Casio G’zone CA-201L Review

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Welcome to the Casio G’Zone CA-201L ‘Commando’ preview. We’ve decided to feature this model because it is the only G’zOne phone that can be used beyond the US or Japan. Yes, declare G’zone is THE toughest smartphone in the world! Released in March 2013 it’s still pretty hard to purchase. Collectively we would purchase this phone in a heart beat as its unique and looks great.

Casio as a brand is completely unknown quality in the mobile phone world and to the majority and a tiny manufacturer. Only digital watches including G-Shock will anyone recall the manufacturer. Being the only world wide model from Casio anyone who can buy one is onto something pretty good.

In terms of construction the Casio G’zone is excellent. It is designed to meet and exceed the usual IP67 hence meeting the military standard¬†MIL STD 810G standard . As a result it would take a very careless owner to really damage the phone. The G’zone is also a very heavy phone but that’s what get for the ultimate ruggerized mobile phone you can get to date.¬†It is the exterior design that is the key selling point. This is a futuristic looking phone which you don’t need a case for. It is a think fo high tech Halo 4 style phone. Any geek would love to own one if they knew about it.

In terms of hardware the Casio G’zone is built with all the latest tech. A fast processor, reasonable camera all the sensors including a themometer and barometer and even includes microSD expansion.

In terms of software and usability the G’zone uses Android OS with excellent Casio specific apps and customisation. They are G-Shock themed called the G’zGEAR which covers all the outdoor type activities like the barometer, temperature, tides, Compass, Sun and Moon cycles and Star Gazer. Sound is catered for by front facing loud speaker with Dolby Digital Plus.

If you don’t mind using Android OS you’ll be very happy with the Casio G’zone. The tech spec means it will still be a very decent phone after 18 months. We’re sold on the concept and hope that Casio will officially release or make available to more stores. If you can find one buy it!

Specifications

  • Casio G’zOne CA-201L
  • Network
    CDMA – GSM – LTE
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L129.9 x W68.1 x D13.7 mm
  • Weight 173 grams
  • Display/s
    4 inch External 480 x 800
  • Camera
    8MP
  • Video Camera
    720 HD pixel main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth V2.1
  • CPU
    1.5 Ghz
  • Memory
    Up to 8 Gig on board
    Up to 32GB MicroSD
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    IP67 and MIL STD 810G
    Micro-SIM
    A-GPS
    Barometer, Theometer, Compass, Pedometer
    Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient Light
    Music and Media player
    Organiser/Calender
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    Google Play store, Maps etc..
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Li-Po 18000mAh battery
    Up to xxx hours Standby
    Up to xxx hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Approx $N/A AUS 2013 (Outright)