The Casio G’zOne Ravine is bulky and hefty phone like it is predecessor. But the front side of this phone is somewhat stylized than the Rock. The phone measures 4.3 inches in length, 2.1 inches in width and 0.9 inches in thickness and it is constructed out of a lasting plastic. It may give resistance versus the water, shock, dust, altitude, vibration, immersion, solar radiation, humidity, uttermost temperatures and salt fog. The result is a bulky phone with rubber stoppers for all it is ports and textured rubberized back. There is locking mechanism for the battery cover to assure that the phone’s internals do not get damaged.
The external display measures 1.35 inch, a mono LCD. It shows data such as battery life, signal strength, time and date. The presently playing track is also showed when the music player is active. Just above the external display there is a secondary microphone for when you use Ravine as walkie-talkie device. The left side of the phone has a voice command key, red key, volume rocker and a general 3.5 mm headset jack. On right side of the phone a charging port is present. The camera lens and LED flash are present on the rear end of the phone. To reach the microSD card slot you will have to remove the battery cover.
When you open this Ravine you will find a 2.2 inch TFT display which may aid up to 65,0000 colors. It has a solution of 240×320 pixels. The screens backlight, font size, menu layout, clock format may be adjusted. Beneath this display a navigation array is present which includes two soft keys, round toggle with middle select key, speakerphone key and camera key. Under this navigation array frequent Clear, Send and Power/End keys are present. The keys on the keypad are raised and are in angular shape which unquestionably helps in requiring little effort typing.
The phone book of Ravine may store up to 1000 entries. Each entry gives a room to store four numbers, street address, two e-mail addresses and instant messaging screen name. Around 500 Push-to-talk entries may be added with multiple contacts. Few more rudimentary features included are the vibrate mode, speakerphone, world clock, stop watch, calendar, calculator, notepad and countdown timer.
The Ravine includes somewhat more modern features like voice command support, wireless web browser, mobile IM, Bing search and has 3 e-mail choices like corporate email, mobile e-mail and mobile Web e-mail. Ravine likewise has Verizon’s “Social Beat” app that offers quick access to your favored social networking web sites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and a good deal of more. It is compatible with the Field Force Manager, a tool for resource management that allows businesses keep in continuous touch with mobile field workers. The Ravine is a Mobile Broadband Connect capable, meaning that you may use this phone like a modem when connected to the computer.
One aspect that makes Ravine a truehearted phone for outdoorsman though, is G’zGear suite of apps. Seven preinstalled apps are included like walking counter/pedometer, a compass, thermometer with Fahrenheit and Celsius measurements, Sunrise Sunset app, a tidal graph app finish with optimal fishing times, Star Gazer and astro calendar which displays lunar cycle.
Weight: 4.6 oz
Camera: 3.2 MP
Battery life: 5 hours of talk time and 3.33 days of stand by time
You may also access Verizon’s broadband apps like V Cast Video and V Cast Music with Rhapsody which allows you buy and download music for around $1.99 per song. It may support file formats such as WMA, MP3, AAC+ and unprotected AAC. It supports external storage of 32GB. The phone includes a camera of 3.2 mega pixels which is a little upgrade over Rock’s 2MP model. It may take pictures in 6 resolutions (2,048×1, 536, 1,600×1, 200, 1,280×960, 640×480, 320×240, 160×120), six color effects and 5 white remainder presets. Other camera settings included are brightness, self timer, multishot mode, night mode and flash. The photo quality is somewhat good but not great. Images looked well specified and clean but the colors look a bit washed out. The camera may record video in 320×240 resolutions.
The call quality is mixed. Callers may listen us loud, natural and clear. The speakerphone calls are not worse. The audio playback quality is amazingly good from speakers whereas the video quality isn’t very good. It will be pixilated and choppy in particular when there are a large total of action sequences. The battery life is ranked as 5 hours of talk time and 3.33 days of stand by time.
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