Sometimes you need a phone that, like a boxer, can take a hit. For those who need something more rugged than the typical smartphone, the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE may be the right choice.
Casio, known for making tough shockproof watches, decided to make a phone just as durable as its watches. The G’zOne Commando was engineered to meet MIL-STD-810G certification, a standard that the military uses to test its potential equipment. It has rubber along the sides and the back to absorb shock, and tough Corning Gorilla Glass 2 for the touch panel. It even comes with a Glove Mode so the menu is simplified when wearing gloves.
The G’zOne Commando has a dual-core 1.5Ghz processor teamed with Android’s Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system. The apps are built around outdoors-oriented people, with a compass, thermometer, high/low tide indicator, and even a barometer. It has a 4-inch screen, 16GB of internal storage with 1GB of RAM, and a MicroSD slot capable of up to a 64GB memory card. It also comes with 802.11 b/g/n, can serve as a mobile hotspot, and handles 2G/3G/4G.
Front-facing speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 1.3 megapixel camera complete the front, while the back contains an 8 megapixel camera. Both cameras have shooting modes, digital zoom, image stabilization, and video capability.
One owner wrote, “My phone has dropped out of trees, in mud, in water, on concrete. Used in temperatures from 20 to 110 degrees F. Can’t see myself with another phone.” Another owner commented that the G’zOne Commando takes abuse like no other phone he has ever had, and yet another noted that his phone had been run over by a dump truck yet still worked.
Some phones are beautiful, but delicate. The G’zOne Commando is the smartphone equivalent of a Jeep: durable, reliable and easy to use. For people with an active lifestyle that means bumps and bruises, the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE is a perfect pick.