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Verizon reveals the Casio G'zOne Brigade

The Casio G'zOne Brigade is a messaging phone that is also rugged and durable.

Casio G'zOne Brigade

Aside from the bevy of new Verizon phones announced Thursday morning, the latest Casio G'zOne was also shown off at the 2009 Verizon holiday event in New York.

The Casio G'zOne Brigade is the latest in Casio's line of rugged handsets, and this one comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, so it also makes the grade as the company's first rugged messaging phone. Like all the other Casio G'zOne handsets, the Brigade is MIL-STD-810F-certified to withstand the elements--water, dust, shock, vibration, and more.

It also features a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, a document viewer for Microsoft Office files, a text-to-speech feature, a speakerphone, EV-DO, and Verizon's suite of services that includes VZ Navigator, V Cast Video, and V Cast Music with Rhapsody. No word on pricing or availability just yet, but we'll keep you posted.