G-Shock phone is ugly, but tough enough not to care
posted by Victor H. / Jan 24, 2012, 9:52 AM
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?
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).
posted on Jan 24, 2012, 10:18 AM 11
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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.
posted on Jan 24, 2012, 10:31 AM 1
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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 :-)
posted on Jan 24, 2012, 11:30 AM 3
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...what the hell is that abomination? Man, that phone makes ugly look like a ray of sunshine.
posted on Jan 24, 2012, 1:53 PM 1
"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..."
posted on Jan 30, 2013, 3:52 PM 0
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yep well, apple's gonna have a hard time suing g-shock...
posted on Jan 24, 2012, 2:40 PM 0
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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
posted on Jan 24, 2012, 4:37 PM 2
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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.
posted on Jan 24, 2012, 10:35 PM 0
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