Casio G’zOne Commando
A durable anti shock phone
Smartphone manufacturers seem to focus only on high-end handsets that are sensitive, need careful maintenance because they can easily scratch, and always a soft cloth cover. That is why we rarely had the chance to review a more durable device, not to mention also Android based. Casio G’zOne Commando is such a phone however, perfect for risky business like construction industry, but even parenting. It is Verizon’s first phone of this kind and can face many harsh environments, like extreme cold, water, or even powerful shocks that come from dropping it on the ground.
The Casio G’zOne Commando can be spotted by far that it is a durable handset, because of its industrial design. The surface is a combination if rubberized edges and red accents, while on the corners you can easily remark the screws that hold it compact. The handset measures 5.1 x 2.6 x 0.6 inches and has a 3.6inch capacitive screen which we find too small for the overall size. It has a 480 x 800 pixel resolution which delivers bright and vibrant colors, but while testing it we noticed that the screen is a little bit resistive. The touchscreen is made of 1mm thick Gorilla Glass, but we really think that it could have been more sensitive.
The company has been careful enough to provide the handset with the necessary ports, although these must be very well protected by their covers. Therefore, the Commando features an his sides the microUSB port, a volume rocker, camera launcher, a covered 3.5mm headphone jack, the power button and a programmable key. Although they fairly contribute to the phone’s durability, the port covers aren’t very difficult to remove, which could make you think that the device won’t really face a water plunge for example. But we tested it and we can say it didn’t suffer at all from it, and we hope this is reassuring.
Military 801G standard
The most impressing thing following our tests on the Casio G’zOne Commando was the battery life and the power efficiency. We intensely used the device throughout the day, including mail, checking up the Facebook page, Google Maps and some games also, and at the end of the day it was still alive and capable.
We’ve been going on and on about the Commando’s durability, but we didn’t really mention what it consists of. Well, the phone has been designed according to the military’s 801G specifications for shock, salt fog, water, dust, solar radiation, vibration and temperature extremes. To be more specific about all of the above, the phone can actually survive 30 minutes of a meter deep water immersion, temperatures between -25 and 85 degrees Celcius and about 26 drops.
Powered by Android Froyo
As for software, the G’zOne Commando uses Android Froyo and it doesn’t have a direct relation with Google, meaning that it uses Bing as a default search engine and some proprietary mail application that allows you to connect to your Google mail account, or even Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail, Verizon.net and Exchange. This is however customizable and you can add your Google search on one of the homescreens and delete the other if you want. As for Gmail, what you can do is access the Android market and download Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps and whatever you wish.
The 5 megapixel camera is capable of shooting good instances, but you really have to stand still while performing, otherwise you get only shaky images.
The Casio G’zOne Commando’s pros and cons would sum up simply in durable design that can handle bumps, spills and other “accidents” of this kind, impressive battery life and reasonable weight, but it has low calling quality, a rather resistive touchscreen and lacks the Google basiscs. We are however glad we reviewed this item, because it brought some diversity in our high-end smartphone experience.
|Platform / OS||Android version 2.2|
|CPU||800 MHz Qualcomm S2 MSM7630|
|Memory||329 MB internal storage, available to user|
|Display||Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD)|
|Resolution: 480 x 800 pixels|
|Colors: 65,536 (16-bit)|
|Modes||CDMA 850 / 1900 MHz|
|GPS / Location||Type: A-GPS|
|Ruggedized||MIL-STD 810G for: Immersion, Rain, Shock and Dust Resistant, Vibration, Salt Fog, Humidity, Solar Radiation, Altitude, Low and High Temperature Storage|
|Bluetooth||Supported Profiles: HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, OPP, PBA, A2DP 1.2, AVRC|
|Hearing Aid Compatible||Rating: M4, T4 (very tele-coil compatible)|
|Mobile Hotspot||up to 5 devices|
|Multiple Languages||Languages Supported: English, Spanish|
|Predictive Text Entry||Technology: XT9|
|Music Player||Supported Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WAV|
|Wi-Fi||Version(s): 802.11 b,g,n|
|USB||micro-USB connector / supports mass storage mode|
|Voice Dialing||Type: Speaker-independent (automatic)|
|High-Speed Data||Technology: 1xEV-DO rA|
|WAP / Web Browser||Browser Software: Android browser (WebKit-based)|
|Flight Mode||CEA Standard Icon: No|
|Multiple Numbers per Name||Yes|
|Email Client||Protocols Supported: POP, IMAP, GMail, Exchange|
|Text Messaging (SMS)||View Style: Threaded|
|Instant Messaging||Networks Supported: Google Talk, AOL, Windows Live, Yahoo!|
|Video Capture||Resolution: WVGA / 480p|
|Dimensions||5.1″ x 2.6″ x 0.6″ (130 x 66 x 15.2 mm)|
|Battery type||1460 mAh LiIon|
|Standby time: 270 hours max. (11.3 days)|
|Talk time: 7.5 hours max. (450 minutes)|
|Total weight||5.4 oz (153 g)|