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Review: Casio G'zOne Commando

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The Casio G'zOne Commando is an interesting beast. It's way too large, heavy, and bulky for me, but if you're looking for a ruggedized Android smartphone, that’s the price of admission.

The G'zGear applications are truly cool, and offer the outdoor adventurer a ton of ways to keep track of what they're doing, where they are, and what's going on in the environment around them. Their usefulness is questionable, however, with the sub-par signal and data performance I saw when testing the Commando.

If solid basics are what concern you, the signal troubles and voice quality are worth weighing before you buy. At least battery life is good.

The Commando's camera and video camera produced great results, which more than offset the ho-hum music and video options.

Add all these to the Android 2.2 system on a practically-indestructible phone, and you have McGuyver's dream device. Bottom line, if you're a self-respecting outdoorsman who needs a tough phone that can do (nearly) everything, the Commando is a solid soldier you can rely on.

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