Casio G'zOne Commando Review
The processor is only clocked at 800MHz, so it’s not the fastest out there, even though it comes with 1GB Flash ROM and 512MB RAM. We ran the Quadrant Benchmark app, which got a score of 1082 (less than a Motorola DROID X), and the AnTuTu System Benchmark got a score of 1472. The NeoCore app, which measures graphic performance, got 43 frames per second.
Call quality through the earpiece speaker on the Casio Commando is better than what we’ve experienced with past Casio G’zOne models on Verizon, as voices are louder and clearer, instead of sounding thin and distant. There also was no noticeable distortion even with the volume turned all the way up. This was also true when using the speakerphone, as it uses the front stereo speakers. People that we called said that we sounded clear and natural on their end, without any background noise. Reception was also good, as we didn’t drop any calls and had 2-3 bars of 3G showing in high-coverage areas and with a signal strength of -89 to -92 dBm.
The included 1460mAh battery is rated to provide up to 7.5 hours of talk time or 11 days of standby time on a full charge. During our testing we were able to get up to 7 hours of continuous talk time with a full charge, but under mixed daily usage, which includes some talk, web, text, app use, and standby, we were able to get about 36 hours before requiring a charge.
Casio G’zOne Commando isn’t the fastest or most high-end smartphone on the market, it fills a void for a mid-level device that is also rugged and durable, which can withstand water and being dropped on occasion. We love its overall build quality, and that it has a different utilitarian look than most other flashy smartphones. At the current $199 price for the Casio Commando, it is only $50 less than the awesome HTC ThunderBolt, which offers a faster processor, larger screen, 32GB memory, and 4G LTE for data. But if you need a more rugged smartphone that you don’t have to worry about damaging much, the Casio G’zOne Commando is the one to get.
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Casio G'zOne Commando Video Review:
- Solid build with MIL STD 810G certification
- Useful G’zGear apps
- Loud call volume and speakerphone
- Good music playback quality
- Only 5 home screens
- Not as fast as other smartphones
- Shows all emails as plain-text
- Camera quality is lacking
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- Display 3.6" 480 x 800 pixels
- Camera 5 MP
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 800 MHz
- Battery 1460 mAh(7.50h talk time)