had 3 Ravine's and all of them had trouble with power cycling and that was all within about 1 weeks time. I made a upgrade to the Ravine from the Casio G'Zone type S that I have had for about 4 years. I have gone back to my old phone and replaced my battery.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 15:07

11. Jake (unregistered)


I have had the Ravine for several weeks and have had no problems whatsoever. Voice, bluetooth and ear volume is fine. The speaker is also very good.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 20:22

12. stiggs61 (unregistered)


piece of junk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 second one in 2 months biggest thing nobody can hear yeah grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr​rrrr dont know what to pick now

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 14:02

13. Stetson Creek (unregistered)


My old Gz was to scratched to read anymore ,so I got a new Ravine.
Big mistake and I'am stuck with it. My old one had a battery life of
about 5 to 7 days and the new one needs to be charged daily. I have
replaced the phone once already. Also other Verizon stores will
not help you since you didn't purchase tthe phone from them. All they want is to sell another phone.

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Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.30 x 2.10 x 0.80 inches
(109 x 53 x 20 mm)
4.60 oz  (130 g)
Battery1140 mAh, 4.83 hours talk time

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