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Old January 21st, 2012, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I will DEFINITELY be getting this whenever it comes out. . . . Sorry to make y'all drool. Check it out from CES 2012: The concept of G-SHOCK PHONE is 10 feet (3 meters) from the height of drop impact, 1 atm (10 meters), waterproof, and withstand one ton. Here is a link: New G-Shock Phone at CES 2012 | mygshock.com

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Thanks for posting this!
I am glad they are pushing for more-rugged devices.
They need to maintain the corner on the market for mass-market ruggednsss.

I hope they also made progress on battery life. This is much more important to me than speed and high-tech features.
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best part; I see tactile keys so we can find a mad genius to make us a hardware recovery... the worst part it looks bigger, bulkier and oddly shaped... harder to conceal comfortably. And I thought a forward facing camera (though I would have no imediate need for one) was a pre requisite for a standard install of ICS/4.0 (not a special cooked manufacture work around for certain phones they have recently charged way too much for). It would suck to be left behind for another generation even after being stranded with a less than one year old non ICS phone already(yeah I said it it's not official but I'm not holding my breath)... It would be like carying a waterproofed/ruggedized OG Droid today... actualy it almost seems like we are, this phone matches out in spec with the winmo phone I bought that competed on the showroom floor with the OG back in the day. If it wasn't the most durable phone out I sure wouldn't be caught using it. If the next one is as mediocre in spec I might just have to pass it by.
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john58ford,
I would have to agree with you. If anything we need a slightly sleeker phone with maybe a rubber bumper around the perimeter instead of the shiny trim that shows every time it's been dropped (like what we have now). I was concerned that the new designed would be released and I would be so disappointed in the one I have now I would have sell a kidney to get the new one. Looks like my organs are not going to end up on ebay.

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Interesting. I couldn't find any additional spec info by googling. Shows a sim slot so either it's LTE capable or CDMA/GSM world phone or a plain gsm period. It's definitely different looking tho. I much prefer the commando as it is currrently in the looks dept. I'm hoping for an upgraded commando2 perhaps. I've def been spoiled by my current commando and don't mind the slower speeds/processors as trade off for the rest of it's goodies. Guess we'll see, maybe around April/May as that would put it at the year mark.
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Default I think it is a concept phone.

The above photos were taken CES 2012, and those concept phones were not removed from the acrylic case the photos were in when these pictures were taken. I am guessing that Casio will be watching the reaction these photos elicit, and then make some design refinements. . . I for one hope they keep their Top of the line speaker standard with this one.
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Don't know if you guys have seen this story:

Focus Group Reveals Casio 4G LTE Quad-core Phone, Clam Shell Devices, and New Phone Protection Tech – Droid Life
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I sure hope the above post does't mean I didn't hold out long enough!
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I'm still thinking the time line for a verizon release which is usually around annually for some of their upgraded devices will be April/May. Could the phone in the pics be destined for the military? That would explain the sim slot also as I would think they would need GSM, not cdma.
In any case the pictured phone is to weird looking for my taste. Give me an upgraded commando tho and I'd be all in. I'm finding the benefits of a phone like the commando as it is, far outweigh the latest and greatest of the newer LTE stuff. I've not been this pleased with a phone since my old Nokia E90 and that does take me back a few.
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I hope Casio checks these forums, cause that thing is ugly.

that really does look like a piece of military equipment, all it needs is to be colored OD green and given an acronym. I like the ruggedness of the commando, and it looks fine. Just needs its insides retuned.

Edit: I have seen in military news that they were testing various smartphones for field operations. I couldn't see an iPhone holding up to any testing even with an otter box. I just don't see how any type of touch screen would work in a muddy, dirty environment with dirty hands and gloves.
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Im new here, but have been reading and lurking for a few months,

But anyway, even though I think this new style is kind of ugly, I did notice that it is not plastered with Verizon branding.
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I wonder if gz'one and g-shock are two different departments at Casio.
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I wonder if gz'one and g-shock are two different departments at Casio.
I googled G-Shock and I got all their watches to pop up. I didn't know they called them that. So I would say yes as to two diff depts.
BTW, People still wear watches??
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I googled G-Shock and I got all their watches to pop up. I didn't know they called them that. So I would say yes as to two diff depts.
BTW, People still wear watches??
I did the same thing. It is a blue tooth watch. LOL come on!

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According to Casio, this G-Shock will synchronize the time with your smart phone via Bluetooth. Going along with this function, G-Shock GB-6900 also has the ability to display calls, emails and SMS on its screen as well. Besides, it also allows users to switch their smart phones to vibrate mode as well as set the alarms by simply touch a button on the watch.

That phone is thick as hell. Hopefully it is not as BIG as it looks. I like that is has a pressure test, now I can run it over with my car.

I love our Commandos.
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I did the same thing. It is a blue tooth watch. LOL come on!
Bluetooth watches? Am I ever behind the times
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I definitely want one of these
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If it has the same ruggedness of the G'zOne then i want one!

Looks cool to me, some think ugly cause its not their cup of tea, but it reminds me of some newer electronics, has that techy futuristic look. As long as its as rugged as the current phone i will buy one when it comes out.
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"that really does look like a piece of military equipment, all it needs is to be colored OD green and given an acronym"

Heck, I'll stand in line for one if they come out in OD green!
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In the past, some of the G'zOnes were released in Asia prior to hitting the states. In the case of the Type V, they stripped out the built in electronic compass and forced you to use the at-cost navigation.

Hope a full featured version of this comes out in the U.S. soon.

Troops in the sandbox and cops in the states are using the iPhones in Otterboxes, etc. as there are lots of tactical apps (inc. some for the US military only) for the iPhone. Hopefully the same apps will be available for our O.S. soon.
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+1 on the O.D. Green! I like the look of Casio's phones. If I wanted some dainty, pretty phone, I'd buy a Razr. Its a rugged phone, make it look rugged.
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How about that pink camo pattern...does it come in that?

I'm trying to find out if anything new has come out about this device. So far, I've only seen the info of it's 'showing' at CES. Nobody seems to have actually operated one, handled one, written a review of one. So far, it seems that this mock up (probably non-operational) is all there is to see.
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How about that pink camo pattern...does it come in that?

I'm trying to find out if anything new has come out about this device. So far, I've only seen the info of it's 'showing' at CES. Nobody seems to have actually operated one, handled one, written a review of one. So far, it seems that this mock up (probably non-operational) is all there is to see.

That's how it was with Commando. Verizon rep told me about it right after CES last year. I googled it every day, and right up till it came out, the only info I could find was CES pics and coverage. I imagine we'll have to wait till around April before any more is known.
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That's how it was with Commando. Verizon rep told me about it right after CES last year. I googled it every day, and right up till it came out, the only info I could find was CES pics and coverage. I imagine we'll have to wait till around April before any more is known.
No foolin'?

Ah well, guess I'll have to do something else to occupy my mind until April.
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I'm still thinking the time line for a verizon release which is usually around annually for some of their upgraded devices will be April/May. Could the phone in the pics be destined for the military? That would explain the sim slot also as I would think they would need GSM, not cdma.
In any case the pictured phone is to weird looking for my taste. Give me an upgraded commando tho and I'd be all in. I'm finding the benefits of a phone like the commando as it is, far outweigh the latest and greatest of the newer LTE stuff. I've not been this pleased with a phone since my old Nokia E90 and that does take me back a few.
The sim card slot also could be just for the 4g LTE as in with my wife's Droid Bionic. I also totally agree with you on maybe just upgrading the commando to 4g and maybe 1g processor.
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well somehow apple has a military contract. the iphone is the most fragile smartphone out there, but in army papers they say they're testing them in the field and even have pictures.... score 1 for military spending. oh well, wouldn't be the first million our government has spent on a really stupid idea.
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Jova, we have contracts with many phone companies in the military depending on locations and needs, also with these phone companies there have always been flagship phones available. currently at my location our (work) provider offers 3 different phones to us that are compatable with our plans and programs, but this is far more options than most places get. the army is good (I would assume, not army myself) with just an I-phone as it was originaly set up on a gsm network (the global standard) it is hard to tamper with, and every one of them can be set up identical, then locked to be unchangeable. ever look through an army procedure manual? very "do this, see that, proceed" if you dont "see that" you trash your gear and do it "the old fashioned way" thats why (I presume) they do it with the iphone.... my breed of yes man can choose from one of each of the big three, apple, blackberry, android. honestly it sucks with the folk that choose the droid or apple way, although from what I hear they all choose the apple way, we only have a couple mandatory programs to satisfy our demands for a smart phone in my current location and we have big red as our most reliable provider in the area so global isn't a concern, and still, since we don't lock our gear down and strict as the army, at least 1 of the 20 or so smartphone users is down bothering our IT side of the house weekly.... could you imagine how hard it would be for the army to lock down a android to the point where a grunt couldn't mess it up? Just saying. And also in my water tight integrity post you can read about why the military would not choose the commando, or why I presume they wouldn't anyhow.
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if you find a book call "Pentagon Wars," it's all about inappropriate military spending. about half the million dollar pieces of equipment we use today are projects that were scrapped, renamed, and reintroduced as soon as a new administration came into office. They were scrapped because they were garbage then, and just change the name and the presentation and bam, it gets approved.

One of such programs was the land warrior system. Basically put a hard drive and a GPS on the back of every soldier on the battlefield. it has been rejected since the 80's. it's being fielded now. I could go on and on about how the military bleeds millions daily.

I mean, if the enemy can kick butt wearing man-dresses and sandals with an automatic weapon invented in 1947, then why does our military need to spend so much money on unnecessary equipment?
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these also came in army green
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these also came in army green
so casio japan made the commando? so would their version work on our network?
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Its cdma...probably would
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if you find a book call "Pentagon Wars," it's all about inappropriate military spending. about half the million dollar pieces of equipment we use today are projects that were scrapped, renamed, and reintroduced as soon as a new administration came into office. They were scrapped because they were garbage then, and just change the name and the presentation and bam, it gets approved.

One of such programs was the land warrior system. Basically put a hard drive and a GPS on the back of every soldier on the battlefield. it has been rejected since the 80's. it's being fielded now. I could go on and on about how the military bleeds millions daily.

I mean, if the enemy can kick butt wearing man-dresses and sandals with an automatic weapon invented in 1947, then why does our military need to spend so much money on unnecessary equipment?
I take it you've not been out on the sharp end of the stick i.e. Served in any Military, Police or Fire Department? Try it then you'll understand projects like "Land Warrior". Why some silly projects to the civilian mind get funded. Ever had to drive two hours on a dirt road to use a local payphone in a shithole country that barely has basic water, electricity and phone infrastructure to call back to the States to get a part for your aircraft, so you can leave said country, I have. Sucks doesn't come close to covering it.
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I take it you've not been out on the sharp end of the stick i.e. Served in any Military, Police or Fire Department? Try it then you'll understand projects like "Land Warrior". Why some silly projects to the civilian mind get funded. Ever had to drive two hours on a dirt road to use a local payphone in a shithole country that barely has basic water, electricity and phone infrastructure to call back to the States to get a part for your aircraft, so you can leave said country, I have. Sucks doesn't come close to covering it.
Been there, done that, got the T-shirt (Boots?) (not exactly what you did, but 2 deployments)

Land Warrior is still a sh**ty idea. (Reason #1. If it can't be broken, give it to a private/airman/seaman... they'll break it)

(But then again, I also think the M16 is a stupid idea (or the 249, or the M9 for that matter) (On the other hand, I think the M1014 is a fantastic idea.))

The more complexity that gets introduced, the more likely it is to break down/run into problems (remember the first rule of life: Murphy is a devious ba***rd)
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Been there, done that, got the T-shirt (Boots?) (not exactly what you did, but 2 deployments)

Land Warrior is still a sh**ty idea. (Reason #1. If it can't be broken, give it to a private/airman/seaman... they'll break it)

(But then again, I also think the M16 is a stupid idea (or the 249, or the M9 for that matter) (On the other hand, I think the M1014 is a fantastic idea.))

The more complexity that gets introduced, the more likely it is to break down/run into problems (remember the first rule of life: Murphy is a devious ba***rd)
I agree with you in principle, Mr. Murphy and I are on a first name basis after 26 years of herding cats, I mean Airman all over the world. Part of the problem is the current military inductee grew up on Nintendo, Play Station and XBox. Simple things are not easy for them to get the hang of. But you put a complex weapons system with a game controller with lots screens of information in front of them and they are like idiot savants with it in no time. Personally, I hated the M16/AR15/M4 and especially the M9, give me a secure radio link to a fully loaded B-52 orbiting at 30k. I grew up in the USAF with "If it isn't broke don't fix it, "If it works use it", "Simple saves time and lives" and "If it's a nail use the biggest hammer needed to get the job done." I just have a problem with people general bitching about military/government spending if they've never put on a uniform, if you don't like something vote to change it. That kid on on the sharp end wishes he had the chance to, trust me on thet. End of my soapbox.
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Well the military buys into these billion dollar systems that are complete garbage and wars can be fought and won without. And our benefits are on the chopping block. They've already made cuts to our gi bill. Retirement benefits are next. Now they're talking about Co-pays for our active duty medical. An e1 enlisted makes what, 1500 a month? Its just they're making all these military cuts in the wrong departments. Taking away from our veterans benefits, and putting things like the land warrior system and iPhones in the field.
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To add to the cuts, 100,000 service members will be cut by 2016. They're basically kicking people out for even looking funny right now. I'm cashing out, taking what disability I can and moving on.
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Uhhh...so how bout that next generation Casio Smartphone?

I think that was the topic. Although I do appreciate the information from those who have served us all by putting their lives and futures on the edge to protect our country and the rights and freedoms of all over the years. I spent a few months living on a desserted island with U.S. Navy, Air Force, and British Royal Marines...well, we had dessert at the CDF Galley every day, so...

Anyway, I gained a better appreciation of equipment/material use/reuse and the logistics to get it out there and keep it working so there is no delay in readiness.

But...anything new on this concept for Casio? I read about Caterpillar coming out with a ruggedized smart phone.

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The cat phone seams the same on the inside as the commando. 800 mhz, 5 MP camera.

It says it will get ics though? Weird. I thought you would at least need a 1 GHz processor
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The cat phone seams the same on the inside as the commando. 800 mhz, 5 MP camera.

It says it will get ics though? Weird. I thought you would at least need a 1 GHz processor
Nope, all you need is an ARMv6 compatible processor (like the commando!)

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so they're waiting for an unrootable version of ICS until they release it on the commando, eh?
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Uhhh...so how bout that next generation Casio Smartphone?

I think that was the topic. Although I do appreciate the information from those who have served us all by putting their lives and futures on the edge to protect our country and the rights and freedoms of all over the years. I spent a few months living on a desserted island with U.S. Navy, Air Force, and British Royal Marines...well, we had dessert at the CDF Galley every day, so...

Anyway, I gained a better appreciation of equipment/material use/reuse and the logistics to get it out there and keep it working so there is no delay in readiness.

But...anything new on this concept for Casio? I read about Caterpillar coming out with a ruggedized smart phone.

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Looks like a rebranded Commando. Not impressed.
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