Verizon Shows Off Its First Rugged Android Smartphone: The Casio G'zOne Commando

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    Today is a day for Verizon announcements it seems. We have another press release, but this time for an Android smartphone that has really "flown under the radar." I suppose that makes sense for it, because the phone is the Casio G'zOne Commando rugged-build phone. Isn't that what commando's are suppose to do... arrive at their destination undetected? Anyway, this interesting device seems like a perfect fit for users with active lifestyles.

    This device may not come with a dual-core chip, but it meets mil-spec 810g standards for resistance against rain, immersion, shock, dust, vibration, humidity, salt fog, solar radiation, altitude, and low and high temperatures. This little beast of a phone also comes with some pretty cool custom software too: Casio’s G’zGear software includes a compass, pedometer, tide charts, a thermometer, sun/moon schedules, trip memory, and adventure training apps. This is like a civilian version of the U.S. Army Android we talked about yesterday. It'll show up at Verizon stores for $199.99 on contract. Here's the press release below:
     
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    Damn that looks nice except for that bing icon at the bottom....
     
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    Wow, I never thought Casio would combine with Android. I came from using a G'Zone back in Dec09'. The phine was great, very durable and being able to drop it in water without damaging it was pretty fun as well.
    It looks like the same design that Casio has been going with over the past 2-3yrs, which means it might be a flip-phone.
     
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    Just rooted out some spec's on line but I have additional questions that might have to wait for release.

    It does appear to come with some google apk's but perhaps not GMaps. So, as GMaps is available on the market, would one be able to theoretically download the application and use Gmaps rather than VZ Navigator?

    And for any of you folks who have been using Casio phones, are they decent in terms of build quality etc?

    I have been holding out for the upcoming dual processor mini-pc spec'd phones, but this one has my attention for sure.

    Craig
     
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    G'zone because G-Shock would mean it would sit on your wrist, and it would be bought in the jewelry section of Wal-Mart ...
     
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    Torn between this phone and something higher specced but less durable, really like the built in thermometer but also want dual core and front facing camera.
     
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    Edit: Bing???? crap, I hate it when vzw does this to perfectly good phones.
     
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    Correct. To get the phone at our walmart you would need to walk back about 50 feet to the cell phone counter where the same inept type person would try and explain things to you.

    It would appear that this is Casio's first smart phone? That worries me. Probably not gonna have root very quickly:)

    Craig
     
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    I wasn't really interested in this phone until I saw that it is resistant to solar radiation. That will come in handy during my spacewalks.
    And plus, once the ozone layer is gone, this phone will survive and help the cockraoches stay in contact with each other.
    Fine job Casio. Fine job indeed.
     
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    The irrigation company I worked for down in Virginia Beach used the dumbphone versions of these and they were great. I could drop the thing in water or run it over in my truck and it would still work. Yes both were done as experiments.

    sent from the great depths of my phones internet (thanks Al Gore)
     
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    Haha I guess you never can prepare for the future enough......unless your Casio of course.

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    OTR,

    Thanks for the info. I work outdoors, where dust rain, potential water drops etc. can be a possibility. And I play hard also in the outdoors, so while the solar protection may be be pointless as pointed out above, there are a ton of features that would directly translate into useable and desireable features for me.

    FWIW, perhaps try and not get so hung up on what you may find useless, but focus on what you might find benificial, compared to your current phone, or features that you would like to have.

    I guess I will need to wait for release to see all of the features. In looking at the casio page, no mention of usb, but it looks like I see a port on the side with perhaps a cover? Other ports on that side of the phone, but not terribly descriptive in the specs page/view.

    Craig
     
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    My G'Zone was durable as hell. Dropping it from my truck(ups) at 30+ MPH and still worked.

    This might not have the specs that most of the users here want, but I'm sure this phone will sell because of Casios base of hardcore users that like the Gshock brand.
    It also depends on how they market it as well.

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    Guess it has Froyo on it?
     
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    It'd be amazing if phones like the thunderbolt came like this. Durability and great specs would be a killer combo
     
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