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Review: Casio G'zOne Commando

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The Commando doesn't stray too far from the basic set of messaging services offered on most Android devices. It has the same stock email, Gmail, SMS, IM, and Google Talk applications, and these apps all behave as they do on other Android devices.

The Commando does offer at least one neat messaging feature: a dedicated application that reads text messages out loud. Simply open the application, and it will read any unread text messages that are in your inbox. It reads them via the speakerphone, so don't expect to discretely hide in a corner somewhere and listen to your messages. It works really well if you absolutely *must* go through your text messages while driving (though I don't recommend doing that).

The Commando skips Google Voice, but does have Skype Mobile pre-installed. Skype Mobile can be used for calling and sending instant messages for free to other Skype users. Skype also offers low calling rates to call/landlines in other countries.

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Lastly, the Commando forgoes native social networking applications and has Social Beat installed instead. Social Beat is a catch-all application that lets users sync their Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and RSS feeds into one dashboard. This little piece of software has come a long way in the last half year or so. It supports a much more diverse range of features now than it used to, such as adding images to Twitter and Facebook posts. It still doesn't capture all that the individual Facebook and Twitter applications do. Since they aren't installed, you'll have to snag them from the Android Market on your own.

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