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Casio Brigade G'zOne review

7.5/10 AVG.
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7.5/10
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The Casio Brigade G'zOne currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Casio’s G’zOne line has long been a respected franchisee known for rugged durability and the ability to withstand unpleasant conditions. The G’zOne line has been characterized by tough, rubberized exteriors, build materials that meet or exceed even military specifications, and the ability to execute simple tasks, well, simply. This phone franchisee is about getting business done in inclement weather, pure and simple.

The Casio Brigade follows in its predecessors footsteps with pride and competence. You can actually make a call during a sandstorm with this phone, provided you have a signal. And when the sandstorm is over, your phone will be no worse for wear, due to a quality design that goes to great lengths to protect the vulnerable parts of this device.

But unlike previous G’zOne iterations, the Brigade opens lengthwise to reveal a full QWERTY keypad and a 2.9 inch 400 x 240 pixel resolution display. That’s an important move forward for this “all-business” phone. When closed, the exterior display is a circular, also all-business black and white 128 x 96 pixel resolution display.

The advent of this new, horizontal design is exciting. It means that people working in the field have a much easier time sending messages, “reading the screen”, without having to squint the least bit.

The Casio Brigade offers a rated 6 hours of talk time, 760 hours of standby time, expandable memory via microSD, a 3.2MP camera with video, featuring flash, auto focus, face detection, digital zoom and more. This is a phone Jack Bauer would appreciate!

And yes, the staple feature of Casio’s tough line is still there: Push-to-Talk, which allows you instant, one-touch access to anyone in your phonebook.

I applaud this new addition to the Casio G’zOne line. For folks working in the field, be it construction, first responders, search and rescue, whatever, this phone is powerful and even fun in the manner in which it combines genuine durability with thoughtful protection.

Please not that this phone is not focused on searching the internet, nor does it offer clever home page customization. This phone is all business, all the time.

Great job Casio. They take their line of G’zOne phones seriously, and the Brigade moves the franchisee forward.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.9"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Wired

This kind of handset is great for bragging to co-workers that you’re surfing the Gulf Coast…

- Terrence Russell, Wired
MobileBurn

I've never enjoyed using a rugged mobile phone as much as I did the Brigade. The device has a solid QWERTY keyboard that makes messaging easy, a decent camera, good call quality, and solid push-to-talk functionality. It even has a few bonus features like an over-the-air music store. It was able...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
Phone Scoop

The Casio G’zOne Brigade is the only phone available from a major U.S. carrier that gives you a full QWERTY keyboard to send text message from the beach . . . while surfing. It’s built like a tank, and almost as large. Because it’s so durable, and practically alone in its class,...

- Philip Berne, Phone Scoop
PhoneArena

Out of all the PTT phones that have been released by Verizon, the Casio G’zOne Brigade C741 is by far the best device overall. It has a lot of features going for it, including good call quality and reception, excellent build quality with military specs, large internal display with full QWERTY...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena


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Casio released the Brigade G'zOne on April 19, 2010.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Casio Brigade G'zOne user manual here.


Casio backs up the Brigade G'zOne with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Brigade G'zOne has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Casio support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Casio's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
2.9"

The Casio Brigade G'zOne's screen size is 2.9 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1440mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1440 mAh battery. Casio's performance ratings are 31.5 days standby time, 360 minutes.

Brigade G'zOne Specs

Overview
Release date April 19, 2010
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A
SIM card size No
Dual SIM No
Operating System No
Processor
Internal Storage No
RAM 192 MB
ROM 256 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.81 W/kg
Body: 0.75 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1440 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 360 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 31.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.2 x 5.6 x 2.3 cm (4.4 x 2.2 x 0.9 in)
Weight 167 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.9 inches
Secondary Display Monochrome OLED, 128 x 96 pixels, 1.2 inches
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric, QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
No
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Multi-shot, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Yes ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): PCD Brigade C741, Casio G'zOne Brigade

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Critic Reviews


Wired

Built to text reliably through damage, dunks and dust

from Wired

The militaristic and pragmatic Brigade is absolutely not about frills. In fact, cubicle dwellers will probably want to stick to their comprehensively capable, push-notifying smartleashes. However, if the goal to traverse the great unknown (or play hooky while remaining conscientiously in contact)...More

The militaristic and pragmatic Brigade is absolutely not about frills. In fact, cubicle dwellers will probably want to stick to their comprehensively capable, push-notifying smartleashes. However, if the goal to traverse the great unknown (or play hooky while remaining conscientiously in contact), it’s worth bringing a Brigade for backup.

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MobileBurn

QWERTY messaging for tough conditions

from MobileBurn

I've never enjoyed using a rugged mobile phone as much as I did the Brigade. The device has a solid QWERTY keyboard that makes messaging easy, a decent camera, good call quality, and solid push-to-talk functionality. It even has a few bonus features like an over-the-air music store. It was ab...More

I've never enjoyed using a rugged mobile phone as much as I did the Brigade. The device has a solid QWERTY keyboard that makes messaging easy, a decent camera, good call quality, and solid push-to-talk functionality. It even has a few bonus features like an over-the-air music store. It was able to stand up to a few drops, as well as being dunked into water. Sure, its web browser could use a total revamping, but at least it serves up the basics. If you're in need of a rugged device and still want to stay in touch with friends or the kids using a QWERTY keyboard, the Brigade is certainly a solid choice. Overall, I give it a "Highly Recommend" rating.

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Phone Scoop

The best Casio G’zOne phone

from Phone Scoop

The Casio G’zOne Brigade is the only phone available from a major U.S. carrier that gives you a full QWERTY keyboard to send text message from the beach . . . while surfing. It’s built like a tank, and almost as large. Because it’s so durable, and practically alone in its cla...More

The Casio G’zOne Brigade is the only phone available from a major U.S. carrier that gives you a full QWERTY keyboard to send text message from the beach . . . while surfing. It’s built like a tank, and almost as large. Because it’s so durable, and practically alone in its class, it’s easy to forgive some shortcomings.

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PhoneArena

Out of all the PTT phones that have been released by Verizon, the G’zOne Brigade is by far the best device overall

from PhoneArena

Out of all the PTT phones that have been released by Verizon, the Casio G’zOne Brigade C741 is by far the best device overall. It has a lot of features going for it, including good call quality and reception, excellent build quality with military specs, large internal display with full QWER...More

Out of all the PTT phones that have been released by Verizon, the Casio G’zOne Brigade C741 is by far the best device overall. It has a lot of features going for it, including good call quality and reception, excellent build quality with military specs, large internal display with full QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.2MP autofocus camera. Plus don’t forget about the loud stereo speakers on the front that are used for PTT calls, as well as for music playback and speakerphone. We just wish the device wasn’t as bulky. At almost 1” thick and 4.5” tall; it’s currently the largest PTT phone available for Verizon.

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