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Casio G'zOne Type-S review

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The Casio G'zOne Type-S currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 29 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
VGA (640 x 480)


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Wired

The original G'zOne was the Chuck Norris of cell phones: Able to stay fully submersed in liquid for up to a half hour, unaffected by exposure to solar radiation, held together with enormous steel screws. How do you improve on that? By giving it an extreme makeover! The Type-S ditches the Mad Max des...

- Terrence Russell, Wired


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Casio released the G'zOne Type-S on May 31, 2007.


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Casio backs up the G'zOne Type-S with a 1 year parts & labour warranty.


If your G'zOne Type-S 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
Unknown

The Casio G'zOne Type-S's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Casio's performance ratings are 6.5 days standby time.

G'zOne Type-S Specs

Overview
Release date May 31, 2007
Regions available No
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage No
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.07 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty -
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 6.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Burgundy, Matte Black, Navy
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.7 x 5.1 x 2.8 cm (3.8 x 2 x 1.1 in)
Weight 145 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display LCD (STN)
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
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
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 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 Webmail
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Multi-shot, Night mode
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio -
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): UTStarcom G'zOne Type-S, LG CanU 502S

Features: Water, Shock and Dust Resistant, TTY Compatible, Hearing Aid Compatibility = M4
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Wired

The original G'zOne was the Chuck Norris of cell phones

from Wired

The original G'zOne was the Chuck Norris of cell phones: Able to stay fully submersed in liquid for up to a half hour, unaffected by exposure to solar radiation, held together with enormous steel screws. How do you improve on that? By giving it an extreme makeover! The Type-S ditches the Mad Max design of its predecessor in favor of a sleek blue frame and thoughtfully placed controls. The phone is still wicked tough, working perfectly after being tossed in a pool for twenty minutes and then violently thrown down a flight of concrete stairs...

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The original G'zOne was the Chuck Norris of cell phones: Able to stay fully submersed in liquid for up to a half hour, unaffected by exposure to solar radiation, held together with enormous steel screws. How do you improve on that? By giving it an extreme makeover! The Type-S ditches the Mad Max design of its predecessor in favor of a sleek blue frame and thoughtfully placed controls. The phone is still wicked tough, working perfectly after being tossed in a pool for twenty minutes and then violently thrown down a flight of concrete stairs.

WIRED Can take a licking like some space-age Timex. Surprisingly light at 4.6 ounces. Speakerphone and Push-To-Talk functionality.

TIRED No Bluetooth data transfers. And what's with the dinky 640x480 camera resolution? Monochrome external LCD is bleak and boring. Baffling lack of MP3 functionality and multimedia features-shouldn't there be one gadget that can survive the apocalypse and play Loverboy songs?

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User Reviews


Amazon

Good phone, practically indestructable

from Amazon
This is a phone that I wish they still made. My wife has been using hers for 3 years and two toddlers have been unable to destroy it. Water, slobber, stairs, overnight in a car at -15F, all day in a closed car with outside temps nearing 100F (outer screen went black until it cooled), Brad Paisley con...More
This is a phone that I wish they still made. My wife has been using hers for 3 years and two toddlers have been unable to destroy it. Water, slobber, stairs, overnight in a car at -15F, all day in a closed car with outside temps nearing 100F (outer screen went black until it cooled), Brad Paisley concert in 3 downpours, nothing has destroyed this phone. The phone looks like it's 3 years old, but still functions perfectly. It's like the old Timex commercials, it take a licking and keeps on ticking. It isn't flashy or high tech (we rarely even text) but the sound is good, it has great battery life, and if you have an active lifestyle, it's perfect for you. I replaced mine after two years with the Boulder and gave my Type S to my mother-in-law and she hasn't been able to break it either. I have two brand new in the box Boulders I would happily trade for two new Type S's. Their next "ruggedized" phone should be the Type S with just a new set of guts. I wish they built BlackBerries this durable (I've gone through three of them in 2 years and I've been careful with them). Less
Amazon

Good phone, practically insdestructable

from Amazon
This is a phone that I wish they still made. My wife has been using hers for 3 years and two toddlers have been unable to destroy it. Water, slobber, stairs, overnight in a car at -15F, all day in a closed car with outside temps nearing 100F (outer screen went black until it cooled), nothing has dest...More
This is a phone that I wish they still made. My wife has been using hers for 3 years and two toddlers have been unable to destroy it. Water, slobber, stairs, overnight in a car at -15F, all day in a closed car with outside temps nearing 100F (outer screen went black until it cooled), nothing has destroyed this phone. The phone looks like it's 3 years old, but still functions perfectly. It's like the old Timex commercials, it take a licking and keeps on ticking. It isn't flashy or high tech (we rarely even text) but the sound is good, it has great battery life, and if you have an active lifestyle, it's perfect for you. I replaced mine after two years with the Boulder and gave my Type S to my mother-in-law and she hasn't been able to break it either. I have two brand new in the box Boulders I would happily trade for two new Type S's. Their next "ruggedized" phone should be the Type S with just a new set of guts. I wish they built BlackBerries this durable (I've gone through three of them in 2 years and I've been careful with them). Less

GZ1 Froze just after warranty expired

I have a GZ1. I bought it for the longevity factor, as well as the all weather features. The phone worked well until 1 month after the warranty expired, and then it would not turn on. The "Verizon" sign kept flashing. The Verizon store said it was "fried." and that it happened often. I asked them...More
I have a GZ1. I bought it for the longevity factor, as well as the all weather features. The phone worked well until 1 month after the warranty expired, and then it would not turn on. The "Verizon" sign kept flashing. The Verizon store said it was "fried." and that it happened often. I asked them to define "fried" and they could only say that something internal "broke." Its very fishy that 1 month after the warranty, it conveniently will not turn on. Sending in for repair is $100, not worth it. Sounds like another potential "electronic timer" issue. Be aware. Less
Amazon

I Can Hear You Now

from Amazon
Weighing in at almost 4 ounces and measuring 3.9" x 2" x 0.9" the Casio G'zOne Type S won't be confused with a skinny phone anytime soon. Military certified to withstand water, shock, dust, immersion, vibration, salt, fog, humidity, solar radiation, high altitude, and extreme temperatures. The Type S i...More
Weighing in at almost 4 ounces and measuring 3.9" x 2" x 0.9" the Casio G'zOne Type S won't be confused with a skinny phone anytime soon. Military certified to withstand water, shock, dust, immersion, vibration, salt, fog, humidity, solar radiation, high altitude, and extreme temperatures. The Type S is certainly no wimp. There's a locking mechanism with the battery cover (unlock it by using a small coin), and the charging port has a tight rubberized cover. Packed with a an okay camera, Bluetooth, Push-to-Talk, and support for music and video. Reception and transmission has been great with no hiccups. The navigation pad consists of two soft keys, a four-way toggle with a middle OK key, a dedicated camera/camcorder key, plus a speakerphone key that acts as a flashlight key if you hold it down for a longer press. As for music quality, I would not seriously consider it as a replacement for your mp3 player. The battery has lasted over 4 hours. It pairs well with my Plantronics 510 and 520 Bluetooth headsets. All in all I am very satisfied with the Casio G'zOne Type S and would highly recommend this system to those that require a phone that can take a beating. Less

Battle-Field Ready; Cell-Shocked Features

My motivation for purchasing this phone was its ruggedized case and water-resistance; unfortunately, this is about all it has going for it. After 6 months of use I have determined the following: 1. Exterior volume button can easily disable the ringer while in your pocket; resulting in missed calls. Th...More
My motivation for purchasing this phone was its ruggedized case and water-resistance; unfortunately, this is about all it has going for it. After 6 months of use I have determined the following: 1. Exterior volume button can easily disable the ringer while in your pocket; resulting in missed calls. The button can't be disabled or reassigned. 2. The LCD screen is unreadable in sunlight and is poorly backlit; screen fonts are too small. NOT a good choice for texting. 3. Battery life is unacceptable; with normal use, it requires almost daily recharging! Noticeable decrease in longevity in just 6 months. 4. The camera/video features: Use it only as a last resort; poor quality. The things I like about this phone are the Industrial Sci-fi styling and the rubberized case (protects it from drops and provides a better grip for small hands). TIP: To overcome the muffled sound of the ring tone while in a purse or pocket; use the provided "Synthesizer" ring tone. If I treated my cell phones better and handled them carefully, I would get rid of this phone. For me, the Casio GZOne is like a pair of orthopedic shoes: You wear them only because you need them. Less

Intuitive as a Rock

This phone is pretty shock proof. I put it though quite a bit and it was able to handle it. It's also pretty water proof, however I through it in the pool and some of the buttons stopped working. So, i guess don't forget about it in your pocket. Anther thing. This phone is about as intuitive as a...More
This phone is pretty shock proof. I put it though quite a bit and it was able to handle it. It's also pretty water proof, however I through it in the pool and some of the buttons stopped working. So, i guess don't forget about it in your pocket. Anther thing. This phone is about as intuitive as a rock. I don't think they did any beta testing on it to see how well the interface worked. If I entered a phone number into the contacts list the name wouldn't come up if they called. Only the number. Often times the speaker phone would turn on at random so when i answered the phone it would blast into my ear and more... Over all I hate this phone. Less
Amazon

Ordered 5 weeks ago - expected in another month

from Amazon
Just thought you might want to know that this phone is seriously backordered although the website gives you no clue it is not currently available. I ordered it on June 11 and received notice to expect it on August 22. But this is the phone I want so I'm sitting tight.
Amazon

Worth owning, with drawbacks

from Amazon
After a couple of months of usage I think this phone was a good purchase, but I have some complaints. The manufacturer does a fine job of touting the plusses, so I'll address the minuses. My most recent phone for comparison is the LG VX8100. 1) The ringer is muffled when the phone is in a pocket, so c...More
After a couple of months of usage I think this phone was a good purchase, but I have some complaints. The manufacturer does a fine job of touting the plusses, so I'll address the minuses. My most recent phone for comparison is the LG VX8100. 1) The ringer is muffled when the phone is in a pocket, so calls are easily missed. The selection of ring tones is poor from the standpoint of audibility. (Poor from any standpoint, actually.) 2) The screen is horrible in daylight. the 8100 was far better. 3) The speaker phone button is unwisely placed -- twice! -- so that it is easy to inadvertently activate it. 4) The volume control is screwy, sometimes indicating that I'm trying to adjust the headset volume when no headset is attached. When I did attach a headset, the volume was dismally low. I admit that I'm a harsh judge of cell phones, which aren't first generation, after all. Overall I find the phone reasonably pleasant to use, but the poor screen and the hard-to-hear rings are unacceptable. By comparison, the 8100 had an easily heard ringer and a lovely screen, and if I could combine the best of the two phones I'd give five stars. (Sadly, there seems to be no chance that cell phone makers will combine all the best features in one phone, so my stars won't be spent.) I've had very good experience with Verizon's GPS on this phone (except in the nightmare which are the roads of San Antonio). I have even found Verizon's customer service to be decent. Of the three colors, only the black has the rubberized surface, which I prefer. I don't know if Amazon offers it, and most Verizon stores must special order it. (The black seems to be pictured on Amazon's product page, but I would call them to find out what they actually ship.) You might think that the phone is masculine, but when I gave my wife a blue one she thought it was attractive, though it is not dainty. She might have thought differently if I had told her it was "ruggedized," so I didn't. Less
Amazon

Real good phone

from Amazon
I have broken more of the external screens than I can remember. This phone has a thick bezel on the outside screen which should enable me to put this problem behind me. I am a heavy cell phone user that does not use the camera or downloaded rings, etc. I try to be careful, but at 2500 minutes/month,...More
I have broken more of the external screens than I can remember. This phone has a thick bezel on the outside screen which should enable me to put this problem behind me. I am a heavy cell phone user that does not use the camera or downloaded rings, etc. I try to be careful, but at 2500 minutes/month, my phones take a beating in airports etc. This phone works great. The ruggedization will come in handy. The charge cable is a little fussy, like the LG phones, but it comes with a cradle that allows me to just set the phone in the cradle when I get home, without plugging in the cable. It is charged when I leave in the morning. Battery life is very good. Speaker phone is better than some, not as good as others, but adequate. Overall, I like the phone. It is tough like a hammer. I like hammers. Ring tones? Get a fooh fooh fone. Camera? get a camera. This is a phone, not a mp3 player. Less
eBay

Casio G'zOne Type-S (Verizon Wireless)

from eBay
I bought the Casio G'zOne Type-S phone because of a soda spill that ruined my last phone. This phone is waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof. The only complaint is the number of steps to add appoinments.

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