The Casio G’zOne Commando certainly isn’t for everyone. If you’re sure-handed enough to never drop things, you don’t ever plan on being out of sight of civilization, and you’ve never lost a phone to a bad encounter with water, then the features that distinguish will be useless to you.
But it’s a well executed device which, despite a few minor issues, both delivers on exceptional field durability, as well as having the potential to appeal to day to day users who wouldn’t normally think about using a “rugged” phone. Some of it’s qualities, like the waterproofing, are so useful that I wish more phone manufacturers would pick up on it for non-rugged devices. For right now though, if you want a smartphone that still works after you take an unexpected swim, or can survive you being less than careful with it, the Commando deserves careful attention.
- Virtually indestructible
- Light and compact for the capabilities
- Good battery life
- Text input is difficult
- Specs a little weak versus comparably-priced models
A well executed rugged device suitable for all sorts of electronics-unfriendly environments, as well as having appeal outside its niche.