Casio GzOne Ravine 2 for Verizon Wireless

by Wirefly Buzz on April 19, 2013
Device Name: Casio GzOne Ravine 2 for Verizon Wireless
Operating System: Non-Smartphone
Available Carrier(s): Verizon Wireless
Manufacturer: Casio
Available Color(s): Black

Tell Me About It

The Casio GZOne Ravine 2 is the perfect phone for anyone looking for a basic phone on the Verizon Wireless Network that can withstand the regular pounding of an outdoor enthusiast like myself or daily grind of my middle school son.  Both of us are pretty tough on our phones and the Ravine 2 has withstood the test of time for us.  This phone has great battery life, an easy-to-read display, and neat features that can make your outdoor adventures even more fun.  

 

Who It's Good For

This phone is great for anyone that is looking for a good looking basic phone that will last well beyond your 2 year upgrade eligibility date.  You should definitely consider the Casio GZOne Ravine 2 if you are hard on phones or looking for a rugged phone.

What Makes It Great

  • Rugged outer case
  • Large display inside and out
  • Great signal and voice quality
  • Long battery life
  • 3.2 MP camera/camcorder
  • Global-ready
  • 7 outdoor apps including a compass, pedometer, thermometer, and star gazer map
  • Slot for a microSD card
  • Flashlight

Why This is Wirefly BUZZworthy

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.

Takeaway

This is one great all-around basic phone and I recommend it for anyone looking for a great basic phone that doesn't do a lot of texting.