😎 Gadget Review 2016 Casio G'zOne Ravine 2

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Though we reviewed the Ravine 2 with a camera, the handset also comes without a shooter. That’s the only difference between the two models.

If Casio’s phones are known for anything it’s their extreme durability. And in that regard, the new G’zOne Ravine 2 keeps up the company standard. Like the original Ravine, the Commando, and the other G’zOne models before them, the Ravine should withstand just about any physical conditions while offering a midrange feature set that includes world roaming, 3G support, and push-to-talk (PTT). Sure, the design is bulky and photo quality continues to be disappointing, but call quality on Verizon Wireless is improved over the earlier handsets.

It would be difficult to mistake the Ravine 2 for any other cell phone. It’s big (4.33 inches long by 1.99 inches wide by 0.83 inch deep) and heavy (4.85 ounces), and it sports distinctive features like a ribbed hinge and a ring around the external display. It’s far from pretty, but that’s not really the point of a durable phone. And in case you didn’t know that it was a Verizon device, the black-and-red color scheme will tell you so.

The thick plastic skin also stands out, especially if you’re jumping to the Ravine 2 from a trendy thin handset. The absence of any rubber sidings was surprising, but the Ravine has a comfortable, solid feel that inspires confidence. And even with the extra bulk, the handset slips easily into larger pockets.
Casio promises that the handset will be able to withstand shock, dust, vibration, salt fog, humidity, low and high temperatures, and immersion in water. Casio has a convenient list of these durability claims on its site, most of which do appear to hold up. We gave the Ravine 2 a bath, put it in the freezer, dropped it onto a hard surface, and generally banged it around (now I just need to find some salt fog). In each case it survived and kept on ticking. The moving parts, like the oversized ribbed hinge, also are built to last.
The Ravine’s thick skin and burly hinge contribute to durability.
The 1.38-inch external LCD shows the usual information, including the date, time, signal strength and caller ID. The display is full-color, as well, though we would prefer to be able to access basic features without opening the phone.

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