The Good The Casio G'zOne Brigade is one of a few ruggedized messaging phones. We really like its roomy keyboard and spacious keypad. It offers features like push-to-talk, a 3.2-megapixel camera, EV-DO Rev. A, GPS, and more.
The Bad The Casio G'zOne Brigade is incredibly bulky and heavy.
The Bottom Line The Casio G'zOne Brigade makes an excellent messaging phone for industrial workers or for those who simply need a rugged handset.
Casio G'zOne Brigade (Verizon Wireless)
Casio has made a name for itself in the ruggedized handset market with the G'zOne series of phones. From the Type-V to the more recent G'zOne Rock, these phones are military-certified to take a beating and keep on ticking. Now Casio has finally released its first-ever ruggedized messaging phone--probably the first of its kind--dubbed the Casio G'zOne Brigade. With its tough exterior, full QWERTY keyboard, and multimedia features, the Brigade is built for industrial workers, but will please anyone who wants a durable and reliable messaging handset. The Casio G'zOne Brigade is $249.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year service agreement.
The Casio G'zOne Brigade follows in the footsteps of its predecessors with a chunky style that looks like it came out of the '90s. At 4.4 inches long by 2.2 inches wide by 0.9 inch thick, it is, quite frankly, huge. The Brigade weighs in at a whopping 6 ounces, making this a phone you definitely don't want in your shirt pocket. It's rectangular with sharp angled corners and is wrapped in a hard plastic shell with a soft-touch coating. There's a unique crocodile-style texture on the back for extra grip. Its ports are covered with a rubber stopper, and the battery cover has a locking mechanism to prevent water damage. Indeed, the Brigade is MIL-STD-810F-certified to withstand water, shock, dust, immersion, vibration, salt, fog, humidity, solar radiation, high altitude, and extreme temperatures.