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Casio G’zOne Commando Rugged Android Coming to Verizon

by Sean P. Aune | April 27, 2011April 27, 2011 12:07 pm PDT

Casio G'zOne CommandoAs someone who constantly drops his phone, the idea of a rugged phone is rather appealing. No more of that sinking feeling in your stomach when you hear it clatter to the street outside of the gym, or the feeling of dread when you hear it hit the sidewalk. With a rugged phone you can just pick it up, dust it off and be on your merry way.

Along those lines, Casio is prepping to release the G’zOne Commando for Verizon.  Completely silly name aside, the phone will be available on April 28th for $199 with a 2-year contract and promises to be the best friend to the outdoor type of user.

Besides being rugged on the outside, the Commando will also feature encryption for corporate email, making this a great tool for those that work on job sites such as construction.  The phone itself is protected as well as your email.

On the downside, the Commando is only going to be running on 3G despite Verizon kicking out 4G LTE devices left and right as of late.  There is also no information on a processor, so we’re inclined to believe it’s nothing fancy.  All of that fits this phone, however.  This handset is totally about being outdoors and being more of a lifeline and tool than something you sit in a boardroom using.  The inclusion of tools such as a compass, thermometer, tidal charts and more makes it pretty clear you’re supposed to be enjoying the great outdoors instead of downloading video at crazy speeds.

Casio G’zOne Commando Tech Specs

  • 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

What do you think? Any interest in the Casio G’zOne Commando?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...