Summary: Before I tested the Casio Commando , I thought it would be just another rugged phone and assumed that performance would be sub-par. I was pleasantly surprised. Overall performance and speeds were adequate, web browsing and data speeds were impressive, and the Casio G'zGEAR is well-designed and useful. This phone is not just for people who drop their phone a lot.
Pros: Durable; great data speeds; Android; decent camera; Casio G'zGEAR; great battery life.
Cons: Pre-installed Casio keyboard is not that great; thicker display means it is sometimes unresponsive to soft touch.
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.
Pros: Tough, rugged design, Bright display viewable in direct sunlight, Excellent speakers and call quality, G'zOne software for enjoying the great outdoors
Cons: Relatively slow performance, Touchscreen often unresponsive, Older Android 2.2 OS, No 4G data
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
the Casio G'zOne Commando
Casio G'zOne Commando
certainly isn't for everyone. If you're sure-handed enough to never drop things, you don't ever plan on being out of sight of civilization, and you've never lost a phone to a bad encounter with water, then the features that distinguish will be useless to you.
Pros: Virtually indestructible, Light and compact for the capabilities, Good battery life
Cons: Text input is difficult, Specs a little weak versus comparably-priced models
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.