G'zOne Boulder Cell Phone

April 2, 2009

Though not exactly the first thing that pops to mind when I think of gear, I've come to realize that my cell phone is pretty high up on my list of things I value function and durability in. Recently, I got a new G'zOne Boulder cell phone, and I've been nothing but impressed, so I felt I'd pass along the info. Let's preface this article with some background information. I am ridiculously hard on equipment. My laptop has a plastic cover AND a case it travels in. I went through 4 cell phones within the course of 12 months. The inside of my truck needs a permanent scotch-guard bath. Not a day goes by when I don't leave the house with a dog leash, coffee, school books and a bagel teetering in one hand, and my cell phone, keys and jacket in the other, and my backpack full of everything else hanging on my side. I drop things. Frequently. That having been said, G'zOne markets their phone as being "tough" and ready to "withstand the elements." I figured that if anyone could break that sucker, it'd be me. With claims such as the phone being dust proof, shock proof and water resistant, I was skeptical, but interested to try it out, and see if the phone was "Claire-proof." Key Features of the G'zOne Boulder Phone is coated in a silicon rubber, which is basically a built in case, adding durability Water resistant- The G'zOne is marketed to be water resistant for up to 30 minutes submerged up to 1 meter. Don't believe me? Here's a true story for ya... A friend who also has the G'zOne called me about 6 months ago, and I heard an odd background noise. I asked her what she was up to, and she informed me that she was multitasking- showering and making phone calls. Yes, she called me from the shower. Creepy, yes. Sweet feature of the phone, definitely! Her phone is still working like a champ, 6 months and many wet phone calls later. Also humidity resistant. Shock resistant- It's true. Having had the phone only 2 weeks, its taken a dive down my concrete front steps, and off the front seat of my truck more than once. I can happily report that after these occurrences, the phone looks as good as new, and is in fine working order. The G'zOne Boulder also comes with 2 batteries when you initially purchase it! Great news for those longer trips when you might need a phone but don't have access to electricity. Charge both the batteries before you go and you're set for days. Overall, I'd say the Boulder makes a perfect phone for tossing in the top of your pack at the crag, toting along as an emergency phone on a backpacking trip, or, heaven forbid, for those tacky summit phone calls back to Mom. It will survive whatever you throw at it. Or whatever you throw it at. Check it out! G'zOne Boulder Cell Phone

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