Verizon Announces Casio G’zOne Rock: G’zWhatsWithTheName?

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As tough as Casio’s G’zOne cell phones are, I can’t get past the nomenclature. G’zOne? I’m not entirely sure how to even pronounce the name. Is it G-Z-One? Is it Geez-One? Damn it. I actually used to know how to pronounce it but I’m drawing a blank. Oh, I see here in the press release that Casio/Verizon have shed some light on the situation. It’s pronounced “Jeez_wun.”

So, the G’zOne Rock is now available from Verizon for $200, which seems ridiculously high since most of the smartphones are in that range or cheaper, but they’re prissy little things compared to the Rock. It conforms to the MIL-STD-810F spec meaning that it laughs at water, shock, dust, vibration, humidity, salt, fog, solar radiation (really?), altitude and extreme temps. It even has a 2-megapixel camera! Oh, the G’zGear applications are pretty cool too.

• Earth Compass – functions as a standard compass; GPS shows the distance from and directions to over 40 domestic and worldwide locations

• Walking Counter – measures steps, time, distance, speed and energy consumption

• Thermometer – shows current temperature in both Celsius and Fahrenheit

• Astro Calendar – provides the moon’s age and days until a full or new moon

• Sunrise Sunset – shows the current time and position of the sun and times for sunrise and sunset for current, past and future dates; allows you to view times for select major cities; shows the ratio of day and night in numbers and graphs