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Casio G'zOne Commando Review

Casio G'zOne Commando

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The Casio G’zOne Commando comes with Android 2.2.1 Froyo installed, but layered over that Casio is using their own custom G’zOne skin. It’s not as feature-rich as HTC Sense or Samsung Touch Wiz, and only has 5 home screens instead of the standard 7, but there are some added features. At the bottom left of the home screen is a circular icon, and when you drag it out to the right side it will show 5 quick-launch icons for accessing the contacts, email, messaging, voice control, and calendar. What’s nice about this is those 5 icons can be replaced with anything that you use frequently, from device settings to different applications. This is a nice idea, and we did use it a few times, but we still would have preferred the extra two home screens where we could place icons on.

The Casio G’zOne Commando is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo - Casio G'zOne Commando Review
The Casio G’zOne Commando is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo - Casio G'zOne Commando Review
The Casio G’zOne Commando is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo - Casio G'zOne Commando Review
The Casio G’zOne Commando is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo - Casio G'zOne Commando Review


There is also a nice selection of desktop widgets, including some that use the G’zGear app, such as a compass, flashlight, moonrise, pedometer, sunrise, tides, virtual trek, and weather. It’s nice to have those as widgets right on the desktop, but you can still use the full featured G’zGear app (more on that later).


Phonebook, Messaging and Organizer:

Accessing your contacts is pretty straight forward, but it only displays contacts that are stored in the phone or ones from your Google account. What is missing is any way to import contacts from Facebook or any other social networking site. You can install and use the standalone Facebook app, and view its contacts in it. There is also a Social Beat app, which links your Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and RSS feeds together, but since it lacks the functionality of the standalone apps, we didn’t really see much use for it.

The Phonebook - Casio G'zOne Commando Review
The Phonebook - Casio G'zOne Commando Review


For messaging, there is the regular messaging app for sending and receiving text and picture messages, an email app, and a Mobile IM app for connecting to your AIM, Windows Live and Yahoo! buddy lists. All of those work well, but we did notice that the email app is pretty bare-bones and doesn’t display pictures or HTML encoded messages, but instead shows them as plain-text. Because of this, you might want to install the K-9 Mail app or equivalent as a substitute.

E-mail - Casio G'zOne Commando Review
E-mail - Casio G'zOne Commando Review
E-mail - Casio G'zOne Commando Review

The on-screen keyboards - Casio G'zOne Commando Review
The on-screen keyboards - Casio G'zOne Commando Review


The organizer is also pretty standard, as it only links to your Google Calendar, not Facebook or any other social network calendars.

The calendar - Casio G'zOne Commando Review
Casio G'zOne Commando Review
The Alarm Clock - Casio G'zOne Commando Review

The calendar

 

The Alarm Clock



Internet and Connectivity:

The Casio G’zOne Commando comes with the standard WebKit based browser, and since the device uses Verizon’s EVDO Rev A network, we were able to load the PhoneArena.com web site in 40 seconds, including all Flash content and ads. We also didn’t encounter the browser lock-up problem that we saw on the Samsung Droid Charge when visiting site that use Flash. Scrolling was smooth, as was pinch-to-zoom.

Surfing the web with the Casio G’zOne Commando - Casio G'zOne Commando Review
Surfing the web with the Casio G’zOne Commando - Casio G'zOne Commando Review
Surfing the web with the Casio G’zOne Commando - Casio G'zOne Commando Review
Surfing the web with the Casio G’zOne Commando - Casio G'zOne Commando Review


We also tested the data speeds using the Speedtest.net app and were able to get downloads of 1.57 Mbps and uploads of 0.88 Mbps with 137 ms ping times. These are about average for a Verizon 3G EVDO smartphone, but it would have been nice if 4G LTE were included, though you can connect to Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n.

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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display3.6 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (259 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 800 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size5.10 x 2.60 x 0.60 inches
(130 x 66 x 15 mm)
5.40 oz  (153 g)
Battery1460 mAh, 7.5 hours talk time

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