Hands on the rugged Casio G'zOne Ravine (video)

Casio hopes its sturdy G'zOne Ravine isn't just appealing to those in heavy-hitting jobs. Casio's inclusion of apps for outdoor enthusiasts also points to a second niche market.

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There's something both comforting and impressive about rugged phones built to military specification. Thick rubberized plastic cloaks many-a-sturdy cell phone, imparting the knowledge that you can easily grip it, drop it, and spray it with water without damaging the calling functionality.

The Casio G'zOne Ravine for Verizon updates the Rock before it, bringing many of the same physical features to this newer model flip phone--like push-to-talk. However, it updates the Rock on many counts, including a brighter design with sharp red accents, a 3.2-megapixel camera (bumped up from 2 megapixels), and dual speakers for improved noise cancellation. It also includes apps geared toward outdoor enthusiasts, such as a compass, a thermometer, and tidal graphs.

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