Basking Ridge, N.J. – Verizon’s
first ruggedized Android-based smartphone, the Casio G’Zone Commando, will go
on sale April 28 at $199.99 through the carrier’s on-line store and through its
B2B sales force.
It joins the first ruggedized
Android smartphone, the Motorola i1,
by Sprint for its iDEN network.
The Android 2.2-based device is
targeted to outdoor businesses as well as to outdoor adventurers, thanks to a
variety of business- and outdoor-oriented features. For durability, it meets
military 810G standards for water immersion, rain, shock, dust, vibration,
salt fog, humidity, solar radiation, altitude, and low and high temperatures.
Features include 3.6-inch screen,
800MHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED light, encryption
for corporate email, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, stereo Bluetooth, VZ
Navigator service for turn-by-turn driving instructions, and mobile hotspot
capability to let Wi-Fi-enabled devices share a 3G connection simultaneously.
Its XT9 and T9 trace input technology speeds up typing on a touchscreen. A
snap-out menu allows for customized quick access to high-use business apps.
For outdoor types, the device comes with
G’zGEAR software to deliver eight functions. They are:
n earth compass, which uses
GPS to show distance and direction to domestic and international landmarks.
A walking counter, which
measures steps, distance, energy consumption, and total steps for the day, week
or month. It also provides virtual treks for famous North American trails and
Adventure training, which lets
users run with virtual opponents, such as world-record holders, wild animals,
or their own best personal performance stored in the training history.
Trip memory, which records
outdoor activities and location information to share on Twitter and Facebook.
Daily tidal graphs, including
tide ebb and flow, plus past and future sea tide levels.
A thermometer to compare current
temperature across multiple locations.
A sun/moon tracker to checks
the time of the next sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset and track the moon
phases for your current location.
And a star gazer, which uses
GPS to display the stars and constellation names based on the current season
The $199 price requires two-year
unlimited-data plan at $29/month plus a voice plan.