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