nuvifone M10 coming to U.S. shores


Nuvifone M10 recently made an appearance at FCC site meaning U.S. release is just around the corner – though no official word from Garmin has been released.

Nuvifone M10 has already been out in Europe and Asia to please users who would like WinMo as their operating system. 6.5.3 to be more specific.

We’ve already mentioned the specs here but some of the highlights are still worth mentioning such as the 1500mAh battery, 600Mhz processor, 512MB of RAM and ROM, 4GB of internal flash, and a 5MP camera.

garmin-asus A10


Not to be confused with garminfone or nuviphone M10 Garmin and Asus partnership just announced another Android powered phone called Garmin Asus A10.

Of course its focus is again on GPS navigation; however more so for pedestrians rather than drivers which probably means it’s probably not going to make it to the U.S. where driving almost always takes precedence. The press release actually says it will be available in mid-2010 in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Garmin-Asus A10 features a 3.2″ touch screen, electronic compass and a 1500mAh battery. Depending on your location the A10 will contain preloaded maps so you won’t have to rely on a data connection for maps which can be non-existent or just too expensive to use. Of course Garmin-Asus A10 will also work in your vehicle too – thanks to the powered audio mount.

Some other features of A10 include WebKit browser with multi-touch, 5MP camera with auto-focus, and auto-geotag, built-in accelerometer for horizontal and landscape views.

garminfone


T-Mobile just announced their latest Android powered handset from Garmin-Asus called garminfone. It is pretty much the U.S. version of nuvifone A50. Here is everything you need to know in one place:

  • possibly the best navigation experience on a smartphone
  • coming out Spring 2010 exclusive from T-Mobile
  • runs Android 1.6 with Breeze UI
  • 3.5″ 320 x 480, TFT capacitive HVGA touchscreen
  • 1150mAh Lithium Ion battery
  • Qualcomm MSM7227 processor
  • HSPA 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0
  • 3MP autofocus camera with digital zoom
  • comes with maps of North America, 6 million POIs
  • 4GB memory, microSD card slot up to 32GB
  • supports Microsoft Exchange e-mail
  • geotag photos, remember where you parked, navigate back to photo location
  • real time traffic, weather, local events, movies, gas prices
  • garmin voice studio to allow recording of custom voice directions
  • WebKit, 528.5+ browser

Garmin G3X

Garmin just announced that they would include Synthetic Vision in their G3X. We’re not really sure what the heck Synthetic Vision does or what this G3X glass cockpit is capable of but it really sets Garmin apart from other names like TomTom, Mio, etc.

Aviation products has been a part of Garmin’s lineup since the 90′s and brings in a good chunk of their income. And do not forget their marine GPS units as well. In addition they have a really wide range of road GPS navigation units, offer one of the best solutions for athletes (even golfers), great handhelds for those who like outdoors, and, and, there’s that nuvifone.

We always give them a hard time for being kind of expensive with their nuvi’s or zumo’s but it is not easy being a company that offers products that cost between $100 to $10000.

Keep up the good work guys. I hope you sell a lot of these G3X things.

nuvifone A50 hands on

Slashgear got their hands on the Android powered nuvifone A50 that we mentioned just a few days ago. The customized user interface looks pretty good as well as Garmin’s navigation interface. Here’s the video:

Garmin Asus nuvifone A50


Garmin Asus partnership has announced the brand new nuvifone A50 from the Mobile World Congress in Spain. The new nuvifone A50 is an Android powered device that claims to be more location aware than any other smartphone out there.

A50 has a 3.5″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen, 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot, and an accelerometer. Thanks to the Android platform you’ll have access tens of thousands of applications and if you wish you can sync with your work email thanks to Microsoft Exchange server.

Of course Garmin Asus nuvifone A50 comes with Garmin navigation preloaded and all the maps you need are actually on your device so you won’t have to wait for 3G coverage fairies to grant you access.

Other features of the device are the 3MP camera, and the E-Compass.

Garmin says the nuvifone A50 receives its location information from multiple sources including satellite, network-based and terrestrial sources…. Not sure what they mean but we don’t think any of those is a new technology.

It will be available in Europe first quarter of this year.

Garmin Asus nuvifone M10


Another brand new phone we came across today is the Garmin Asus nuvifone M10. We talked about the M10 just a few days ago but it looks like the official word got out today.

As expected Garmin Asus nuvifone M10 will be a Windows device running Windows Mobile 6.5.3. It has a 3.5″ WVGA screen, 3D task manager, 512MB RAM, and 512MB ROM, and 4GB of storage.

You can expect a decent life from the 1500mAh battery which should get you at least a day on those HSDPA or WiFi networks you can hop on.

Of course Garmin navigation will be preloaded with almost all the bells and whistles of a standalone GPS navigation system.

Garmin Asus nuvifone M10 will come out in Asia and Europe first in first half of this year. Is anyone still interested in a Windows Mobile phone though?

garmin asus nuvifone M10


Garmin Asus partnership seems to be doing well in Taiwan since it just recently announced the nuvifone M10. It is a decent looking phone as you’d expect from Asus and the specs really show the two companies really tried hard with this device. nuvifone M10 runs on Windows Mobile 6.5.3, has a 3.5″ WVGA touchscreen with 800×480 resolution, microSD card, a processor running at 600Mhz, bluetooth, 5MP camera, 512MB memory, and a 1500mAh battery.

February 6th is the release date for Taiwan where they’ll have to spend about equivalent of $440.

nuviphone G60 reviews

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A couple of reviews already came out about the nuviphone G60 we waited for years. One from pcmag, and the other one from Gizmodo. Neither of them look that good but if you have your heart set on this device you should really read the reviews and look for specifics that would actually change your mind.

pcmag: You can search for points of interests with your voice, great map detail, no DC power adapter for charging, voice directions not very loud, comes with document viewer, no MMS, bad camera, no video recording or playing, good battery life.

Still, the G60 is the best cell-phone-based GPS navigation device I’ve ever tested.

gizmodo: bad touchscreen, bad camera, bad accelerometer, $5 extra to check weather, traffic, etc, no car chager, good navigation.

I didn’t mean to be this harsh, but I also didn’t expect the G60 to be so bad.

Have you seen any other nuviphone G60 reviews? Please share URLs in the comments section.

UPDATE (Oct 14th 2009):

Engadget: Great for navigating but not as capable as a smartphone.

At $299 on contract, you’ve got a lot of smartphone options, and unless navigation is your number one priority, almost any of them are superior to this. This phone just isn’t a smartphone; it’s an amazing navigation machine that makes calls and attempts to browse the web / dabble in integrated apps.

David Pogue: A video review. He calls it “too expensive two trick pony”

nuviphone

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Couple of days ago we mentioned that nuviphone would cost $300 and be offered by AT&T. Well we were correct. The news is now official. Finally. It is here. Nuviphone is here!!!

AT&T Garmin announced the Garmin nüvifone G60 will be available beginning October 4.

Garmin’s president and COO Cliff Pemble said:

The nüvifone has Garmin’s easy-to-use interface, so navigating to a meeting directly from its calendar or contacts pages, or geotagging an email or photograph with a location stamp, is intuitive, useful and fun.

nuviphone G60 will be as functional as a high end Garmin nuvi, and will come with necessary hardware to be used in your car. The maps of nuviphone are locally stored which means you can still get directions in the middle of nowhere where there’s no AT&T. However if you’re somewhere near a cell tower it is almost guaranteed you’ll get a satellite fix sooner because the G60 utilizes A-GPS.

Other features of nuviphone include full web browsing via AT&T’s 3G network, or good old WiFi. There are connected services of course which include access to real-time traffic information, fuel prices, White Pages, weather and more. You’ve got a 3.2MP too which can automatically geotag your shots.

nuvifone G60 will cost $300 with a two year contract after a $100 mail-in-rebate. Nuvifone Premium Connected Services which includes traffic updates, white pages, weather, movie, local events and fuel price content are available for $6/month after a 30-day trial. This is on top of the data charges you’ll have to pay AT&T. What’s up with that….