Casio and Verizon Wireless have announced the G'zOne Commando rugged Android 2.2 smartphone primed to withstand working environments such as hospitals, construction sites and factory floors.
and Verizon Wireless have introduced a rugged Android 2.2 touch-screen
smartphone suitable for harsh working environments in verticals such as health
care, construction, retail, manufacturing and transportation.
G'zOne Commando conforms to the rugged
MIL-STD-810G military standard for durability.
1mm-thick tough glass and bumper edges allow the unit to withstand some drops,
and the unit can survive temperature extremes ranging from 185 degrees to -13
degrees Fahrenheit for up to 96 hours.
device can also handle environmental conditions such as heavy dust, salt fog,
solar radiation, shock, humidity, vibrations and liquid immersion.
features provided through Microsoft's EAS (Exchange ActiveSync) allow users to
encrypt data in transit, remotely wipe information, enable device inactivity
timeout and set password complexity.
G'zOne performs enterprise tasks such as downloading blueprints, files and
pictures and managing a field force. It also allows workers to access
inventories and capture signatures.
device runs the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system and operates on Verizon's
3G/EV-DO network. In addition, it serves as a WiFi hotspot for other devices.
The unit doesn't support 4G connectivity, however.
operates in eight modes, including Earth Compass and Walking Counter, which
tracks steps, distance and energy consumption.
Memory allows users to keep track of outdoor activities and share the
information with contacts on social networking sites such as Facebook and
modes allow users to run a variety of virtual components, such as tracking a
tide's ebb and flow, displaying thermometer readings in Celsius and Fahrenheit
for multiple locations, as well as tracking the location of the sun, moon,
stars and constellations using GPS.
unit weighs 5.4 ounces, measures 5.1 by 2.6 by 0.6 inches and features a
3.6-inch WVGA display. It also features XT9 and T9 trace input for efficient
addition, G'zGear software allows users to navigate outdoor environments, while
using Triple Sensor technology to keep track of direction, acceleration and
G'zOne also incorporates a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus, LED flash and
video capture. Plus, it comes with 1GB of flash memory and 512MB of RAM.
will offer the G'zOne starting April 28 for $199.99 with a two-year customer
mobile service agreement. The carrier's unlimited data plans start at $29.99
leaders in rugged mobile devices for harsh environments include Motorola,
Motion Computing and Samsung.
January, Motion Computing announced its rugged
CL900 tablet for verticals such as health care and retail, and T-Mobile
carries the rugged Motorola Defy Android smartphone on its network. The Defy's
3.7-inch touch screen is resistant to water and scratches.
Samsung's line of rugged Rugby phones on AT&T are also marketed to
verticals in tough working environments. The Rugby
II is a 3G two-way push-to-talk device suitable for extreme temperatures,
shock and vibration.
Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer Shopper, Fast Company, FOXNews.com, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents, ScientificAmerican.com, USA Weekend and Womansday.com, as well as other consumer and trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.