Garmin-Asus Garminfone Specifications | Hands-on
1. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)
I think it's safe to assume that the phone is selling incredibly below expectations. Why would any "intelligent" consumer purchase it when there are far more compelling phones that also offer navigation?
3. Doakie (Posts: 1791; Member since: 06 May 2009)
I really don't understand the rabid hatred for the Garminfone. It's Android, fellow Android lovers should embrace one of their own insted of turning on it like it's a Garmin iPhone. I look at the hands on videos and don't think it seems bad. Sure the specs are a little odd. But I would have bought one if it was out when I bought my Cliq XT which was a replacement for a retiring G1. I looked at my options in late April on Tmo and thought the XT was the best fit for me, especially being an upgrade to 2.1 was coming in Q2! Which didn't happen and I'm still waiting. Soon after that I saw the Garminfone, I said to myself "mmmm larger screen, and GPS that doesn't need a data connection and free window mount with car charger." I look at it now and it's 3.5" screen with 320x480 seems a little crappy cus you might see the pixels at that size screen. Other than that the odd OS skin would be the only real downfall, I don't care if it doesn't have a 3.5mm jack, or if it has a MiniUSB insted of a MicroUSB. The fact that it's unlikely to go beyond 1.6 is a little bothersome cus there are a lot of apps that are 2.1+ only. Believe me I know running Motoblur 1.5 for so long. But I could deal as long as I could have Gesture Search which is 1.6+. I keep looking at ebay to see if the prices drop towards $200 for a used Garminfone, but I'm yet to see em drop down at all from full price of almost $400. I don't know, Tmo has enough options now that I'm having trouble deciding what to use, my G1 with a 2400mah battery running Cyanogen Froyo, my Cliq XT running 2.1, or should I buy a used Garminfone for the screen size? Some would say Samsung Vibrant, I'll pass, after Samsung crapped on the Behold2 owners they'll never get another one of my dollars.
4. Doakie (Posts: 1791; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Eh. Thinking about my comment since last night I can see more clearly that if I had the chance to buy a new handset from Tmo I wouldn't be buying the Garminfone. I'd be most excited to get something like a Motoroi/Milestone XT720. I know it's a big screen with slow proc, but I seem to be the only person who likes Motoblur and my Cliq XT in general. So I'd love to have almost the same thing with a larger screen and better camera. Only problem is I've already used my early upgrade in April, so that means I'd have to buy it full price till next April right? Suck.
5. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Wow, my ARIA has voice turn by turn directions with goog navigator/maps at no charge and with a great interface - maybe the style an UI of the phone is poor and perhaps a better company such as HTC should make a phone for them.