Pros + The phone is tough
+ Speakers are awesome
+ Call clarity and volume are excellent
+ Screen clarity is fine
+ Super fast, lots of apps
Cons - Texting is a bit touchy
- Touch screen is not super sensitive
- Camera not fantastic
Summary I have had my Commando for several days now, and really enjoy it. I am new to android and smartphones. I have an iPad, so I have experience with Apple. I wanted something different than an iPhone. I was doing a ton of research on the latest and greatest phones. When this phone came out I was intrigued by the toughness. I hunt, fish, hike, camp, and spend a lot of time outdoors. I wanted a phone I didn't have to baby, and this is it! I have dunked it several times in water (my ice water was 40.7 degrees). I dared my friends to do the same, or purposely drop their phones....no takers....lol.Edit Link
I have only downloaded a few apps. The gps, which is important to me, is spot on. The speakers are awesome! Even in the car testing the navigation, I had the volume down from max.
The screen clarity is fine. Compares to my friend's Incredible. Screen size is the same as an iPhone. As reviewed by others and on forums, the touch screen is not super sensitive or buttery smooth. The texting is a bit touchy. I downloaded a texting app that I like. I am still getting used to using swipe.
The camera, while not fantastic, meets my needs. The video is choppy if you try to pan or if things are moving fast. Maybe an upgrade will fix this?
But, for all the little quirks, I dig this phone. I am getting it dialed in for my personal likes.
If you need a tough smartphone, and don't need dual core, HDMI, front facing camera, or 8 mega pixel camera, then consider this phone. I had never even heard of the Casio G'Zone phones. This one is very cool. There are lots of videos on You Tube for g'Zone phones.
Size of the phone is fine for me. Not as svelt as iPhones or Galaxy S2, but on line with Thunderbolt, Atrix, EVO.
I highly recommend if you need a tough phone. If you want pretty, slim, and buttery smoothness, look elsewhere. Just don't get those other phones wet! Lol
Oh.... Battery... I am a moderate user. The GPS pulls on the battery pretty hard. I keep it off unless needed. I have been getting a full day off usage......12-15 hours. When the newness wears off I am sure it will go longer. I would rate it as typical for a smart phone. I will keep a charger in my car. My next purchase will be the cradle charger and a 32 gig card. I want to download my music files and some pics.
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Updated on Oct 25, 2011
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"Fast and Strong!"on by gioakjoe
Pros -Screen looks amazing
-Thick gorilla glass helps protect screen
Cons -Thick screen makes you press harder to use touch
-waterproof headphone jack makes some head phones not useable
Summary The Casio Commando allows people who once couldn't have smart phones get smart phones. This Android phone running 2.2 is fast and very rugged. The first thing I did when I got the phone was put this phone under water in my tub and took pictures made phone calls and texts as well as updated my facebook underwater. I will say do that at your own risk and I wouldn't take your phone very deep but if you drop it in water it will live to tell the story.
After the water test I tested the speed using the 3g I got 1mbts up and 1mbts down witch was fairly good. It's no 4g phone but if you are a rugged user 4g is probably not where you going to take this phone any ways. It has built in wifi and I connected to my router with ez. This phone is also a wireless hot spot for an extra monthly fee.
The screen is 800x480 and looks amazing it's a little smaller then the droid x or the thunderbolt but its still pretty good size. One thing that I love about this phone is that it uses a thick gorilla glass witch helps reduces scratches as well as live up to drops and falls. The little bit thicker glass makes it a slightly less touchy then other phones but once you get use to having to press a little harder you get you to it pretty fast.
The day I got this phone I tried to run as many programs at a time to see how the 800mhz processor handheld. To my surprise switching between texting, sirusxm, slingbox, Pandora, browser, and making a few calls in between this phone never stop to think. It was running as fast as I could think.
It has a 5mpx camera but camera people will tell you mega pixels don't mean every thing. This camera is pretty decent. It's not going to win any professional photos but it will take great photos and videos to post up on facebook or what have you.
One thing that I loved more then any other phone I have had is this thing kicks on speakers. When I watched my slingbox you could hear the sound loud and crisp, better then my laptop. Going to speaker phone was the same thing Casio did the speakers right when they made this phone and will work nice to put it on speaker phone out in the field when your hands are full.
At the end of the day this is a really good phone and allows people never before able to have smart phones get them with out worrying about weather conditions. It's not the fastest phone or the best looking phone. But it's defiantly the most rugged phone. But so is my jeep and that's why I like it.
Pros It is a very sleek phone
Cons Does not live up to its claims
Summary After reading lots of reviews of this phone our family decided to try it out. We spend a lot of time in remote and rugged conditions. We wanted a phone that was both modern (i.e a smart phone) and would be able to be counted on if it was dropped, got wet, etc. In comes the newest g'zone phone (we have had multiple of the flip phone style and been very happy).
Well guess what, it did not withstand getting wet. For a very short amount of time the phone was in water and tons of water got under the screen and it fried the screen. The rest of the phone still works but obviously with no screen it is useless.
In the event that your phone does not meet its military specifications as stated on the Verizon website they will do NOTHING for you. I want everybody to know this. Their customer service will tell you that because you inflicted said damage you are out of luck.
Buyer beware... this is a fragile phone, nothing like past g'zone phones and in the event it does not live up to its hype Verizon will do NOTHING for you, other than blame you for self inflicted damage and tell you that you can buy another one at full price.
Pros - touch screen is very responsive
- clear, vibrant screen (haven't set side by side to other androids, though)
- loud, clear phone and speakerphone
- GPS, internet are very fast and accurate
- good size/form factor; not big and bulky as you would expe
Cons - included sports/running tracking software doesn't work well, but doesn't matter cause there are several you can download for free
- waterproof design of headphone jack prevents some 1/8in cables from being plugged in. your average iPhone type headphon
Summary We are constantly at the beach surfing or kiteboarding so this phone is perfect! I have had some kind of smartphone for almost 10 years now, but this is my first Android phone. I was expecting it to be big, bulky and slow given it's ruggedness, but was really surprised at how great it works! Compared to other Androids I've played with in the store, it seems just as fast and responsive as all the others. It seems like you really aren't sacrificing anything in exchange for the ruggedness. I would highly recommend this phone for everyone, even if you aren't necessarily around water that much!
Cons Slow Processor
Summary I use this as a work issued phone... Not impressed at all. As a personal Android fanatic, I was excited to give up my company issued blackberry for a new Android smartphone. Sadly, I would switch back. Maybe I'm just spoiled with the much faster, larger Android phones that I have personally bought, but this was nothing to write home about. Unless you need this for its ability to survive an atomic blast, I would recommend looking elsewhere. Not a fan.