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Casio GzOne Ravine review

7.5/10 AVG.
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7.5/10
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The Casio GzOne Ravine currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Casio G'zOne Ravine was released in October of 2010, to replace the Casio Rock line. The phone has a rugged military design intended for those with an active outdoor lifestyle. Casio is one of the only phone manufacturers that still makes a basic push-to-talk phone, and the Ravine still sports a traditional flip-phone style.

The Casio G'zOne Ravine's most marketable feature is its rugged durability. Like the Rock, it is built to meet Military Standard 810G, so that it resists water, dust, vibration, salt, humidity, solar damage, altitude, dust and dropage. The hard plastic and rubber exterior gives the phone a heavy-duty feel and the visible orange rubber o-rings give the phone a moisture barrier you can see.

The phone has a 2.2 inch display screen, with a 4 by 2 inch body and a total weight of about four ounces. This makes it only slightly larger than the Rock. It has large buttons designed to be easily pressed by those with large fingers. The volume rocker, voice command button, PTT key, headset jack and micro USB port are all arranged on the sides of the phone.

It also comes equipped with a number of attractive extras including a 3.2 MP camera with an LED flash, a micro SD slot for expandable memory and a spring hinge release for one handed opening. Its programming is generally the same as the Rock with the same menu screen and controls, but it has additional programming perks including Type A -GPS, Rhaposdy music compatibility and built in compass, a pedometer and more.

Overall the Casio Ravine looks like a solid choice for anyone that needs a basic phone that will hold up to wear and tear.

Need to Know: Casio G'zOne Ravine

1. By adhering to military durability standards the Ravine is one of the most durable phones on the market and is practically indestructible so you don't have to worry about minor accidents and standard wear and tear. (The Good)

2. The expandable memory allows you to add up to 32 GB of memory to your phone. This not only gives you more space to store emails, pictures and music, it also gives you a place to back up important information so that it can be transferred to your home computer. (The Good)

3. No QWERTY keyboard so texting, emailing and internet browsing is slower. (The Bad)

4. The music player does not have a great playback quality, and the software is obviously out of date. (The Bad)


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.2"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Phone Scoop

The Casio G'zOne Ravine is a slick, thick and rugged phone that you can drop in a swamp or off of a moving Jeep.

- Philip Berne, Phone Scoop
PhoneArena

We are glad that it retains Military specs for durability, and its rugged design means that it should hold-up to almost anything you can through at it. But most importantly we’re glad that the PTT quality is quite good, since that is one of the Ravine’s primary functions, with loud a...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena


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Casio released the GzOne Ravine on October 25, 2010.


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Casio backs up the GzOne Ravine with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your GzOne Ravine 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
2.2"

The Casio GzOne Ravine's screen size is 2.2 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 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1140mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1140 mAh battery. Casio's performance ratings are 5 days standby time, 360 minutes.

GzOne Ravine Specs

Overview
Release date October 25, 2010
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
EV-DO Rev. A
SIM card size No
Dual SIM No
Operating System No
Processor
Internal Storage No
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.53 W/kg
Body: 0.81 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1140 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: 5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.9 x 5.3 x 2.3 cm (4.3 x 2.1 x 0.9 in)
Weight 130 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.2 inches
Secondary Display Monochrome LCD, 96 x 96 pixels, 1.35 inches
Sensors Digital Compass
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
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
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 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address
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, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
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 32 GB)
PC Synchronization No
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
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
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 No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments -
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Critic Reviews


Phone Scoop

There are just enough customization options to keep your favorite features close at hand

from Phone Scoop

The Casio G'zOne Ravine is in some ways a very impressive, rugged device; and in other ways a collection of missed opportunities. The phone can take a serious beating, including a dunk in the pool or a drop into a dirty puddle. Some of the outdoors features are pretty cool, like the compass and pedometer, the star map and the convenient flashlight feature. It also has better call quality than previous G'zOne phones I've tried, and the speakerphone is disturbingly loud, which is exactly how I want it to be....

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The Casio G'zOne Ravine is in some ways a very impressive, rugged device; and in other ways a collection of missed opportunities. The phone can take a serious beating, including a dunk in the pool or a drop into a dirty puddle. Some of the outdoors features are pretty cool, like the compass and pedometer, the star map and the convenient flashlight feature. It also has better call quality than previous G'zOne phones I've tried, and the speakerphone is disturbingly loud, which is exactly how I want it to be.

My only problem is that Verizon has confused this outdoor enthusiast phone with a 3G feature phone. Instead of using a high-quality camera, the phone features "fast" networking that couldn't even deliver in the simple Web browser. Instead of some music for exercising outdoors (or perhaps while taking a swim), the phone tries for corporate email and sub-par messaging. In other words, instead of focusing on a few key features that buyers would appreciate, the phone tries to do everything, and ends up failing miserably at the tasks that don't fit its outdoor lifestyle.

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PhoneArena

Overall, the Casio G’zOne Ravine is a nice upgrade to the Rock that came out last year

from PhoneArena

We are glad that it retains Military specs for durability, and its rugged design means that it should hold-up to almost anything you can through at it. But most importantly we’re glad that the PTT quality is quite good, since that is one of the Ravine’s primary functions, with lou...More

We are glad that it retains Military specs for durability, and its rugged design means that it should hold-up to almost anything you can through at it. But most importantly we’re glad that the PTT quality is quite good, since that is one of the Ravine’s primary functions, with loud and clear voices on both ends. If you need a good quality PTT device, the Casio Ravine is an excellent choice, but if you message a lot and require a QWERTY keyboard, then we’d still recommend the Casio Brigade.

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