Pros Better exterior, improved menus, greatly improved speaker (music sounds so good!), love the new features.
Cons The price, the cradle for charging is an extra-cost option now, and the Micro-SD slot is under the battery now, not out in the open where you can access it easily.
Summary I really have to ditto everything that Crazygary said in his lengthy review... it just keeps getting better. I too upgraded from my Boulder, and this is just a real treat. I said that I use my phone for a phone, and I do... I don't websurf or check email every 5 minutes or twitter. I am in construction, and my phone get knocked off desks, falls out of my truck, get exposed to 0 degree weather, rain, and 120 degree heat. Casios deliver. I did have a Motorola V3 fall off a wind turbine (300 feet), and it worked fine for the next 6 months. But this Casio is the next generation in a family of phones that I love!
Oh, one benefit that the new one has... the extended battery is MUCH thinner!
Oh, some advice... I complained at the Verizon store about the price being high compared to all of the glitzy smart phones. My CSR asked if I intended to get any accessories?
Yes, the charging cradle and the extended battery...
She said if I bought those, the phone price dropped to $99.99, and the accs were 20% off.
"tough, flip phone."on by eedjit
Pros makes phone calls, does not break, nice size.
Cons call quality is pretty good but not amazing.
Pros rugged but cant make effective outdoor calls
Cons Apparently they fixed the mic issue with a super sensitive mic that picks up background noise as loud as the user.... two thumbs down...waaayyy down
Pros rugged shell - not sufficiently tested yet - a feature that is barely used by anyone
Cons user menu,
buttons slow to respond to input - meaning you have to hang up a few times before the call is cancelled, which can cause panic attacks.....
Summary expensive, clunky with extremely cumbersome menu and daily usability issues - not up to date with any phone nowadays - and now you stuck with this handgranade for 3 years.
Besides the fact the menu is not intuitive and rather cumbersome, it actually fails very simple tasks such as texting to numbers from your 'recent calls' or typing a textmessage while receiving textmessages. This is a great phone if this were the eighties but way to expensive.
Also, headset and powercord openings are ancient and awkward to use as well - the powercord adapter only fits one way, which will cause lots of fidgeting in cars and bedside tables , Headset opening has a circle around it that makes it tough to plug in the headset (which is not available from Casio) and will cause similar fidgeting.
Pros Durability, camera, low SAR rating, GZ gear (look at the specs lol)
Cons The price is kinda high and the phone is beefier than most, but to be expected.
Summary People all over have been ranting about how the Ravine has terrible call quality and such, I know, I used to think so too. Turns out that there is a bit of a learning curve. The phone cannot be pressed against your cheek like all those other phones you've had. Give the keypad section about an inch-ish from your face and your voice will be golden. Thats because the mic is now free to pick up your sound rather get smothered by your cheek. Yeah...it maybe annoying but get used to it...atleast you don't have to be a jedi to use it like in the case of the iphone4 and its lack of that rubber bumper...