Verizon Casio G'zOne Commando

If you're looking for something a little off the beaten path for Verizon -- or for a phone that looks like it could beat up anyone on the path -- the Casio G'zOne Commando has been announced on Big Red and will be available April 28 for $199 on contract. Unlimited data plans start at $29.99.

Touted as a rugged device, here's what you get:

  • Android™ 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 Bluetooth™
  • VZ Navigator® for GPS and audible turn-by-turn directions
  • Mobile Hotspot capable-share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Perfect for that weekend away ... in a war zone. Full presser's after the break.

Verizon Wireless and Casio Introduce the CASIO G'zOne Commando
First Ruggedized Android Smartphone for Verizon Wireless

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 Commando™. 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:

  • Android™ 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 Bluetooth™
  • 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 Twitter™ 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.

 
There are 13 comments

mp5wes says:

hope that display is made of gorilla glass or something like it

icebike says:

gorilla glass???

Sounds like this Phone comes with the whole Damn Gorilla!

Jonneh says:

For some reason I feel like it should have physical buttons on the bottom. Not sure why. Just seems more...rugged/manly.

ScottJ says:

Having actual buttons would make it that much harder to make it water resistant.

gortyo says:

I would love to see a hands on with this phone. I mean it comes out in 2 days and there's really no hands on with it yet. What gives?

meccariello says:

If it were 4g, i would totally get this

Dark_Blu says:

Verizon get's all the good phones... well... accept for the HTC EVO 3D.

kinster02 says:

I like the looks of this phone.

gortyo says:

Just viewed the site, this may be the phone for me.

cq says:

Why do they keep putting Bing on it. Yes, I know they get some money, but the customers never seem happy with this. Oh Verizon...

Dear lord that thing is ugly.
minimal design and rugged build quality don't have to be mutually exclusive.

deparson says:

Without the manf. releasing the test protocol MILSPEC 810G tells you NOTHING about the phone's ability to resist any of the items listed.

For example, for Immersion testing 810G allows you to choose full or partial immersion and if it is full immersion at what depth based on what the tester THINKS the device is likely to experience in real world use.

Thus, the Immersion test could be a little as dipping 1/4" of one corner of the phone in tap water for 2 seconds and checking if the screen still works.

810G means nothing without knowing how it was tested.

Dark_Blu says:

Ok, it aint pretty, but last I checked, Apple hasn't ever made a ruggedized iPhone and I haven't seen any ruggedized Palm or Microsoft smartphones either. So while This one may not be perfect, it's a fully ruggedized Android smart phone. That's plenty good. :-)