Apr 26 AT 4:53 PM Edgar Cervantes 11 Comments

Tough phone: Casio G’zOne Commando coming this April 28

Today, Verizon and Casio have officially announced that the Casio G’zOne Commando will be released this coming Thursday, April 28, along with the HTC Droid Incredible 2 and the Samsung Droid Charge (Busy day for Verizon!). Android smartphones can be quite expensive, and we all know how much it hurts when we drop our phones (because it eventually happens to everyone). If you have been looking for a rugged Android device that will be able to ride along with your intensive life, this might be the phone for you.

Key features:

Androidâ„¢ 2.2
Meets Military Standards 810G for Immersion, Rain, Shock and Dust Resistant, Vibration, Salt Fog, Humidity, Solar Radiation, Altitude, Low and High Temperature Storage
5-megapixel camera with auto-focus, still photo, video capture, LED light
High-security encryption for corporate email
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity
Stereo Bluetoothâ„¢
VZ Navigator® for GPS and audible turn-by-turn directions
Mobile Hotspot capable-share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devicesCasiofrom prnewswire.com

Though it is definitely not the best phone available on Verizon, for $199.99 on a 2-year contract, the G’zOne Commando might be the best option for those that are harsh on their devices. If you happen to be an outdoors adventurer, this device also features what Casio calls G’zGEAR, which offers 8 modes to aid you in your active lifestyle.

G’zGear operates in eight modes

Earth Compass – Functions as a standard compass, the GPS shows the distance and direction to several domestic and international landmarks, including Yosemite National Park and Mt. Everest.
Walking Counter – Measures steps, distance and energy consumption, and total steps for the day, week or month. It also provides virtual treks for famous North American trails and roads including Mt. Kilimanjaro, Annapurna Circuit, Torres Del Paine Circuit, John Muir Trail and Transcontinental.
Adventure Training – Takes training to a new level by allowing users to run with virtual opponents, like world-record holders, wild animals, or their own best personal performance stored in the training history.
Trip Memory – Plots and records outdoor activities along with location information to share with friends and family on Twitterâ„¢ and Facebook®.
Tides – Showcases the tidal graph for the day; time of tide ebb and flow; and current, past and future sea tide levels. GPS displays the nearest location map.
Thermometer – Displays current temperature in both Celsius and Fahrenheit with numeric and graphic thermometer readings and compares the current temperature across multiple locations.
Sun / Moon – Checks the time of the next sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset, and tracks the moon phases for your current location.
Star Gazer – Utilizes GPS to display the stars and constellation names based on the current season and time. Casiofrom prnewswire.com

Don’t forget to check out the press release after the break, and also head over to the device’s official website if you would like to learn more about the Commando. So, what do you think? Do you like Casio’s new rugged Android smartphone? Will you be putting your money on it? Do you prefer one of the other phones being released this Thursday?

Show Press Release
Verizon Wireless And Casio Introduce The CASIO G’zOne Commando
First Ruggedized Android Smartphone for Verizon Wireless

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless and Casio today announced a new addition to the rugged wireless category and a new Android-powered smartphone in the marketplace, the CASIO G’zOne Commandoâ„¢. Deployment ready, the Commando is a mobile office with high security features for secure corporate email; Wi-Fi for high-speed Web access; XT9 and T9 trace input for efficient typing; and snap-out menu for customized access to high-use applications.

Designed to withstand the most extreme conditions, the CASIO G’zOne Commando easily transitions from work to play with advanced G’zGEAR software. As the ultimate outdoor tool in a mobile device, G’zGEAR operates in eight modes to enhance the active, adventure-driven lifestyle. With the help of its Triple Sensor technology utilizing direction, acceleration and temperature, G’zGEAR enables adventurers to perform at their peak.

The Casio Commando is ideal for the business environment, especially for fields such as construction, transportation, manufacturing, utilities and healthcare. Workers in hazardous environments, such as construction sites, warehouses and factory floors, need a smartphone that has the capability to download blueprints, files and pictures; update project plans; access field force management, inventory access and corporate applications; and capture signatures.

Key features:

Androidâ„¢ 2.2
Meets Military Standards 810G for Immersion, Rain, Shock and Dust Resistant, Vibration, Salt Fog, Humidity, Solar Radiation, Altitude, Low and High Temperature Storage
5-megapixel camera with auto-focus, still photo, video capture, LED light
High-security encryption for corporate email
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity
Stereo Bluetoothâ„¢
VZ Navigator® for GPS and audible turn-by-turn directions
Mobile Hotspot capable-share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Lifestyle features:

G’zGear operates in eight modes
Earth Compass – Functions as a standard compass, the GPS shows the distance and direction to several domestic and international landmarks, including Yosemite National Park and Mt. Everest.
Walking Counter – Measures steps, distance and energy consumption, and total steps for the day, week or month. It also provides virtual treks for famous North American trails and roads including Mt. Kilimanjaro, Annapurna Circuit, Torres Del Paine Circuit, John Muir Trail and Transcontinental.
Adventure Training – Takes training to a new level by allowing users to run with virtual opponents, like world-record holders, wild animals, or their own best personal performance stored in the training history.
Trip Memory – Plots and records outdoor activities along with location information to share with friends and family on Twitterâ„¢ and Facebook®.
Tides – Showcases the tidal graph for the day; time of tide ebb and flow; and current, past and future sea tide levels. GPS displays the nearest location map.
Thermometer – Displays current temperature in both Celsius and Fahrenheit with numeric and graphic thermometer readings and compares the current temperature across multiple locations.
Sun / Moon – Checks the time of the next sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset, and tracks the moon phases for your current location.
Star Gazer – Utilizes GPS to display the stars and constellation names based on the current season and time.

Pricing and availability:

The CASIO G’zOne Commando will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com on April 28 for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. CASIO G’zOne Commando customers will need to subscribe to a data plan. Unlimited data plans are available to customers starting at $29.99 monthly access.
Business customers who want to purchase the device can contact their Business Sales Representatives at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.
For more information on the CASIO G’zOne Commando or for other Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Customers can visit www.CasioGzOne.com to experience the CASIO G’zOne Commando.

Via: Phandroid

Source: PRNewswire

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • http://Website Kurt

    I have a relative who has been looking for a phone like this, but I don’t want to recommend a slow piece of junk to them. Anyone know if this uses the same 800MHz processor as the HTC Evo Shift 4G and HTC G2?

    • mralimcb

      I couldn’t find if it has the same Scorpion CPU as those 2 phones, but alternatively the Defy and it’s 800mhz OMAP 3610 is defo not a slow piece of junk!

    • Bob

      not a good phone, I have one and hate it.

  • http://Website Paul

    If it’s the same CPU as the G2 it’ll be plenty quick just being factory, but it’ll be highly overclockable if you need more speed. Considering how much I drop my phone I wonder if I should go rugged, but one has to wonder if the screen as as responsive. Seems like it’d have to have extra shielding on it.

  • http://Website Ryan Kim

    They seriously advertise phones as having VZ navigator and not for having Google Maps Navigation? Disappointing

  • http://Website panic

    I’m very impressed by this phone this is perfect for people with a very active lifestyle.

  • http://Website Ryan

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/mobile/04/22/first.army.smartphone.android/index.html?iref=allsearch

    The quoted features even mention that it “meets military standards”.

  • http://Website steve

    I am in construction and always leave my phone in the truck just in case it gets dropped… looks like if I have the commando I can bring it with me. I also travel quite a bit, I like that I can use it for a hot spot for my wireless laptop.

  • http://Website On_nO

    You can actually get this tough phone for $19.99 only instead of $199.99 regular price http://bit.ly/jgh0YO

  • http://Website On_nO

    Oops… Sorry, copied & pasted the wrong link. Should be: http://bit.ly/jf3k7O

    Wish there was a way to just edit previous comment.

  • http://Website spreads

    When is this commando coming to Ireland ,could really do with a smart tough phone.