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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2011
2nd Review...When I first reviewed the commando I was super excited. Not anymore. I am on my second commando and its failing. The first phone failed after swimming with it and the speaker went out. Then I dropped the 2nd phone onto concrete and the lens broke. I had it fixed by a third party for $129 but it hasnt been the same since. Button after button breaks down. Its not nearly tough as the 1st Gen Gz-zone phone of mine. Plus the Android is a pain if you are a mac user.

1st review.. I have been waiting for a rugged smartphone that is less than $1200 for a long time and it is finally here. I was on t-mobile for the last 18months and broke three of their phones and I am so happy to be back with g-zone and verizon. The phone is lighter in your hands than you think, the display is very clear, love the dual locks and the super fast slide text feature. The g-zone apps are really cool, use the pedometer one every day and enjoy that. The downside with verizon is they don't work in Europe so this isn't an international phone which is a buzz kill. But if you are staying in the states no worries, other cons is this android isnt an plug and teather to a Mac, so I am still working the bugs out on that. The great thing is this phone can be dropped, kicked, submersed and be on a job site and you never have to baby it. For that it is priceless. I also can check my email, surf facebook, and have apps that direct me to Mt. Everest or tell me tides on my favorite beach. The phone gets a five stars, the service a three. Fyi, I bought it on Amazon wireless which saved me a $100 from walking into a verizon store, this costs me two days of waiting for the shipping, had to make one call to their help center and had to pay $10 to the verizon store to transfer my numbers. In the end a positive experience.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2011
Caveat Emptor

I have used the phone for about two weeks now. It has worked pretty well in general. The speed is good as is the display and battery life.

I have decided to return it because of the touch screen sensitivity.

In some applications it will not select no matter what you do. In others some areas of the touch screen sensitivity seem to be dead. Touch screen sensitivity seems to be better with some applications. Another reviewer mentioned that Verizon applications were the worst for touch issues.

If you are considering this phone make sure and try it with a return policy if not pleased. I also discovered after the fact that this is the sole Smartphone NEC makes for Verizon under the Casio brand - maybe touch screens and Android aren't their strength?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2013
This phone is another over-hyped P.O.S. I have had this phone for 2 months now after following a strong suggestion from a Verizon wireless representative who promised a strong indestructible phone, which I will say is the only worthy feature on this phone. I can never send emails from this phone as I get a "cannot connect to server" message and to date have still not sent a single email from it. It constantly alerts me to voicemails and text messages that simply don't exist. This phone always has trouble displaying a web page. Worst of all I get about 6 hours of battery life after a full charge and that is with turning off Wi-Fi and not using the phone for anything other than just to see how long it could last on stand by. The phone comes with plenty of already installed apps that you cant get rid of and they run constantly also depleating its battery life. Shouldn't you have a say in which apps can stay or go on a phone that you have paid for? If you are an iphone user like I was don't fall for the hype on this phone as the grass is not greener on the other side and now I am stuck with a virtually useless P.O.S. for the next 22 months until I am eligible for an upgrade. Phones should have to go thru some kind of aptitude test to be classified as a smart phone to which this phone would fail with flying colors. I should start using turds to make calls and email because they stink the same. DONT BUY THIS PHONE !!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2012
This is a absolute must for those of us who tend to drop and/or forget that we have our phones and they go through the wash or we get thrown in the pool with it. Also great for jobs in the construction zone, the phone is durable and mine has with stood many falls onto the carpeted floor or on concrete. I once even dropped it into a bucket of water while working, I freaked till I realized that the phone was perfectly fine thankfully. I used to break phones but this one has lasted me half a year and i have had zero problems with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2014
I purschased the Commando 4G as an upgrade. It has been a problem since I purchased it.

A Verizon tech said they cleard all data and installed the latest upgrade.

There is no change in the operation of the phone and it locks/freezes up several times a week.

It doesnot help to contact verzion tech support.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2012
The Casio Commando will not recognize voice commands when the car is running. This is a massive flaw. See my video for a side by side comparison of this phone and the Motorola Droid 2:[...]
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2012
I miss my old fragile Droid compared to this bionic mess. I was anxious to get a Commando since I'm a farmer and use it in a fairly hard core environment. I've had my Commando now about three months but WOW am I disappointed in this phone. I primarily use my phone for texting and emailing, this Commando might as well drop those features. About every two days I'll be texting or emailing and all of a sudden the phone decides not to display what I'm typing on the screen until it's ready to send the message. I have to reboot the phone to make it display what I'm typing on the screen. Another thing I can't get, the voice activated email and text. This was a feature I had on my old Droid that I used all the time especially when driving. Even after I went to the Verizon store twice so they could install the feature they also failed to find and install the application. There are other texting and emailing complaints I could add to my list but it would take too long to explain it. A couple other things to consider if you're looking at the Commando; Bing is the default search engine and you can't use any others (I can't stand using Bing)and I haven't been able to Voice Activate driving directions like I could my old Droid. Frankly, I suggest the customer look at a different smart phone other than a Commando, that is unless you live in the tulies or in the water.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
I will admit I was very leery of their mil-spec standards, but after four months I'll admit that this is the absolute toughest phone I've ever had. It has withstood numerous drops, water, dust, sweat, mower hours, and general neglect/abuse while providing a solid smart phone performance. The screen sensitivity has a notable difference compared to the best smart phones, but I am anything but disappointed. I bought this phone with expectations of minimal performance and currently am significantly impressed. If you have destroyed multiple phones by subjecting them to southern summers, moisture, sawdust, impact (I'm clumsy), then this is the phone you're looking for. I can email and have internet access on the construction site, as well as having enough battery life to stream music for about eight hours during the day (Depending on signal strength). I have beaten the crap out of this phone and it is still working as well as when I bought it. Absolutely the way to go if you actually live/work in an uncontrolled environment. Hope this helps.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
This was my first "smart" phone purchase. My wife suggested that I get it due to it's advertised "toughness", since I tend to be rough on phones. To be fair, it is a very rugged phone, on the outside. I've accidentally dropped it several times, only to have it survive and continue to function. Secondly, due to the water resistant feature, every "port" has an "O" ring on it's respective protective cover, which while using headphones or charging it daily, over time becomes a pain (you'll need tough fingernails to access them). Since it does require charging every day, (some times 2 or 3 times), I opted to purchase a charge cradle. Word of advice, buy the cradle from Amazon. I made the mistake of going online to purchase one that was $10 cheaper than Amazon, but it never arrived (even though they charge my card), so spend the extra and buy from a reputable distributor. Though the shell is rugged, the software driving the phone sucks. Countless times while texting, the virtual keyboard would shut down for no apparent reason, which would require a complete phone restart....this has happened while talking on the phone as well. Most of the apps have this same problem too, which leads me to believe it's not the apps but the phone's software/hardware that is faulty. Thirdly, since this phone is unique, my Verizon customer service people don't really know much about it, so getting advice is rare and difficult. Online and manufacturer help isn't much better either. Basically, you're on your own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2011
I bought this after my brother recommended it to me, and reading dozens of reviews. My brother managed to get one that works flawlessly, and his only complaint has been the battery. I finally bought my first one in June, and had problems with it nonstop from day 1. I exchanged my phone through the service provider several times, and had similar problems in all of them: horrible battery life, problems charging, dropped calls, retrieval delays of hours and sometimes days for messages. The service coverage, when the phone worked, was decent, and I really did like a few of the G'Zone apps, but they did not make the phone worth the hassle for me. After 4 months of fighting with these phones, I finally got a break and was able to resign/upgrade my phone to a different make.

So, my breakdown for scoring this phone is as such:
1 star for each of the 5 phones phone that did work properly = 1 star
1 star for innovative Android features and custom apps
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