Review by Todd Haselton on Wednesday May 26, 2010.
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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.
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