I took the plunge a few minutes ago and ordered a Commando from Amazon Wireless..... $79.00. I had looked at the Commando at a local Verizon store, I think it was their first one. The sales gal had not even seen it yet. She checked the shipment they just got in, and it had one Commando. It felt good in the hand. Verizon's price was $266 out the door. The phone should get to me on the 11th.
I have totally been geeking/teching out on cell phones for the last few months. I just have an EnV2, and my screen is cracked. I have been limping along with it for months, looking at phones, pouring over these forums..... Thunderbolt, Bionic, Charge, Galaxy S2, dual core, 1.2 ghz, ffc, 1080p, hdmi, yada yada yada. I was wanting cutting edge and 4g. But, then by chance, I saw this phone. With my lifestyle... hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and my work.. law enforcement, I thought it would be nice to have a phone I didn't need to baby. My duck hunting buddy dropped his Droid X into the bottom of the duck blind into a couple inches of water. Scratch one $600 Droid X. I always had my phone in a plastic baggie, and was worried about getting it wet or dropping it in the mud. When I go salmon or rock cod fishing on the ocean, my phone was always buried deep to keep the salt off it. So, I am hoping this phone is as tough as they say, and is still techie enough to not disappoint me.
I am new to the android scene. All of my friends that have android phones love them. I have an iPad (which is another reason I didn't think I needed a cutting edge phone), and Apple is easy. But, I didn't want a phone that was just like my iPad. I have been watching numerous videos on YouTube about the toughness of the g'zone phones. Pretty cool. Some people test to see if the phones are indestructable.... which they are not advertised to be. Why someone would purposely drop a 30 lb cinderblock on the phone and expect it to survive beats the heck out of me.
So, anxiously waiting. Not a whole lot of reviews yet on this phone from actual users, but most have been pretty positive. I think I can put up with a few quirks to get the toughness.
I will report back!