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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.

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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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