Casio G'zOne Brigade (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: Casio Inc. Part number: GZONEBRIGADE
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Nicole Lee
- Reviewed on: 03/23/2010
The good: The Casio G'zOne Brigade is one of a few ruggedized messaging phones. We really like its roomy keyboard and spacious keypad. It offers features like push-to-talk, a 3.2-megapixel camera, EV-DO Rev. A, GPS, and more.
The bad: The Casio G'zOne Brigade is incredibly bulky and heavy.
The bottom line: The Casio G'zOne Brigade makes an excellent messaging phone for industrial workers or for those who simply need a rugged handset.
Military grade messaging phone: very cool
by AtomicWrangler on May 31, 2011
Pros: - Very durable, anyone who says otherwise has a faulty phone or treated it far too carelessly. You can be rough with it, but I'd advise not dropping it off a building or anything.
- Waterproof. What, are you kidding me? What's not to like about a waterpr
Cons: - Menus are nothing special.
- When in the inbox, you cannot use the arrow pad to switch over to 'sent' messages or 'drafts', an important function on a messaging phone.
- The themes leave a bit to be desired. They're not bad by any means, I suppose, bu
Summary: Overall, it serves its purpose as a durable messaging phone but if you're looking for a data phone that you plan to surf constantly with, I'd recommended an ...
Summary: Overall, it serves its purpose as a durable messaging phone but if you're looking for a data phone that you plan to surf constantly with, I'd recommended an android or something else. I don't have a data plan, so it's not a big deal either way for me. The keyboard is very nice and full, and I don't have any problems typing with it.
I really like the waterproof aspect. The first day I got it, I dropped it in a cup just to test it out. It gave me a scare when I tried to place a call and the receiving end couldn't hear me, but all I needed to do was blow out the excess water from the microphone area, and encountered no further problems. The specifications allow for a depth of 1 meter for half an hour submerged in water with no deterioration to phone functionality. This might be short-playing it a little bit, but I'm not going to push the envelope on that one. Regardless, it's nice to not have to worry about water damage.
As for the size, don't get me wrong, it's a big phone. When I was considering it, I thought it'd take up 90% of my pocket space. The fact is: I hardly notice it, in both my cargo pants and my slightly tighter work pants. It won't be an issue if you've got moderately sized pockets.
Generally, it boils down to what kind of a phone you're looking for. If you want a fancy smart phone to browse Facebook with all day or play games, don't get this phone. If you just need a good, durable messaging phone that isn't likely to give you any problems, definitely go for this phone.
Thick and clumsy. Has a lot of bugs.
by n2frets on February 27, 2011
Pros: I love the speakers on this phone. It is abdolutely the loudest handset I have ever had.
No data plan is required.
Full querty keyboard for texting.
Cons: Clumsy menu system for texting.
Hard to get accessories.
Phone reboot randomly.
Numbers need to light on front at night when I recieve calls so I push right button.
Lock and Unlock keys terrible.
Small external screen.
external screen terrible.
Summary: This phone has the potential to be an excellent phone. Some glitches in the system need to be fixed and accessories (primarily USB cable) need to be easy to get. ...
Summary: This phone has the potential to be an excellent phone. Some glitches in the system need to be fixed and accessories (primarily USB cable) need to be easy to get. Cannot find it on the web anywhere. The menu system needs to really be redone altogether. The reason I tried this phone was my company does not want us to have data plans and second, I got tired of triple pressing buttons on my Moto Barrage (excellent phone) when texting. If this phone does not get an update soon, I will just go back to the Barrage.
Nice phone, but it has one annoying flaw.
by Papa Squat! on February 27, 2011
Pros: Great speaker phone, Good inside screen. Feels solid.
Cons: Carrying the phone in a horizontal holster causes random buttons to be pressed. Even when locked, the buttons continually beep and eventually activate random functions, causing trouble answering calls.
Summary: With a hard case or holster, the phone should do well.So it's been 5 months now. Same problems with the buttons. No decent ...
Updated on Aug 6, 2011
Summary: With a hard case or holster, the phone should do well.So it's been 5 months now. Same problems with the buttons. No decent holster is available aside from custom made leather. This helps. Blue tooth is useless. No headset seems to work properly. Cheap Motorola works with lots of static. Since there is no good way to carry the phone, it does get dropped. Case fractured on second drop from shirt pocket when bending over. Personally, I like the size and feel of the phone. Wish the front screen was a bit larger. Wish the key board really locked. Looking forward to getting a new phone!
Updated on Aug 6, 2011
best rugged phone currently out. now w/o a data plan!!
by whitewrapper on December 11, 2010
Pros: verizon is now offering this phone without a data plan. jump on it.
good speaker (ive been rarely using it w/o it, also good little standby mp3 stereo)
wide internal screen
very usable closed (like the top ten list on the outside)
Cons: bulky, feel like technology could permit it being smaller.
external keys take accuracy, they're small
location of persons home based on number. clutters the external screen. who needs this? should get rid of the signal & battery on the outside too.
Summary: theres nothing like it. a bad ass cant have some techy phone that'll snap if you knock it the wrong way. if you're not some hipster in skinny ...
Summary: theres nothing like it. a bad ass cant have some techy phone that'll snap if you knock it the wrong way. if you're not some hipster in skinny jeans that needs a phone to tweet, worthwhile phone to consider.
Great phone but software glitch?
by dawnmichael on December 3, 2010
Pros: rugged, qwerty keyboard, baby proof!
Cons: software glitch or something going on.
Summary: I've had the phone for a month now. I love how tough it is. I work as a dumptruck driver/sod layer/laborer and I'm generally just tough ...
Summary: I've had the phone for a month now. I love how tough it is. I work as a dumptruck driver/sod layer/laborer and I'm generally just tough on phones. I also have a 1 year old who is tougher on my phone than I am. So far its withstood the baby test of drool and getting thrown and of me dropping it everywhere (water, floor, cement).
Also, we got the Push To Talk feature instead of the data plan. (it was in the very very fine print). Now I believe Verizon doesnt force you to get either one, so make sure you check on that before they try telling you that you have to have one or the other.
The downside. My bf and I each have one, and both of them are doing this. The caller ID does not show up on the front of the screen over half the time. Very annoying. It started out showing caller ID, and now its not showing caller ID hardly ever. We took them back to the Verizon store yesterday and she we tried it several times with the tech at Verizon. She was able to witness it and said it must be a software glitch. (yes the settings on it are correct) So for us, thats a BIG annoyance.
Second software problem? We both use our cell's for our alarm clock. Never had a problem with any of our different cell phones before. With this one, if you hit "snooze", your alarm will NOT go the following set days until you go into the alarm and "edit" it to "unsnooze" it.
Also, to "unlock' the front, you have to click "ok" to get the phone awake. Then OK to get it to say "press ok to unlock", then you have to click "ok" again just to make it unlock. So all in all you have to click "ok" 3x to get it to unlock.
But all in all, i need a rugged phone with a qwerty keyboard and this is our ONLY option. Hoping Casio figures out the caller ID and snooze problem. Other than that, its a pretty good phone. The sound quality is pretty good and camera is pretty good too. Wish the options on the camera were better but I will live.
Love it, best phone ever
by schurch9211 on December 1, 2010
Pros: Battery life
I can beat the **** out of it
I can do all the stuff I want to do on it
Cons: the data plan
Summary: I would definitely recommend this phone to anyone who lives in a rural area like me and likes to get out so you don't have to worry about your ...
Summary: I would definitely recommend this phone to anyone who lives in a rural area like me and likes to get out so you don't have to worry about your phone breaking or batter dying, it is by far the best phone I have every owned.
by bluejimmy04 on February 25, 2011
Pros: Real man phone
Cons: None yet, had it for 30 days
Summary: Try it you like it.I have had it for over 6 mo. and no problems.only wish I could get a data cable for ...
Updated on Nov 18, 2011
Summary: Try it you like it.I have had it for over 6 mo. and no problems.only wish I could get a data cable for it.
Updated on Nov 18, 2011
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over-rated, over-priced, hassle to operate, lousy sound
by verizonsuks on October 6, 2010
Pros: that when you get so mad at verizon, you will be able to throw it through the window of their store and it will still work. but unfortuanetly you still won't be able to get out of the plan
Cons: the complete and uder lie abou the quality of this phone. we did a sound quality comparison in my office with 2 cups and string. the suspense is killing ya i bet.....the cup and string was more reliable and clearer.
Summary: if this phone could only locate the "can u hear me now" guy. when i find him he is getting curb stomped. i paid full price for the phione and ...
Summary: if this phone could only locate the "can u hear me now" guy. when i find him he is getting curb stomped. i paid full price for the phione and recieved full fisting!!!!!!
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Use Warraanty Fragile Piece of junk
by jayr60 on February 28, 2011
Pros: Didn't work long enough to see if it had any good qualities
Cons: Warranty useless. Phone very fragile. Does not live up to hardiness expectastions
Summary: My son got this phone from Verizon last week and dropped it a couple of feet onto a carpetted floor yesterday. Both the hinge and inner screen broke. I called ...
Summary: My son got this phone from Verizon last week and dropped it a couple of feet onto a carpetted floor yesterday. Both the hinge and inner screen broke. I called both verizon and Casio and they both said that the warranty doesn't cover the phone if it is dropped. i wish it could be given a zero
0 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Leaks like a sponge DO NOT TRUST Brigade
by kseverinsen on July 16, 2010
Pros: Looks really tough, the hinge looks like it will last for ever.
Cons: Casio claims it will survive 3 ft of water, and they dare you to "Put it to the Test". But just rinsing it off in the sink filled up the display and the phone failed. It was brand new. I wasted $260 and Verizon said: Its wet inside, warranty Void.
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- Manufacturer: Casio Inc.
- Part number: GZONEBRIGADE
- Description: Marketing description is not available.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Cellular phone
- Form Factor Folder (flip)
- Phone Design Flip
- Resistance Dustproof,
- Integrated Components Digital camera,
- Antenna Internal
- Width 2.2 in
- Depth 0.9 in
- Height 4.4 in
- Weight 6 oz
- Technology CDMA2000 1X
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Input Device(s) QWERTY keyboard
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages,
Multimedia messages (MMS),
- Downloadable Content Games,
- Mobile Services VCAST
- Data Transmission EV-DO
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth
- Bluetooth Profiles Object Push Profile (OPP),
Hands Free Profile (HFP),
Headset Profile (HSP),
Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN),
File Transfer Profile (FTP),
Basic Printing Profile (BPP),
Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP),
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
- Communication Features Internet browser
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Ring Tone Formats AAC,
- Additional Features E-911 compliant,
- Personal Information Management Calendar,
- Phone Book Entries Qty 500
- Supported Digital Audio Standards AAC +,
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC - up to 16 GB
- Sensor Resolution 3.2 megapixels
- Still Image Resolutions 640 x 480,
2048 x 1536,
1280 x 960,
1600 x 1200
- Self Timer Delay 10 sec,
- Special Effects Negative,
Black & White,
- Navigation Software & Services VZ Navigator
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology TFT
- Diagonal Size 2.9 in
- Display Resolution 400 x 240 pixels
- Color Depth 16-bit (65000 colors)
- Multi-language Menu Yes
- Display Languages English,
- Features Backlit
- Type OLED display - Monochrome
- Diagonal Size 1.2 in
- Display Resolution 128 x 96 pixels
- Connector Type Headset jack - Sub-mini-phone 2.5 mm
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 360 min,
Standby - up to 90 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter