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Review: Casio G'zOne Ravine

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Between the smaller, 2.5mm headphone port, the microSD card slot hidden under the battery (with only a paltry 1GB card pre-installed), the lack of a mass storage mode and the lousy, aging V Cast music software, it's clear that Verizon Wireless and Casio are not aiming this phone at music lovers. That's a missed opportunity, I think. While I prefer listening to the sounds of nature when I'm out and about, I know plenty of people who prefer their own tunes while running through the woods or biking down a mountain. I can understand the lack of an advanced email client on this phone, but I don't understand why Casio skimped on the music features, like external controls or a better player. The V Cast player does a fine job with simple playback, but it offers no advanced sound or playback controls. It is literally the same software Verizon was using on the first G'zOne phone.

It would have been easy to make this phone a more impressive music player. The speaker already does a great job with music playback, and the phone has stereo Bluetooth on board. Just adding better software and a couple extra hardware keys is all it would take. Throw in a waterproof headphone port and you would have a superlative all-in-one exercise device, in addition to a rugged walkie talkie phone.

 

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