Garmin-Asus Nuvifone A50 hands-on


I had the chance to get my hands on the Garmin-Asus Nuvifone A50, the company’s first Android based smartphone. The A50 is currently running Android 1.6 (with multi-touch implemented by Garmin-Asus as you can see in the video below) but will be upgradeable to 2.X later this year according to the company. The handset is packed with navigation related customization starting with the home screen (Breeze UI) to the contacts and photo album. Build quality is pretty good (miles better than the M10 IMO) and the 3.5″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen was also really responsive. Like the vast majority of the mid-end smartphones launched this year the A50 is equipped with Qualcomm’s MSM7227 SoC clocked @ 600Mhz. Unfortunately the A50 doesn’t feature a standard 3.5mm audio jack and has a mini-sub connector (not micro-usb like it’s the norm now)

Upcoming AT&T HTC and Garmin-Asus phones prices

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The BGR boys got tipped some nice info regarding the release of the HTC Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2 on AT&T. The HTC Pure (Diamond2) will be $199 on contract (after $50 MIR) and $349.99 Off contract. The Tilt2 (Touch Pro2) will be $299 on contract (after $50 MIR) and $499.99 off contract. The other info is that the long delayed Garmin-Asus Nuvifone G60 is finally coming out soon for $299.99 on contract (after a $100 MIR) and $549.99 off contract.

Source: BGR

Garmin-Asus Nuvifone M20 review

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PhoneArena just reviewed Garmin-Asus’ delayed but finally out, Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone, the M20,and it doesn’t look good…

The Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20 is a decent navigation system and relatively acceptable Windows Mobile smartphone. Still, we would go for Asus-made phone and pure sat-nav system by Garmin rather than a cross of these two. The menu lagging, puny camera, lack of video capabilities and poor in-call quality make the phone unusable on daily basis except for navigation. At the same time, the Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20 delivers the functionality of a mainstream navigational system, while being more expensive than most of them, not to mention the Nokia 6710 Navigator and HTC Touch Cruise are superior and by far. Our only hope now lies with the nuvifone G60 that also got announced at MWC 2009 and looks more promising than the M20.

Check the full review here

UPDATE: Asus informed me that the phone used for the review isn’t a production sample (probably has an early ROM). Some of the problems metioned in the preview should be fixed in the commmercialized version.

Source: PhoneArena via WMPoweruser

Garmin-Asus M20 Nuvifone launched in Taiwan

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The Windows Mobile 6.1 M20 Nuvifone from Garmin-Asus has been launched today the local Taiwanese carrier Chunghwa. Sporting a VGA display, 3Mpx cam and Garming GPS navigation app all wrapped in a custom UI it’s unfortunately it’s too little too late in my opinion. Chunghwa is launching the iPhone 3Gs and HTC Hero in the coming days. Good job on the major delay screw up Garmin-Asus.

Source: CENS via Engadget