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 The music player does not have a great playback quality, and the software is obviously out of date.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