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Casio G'zOne Brigade (photos)

The Casio G'zOne Brigade is Casio's first ruggedized messaging phone. It is chunky and bulky, but it has an intuitive design and a decent high-end feature set. It also has push-to-talk and a few features designed for industrial workers.

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Casio G'zOne Brigade

The Casio G'zOne Brigade is Casio's first ruggedized messaging phone. It has a full QWERTY keyboard and is military certified to withstand harsh elements like dust, shock, vibration, and immersion.
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Front

The Casio G'zOne Brigade has an external number keypad and a round external display. You can access a limited menu of options from here.
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Thick

The Casio G'zOne Brigade is one thick and hefty phone. It measures about 0.9 inch thick.
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Tough

The Casio G'zOne Brigade is covered in a hard plastic that is surprisingly soft to the touch. The back of the phone has a crocodile texture for extra grip.
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3.2-megapixel camera

The Casio G'zOne Brigade has a 3.2-megapixel camera on the back plus an LED flash.
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QWERTY keyboard

The Casio G'zOne Brigade has a four-row full QWERTY keyboard. There are navigation controls along the right plus a few shortcut keys scattered around.
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Heavy

The Casio G'zOne Brigade is quite heavy at 6 ounces.
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Buttons

The Casio G'zOne Brigade has an easy-to-use number keypad.
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Pocket

The Casio G'zOne Brigade can barely fit into a jean pocket.

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