Need a rugged phone? Verizon says it will be offering the Casio G’zOne Ravine pretty soon, and right on time as we’ve seen this on the leaked list of products for Verizon’s roadmap. The Ravine seems like your average rugged phone in its durability: it’s dust and shock resistant, it can withstand humid conditions, high altitude, salt, high and low temperatures, water and it will probably survive with the roaches during the next mass extinction.
The G’zOne Ravine packs a 3.2 megapixel camera, but don’t expect to be taking iPhone/N8/EVO quality pictures here. Additional features according to MobileBurn:
It also offers text-to-speech and voice dictation support, Clear Talk noise cancellation technology, a voice recorder, and multiple messaging options. Verizon Wireless is also including its VZ Navigator software for voice-guided turn-by-turn directions. Casio’s G’zGear software offers a triple sensor for direction, acceleration, and temperature readings, too.
If you need a rugged device over a phone that lets you access Twitter and Facebook while playing Angry Birds, the Casion G’zOne Ravine seems like a pretty good option. It will only be $149.99 after a $50 mail in rebate with a two-year contract, but no word on exact release dates yet.