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Garmin Garminfone for T-Mobile review - Android and navigation all in one


Review by Todd Haselton on Wednesday May 26, 2010.

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Score

4.0 stars
"Good"

(How we score)


Sharp industrial design, good battery life, great call quality, excellent personal navigation device, fun to use, easy user interface
Mediocre camera, not much in the way of personal customization, no 3.5mm headphone jack, old OS version

Summary

The Garmin-ASUS Garminfone is the second device from the Garmin-ASUS partnership that has launched in the United States. It follows the nuvifone that launched on AT&T last year, and is a vast improvement in many ways. The Garminfone is powered by Android 1.6 and runs a custom Garmin user interface. T-Mobile told me that the Garminfone includes all of the features of a high-end Garmin personal navigation device (PND), except it also has all the features you'd expect from a full-blown smartphone, too. During my tests, I found that statement to be pretty much dead-on. The device served up an excellent experience as a navigation device, and also as a smartphone.

There are a few setbacks, however. The phone lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, and it's not very customizable. But adventurers that find themselves doing a lot of traveling, especially by car, should love all of the features the Garminfone offers.

You'll find a video of the T-Mobile Garmin Garminfone, and the Garmin-ASUS A50 it is based upon, after the Table of Contents, below.

Table of Contents and Scorecard

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nenad @ 2:07:26AM EDT on Tuesday July 27, 2010

garminphone can not find for ex.adress 10 s.clark or 10 s.michigan in chicago.it's showing allways 10 n.clark.or 10 n.michigan.but it finds higher numbers like 12 s.clark or 25 s.michigan.why is that?in the store nobody can answer that and they could'nt fix it. another software problem or...

ben @ 10:33:33PM EDT on Thursday August 12, 2010

can this phone support sywpe?

About the author

Todd Haselton
Todd is a senior editor at MobileBurn and works out of his home in New York City. He covers news for us and also writes reviews. You can follow him on Twitter at @RoboTodd

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