Today marks the launch of the Casio G’zOne Commando, a device designed to take a beating and keep on running. Despite this, it has a large display and the other features Android smartphone buyers are looking for.
The Commando meets Military Standards 810g for immersion, rain, vibration, salt fog, humidity, solar radiation and altitude. It is also shock, dust, and temperature resistant, and sports a Gorilla Glass screen.
This device has clearly been designed for outdoor use, and includes an on-board compass, thermometer, walking counter and sun/moon/tide trackers. Naturally, it comes with a built-in GPS receiver and several options for navigation apps.
It’s a Smartphone
On the front is going to be a 3.6-inch 480 x 800 (WVGA) capacitive touchscreen, while its back is going to feature a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash.
This is Casio’s first model running Google’s operating system, specifically Android OS 2.2 (Froyo). It is built around a relatively slow 800 MHz processor, but will still be bundled with an array of communication and entertainment software. This includes apps for business as well as personal use.
Other features include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microSD slot and 8GB memory card, and a 1460mAh battery. All of this is going into a package that’s 5.1 x 2.6 x 0.60 inches and weighs 5.45 oz.
Price and Availability
The Casio G’zOne Commando is now available. It sells for $200 with a two-year contract, and buyers need to subscribe to a data plan. Without a subsidy, this device is $450.
This is not Verizon’s only rugged device, but it is this carrier’s only rugged smartphone. The other members of the “G’zOne” series are featurephones.