The Casio GZOne Ravine 2 is light and fits as easily in my shirt pocket as it does in my sock. The hard plastic case barely shows the effects of nearly 2 years of daily drops on everything from pavement to rocks to the occasional dip in a creek. I personally prefer the large front display over other basic phones I’ve owned because I can see the time, signal strength, battery meter, and whether I have missed any calls or text messages much better than my other phones. I keep my phone on vibrate most of the time and I’ve missed fewer calls on the Ravine 2 than any other phone I’ve owned. Voice quality, 3.2 MP camera/camcorder, and voice recognition are all as good as any phone i have used. I love the “flashlight” feature and have used that often. The battery lasts me about 3-4 days but I’m probably a little less active than most.
This is not a smartphone, but it isn’t a “dumb” phone either. The Casio GZOne Ravine 2 comes equipped with GzGear … 7 outdoor features that will amaze even the most sophisticated smartphone user. The compass, thermometer, tide table, and pedometer are all pretty self-explanatory. The sunrise/sunset table tells you obviously when the sun rises and sets but also calculates how many hours of daylight and nighttime in a given day. The astro calendar tells you what phase the moon is in and where it is positioned at that point in time. Lastly, the astro calendar will give you a view of the night sky and what stars and constellations are visible based on your location. All these features or apps work with amazing accuracy. The GZOne Ravine 2 is global-ready and I've taken it to Europe and South America many times with ease.
Probably the only downside to the GZOne Ravine 2 is the texting. Since there is no QWERTY keyboard, you use a numeric keypad to type in text messages. The T9 predictive text feature works pretty well and you can store phrases that you use often. I am not a power texting user so it works great for me, but if you text a lot then you should consider a device with a QWERTY keyboard.
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