After seeing the Casio G'zOne Brigade at the Verizon Wireless event a few weeks ago, we had thought that would be the only G'zOne product we would see for a while. It turns out Casio and Verizon have been working on yet another rugged phone, and it's the Casio G'zOne Rock, which looks a lot like a successor to the G'zOne Boulder.
Along with an exterior that is MIL-STD-180F certified to withstand the elements (water, shock, dust, humidity, salt fog, solar radiation, altitude, high and low temperatures), the G'zOne Rock is even more of an outdoorsman tool than its predecessors. It now has G'zGear software that operates in six modes: Earth Compass, Walking Counter, Thermometer, Astro Calendar (provides the moon's age and days until a full/new moon), Sunrise Sunset (shows the current time and position of the sun, and times for sunrises and sunsets), and Tides (shows the tidal graph and time of tides, plus the best time for fishing).
Other features include Push to Talk, EV-DO Rev. A, a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder with flash, microSD card storage up to 16GB, support for V Cast videos and V Cast Music with Rhapsody, and stereo Bluetooth. The sub-display on the phone has touch controls for the music player.
The Casio G'zOne Rock will be available in matte black for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year service agreement. You can buy it online starting November 20, or you can buy it in Verizon stores starting November 30.