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 in when playing outside. 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.