05.31.2011Personal Tech

Is this phone really waterproof? Two kids test this claim

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Julio Ojeda-Zapata, the Pioneer Press’ consumer-tech writer, puts the Casio G’zOne Commando to the test with the help of two kids.

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Casio’s G’zOne Commando is an amazing smartphone. The new Android handset, sold by Verizon and mentioned in my Tech Test Drive column today, can take a ton of punishment.

Built to military specs, it can stand up to rain and salt-water spray, survive a four-foot drop repeatedly, withstand 95-percent humidity for 24 hours, and keep functioning in temperatures as high as 85 degrees and as low as -25 degrees for days on end.

Heck, it even can be submerged in water — It is rated for submersion in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. So I decided to do a bit of Commando dunking in a glass pitcher, with the help of two kids I know.

Watch the video here.