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The Casio Ravine made an appearance at the CTIA trade show and follows closely in the footsteps of Casio's previous G'zOne flip phones.

You want tough? This phone is tough. As with many of the G'zOne phones, it meets mil-spec toughness ratings, and can survive a lot of abuse. It is really solid, felt good to hold in the hand with its rubberized surfaces, and exudes strength.


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Because the Ravine supports PTT features, it has a flotilla of buttons and hatches on the side, including a dedicated walkie-talkie key, headset jack hatch, volume toggle, application key, charge port hatch and so on. With the exception of the application key, all the controls felts good and had good travel and feedback.

The Ravine ditches the spring-assisted flip trick that its predecessor, the Rock, sported. Instead, the clamshell operates like any other, and the hinge feels solid as, er, a rock.

They keypad is generously spaced and the keys had excellent travel and feedback. I really liked the way the keypad worked. The keys had an excellent feel to them, with rubber coatings to make them sticky. The controls were all good, and there were dedicated keys for the camera, media player and light (which doubles as a flash).

If you're the outdoor type who needs a phone that can handle the elements, you can't go wrong with the Ravine.

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