Summary: There's no denying that the $199 Casio G'zOne Commando is one rough and tumble smart phone. Rain, wind, drops, bumps, scratches. Whatever you--or Mother Nature--can dish out, this Android handset can take it. However, you'll have to be willing to live with a relatively small display and less than blazing performance. If you're thinking of switching to T-Mobile, the Motorola Defy is not quite as durable, but can handle more abuse than your typical smartphone.
Summary: Up until the point that it died, the Commando was a typical Android device, with the addition of rubber and screws around the perimeter. But when it died, I realized that the quality of the device was lacking. And remember, this might be just my device. I will have to assume that's what it is until I read another review in which the same thing happened. Until then, I will say just this: if you buy this device, be careful.
Conclusion: Even though the Casio G’zOne Commando isn’t the fastest or most high-end smartphone on the market, it fills a void for a mid-level device that is also rugged and durable, which can withstand water and being dropped on occasion. We love its overall build quality, and that it has a different utilitarian look than most other flashy smartphones.
Pros: Solid build with MIL STD 810G certification, Useful G’zGear apps, Loud call volume and speakerphone, Good music playback quality
Cons: Only 5 home screens, Not as fast as other smartphones, Shows all emails as plain-text, Camera quality is lacking
Summary: The Casio G'zOne Commando is absolutely the choice if you want a rugged Android smartphone, but you have to keep its various negatives in mind.
Pros: The Casio G'zOne Commando is a durable and rugged handset that is also an Android smartphone. It has a great suite of applications for outdoor enthusiasts. Other notable features include Wi-Fi, mobile hot-spot capability for up to five devices, GPS, and high-security encryption for corporate e-mail.
Cons: The Casio G'zOne Commando is unfortunately saddled with bloatware from Verizon, and the default search engine is Bing. Google Maps is not preinstalled either, though you can download it yourself. Casio's snap-out menu is not as fluid as we would like. Photo quality is average, and call quality is a little muddy.
Conclusion: If you are looking for a rugged and outdoor durable Android smartphone for Verizon Wireless, your best and only choice is the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE , as it meets MIL 810G certification for being able to withstand the elements, and it comes with an attractive $99 contract price.
Pros: Rugged and can withstand almost anything, Unique G’zGear and G’zWorld apps, Front stereo speakers
Cons: Display quality and resolution is lacking, Mediocre camera and video recording, Still runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich