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Casio G`zOne Commando review

6.7/10 AVG.
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6.7/10
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There aren’t a lot of truly remarkable rugged CDMA Android smartphones available on the market nowadays. Casio took notice of this and delivered a palm-sized offering with Android 2.2 Froyo in the form of the Casio G`zOne Commando. Toting support for CDMA 800/1900 MHz as well as EV-DO Rev. A packet data, the Commando is ready for those who want to go on an adventure.

Weighing just a little over 150 grams and measuring 15mm thick, this is a phone that should not to be taken lightly. That is to say that it definitely commands attention, especially with its rather unconventional outer appearance. It comes equipped with a 480x800 pixel resolution 3.6-inch touchscreen display and all kinds of hardware sensors all around. It also has internal wireless antennas for GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1. Rounding out the list of hardware features are the following: 512MB of RAM, 1GB of internal storage, 5MP camera with LED flash, 3.5mm headphone jack, and microUSB connectivity. And in case the 1GB of alloted internal storage space is not enough, there’s a free 8GB microSD card for extra storage included in every package.

When this Casio Commando was first released to market, the default operating system was Android 2.2 Froyo. Now, it can be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It may not be as powerful or as sexy-looking as most high-end offerings from other smartphone makers, but it does hold special status as a smartphone in its own right. It’s nowhere near any levels of perfection as far as Android smartphones are concerned, but for geeks who have a heart for adventure, the Casio G`zOne Commando will surely be a worthy companion.

Need To Know: Casio G`zOne Commando

1. Can be upgraded from default OS of Android 2.2 Froyo to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. (The Good)

2. Unique among Android smartphones in many important areas, not the least of which is outer appearance. (The Good)

3. Comes with fairly limited amount of RAM and may not be the best handset for multi-tasking. (The Bad)

4. Included battery doesn’t really last very long despite being high capacity. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
3.6"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

The Casio G'zOne Commando for Verizon Wireless is a specialty phone. When measured against "regular" devices, it might not shine that much. But when paired with the correct consumer, one who needs a tough element-resistant smartphone, it proves itself worthy. If you are that special person, then ple...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
PhoneArena

Even though the Casio G’zOne Commando isn’t the fastest or most high-end smartphone on the market, it fills a void for a mid-level device that is also rugged and durable, which can withstand water and being dropped on occasion. We love its overall build quality, and that it has a differe...

- FAUguy, PhoneArena
Brighthand

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...

- Adama D. Brown, Brighthand
PC Magazine

The Casio G'zOne Commando is okay, but I have several reservations about it. If you don't need an Android phone, consider stepping down to the excellent Casio G'zOne Ravine ($49.99, 4.5 stars). It's a flip phone with a nifty suite of less powerful apps, it meets the same military specification, and...

- Jamie Lendino, PC Magazine
Phone Scoop

If you're a self-respecting outdoorsman who needs a tough phone that can do (nearly) everything

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop


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Common Questions


Casio released the G`zOne Commando on April 28, 2011.


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


Casio backs up the G`zOne Commando with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your G`zOne Commando 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
3.6"

The Casio G`zOne Commando's screen size is 3.6 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
800 MHz

There is a 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1460mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1460 mAh battery. Casio's performance ratings are 11.5 days standby time, 450 minutes.

G`zOne Commando Specs

Overview
Release date April 28, 2011
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
EV-DO Rev. A
SIM card size No
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor 800 MHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 512 MB
ROM 1 GB
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.13 W/kg
Body: 1.44 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1460 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: 450 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 11.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.0 x 6.6 x 1.5 cm (5.1 x 2.6 x 0.6 in)
Weight 153 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.6 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
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, Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
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 Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 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
5+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
No
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Skype Mobile)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Casio C711, Casio G'zOne C771

8 GB microSD card included
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Critic Reviews


MobileBurn

It's good enough to make smartphone craving adventurers happy

from MobileBurn

The Casio G'zOne Commando for Verizon Wireless is a specialty phone. When measured against "regular" devices, it might not shine that much. But when paired with the correct consumer, one who needs a tough element-resistant smartphone, it proves itself worthy. If you are that special person, then...More

The Casio G'zOne Commando for Verizon Wireless is a specialty phone. When measured against "regular" devices, it might not shine that much. But when paired with the correct consumer, one who needs a tough element-resistant smartphone, it proves itself worthy. If you are that special person, then please check out the Commando. The rest of us, however, will find better values in more compact form factors elsewhere.

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PhoneArena

It's the one to get if you need a more rugged smartphone

from PhoneArena

Even though the Casio G’zOne Commando isn’t the fastest or most high-end smartphone on the market, it fills a void for a mid-level device that is also rugged and durable, which can withstand water and being dropped on occasion. We love its overall build quality, and that it has a diff...More

Even though the Casio G’zOne Commando isn’t the fastest or most high-end smartphone on the market, it fills a void for a mid-level device that is also rugged and durable, which can withstand water and being dropped on occasion. We love its overall build quality, and that it has a different utilitarian look than most other flashy smartphones. At the current $199 price for the Casio Commando, it is only $50 less than the awesome HTC ThunderBolt, which offers a faster processor, larger screen, 32GB memory, and 4G LTE for data. But if you need a more rugged smartphone that you don’t have to worry about damaging much, the Casio G’zOne Commando is the one to get.

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Brighthand

A well executed rugged device suitable for all sorts of electronics-unfriendly environments

from Brighthand

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.

...More

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.

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PC Magazine

A rugged Android smartphone, but it lags in several key areas

from PC Magazine

The Casio G'zOne Commando is okay, but I have several reservations about it. If you don't need an Android phone, consider stepping down to the excellent Casio G'zOne Ravine ($49.99, 4.5 stars). It's a flip phone with a nifty suite of less powerful apps, it meets the same military specification, a...More

The Casio G'zOne Commando is okay, but I have several reservations about it. If you don't need an Android phone, consider stepping down to the excellent Casio G'zOne Ravine ($49.99, 4.5 stars). It's a flip phone with a nifty suite of less powerful apps, it meets the same military specification, and it will likely survive even more abuse thanks to the closed clamshell design. You also don't need a data plan with the Ravine, so you can save hundreds of dollars over a two-year contract.

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Phone Scoop

A practically-indestructible phone

from Phone Scoop

The Casio G'zOne Commando is an interesting beast. It's way too large, heavy, and bulky for me, but if you're looking for a ruggedized Android smartphone, that’s the price of admission.

The G'zGear applications are truly cool, and offer the outdoor adventurer a ton of ways t...More

The Casio G'zOne Commando is an interesting beast. It's way too large, heavy, and bulky for me, but if you're looking for a ruggedized Android smartphone, that’s the price of admission.

The G'zGear applications are truly cool, and offer the outdoor adventurer a ton of ways to keep track of what they're doing, where they are, and what's going on in the environment around them. Their usefulness is questionable, however, with the sub-par signal and data performance I saw when testing the Commando.

If solid basics are what concern you, the signal troubles and voice quality are worth weighing before you buy. At least battery life is good.

The Commando's camera and video camera produced great results, which more than offset the ho-hum music and video options.

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Cnet

The absolutely choice if you want a rugged Android smartphone

from Cnet

The Casio G'zOne Commando is absolutely the choice if you want a rugged and durable Android smartphone. Its tough construction is built to withstand everyday drops and spills, so it's well suited for industrial workers or simply those who love the great outdoors. While we're not entirely pleased...More

The Casio G'zOne Commando is absolutely the choice if you want a rugged and durable Android smartphone. Its tough construction is built to withstand everyday drops and spills, so it's well suited for industrial workers or simply those who love the great outdoors. While we're not entirely pleased with Verizon's preloaded apps, we did enjoy Casio's G'zGear suite of apps designed for those who love the active outdoor lifestyle. All of that, and it's also a pretty decent Android smartphone with corporate e-mail security and most of the usual Google apps at your disposal. The Casio G'zOne Commando is $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement.

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Mashable

The smartphone for adventurers

from Mashable

Beyond its Android 2.2 features, the Commando gives you a variety of outdoorsy and athletic features. Go into its G’z Gear menu, and you’ll see eight apps that are tailor-made for fitness buffs and outdoorsy types. Most are useful, and all are interesting. On board is a compass that shows you distances to national parks and landmarks, a pedometer, trip memory, indicators of tides and moon phases, a thermometer and even a star finder to help you point out constellations as you sleep under the stars...

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Beyond its Android 2.2 features, the Commando gives you a variety of outdoorsy and athletic features. Go into its G’z Gear menu, and you’ll see eight apps that are tailor-made for fitness buffs and outdoorsy types. Most are useful, and all are interesting. On board is a compass that shows you distances to national parks and landmarks, a pedometer, trip memory, indicators of tides and moon phases, a thermometer and even a star finder to help you point out constellations as you sleep under the stars.

I like the Casio G’zOne Commando, and those who drive jeeps, climb mountains, and even those who navigate around cities in SUVs even though they rarely leave their desks will probably like it too.

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Phandroid

It is built tougher than you will probably ever need it to be

from Phandroid

Being the first smartphone member of a Casio lineup of feature phones for Verizon, I fully expected to be let down by the g’zOne Commando. I was pleasantly surprised to find this wasn’t the case. It isn’t the handset for everyone, but for those hesitant to buy a smartphone due t...More

Being the first smartphone member of a Casio lineup of feature phones for Verizon, I fully expected to be let down by the g’zOne Commando. I was pleasantly surprised to find this wasn’t the case. It isn’t the handset for everyone, but for those hesitant to buy a smartphone due to an active lifestyle or just plain clumsiness, the Commando is worth a good hard look. It is built tougher than you will probably ever need it to be.
It delivers at the software level as well, providing a familiar Android experience with a few twists that really add some value. The Snap-Out Menu and Tactile Key get a big thumbs up, and g’zGear applications are sure to get some use by owners of the Commando.
The phone is definitely not without its flaws. The touchscreen can lag and be unresponsive, and a lower-powered processor doesn’t do much to elevate the phone from its humble, feature-phone roots. Throw in a shoddy-at-best camera and you get the essence of the Commando: a no-nonsense device for no-nonsense people. Tech heads and those on the cutting-edge might want to stay away, but for the everyman the Commando gets the job done just fine.

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PCWorld

Rugged phone, but its unresponsive touchscreen makes it frustrating to use

from PCWorld

I really wanted to like this phone, but the awful touchscreen is a huge deal-breaker. The device has so many great ideas in it that I hate to see its rating dragged down because one (crucial) feature doesn't always work right. If you need a superdurable phone and don't care too much about the unr...More

I really wanted to like this phone, but the awful touchscreen is a huge deal-breaker. The device has so many great ideas in it that I hate to see its rating dragged down because one (crucial) feature doesn't always work right. If you need a superdurable phone and don't care too much about the unresponsive screen, then by all means get this phone. The rest of us should look to other Verizon Android smartphones rather than having to deal with the countless frustrations that will come from operating this device.

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User Reviews


Almost there...

This phone has a lot of great features, but lacking basics. On your Spec's page, you listed that the phone has auto answer capability, which it does not. Additionally, there is no Speech to Text app available either. If these were available, I would dub this the "Perfect Phone". Until then, I am stuck with a phone that is almost there...
This phone has a lot of great features, but lacking basics. On your Spec's page, you listed that the phone has auto answer capability, which it does not. Additionally, there is no Speech to Text app available either. If these were available, I would dub this the "Perfect Phone". Until then, I am stuck with a phone that is almost there... Less