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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

The Casio G'zOne Commando is a phone that knows what it is and what it isn't. It is not, for example, Casio's answer to the Galaxy S II or the EVO 3D - it simply doesn't have that much power under its rough, tough hood. But that rough, tough hood is precisely what makes the Commando stand out from the rest of the Android smartphone crowd - unlike your average piece of plastic, it is ready to take on the challenges of an outdoorsman's life (including but not limited to being submerged in water, thrown onto cement, or given the inevitable drop kick from time to time). As should be expected, it passed our durability tests without any sign of weakness, so really, the only question left is whether the rest of its features are any good.

At a Glance

The G'zOne Commando's spec sheet makes it clear that power users weren't exactly Casio's target demographic here:

  • 3.6-inch WVGA (800x480) TFT LCD display (covered by Gorilla Glass)
  • 800/1900MHz CDMA EVDO Rev. A radio
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • 800 MHz processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 1GB of ROM
  • 8GB microSD card included
  • 1460mAh battery
  • 5MP rear camera
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) with Casio's custom overlay
  • Meets Military Standards 810G for immersion, rain, vibration, salt fog, humidity, solar radiation, altitude, low and high temperature storage; shock and dust resistant

The Good

  • Rugged design that can withstand just about anything you throw at it (or throw it in)
  • Sharp, colorful display
  • Verizon's extremely reliable 3G network 
  • G'zGear, a unique app that provides everything a camper could wish for: a compass, a walking counter, a thermometer, a star gazer, adventure training, trip plotting, tidal graphs, and sunrise/sunset/moonrise/moonset times. Better yet, the Commando features a physical shortcut button that, when pressed, takes you right into the app

The Bad

  • Underwhelming call quality
  • Touchscreen isn't as responsive as I'd like
  • Performance leaves something to be desired - not to mention just how obsolete the 800MHz processor will be by the time your two-year contract is up
  • The phone ships with the now-antiquated Android 2.2 (Froyo); worse yet, Verizon has included oodles of bloatware as well as Bing... that should speak for itself

In a sentence: The Casio G'zOne Commando isn't the fastest or most feature-packed Android handset on the market, but it sure is durable.

You should buy it if: Ruggedness is your top priority and you don't mind a slightly second-rate smartphone experience.

Still with us? Good, because there's a whole lot more info below - read on!

Hardware

Ruggedness

This is really the G'zOne Commando's main selling point, so we'll address it right off the bat - as its specs (see above) indicate, the phone has passed military testing and is, supposedly, ready to be dropped, thrown, submerged in water, given the boot, or forced to undergo some other method of torture altogether.

For the most part, our testing verified that claim. Even after being catapulted against a wall and dropped on concrete multiple times, the Commando not only remained in one piece, but managed to get by with no more than two small battle scars. Impressive to say the least.

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Water-resistance was a similar story. For obvious reasons, I didn't leave the phone submerged for long, but I did dunk it in a few times, and I was pleased to find that the phone emerged unscathed. Due to elements out of Casio's control (damn you, physics!), the touchscreen isn't very responsive underwater, but you can answer calls while the phone is immersed nonetheless. There really isn't much more to say here; the water-resistance is a nice party trick, and it could certainly come in handy if you're a hiker and you accidentally drop the phone in a stream. So long as...

Be warned that if you submerse the handset without first covering its ports, water could get into it, effectively turning your phone into an outrageously expensive black brick.
   

Design and Build Quality

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Really, the only adjective suitable for the Commando is "manly" - from the eight shiny gray screws (four on the front; four on the back) to the formidable diamond shape, it's obvious that this phone just wasn't made for the couturiers among us. It also wasn't meant for those with small hands - though its screen is rather diminutive compared to most modern smartphones, its monolithic bezel and bulky exterior (the thing is 0.6 inches thick) will likely scare off Lilliputians.

It was, however, aimed squarely at the tough, outdoors-loving guys. If any doubt about this was left in your mind after reading the "Ruggedness" section, it'll disappear the moment you lay your eyes on the phone itself.

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Scratch that; even if you were blindfolded during your first encounter with the Commando, you'd probably be able to figure out what sort of gadget you're dealing with. The first clue should be its weight: at 5.45 ounces, it's definitely more of a Hummer than a Honda. But that's not all; the sharp edges and generally metallic hand-feel certainly add to its macho status. And then you open your eyes and see what you're holding.

Let's start by describing the phone's two ports: one is for microUSB, while the other is a 3.5mm headset jack. Both are sheathed by rubber flaps, which keep the device's innards dry even when submerged in water. They feel a wee bit flimsy, and to be honest, I prefer the sliding doors that cover the Galaxy S' ports, but... they're rubber flaps, and they serve their purpose.

Continuing along the Commando's left side, you'll find a camera button - always a nice addition - as well as an awkwardly placed notification light (it can be hard to see when you're holding the device directly in front of you). Spin the phone 180° to access the volume rocker, a shortcut button which opens the G'zGear app by default, or the power button. The last of these three items can be somewhat frustrating, as it is situated in the lower left-hand corner, where your palm is apt to rest if you're holding the phone in your left hand. A minor issue, to be sure, but it did occasionally force me to let go of the device just so I could turn it off.

Flip the Commando over and you'll be confronted with its black and red backside. The screws that punctuate it add to the aforementioned manly aesthetics, as do the symbols representing the hardships the phone can face. However, you'll need fingernails practically as long as Rihanna's to pry off the battery cover - you'll likely spend about an hour trying to get it off after moving the lock/free switch to the appropriate position. And don't even get me started on replacing the damn thing. I understand why the process is so complicated (it likely has to do with the phone's water- and damage-resistant nature), but that doesn't make it any less infuriating.

Other than the impossibly hard-to-remove battery cover, the back holds the 5MP camera (more on that in a bit), its accompanying LED flash, a secondary microphone, and a green indicator light that blinks whenever the camera app is open - nice touch.

If you've ever seen a Casio G'zOne handset before, you should already have a good idea of what the front of the Commando looks like. Black plastic, red highlights, visible silver screws - we've seen it all before. It's not seductive or fashionable à la Galaxy S II, but it does exhibit ruggedness and durability.

The bottom bezel contains the speaker grille and the microphone, while the top counterpart is home to the bright red earpiece, the temperature sensor (on the dotted rectangle), and the light / proximity sensors (on the smooth rectangle). In between the two is, of course, the 3.6-inch display. Speaking of which...

Display

You'd best look elsewhere if the latest in mobile display technology is what you're after, but all things considered, the G'zOne Commando's LCD isn't bad at all. The WVGA (800x480) resolution looks fantastic on its 3.6-inch screen, and colors are reasonably accurate, if not comparable to, say, Super AMOLED Plus. Despite my premonitions (this isn't exactly VZW's flagship device, after all), I found the viewing angles more than adequate - in fact, they were even wider than those of my EVO 4G.

So the screen looks good, but does it respond to your touches well? In a word, no. Responsiveness was actually so bad I had to check the spec sheet to make sure it was a capacitive display. The bad touchscreen made typing difficult (even with the excellent XT9 keyboard), and some games, especially those controlled by a virtual joystick, were hard to play. Frankly, the poor responsiveness is extremely disappointing, though perhaps understandable given the rugged nature of the device.

Camera

Ugh. The Commando's camera isn't just bad; it's abominable. Seriously, I haven't seen shots this horrible since the epoch of flip phones. Don't believe me? Have a look for yourself:

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To add insult to injury, Casio hasn't tweaked the camera app at all; the stock Froyo program has been left intact and featureless as ever. Suffice to say, if you want a great - or even decent - cameraphone, the G'zOne Commando is not the answer to your prayers.

Software

The good news? Though Casio has included its own custom UI, Android 2.2 (Froyo) has more or less been left intact on the G'zOne Commando - aside from the praise-worthy G'zGear app and a few minor tweaks here and there. The bad news? Bing and a boatload of crapware.

I want to emphasize that there's nothing wrong with Microsoft's search engine; personally, I prefer Google, but to each their own. My beef here is that, on a Google device, Verizon has disabled Google search and hacked the software so that, when the search button is pressed, Bing is brought up. It's as option-less as that - there's no way to change the search provider, and voice recognition is done via Bing as well.

Oh, and then there's the bloatware. The situation is just as bad as it is on the DROID Charge - no fewer than 17 crap apps, several of which duplicate each other's functionality. For instance, why are there three separate search apps (Bing, stock Android's own Search feature, and Nuance Voice Control)? And if the video tutorials are already accessible via the Setup Wizard, why include another app (Guided Tours) which only serves as a link to said instructional clips?

Interestingly enough, the Commando does not ship with Gmail, YouTube, or Google Maps. The first two applications will download automatically when you sign into the Android Market, but the last item on the list must be downloaded from the Market manually. Not an intolerable nuisance, but I don't see why Verizon and Casio couldn't have been bothered to include the programs.

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Bloatware and de-Googlificiation aside, few tweaks have been made to Android 2.2. The lock screen has been altered, sure, and Casio offers a neat slide-up list of favorite applications (see above), but on the whole, not much has been changed - except for the addition of the splendiferous G'zGear app, that is.

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In a sentence, G'zGear is an outdoorsman's best friend. As you can see, the first - and perhaps most noteworthy - tool it offers is a pair of compasses: regular (a simple but useful earth compass) and layer. The latter of these is of particular interest, as it displays mountains, national parks, cities, or other landmarks near you. Its one major downside is the way it switches between layers, or types of public attractions - instead of choosing from a list, you must click a button repeatedly until you arrive at the layer of your choosing. Still, that's a insignificant issue in the grand scheme of things (especially given that almost no other smartphone even offers such an app), and - at least theoretically - it could easily be fixed via a software update.

G'zGear's other features - a walking counter, a thermometer, a constellation viewer, adventure training, trip memory, tidal graphs, sunrise/sunset/moonrise/moonset schedules - probably won't be used as much by hikers, campers, and the like, but they're definitely well made and worth a mention nonetheless. The walking counter provides walking directions for some of America's most popular wildlife trails as well as a standard-issue pedometer for measuring your steps. Adventure training, meanwhile, consists of tips and history related to your running habits, based on your height, weight, age, and gender. Trip memory allows you to plot your trekking, hiking, climbing, camping, cycling, paddling, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, running, travel, and "life" trips before sharing the deets via the usual smorgasbord of social services (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.). The last two features of the G'zGear app - sun/moon schedules and a star gazer - do precisely what their names imply (namely, a way to identify stars in the constellation and a timetable for local moonrises/moonsets/sunrises/sunsets), so we won't bore you with a full rundown.

All in all, the G'zOne's software isn't anything to write home about, but it's not a complete train wreck, either. If you're an Android purist, this probably isn't your cup of tea - Bing should be reason enough for that - but if you are part of the phone's target demographic, the G'zGear app should be right up your alley, and you shouldn't find the rest of the software too annoying.

Performance, Battery Life, and Call Quality

Though the G'zOne Commando is not a member of Verizon's LTE arsenal, its 3G speeds are not only more than acceptable, but also far more consistent than those of Big Red's competitors. For example, the Commando regularly got two to three bars of reception, even in the woodsiest of woodsy locations. Speeds ranged from 2-3Mbps - not quite as mind-blowing as what LTE or WiMAX can provide, but nothing to scoff at, either.

Call quality, however, was a huge letdown. On every single one of my test calls, the person on the other end of the line reported subpar quality, and the Commando's earpiece is nearly inaudible - I could barely make out what the caller was saying. Big Red's network has, in my experience, been excellent, so I think it's safe to say we can blame Casio for the poor call quality here. Regardless, the G'zOne probably isn't a very good choice if you're into that whole "calling people" thing.

Battery life was about average for an Android phone - the Commando's 1460mAh cell easily made it through a day of moderate use (which involved casual game-playing, a few phone calls, and constant email-checking). When used more heavily, it died just after noon. Acceptable, but definitely not exceptional.

Finally, general smartphone performance was far from ideal - as you may have guessed from the title, the Commando can indeed get quite sluggish at times. Benchmark scores (1085 from Quadrant; 28.505 MFLOPS from Linpack) reflected that - but with an 800MHz processor, does this impotence really surprise anybody?

Conclusion

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The G'zOne Commando isn't for everyone. Power users will seek more powerful machines, while the average consumer will likely be turned off by all the excess junk in the Commando's trunk. But if you're a hiker, construction worker, or other thrill-seeker, the Commando can't be beat. Sure, at $199, it's not the cheapest G'zOne handset, but it's certainly the best. Whereas previous iterations ran proprietary Casio operating systems, the Commando is powered by Android, and it retains the G'zGear tools Casio fans have come to know and love.

In summary, if you're looking for a rugged, durable smartphone, you should take a long, hard look at the G'zOne Commando. For everyone else, however, I can confirm that this is not the DROID you're looking for.

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • http://www.craiglayne.com Craig Layne

    Well that's just disappointing. From looking at the specs, I assumed this would be the case, but I was really looking forward to a decent, rugged device.

    The line of work i am in, a rugged phone would really come in handy, but i am not willing to sacrifice that much performance for it.

    Why make something geared towards the outdoors man and not have a decent camera? Fisherman, hunters, or anyone who doesn't work at a desk would love to have something like this.

    Very disappointing.

    • chris

      I am currently on the commando and I will unfortunately agree it is slower than my brothers droid x. The camera isn't that bad though, it looks like michael j fox took those pictures after raping the brightness settings

  • Uphor8

    Great review as always, Jaroslav. I really like the looks of this phone, far more than the DEFY that can also be submerged into water, so I'd probably go with Casio if I needed a rugged device. Both have problems, and I think Casio is more of a sweet spot than the DEFY. Just don't expect to see Gingerbread on it.

  • Logan

    The inclusion of Bing search and the exclusion of Google services such as Maps would be directly related: the result of an agreement between Casio and Microsoft.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      I'd actually say it's an agreement between Verizon and Microsoft, as we've seen Bing on some of Big Red's previous Android phones (i.e. Samsung Fascinate). But yeah, either way, it sucks.

      • http://zackeryfretty.com/ Zackery Fretty

        Yup, that's for sure something that's locked to Verizon (and yes it sucks). My AT&T Samsung Galaxy S phone (Same family as the Fascinate) doesn't have a lick of Bing on it and never will.

    • Lester

      I have had one for 5 months and very pleased with its durability! Have dropped it a few times stepped on it after dropping it in a gravel driveway with the screen down and still no damage to phone or screen! Also left it outside in truck bed over night in a rain storm still no damage! It does have a few downfalls but they are worth the durability!

  • Ray

    Can you download the google search engine in addition to google maps? Does it have video or just a regular camera?

  • Matt

    We're "field testing" one right now. Superintendent on a construction job site. He is currently enjoying the phone and does like the fact its very rugged.

  • Mike

    I've had mine a few days.. not impressed with the battery. Much less up-time than my original Moto Droid. It overheats and I'm down to 33% at 9:50a.m. (took it off the charger at 7!!!)

  • Mark

    I have had my Commando for a week, during which I ran errands, played 18 holes of golf in the rain (charity event) and then went fly fishing for 5 days, where it rained again several times over 2 of the 5 days. The Commando came through all the wet just fine and works great. I get a great connection even miles from any roads on a trout stream, found the voice call quality to be pretty decent (better than the Casio G'zOne Boulder I was using previously), and found the touchscreen to only be a little unresponsive when trying to hit small command buttons with my big fingers (I am 6'4" and 240lbs). I do not agree with the keyboard review, I found the keyboard to work great, even to be a little TOO sensitive (again with the big fingers/thumbs), but found if I rotated the phone to get the larger keyboard then it worked great. Maybe it seems to be unresponsive if you are used to one of the delicate iPhones, but you do not want the screen to be too touchy when your hands are wet/dirty/cold/etc.! I did have the battery get a little warm once or twice when I was doing a lot of browsing, but the battery lasted all day without any issues. My final review - if you are an outdoors individual, or you do physical work for a living, it is absolutely a great smartphone!

  • Ken

    Actually posting this from my commando. I also recently upgraded from a boulder, and no its nothing like my buddies droid X but coming from the boulder this thing is amazing. Never thought I could own a smart phone until I saw this phone released. I can honestly say ill never go back to the boulder and would not trade the durability of this one for a easily broken but faster smart phone.

  • Pat Garland

    Had mine for a few months. Bloatware sucked...rooted it, got rid of Bing and bloatware now works better than ever.

    • Tim

      how do you root it? totally slow right now!

    • Dbangard94

      how did you root yours?

  • http://androidpolice.com Knight2051

    Someone needs to give classes on Rooting!!! I am using a HTC-HD2 and hate windows, looking for a replacement. This one might be it, If it is unlockable that is!

  • Eric

    I've had my commando for a month. i like it. everything about the keyboard, that everyone talks about is correct. its a little sluggish. but what it offers in durabillity, its worth it. today i left it on the tool box and took off down the interstate. halfway to my destination, i realized where i left it. it is the commando so i turned around at the next exit and started my search. 3 miles and i seen it in on the line bewteen the 1st & 2nd lane, on a 3 lane interstate. the speed limit is 65, and i do about 4-5 over it. it was also pouring rain. we were getting left overs of tropical storm lee. to cut it short. other than scratched up case and the auto rotation was broken, everthing else worked. the 2 ports were open when i found it. THATS AMAZING!!! if theres is a person who will put ''anything'' to the test, its me.

  • eric

    i have had this phone for about 2 months and in the first four days i managed to drop it screen first onto gravel.... since its a glass screen u can only imagine how bad the cracks were. other that that i got my new one and it is the most durable and best cell-phone ive ever had

  • Christopher Siddall

    Piece of crap! Battery sucks, touch screen sucks. And tough? I dropped it 3 feet to the ground 6 weeks after I bought it and the screen shattered!

    • wicky

      Was u driving 100 mph when u dropped Your phone 3 feet to the ground?

  • C

    Mine has been dropped 8 feet onto shower tile and 6 feet ohto concrete, flew into the windshield (cracked the entire windshield but thw phone was perfect), been dropped into a swimming pool (multiple times, but it can only go up to three feet), beennin a hot tub, been in the shower, etc etc. Works fine. For me, that is all I need to know. . .

  • Josh Waters

    ok i have the commando had it for two days and broke the screen. Also how do you get the flash to work and how do you zoom while taking a photo

  • steve

    open the camera then the little arrow on the left side of the screen, touch it and you get camera options. there you can turn on the flash and to use the zoom you must change the quality, from 5 mp to 3, 2 or 1, the worse quality the more zoom you can get.

  • Adrian Jenkins

    Not too impressed with mine. Had for a few months now. Have not put much on it. Keeps freezing up and randomly resetting. Now I am not recieving calls and I can barely call out when I have 2 or 3 bars of service. After fighting with it for a month now I am ready to go back to my Boulder sadly

  • http://www.atlantacelltech.com Donny Cotten

    You can have this phone's screen repaired at http://www.atlantacelltech.com The ONLY place in the US that I have found that repairs this phone.

  • eddie

    i have one of these "things" and i am glad i only gave 9.99 for it, cause the disadvantages outweight the advantages. i am also not that impressed with verizon. i think they make a lot of boasts they cant back up.

  • http://www.scottevans.com Scott

    Atlanta cell tech can repair this phone. Turn around was just one day. Great.!

  • nick

    i have one of these phones and i broke the screen after about 6 months of hard abuse

  • Jen

    It sounded good when I bought it but sad to say, I have a very expensive etcha sketch now. I demoed it for a friend and through it first then submerged it. the port was not properly closed and now it is that expensive brick you warn about. I like to call it the titanic phone. Be ware of putting this phone in water and damaging your fingers trying to get it to remember it is a touch screen!

  • http://w Hayden mccarney

    This phone is everything proof except little sisters. My dad has thrown it into walls and gone hunting with it and when he's done he sprays it off with a hose. Then he set it in his pocket and my 1 yr old sister sat on it and shattered the screen

  • Bgenewich

    Not happy with this stupid thing,my other htc were better

  • Zmann

    This phone is all Hype

    get a good protective case for a better phone and move on 

  • Scubastevesfather

    Why does it freeze up almost every day and sometimes several times a day?

  • Briiian

    I've owned mine for about 8 months now.  It was certainly neat for it's durability - and still is.  I've dropped it hundreds of times, many times from several feet, and most every time landing on cement - or boulders - once even a campfire, landing any way you could imagine ... Hardly a dent to show for it.  Screen is still perfectly fine.  I've never had a problem with call quality - don't understand the reviewers gripe with that.  Everything sounds crystal clear to me - no one has complained about me sounding muffled.  The water-proof feature is nice as well - being in Portland Oregon where it's always raining - and spending a LOT of time outdoors in the woods - this phone has seen a lot & is still going strong enough to keep the legacy healthy.  My one gripe with it is what it actually is - a SMART phone.  Because it seems to be more like a regular phone that just happens to do things a smart phone is capable of.  I've had issues with it randomly rebooting as many others have as well - but it's a minor inconvenience.  I am the person this phone is targeted at - people who love to be outdoors & don't care TOO much about apps & processing speed & whatnot.

  • msjkwinter

    Mine got to the point where it was shutting down at least once a day. I took it into a Verizon store and they sent me a new one!... I was surprised. I actually brought it in twice. The first time the guy told me it was out of warranty (which I already knew that it was). I was in the store a few days later for something else and decided to ask again. She looked up my account and said, "no problem, it's still under warranty." ??? I didn't ask any questions. I just took the new phone.
    The new one still shuts down occasionally, but so far not bad.

    The main problem I'm having now is, the GPS sucks!! It takes forever to find my location, or most of the time it never does. Or, in the middle of driving somewhere, it says GPS signal has been lost. Now, I'm not out in the middle of nowhere, mind you. My previous one (the one that shut down all the time) NEVER had a problem with finding our location and never dropped the GPS signal.

    Any ideas about the GPS problem? Thanks

    • Mike

      The gave me a runaround for the same problem....

      What did you SAY exactly?

  • Duh

    I submerged mine into a pool about 30 inches down and for about 5 seconds and now the speaker for phone calls is super quiet. Everything else works fine. Overall sweet phone.

  • Brad

    I LOVE THIS PHONE!!!Its not the fastest but i bought this phone for the durability of the device and i have dropped it and exposed it to water SEVERAL times!!!! WORKS PERFECTLY! So if you need a phone to withstand the elements you make your phone go through each day this is the one you must buy!!

  • Horribel

    The phones durability is the only thing it has going for it. Add Verizon to the picture and the phone is absolutely horrible, freezes, crashes, keypad partially missing, each and every update brings a whole new set of problems.

  • Chad

    This phone is the bain of my existance...trying to respond to texts and emails is a nightmare, Facebook does not sync with contacts, and the battery life is crap.
    Avoid this brick of a device....would almost rather own a flip phone.

  • BGF

    I like the idea of a ruggedized phone but the bloatware on this thing is enough to drive you crazy. These huge applications, like the compass, tides, sunrise/sunset, etc., etc., etc. eat up huge chunks of space on the phone and slow the entire thing down to the point that it locks up on me, requiring the batter to have to be removed and replaced. If I could get rid of the bloatware, without voiding warranty on it, I would, and would likely be a lot happier with the phone itself. Unfortunately, I cannot get rid of it without rooting the phone.

  • Mark

    Tough is an understatement. Our plumber drove over it with his service truck. Picked it up and called for his next destination

  • commando sucks

    This is my third commando and they all absolutely SUCK! NO reception, dropped calls, automatically calling people fron call list. Verizon told me if may be my profile, they looked into it, it wasn't, it was the phone. P.s. it freezes whenever it feels like. P.O.S. PHONE, HATE IT!!!

  • Scott Zimmerman

    I was finally due for an upgrade my wife had an I phone 4s or the last year
    I gave her the upgrade for a 5c I took the 4s and I will never miss the commando
    I am not an Apple fan but it does far better than the crapmanndo and an otter box helps it toughen up just no swimming for this one LOL

    later Casio never again! the Bolder and the Commando were both a pain

  • Skyler

    Ok. I've had this phone for a year. It was my first smartphone, so I was excited. Man, was I wrong! This phone has been the worst phone I've ever had. First off, it has a TON of unnecessary stock apps. Apps I will never use... Then there's the simple functions that ANY phone -whether smart or basic- should be able to do, the Commando fails to do a majority of the time. From making calls to sending texts, a common window to pop up is "This app/function has unexpectedly stopped." I've even had to force close the home screen! Should that function be a priority for smartphones?? Not only that, but my Commando has these "restarting episodes." I don't know if any other person's Commando does this, but mine will start restarting and do it as much as 8 or 9 times. Still more, the touch screen? Ha! The thing only responds half of the time! And when I want to text someone or check an email while in bed, the touchscreen acts like there's nothing touching it even though I'm practically jabbing the thing trying to get it to work!

    Conclusion?
    This phone is good for someone who wants a rugged phone that can take a beating. Just be ready to face the consequences of having a mediocre "smart" phone that cannot live up to the standards set by Samsung, Apple, or Droid.

    Its sad I have another year until my next upgrade.