G-Shock phone is ugly, but tough enough not to care

G-Shock phone is ugly, but tough enough not to care
G-Shock has obviously brought this monster phone concept prototype back at CES, and it went a little bit under the news radar, but with such a combination of hideous forms and extreme toughness it’s definitely worth a special mention. 

The company aims to “change the cell phone game forever introducing the toughest phone on the market,” but while we can doubt the first claim, the second certainly seems true: the G-Shock phone concept is imagined to remain safe under water when submerged down to as much as 33 feet (10 meters), be able survive a 10-foot drop, and won’t crumble even under a ton of weight. Obviously, it also runs an unspecified version of Android.

Could it look better? Probably, but with such features it could also probably afford to turn its muscular back on design. We can imagine it’d also boost your macho image, so would you get it, if it indeed becomes a retail reality?

source: G-Shock via Droid-life


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30 Comments

1. hepresearch unregistered

On the contrary, this is not nearly as "ugly" as it is unique in appearance. It does not look like all the other thin rectangular phones out there... and Apple will have a tougher time justifying any attempt to sue the living snot out of Casio for this on shape and appearance grounds. I like stuff that looks different... and I actually do not find this phone to be "ugly". I like it. I have not been a big fan of Casio products in the past, though, and I would have to switch to Verizon, no doubt, to get one of these when and if they make it to retail shelves... I'm not a huge Verizon fan either. Still, "tough" is freakin awesome. If I had the means of obtaining one, this could easily make it to the top of my list for considering (depending on how well its first set of user reviews turn out).

11. GeekMovement unregistered

i agree where if this phone were not tough, but the design stayed the same, I would no way even consider, but with the durablity and unique looks, I'm interested!

19. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I agree, it looks like all the other G-shock watches Casio is known for -- that is a UNMISTAKABLE casio watch.

2. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Anyone else see that it has a "SIM SLOT" on the right side under the Home/Power button? My guess is that this will probably come with 4G LTE in tow.

6. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

More than likely, it is a Verizon phone after all.

20. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The battery life using today's technology would warrant a 3G phone -- 4G uses too much energy.

3. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Ughhh. Ugly as shet. Saw this over at Android police last night and joked about how it might give me nightmares lol. Weird that I actually had one XP

4. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Mmmm I would buy this one

5. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

This phone reminds me of some digital watches design. Looks cool, robust with its gadget feeling. Just need to know its spec.

7. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

I'm glad that I'm not only one who doesn't find this phone "ugly"!

8. aar0983

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 26, 2011

I think this phone looks cool. Different in design and tough for all kinds of punishment from the users and the elements

9. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Holy s**t that thing looks cool

10. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

I actually like the phone design and as mentioned previously it's uniqueness. Performance to be determined I can see this phone being adopted in construction, oil and military capacities. I would consider buying this thing based on performance. Casio also doesn't have to worry about Apple and their patent trolling either as far as the hardware design goes either :-)

12. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

looks like a cross between a graphing calculator and a stopwatch with a giant screen. i can dig it though. but it doesnt look so comfortable in hand.

13. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

I want one I like this design

14. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

At last a phone I wouldn't wince at when my daughter knocked it onto the floor! (For her phone, not mine.)

15. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

...what the hell is that abomination? Man, that phone makes ugly look like a ray of sunshine.

30. hepresearch unregistered

"We apologize profusely that this device is not as attractive and beautiful as your existing iPhone. We will now hire an entirely new design team to prepare a newer and prettier design, more like your iPhone we hope, and our entire current engineering and design staff here at Casio will now regain our honor by committing seppuku..."

16. BioTek

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

The overall design of the phone actually isn't that bad. The only problem I have with the design is how wide it is. I'd buy it once the price takes a large decrease.

17. AngusNG12345

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

yep well, apple's gonna have a hard time suing g-shock...

22. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1774; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

they only sue to attempt to get rid of their competition, this monstrosity is of course...not

18. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

Can someone say Casio GzOne Commando 2? Honestly i like the way it looks. kinda strange. but thats what makes it unique. Its definately not like every other bread and butter slab smartphone out there. I liken it to the Ponitac Aztek. Kinda strange looking. Ugly to most. But its function over form. and i think it will sell well to active people, Farmers who need a truly indestructable smartphone or the blind. haha

21. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I've seen prototypes where the display is elongated in landscape mode. For example, it was a 2.6" screen where the screen was longer than the width of the straps -- which is better suited for texting.

23. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Actually, this is quite refreshing to see a new design rather than another a generic design. Put a N8 like camera or better and consider this one sold.

24. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

What if this is the ICS, Quad core? haha ;) I actually don't HATE it per say. I would absolutely never buy it though! My main gripe is that it looks like it's in a case... The phone it's self should be sleek and solid. Even with the notches and ruggedness. Which I like.

26. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Most people use their phones in a case as it is...

25. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I LOVE that design! I'd buy one just to use it as a media player.

27. brahandum

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Damn its nice, finally something with brain and brawn, unfortunately apple fanboy will hate this

28. erwin

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

definitely i would like to have im a fun of g shock,i like the look good for outdoor adventure,when will it be available in the market?

29. skelly

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

is casio g shock smartphone on sale yet

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