Welcome to the Casio G'zOne Commando Forum

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    Welcome to the newest area on DroidForums.net dedicated to the all new Casio G'zOne Commando!

    Anyone interested in this rugged Android army style phone?
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    Absolutely!!!

    I'm hoping it's available in VZW stores so I don't have to buy it online sight unseen. The initial downside that I see is that the screen looks to be iPhone4 sized; well under the Thunderbolt or DX I'm also considering. But, I had a G'Zone Type-V that was bomb proof.
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    Dan,

    Thank you sir, for opening a subforum here. I am very much interested in this phone, and will be trying to learn as much about it as I can in the upcoming days/weeks/months.

    Craig
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    So close!

    I thought I was going to be one of the very early adopters on this device, and I probably still will be, but...

    Rather than being at the VZW store at the crack of dawn, I spent the day doing an update on my laptop to be ready to sync. I'd been in Wednesday night, and was told that they were on hand, but no I couldn't have a peek. :) So, I headed over mid-afternoon, and did my uneducated looking.

    It's surprisingly light. Overall size is slightly smaller than a Droid X. Slightly thinner than a Thunderbolt, but with more squared edges. The edges are covered with a firm rubber-ish material which probably provides some of the impact resistance. That, along with some bright trim and red accents makes the phone very stylish. The glass area is pretty large. Smaller than the X of course, but visually it looks pretty large. The screen itself is incrementally larger than an iP4, so a fair increment smaller than the X, Fascinate, TB, etc. But it doesn't look as small as the iP4. Apple's "retina" display aside, this looks pretty sharp.

    There's a fair amount of bloatware, which is expected. I'm not experienced enough with the Droid apps to know what are Casio or Verizon additions or what you can dump. Maybe it was because the phone was so new, and things weren't muddied up, but it was faster to load the browser than the salesman's X. It also seemed as fast as the TB in our 3G area.

    So, I was convinced enough by the way it worked to accept the price hit of buying early, and told the salesman to hook me up. He went back to get it...was gone a long time...and came back without one. Seems they only got three, and they didn't know when they could get another. :icon_evil::icon_evil::icon_evil: I was an unhappy camper. I went to the car and called the VZW store in the next town, and was told they didn't have one at all, but there were a LOT in the warehouse. The very nice gal there offered to overnight one for me. i went back inside, and they agreed to do the same. :icon_ banana: So, I've got my mil-spec mobile device on the way.

    News, mebbe images, and my 1 cent impressions tomorrow hopefully.
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    Crab,

    I look forward to your reviews. I posted some questions in another thread here, but the OP has yet to respond. I checked 3 VZW stores in the nearest "big" town. None had any on hand, and one store said they would never get them in, mail order only. The other 2 two said a week to 10 days, maybe. I do know that I want to handle one before spending 450 bucks.

    Craig
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    So wheres the reviews?
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    Mine is on it's way to me in the Mail!
    I wore the paint off my Droid 1 in hold out for a Rugged android phone.
    first thing I will probably do is De-Bing it though:)
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    Congratulations, and welcome to the Unit (Battalion?)
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    Zero,

    I hope this means you are gonna try the root method that has been reported to work. I can live without custom roms I think, but right now I am not sure I can live without at least root on a new phone.

    Craig
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    I've had the Commando for about 36 hours so far (and am on my fourth battery charge). Will definitely need another battery or an extended battery once one is available. This is my first Android phone, so I'm still trying to adjust to that after years of the BlackBerry OS. There seems to be an aweful lot of preinstalled crap that can't be deleted (yet). My wife got the Incredible 2 at the same time, and the Commando is noticeably sturdier. I had the 2nd generation G'zOne a few years back, and it got run over by a HMMWV at drill with no noticeable damage. While the Commando's screen seems more rugged than other touchscreens, I don't think it would survive that same thrashing.

    Highlights: Android Market (after years with a BlackBerry, I'm amazed at all the apps), sturdy build, G'zGear software (much of it is useless, but it's fun), call quality, intuitive snapout menu.

    Lows: Too much undeletable preinstalled crap, calendar and email functions not nearly as well done as on the BB, battery life.

    Overall: not the best smartphone on the market... until you run it over with your car!
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    This 1 I have for work it should be in the mail monday. First thing root it n de bing it for sure. ADB the verizon banner. Yeah
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    Bing?

    So, fill me in. I gather from the rest of the forum that the Bing app (apps?) are not a favorite, but why is that? I haven't used it much. Just opened the maps the first time today.

    And, how do you "de-Bing?"

    As to battery life, I'm getting about a day and a half. Practically speaking, that's no better than a day, since I have to charge it to finish the off day. I'm a light user, and have the BT and WiFi off most of the time. I'll also go in (when I remember) and turn off the desk cradle, Skype, and a couple other things.
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    Bing Tracks your movement no matter where you go. 1 reason your battery life is going down. And as for me being a work phone I don't want them to know where I am all the time
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    Oddly, Ive been on these forums for a while before recently joining,... and Ive never once heard of bing. Lots of stuff about root, rom, sbf and so on. wonder how I couldve missed it.
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    I was until I got to play with one for a while , then I lost all interest , my opinion and please do not take it wrong . The Casio was slow , unresponsive , apps launched when not touched , the UI was clunky , saw nothing worth cheering about , except it did appear rugged , if the UI is fixed and speed/lag improved I might get one , but after first test drive I will take a lot to get me interested again .
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    Got one Tuesday. Returned that one Thursday as the touchscreen had some issues...wanted to be sure the replacement unit was good before rooting.

    I've used about every Droid VZW offers - like this one for the rugged features and I actually like the G'z Gear apps quite a bit. Not sure I need to know about tides, but the sunrise/moonrise is cool and when I get the pedometer calibrated to my pace I think it will be fun to see how far I walk each week.

    The processor is snappy enough. I wouldn't expect this to be as fast as my TB and its not, but for doing work-related stuff I think it seems quite sufficient. The on-board memory lacks - it looks like I have about 400MB in all, and I've used 200MB moving almost every app I can to the SD card. I replaced the 8GB SD card with a 16GB card and it works very well.

    Camera is OK but the flash is a little strange. You have to turn it on, there was no Auto Flash mode that I could find. Oh, yeah, and it sucks. Very little light in a basement lit by a small window and the flash didn't really help at all. Maybe this is fixed with an update at some point?

    I do intend to keep it though. See a lot of benefit now that nicer weather is here - canoeing, camping, hiking, etc. and not having to worry about my TB is worth it to me. It isn't going to blow anyone's Linpack scores away but I don't think it is intended to. This is for people who want Android features in a rugged package and IMO Casio did a great job.
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    I just ordered mine today, after about a 45 min test drive from a display unit. I was very impressed with the device the browser is just as fast as my rooted,rom'd x running the leaked gb the phone did present some lag during screen transitions, the opening of apps etc
    but hey it only has a 800 mhz processor so im not complaining especially when im use to the x, there is going to be some kind of a difference if you have been using a higher end phone.My opinion the phone is great and its gonna save me some money that is my opinion and i hope that it will help some of you make your decision.
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    Well after going through 2 TB's in 7 days I decided to try the Commando...So far so good. Bluetooth has been connected now for 4 hours...used skype, google navigation, voice dialing, phone and listened to my tunes...all with no drops, skips or total disconnects. Hooked up to my wifi at home here with no issues.

    I thought I was going to miss the larger screen especially in the navigation but that was a none issue. :icon_ banana:

    I ordered the docking station and holster for it and am waiting on a car mount to come out. I may just design and make my own.
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    Got my Commando on Thursday. And ordered one for our facilities manager at work, which came on Friday.
    We're both coming from using a Boulder, and I had a Ravine for about a month. This the first Droid I've actually used on a daily basis.... although I have test drove quite a few of them over the last few years.
    First impressions are good. I've dunked mine quite a few times now, including in a giant margarita on Cinco de Mayo. No problem. Speakers just need to be blown out, like always. I'll be taking it paddlesurfing & waterskiing frequently, so just want to test out how waterproof it is early on.
    Loaded Firefox & it sucked. It would freeze occasionally for a few seconds, had a tough time with a .pdf file. Figured I'd check out Chrome next, but I'm striking out finding it in the Market.
    Got the AC cradle with the phone. Can't believe that VZW can charge us $38 for that little piece of plastic.
    I'm striking out finding a car dock for the Commando. Looking at the cradle, it accepts 5V, 850 ma. I'm wondering if you can use the cradle with a 12V USB adapter. The only one I have came with an Ipod kit off Ebay & says it puts out 5V, max of 1000ma. Pretty close, but I'll keep looking around for another one too.
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    Ive had my commando for a few days now and I'm not getting such good battery life. Between 5-6 hours off of a full charge with "average" texting 0% screen brightness, wifi and Bluetooth off.

    I'm thinking maybe I got a bad battery? Im using a auto killer to kill all the excess stuff that starts on it's own, and Ive rooted to uninstall all the VZW BS.
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