Casio G’zone Commander Review



Written by Matthew   //


July 19, 2022   //

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Verizon and Casio are back to continue their line of G’zone devices.  This time, they bring the Commando and it runs Android 2.2.  As usual, we will go over a few things about the phone and leave you with enough information to decide if this is the phone for you.  Included in the retail package, is the Casio G’zOne Commando C771, 8GB microSDHC memory card (pre-installed), 1460mAh battery, and wall charger with detachable microUSB cable.

Software

  • Earth Compass: Displays the magnetic poles, deserts, mountain ranges, state parks, and major cities around the world, relative to the phone.  There is also a layer which you can customize with only locations you wish to see.
  • Walking Counter: If you ever wondered how long it would take you to walk from your house to the South Pole, now is your chance.  Select your destination from the list and go about your day.  Later, you can gauge how many steps you’ve taken to your imaginary destination.
  • Adventure Training: See how you stack up against world record runners or challenge more unnatural opponents, such as an emperor penguin or a grizzly bear (with a 50 foot head start, I was in seconds).
  • Trip Plot: This feature allows you to plot a course using Google Maps.  It also allows you to create a list of future trips.
  • Thermometer: Shows the current temperature of your location, as well as the temperatures of three other locations, great for frequent commutes.  It can also display another city in the world with a similar temperature (currently, the average temperature in Columbus, GA is the same as in Shanghai, China).
  • Tides: Lists the high and low tides per day of any of the major beaches in the United States.
  • Sun / Moon and Star Gazer: Track the position of the sun, the moon, and the stars relative to your location.  The constellation finder displays a list, a picture, and a brief history around the constellation.  It also provides a link to Wikipedia for the subject.

Hardware (Design)

The Casio G’Zone Commando is one rugged phone. It’s equipped with a rubberized body, sealed port covers, and a 1mm Gorilla Glass (Corning) screen.  The screen size is a decent 480x 800 pixels on a 3.6” display.  Special buttons on the device access the “special” software.  It may not be the prettiest phone on the shelf, but it gets the job done.

The 5MP camera didn’t take very good pictures, but let’s face it; this phone was designed to be on a worksite.  Outdoor visibility was very disappointing.  Considering the demographic for this phone, I expected the screen to be awesome outdoors.

Media Consumption (Music, Movies, YouTube, Flash)

This phone wasn’t meant to consume media but it can still get it done.  The native Youtube app works as expected and you can easily upload music via the included USB cable.  With the included 8GB SD card, you have plenty of storage.

Phone (Call Quality, Speakerphone)

Call quality is great. The phone seems like it was made to be used on speakerphone. The speaker is loud and clear and most importantly people can hear you just as well.

Battery (Life, Charging Time)

1460 mAh which should give you 7.50 hours of talk time and 270 hours of stand-by.  Which is pretty good considering this is still a smartphone.  The phone relies heavily on GPS and it handled it well. I didn’t see any significant decrease in battery life by using the “special” apps.  Kudos to Casio for getting it right.

Final Thoughts (Should You Buy One)

Verizon specifically released this phone for a particular type of customer, one where the phone is expected to take more than a few bumps along the way.  Considering its MIL–STD–810G (Military) certified, the phone is well made.  It is resistant to water, shock, dust, extreme temperatures, solar radiation, humidity, salt, fog, and vibration.  It’s perfect for the outdoorsmen and women out there.  The additional apps are nice features as well.  If you are looking for something comparable, you can always get a Droid Incredible 2 with and Otterbox.

This review was written in collaboration with J.E.H.


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