Here are the main features of the Commando:
- Android 2.2
- Meets military 810g testing standards for immersion (leakage), rain, shock, dust resistance, vibration, salt, fog, humidity, solar radiation, altitude, and low and high temperature
- 5mp camera w/ auto-focus & flash
- 3.6 inch 480x800 TFT screen
- Security encryption for corporate email
- Stereo Bluetooth
- Mobile hotspot capable
- 800mhz processor
- 512mb RAM
- 1gb internal storage - comes with 8gb microSD card
- Accelerometer, thermometer, and pedometer
Obviously this phones main feature is to be tough. The look of the phone certainly gives off that impression with just a tiny bit of cheesiness . The phone is surrounded by a rubberized bezel which is held in place by four screws (they are actually screws by the way and are not just decoration).
On the back you'll find some red styling which makes the phone look even more like it came straight out of Transformers. Under the waterproof back cover you'll see the battery. Under the battery is the microSD card.
The right side features capped 3.5mm jack, charger/usb, and camera button. The left side has your volume buttons, a button programmed to open G'zGear (see software section below), charging terminals, and camera button. The top and bottom have nothing other than a dimple for a future dock.
I personally do not like the way this phone looks. It's too "grrrr, I'm a tough phone". for my taste. You may think differently if you drive a truck that does well with muddin.
The screen is a 3.6 inch 480x800 screen. It's smaller compared to some of the larger phones out right now, but that is probably a good thing. You wouldn't want a huge, easily crackable screen in your pocket if you need this type of phone.
The screen is more than adequate for this phone. Everything is crisp and clear. You can turn auto-rotate on and off. You won't be disappointed.
The keyboard may be a little small, especially if you are not used to an on-screen keyboard and have large hands. I could not find a setting to enable haptic feedback while typing. This is something I would've liked to see as well. In fact, the only haptic feedback I'm getting is when I hit a menu button. Even then it feels kind of wimpy and cheap.
The Commando is running Android 2.2, which is a great choice in my opinion. In the past Casio has used their own software, which is usually pretty basic. I should note that most applications, like the texting interface, camera, and browser are all stock Android.
Casio also included some nifty widgets, like the compass, and a software suite called G'zGear. G'zGear includes some really cool features like:
- Compas - functions just like a standard compass. GPS shows the distance and direction to several domestic & international landmarks
- Walking counter - measures steps, distance, and energy consumption along with total steps for the day, week or month. One hint here as to what this phone is marketed towards - the default settings for the walking counter are a 5'10" 177lb male between 20-29..
- Adventure training - allows you to run with vitrtual opponents, like world record holders, animals, or your own best performance, which is stored in memory.
- Trip memory - plots and records outdoor activities along with location information that can be shared with friends on Facebook and Twitter
- Tides - shows you tidal graphs for the day, tide times, and current, past, and future sea levels.
- Thermometer - displays current temperature which can be compared with multiple locations
- Sun/Moon - checks the time of the next sunrise, sunset, moonrise, and moonset. Can also track moon phases based on your location
- Star Gazer - utilizes GPS to display the stars and constellation names based on your location (Google sky map does it better)
Casio/Verizon chose not to include Google Maps on this phone and opted to push VZ navigator. This is because they also push Bing search and maps on this phone. There's no real reason to pay for VZ Navigator when you get get Google Maps/Navigator for free. To get around this you can simply download Google Maps from the market.
Also included is V CAST Apps, Music, Tones and Videos.
Performance & Battery
The 800mHz processor is certainly adequate, but I did notice some occasional lag when opening programs. For the price I think they could've included a 1GHz processor. Are you going to notice the difference? Probably not.
The battery is 1460mAh and rated at 7.5 hours of talk time and 270 hours of standby time. This is just below average for talk time, but very low for the standby time. I'm actually surprised the standby time is not better.
The 5mp camera performs very well. The flash is a nice inclusion. Although the camera software is stock Android, it's still very good for this type of phone.
The Casio G'zOne Commando is a great phone for it's purpose. You'll sleep better knowing that the phone can take a pounding and still survive. There are only a few small things I would change on this phone; give it a slightly faster processor, improve haptic feedback, and make it look more simple.
Why to get this phone:
- You work in an environment that is prone to damage phones
- You want a smart phone, but still need something rugged
- You want to impress the ladies with pinstripes and exposed screws