Closer look at the Casio Brigade
Even though it was announced late last year, we didn't get a chance to get a hands-on with the Casio Brigade until at CES 2010 at the Casio booth. The Brigade is a tough new rugged phone from Casio that also has a full QWERTY keyboard for messaging.
Even though we first heard of the CES 2010. The Brigade is Casio's first foray into messaging phones, and like its other G'zOne handsets, the Brigade is military-certified to be resistant to shock, water, fog, dust, and more., we didn't get a chance to take a look at it until
The Brigade is a hefty device that measures 4.44 inches tall by 2.21 inches wide by 0.97 inches thick and weighs 5.49 ounces. It's clad in a very thick rubber material, which adds to its durability. There's a round OLED external display on the front followed by a navigation array and a number keypad.
Turn it on its side and you can then flip it open to reveal an internal 2.9-inch 65,000 color display plus the QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard feels quite solid and snappy when pressed thanks to the raised keys. Features include a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, EV-DO Rev. A, push-to-talk, threaded text messaging, and a suite of G'zGear applications that are geared for the outdoors (including an Earth Compass, a pedometer, an Astro calendar, and more).
We weren't able to find out pricing or availability of the phone, though there's a possibility it'll be out in February of this year on Verizon.