Has Casio finally made the sea kayaker’s dream phone? Well, probably not.. but they’re coming close. Charlie White over at Mashable posted a review of the new “hardened Casio G’zOne Commando” that’s worth a read. Casio says the new can withstand 30 minutes under three feet of water, exposure to salt water spray, 95% humidity for 24 hours, drops.. Oh and exposure to 15,000 foot altitude for an hour as well. Bwuhahaha!! Monster Phone!
The Casio runs Android 2.2, is 3G or WiFi capable and can be used as a hotspot. The phone also offers a 5mp camera and a selection of special “G’zGear” features designed for the outdoor type including: Earth Compass with a GPS function showing distance & direction to landmarks and national parks, Walking counter, trip memory, tides, adventure trainers, thermometer, star gazer, and more. Obviously we’ll have to turn to 3rd party apps for nautical charts ! The price of the phone at Verizon is $199.00 with 2 year contract.
Now to be honest, I’ve never met a piece of “all-weather” electronic gear that I really trusted. Yeah, I’ve been ranting on about a true adventure smart phone for some time.. I can’t say I’m not a bit excited by the Commando.. Still.. I think I’ll hold out awhile and see some “real world” reviews. Here’s to hoping! What do you think?