Wait a minute. They still make Casio G’zOne phones? What is this? 2008? Believe it or not, these phones are still very much around and they even have a new version coming down the chute in the form of the Casio G’zOne Ravine with Verizon Wireless.
In a day and age where nearly everyone wants a smartphone, this is an interesting release, especially considering the $150 (after $50 mail-in rebate) price that they want along with a two-year contract. That’s about the same amount of money you’d spend on a much more powerful device with way more functionality.
The kicker, I suppose, is the ruggedness. The G’zOne Ravine will resist dust, shock, humidity, altitude, salt, extreme temperatures, water, and your standard suite of abuse. The core features are a little dated, though, with a 3.2MP camera, voice recorder, and multiple messaging options.
There must still be a market for this kind of thing, since the delicate touchscreens of modern smartphones aren’t exactly the most rugged of things.