April 26, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Verizon Wireless has added two new Android phones to its Droid army. The carrier has officially announced the HTC Droid Incredible 2, the successor to last year’s Sense-based phone, and the CASIO G’zOne Commando, a rugged phone meant to withstand the elements and stay active. Both devices run Android 2.2, come pre-loaded with Verizon apps and services, and will go on sale beginning April 28.
The Droid Incredible 2 and G’zOne Commando each cost $199.99 on a two-year agreement, and require a monthly data plan from Verizon. As for the phones, the Droid Incredible 2 and G’zOne Commando appeal to two different cross-sections of Verizon’s consumers. Here’s a little more information on each.
Droid Incredible 2
The Droid Incredible 2 follows-up the popular HTC phone released last year. While both versions of the incredible share major features – 4-inch Super LCD screens, 1 GHz processor, and Android 2.2 – the Incredible 2 provides a bump in portability thanks to its ability to act as a world phone. Verizon’s 4G LTE network is not available, but jet-setters will be able to use data in over 200 countries, reaching 3G speeds in 125 of them.
HTC has also added a 1.3-megapixel camera that enables front-facing video chat on the Droid Incredible 2. Meanwhile, the rear camera shoots 720p HD video, has an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, and has automatic face detection so the camera can focus on smiles rather than blurry faces. The media capabilities will then be aided by support for Adobe Flash, DLNA, and SRS WOWHD surround sound that should make playback on the phone’s speakers much better than what was seen on the original Droid.
Casio G’zOne Commando
The G’zOne Commando is designed for people in construction, manufacturing, healthcare, or other industries where their phone would face “extreme conditions.” So the dust from the construction site is less likely to take a toll on the Commando, which should also come in handy if you’re the adventurous, outdoorsy-type. The phone also features Triple Sensor technology and has several tools for active sports.
The Commando comes with a compass, pedometer, virtual running partners and workout history, location tracking, tidal information, temperature, sunrise/sunset time estimations, and provides star information at night. Android users can download a variety of apps to meet these functions, but Casio has built this device to handle the muck that someone’s more likely to face when dealing with those activities. The phone meets Military Standards 810G for Immersion, Rain, Shock and Dust Resistant, Vibration, Salt Fog, Humidity, Solar Radiation, Altitude, Low and High Temperature Storage.
- Android™ 2.2
- 3.6-inch screen with WVGA resolution
- 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus, still photo, video capture, LED light
- High-security encryption for corporate email
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity
- Stereo Bluetooth™
- VZ Navigator® for GPS and audible turn-by-turn directions
- Mobile Hotspot capable-share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
Visit CasionGzOne.com for more information