Android Accessory Review: Body Glove Snap-On Case for Casio GzOne Commando

When you think of the Casio GzOne Commando you most likely think of a rather rugged phone that could withstand just about any type of punishment you can put it through, and while yes that is pretty accurate that doesn't mean it couldn't use some added protection.

For me, having a scratch on the device, or seeing the paint chipping is something that bothers me big time, so I tend to put just about every device that I own in a case, and this was no exception. One case that I have known for a long time, and have grown fond of on previous devices is the Body Glove Snap-On case, so I figured to give it a shot on this device even though the added protection was not 100 percent needed, I wanted it. Let's hit the break together and check out some thoughts on this case.

For me, personally, the Casio GzOne Commando had a rather odd shape, it was so nice and thin, but so wide and tall at the same time, so while searching for a case I wanted something that would try to balance it out a little more. Upon receiving the Body Glove case I was extremely excited to see if this case would help even out the feel, or if the added bulk and protection was not even worth it. Installing it is super simple, it has a two piece design, one for the front and one for the back, and these two pieces just click together. The package includes two snap in choices for the back of the device, one with a knob and one flush, if you want to use the included belt clip chose the knob, if you just want to stick it in your pocket, the flush is perfect for that. The clip doubles up as a media stand as well, so while the device itself doesn't have a kickstand, the clip becomes one, which is rather handy.

Once the case was on the device it was time to see how I really felt about it. Since the case adds some thickness to the device it felt much better in the hands for me, the only downside was trying to use the buttons on the side of the device. Since the power, camera and other keys are cut out of the case, attempting to reach and use them required a bit more effort than it did without the case, the holes could have certainly been bigger, making it easier to reach them. The rubberized case definitely made it easier to hold in the hand without the fear of it slipping and falling, and having the added protection put my OCD mind at ease.

Installing the case was a breeze, but attempting to remove it was a bit on the difficult side. I am always fearful of breaking the clips that hold it all together when trying to remove the case so I do admit I error on the side of caution but it took me about five minutes to get it off. Once it was off it was easy to swap the back pieces, but the removal process is not something you will want to do daily, so if you are a battery swapper, this may not be for you.

Overall, the case added a great feel, and left my mind at ease knowing the device was protected even more than it was already. The device is meant to withstand a lot, but that doesn't mean that it has to look like it takes a beating on a daily basis, so protecting it with a Body Glove Snap-On is definitely a great decision in my eyes.

Jared DiPane
Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.