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Casio G'zOne Ravine2 Case
ferroplasm
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I'm looking for a decent case for my new Ravine 2. I prefer something that isn't too bulky so I can carry it in my pocket. I don't like the holster types, as I never wear my phone on my hip. I looked into Otterbox, but it seems they don't make any cases for Casio.

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Re: Casio G'zOne Ravine2 Case
vanessas_vzw
Verizon Employee

Good morning ferroplasm,

I totally understand wanting a sleek case for your phone.  I'm not a fan of bulky or hip clips myself, but I like the sense of protection with something over my phone.  As you mentioned, there isn't a huge variety of covers/ cases, but we do have a black cover for the G'zOne Ravine 2.  You may also find something through the manufacturer directly, Casio.

I hope this helps.

Thank you,

VanessaS_VZW

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MojaveMoon_
Sr. Member

Outside of Verizon's website, Daydeal.com is so far the only reputable cellphone accessory store where I've seen Ravine 2 cases.

Besides rubberized cases similar to what Verizon is selling, there are two other cases specifically for the Ravine 2:

http://www.daydeal.com/home.php?cat=6659

http://www.daydeal.com/product.php?productid=66229

http://www.daydeal.com/product.php?productid=61785

and then there are some generic cases:

http://www.daydeal.com/home.php?cat=6514

You could consider some quality sleek camera cases and pouches made from companies like Case Logic such as this one:

Neoprene Pocket Video Case

UNZB-3

http://www.caselogic.com/neoprene_pocket_video_case/product_detail/index.cfm?modelid=208633&producti...

I'm perplexed by Verizon's and Casio's handling of the Ravine 2. In my state, I have yet to see a single Verizon store or indirect Verizon retailer carry the Ravine 2. Seemingly only a person who visits Verizon's website would know that it exists outside of those who thoroughly check out the phone selection at a couple of online retailers like Best Buy and Wireless Zone. Furthermore, the extended battery and the docking charger appear to be available exclusively at Verizon's website which means no opportunity to find them at competitive prices at other retailers. Our family has one, and it's an incredible phone that I think ought to be receiving better support/promotion.

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SuzyQ
Sr. Leader
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MojaveMoon_ wrote:

I'm perplexed by Verizon's and Casio's handling of the Ravine 2. In my state, I have yet to see a single Verizon store or indirect Verizon retailer carry the Ravine 2. Seemingly only a person who visits Verizon's website would know that it exists outside of those who thoroughly check out the phone selection at a couple of online retailers like Best Buy and Wireless Zone. Furthermore, the extended battery and the docking charger appear to be available exclusively at Verizon's website which means no opportunity to find them at competitive prices at other retailers. Our family has one, and it's an incredible phone that I think ought to be receiving better support/promotion.

Maybe because it's "just a basic" phone and doesn't require a data plan, and it's not 4G, it's getting lost in all the 4G hype and smartphone promos?  Just a guess.

I must say though, for a basic phone it looks pretty sweet.  Hubby has the Barrage as his work phone, which he doesn't like, but he does like his old LG VX5400 which isn't going to last forever.  We need to find something before his 5400 dies totally!

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MojaveMoon_
Sr. Member

SuzyQ wrote:

Maybe because it's "just a basic" phone and doesn't require a data plan, and it's not 4G, it's getting lost in all the 4G hype and smartphone promos?  Just a guess.

I must say though, for a basic phone it looks pretty sweet.  Hubby has the Barrage as his work phone, which he doesn't like, but he does like his old LG VX5400 which isn't going to last forever.  We need to find something before his 5400 dies totally!

What does he dislike about the Barrage ? When we bought the Ravine about two months ago, I didn't recall the Barrage being for sale again. When I saw it re-listed, I thought to myself, uh-oh, how does that rugged phone compare in features and quality to the Ravine 2 ?

We didn't buy any of the Casio models between the Type V and the Ravine 2 because my impression was that each one seemed to have one or more significant drawbacks.

But maybe all the bugs have finally been worked out because the Ravine 2 so far has been a stable and fun phone, and we plan to get one more. There's a cool "Desktop Charging Cradle" for it that seems to be available only at Verizon's website. There are only about two complaints we can have: (1) the removal of the music player (2) Some people may find that when they are talking and temporarily pin the phone between their cheek and shoulder that their cheek will muffle their voice a little bit because of the microphone being located a little bit below the hinge. But maybe the chance of this occurring might vary from person to person. I'm tall and have a Conan OBrian sized head, and when I tried out this family member's Ravine 2 with my cheek against the phone she said my voice sounded fine. But when she who is shorter than me talked on it with her cheek against it, her voice became a little muffled.

If your family decides to purchase it, there is at least one enormous price difference between Verizon and the 3rd party retailers. At full retail price, Verizon seems to have the lowest price at $ 319.99 But for a contract renewal or a new contract, BestBuy.com currently might have the best price among the retailers carrying it: $ 49.99 versus $ 179.99 at Verizon.

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SuzyQ
Sr. Leader
Sr. Leader

MojaveMoon_ wrote:

What does he dislike about the Barrage ? When we bought the Ravine about two months ago, I didn't recall the Barrage being for sale again. When I saw it re-listed, I thought to myself, uh-oh, how does that rugged phone compare in features and quality to the Ravine 2 ?

It IS rugged, but the battery life is dismal. I keep telling him to ask for a new battery, but he won't.  I rarely lasts through the workday.  And I think his dislike has more to do with the way things were handled more than the actual phone features.

The company had Nextel, PTT, and he had lots of contacts and vendors that he communicated with that way, and it worked well around the plant.  The higher ups in IT made a decision to switch to Verizon, and just presented him with his new phone one day - he did have PTT, but only to other Verizon #'s, which was fine at the plant but useless for his other contacts.  He did not have input into the decision, and he was not happy.  He avoids using it when he can...

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MojaveMoon_
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Between the customer comments (link) on the Barrage at phonearena.com and in the last several pages  of discussion (link) on howardforums on the Barrage, I found three different solutions proposed by people for the battery problem. I apologize if any or all of these are things he's already tried.

- a software update availabe either over the air or via a manual update

http://direct.motorola.com/hellomoto/motosupport/source/SoftwareUpdateSummary.asp?country=USA&langua...

- turning the Barrage off prior to charging

"[...] A relative of mine had great battery life for 2 months, then suddenly the phone had to be charged daily with light usage. I then tried charging the phone while off, and bam, the phone lasted 5 days again. I ordered them a new battery and so far, the phone holds a charge for 3-5 days consistently regardless of being powered on/off while charging. Perhaps there is an issue with the microUSB connection? Perhaps the software is giving a false full charge when it's really not. It's strange, but if you have trouble, charge the phone while it's powered off."

- removing the battery for 30 seconds

"[...] I acquired the extra capacity battery at the start because of all of the reviews referencing poor battery life. After about a week the battery life did drop drastically. I'm a systems engineer and I decided to investigate why. I found that there was a software function that was not terminating and was increasing the battery drain by a large amount. I also found that if the phone took several seconds to indicate that it was charging when connected to the charger the software problem was present. If the phone indicating charging within a second of being connected to the charger then all was fine.

The only solution was to remove the battery for about 30 seconds and then reinstall it. On turning the phone back on the charging operation would indicate properly and the charge would last all week or until the software function again screwed up.

About a month ago there was an over the air software upgrade and since the upgrade the phone has functioned perfectly and battery life is in excess of a week with my normal usage (1000+ minutes/month). The current software version is FRBKS1_00.21.27P dated 08/17/2010 [...]"

- one other idea to try

I sent you a private message about one more idea to try. The private messaging feature on the other forum software seemed much easier to use. On this new software, for awhile this morning the software kept giving me an error message. I couldn't figure out what I was supposed to do as a response to that error message:

"You can only send Direct Messages to your Friends / Connections (people following you). You must remove users marked with an exclamation point before your message can be sent."

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Re: Casio G'zOne Ravine2 Case
Colt4500
Member

As luck would have it, my old Palm Treo leather case was hiding in the litter of my desk.  It works perfectly for the Casio Ravine 2.

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