Just went from a very satisfactory experience with the older GZ-1 to the Casio Brigade. I actually went down on my motorcycle with the GZ-1 hanging exposed from my belt. It took my full weight and the front of it ground along the blacktop under me. It still worked fine, although it didn't looks so nice (pix on my fb page ttommyunger). I wanted the QWERTY keyboard the Brigade offers and I love it. I text more than I call and almost never use it to browse. I don't do music or games, being a geezer, so the phone is great for me. I am a klutz, a motorcyclist and an outdoors-man, so the ruggedness is a super plus for me. The camera is good enough for me and has some nice pluses like shutter delay and flash. ps. Other cell phones feel like cheap toys to me.