MWC 2010: Live Report
Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50
Garmin has been trying to enter the phone market for quite some time now. At MWC 2009 we saw their first phones, the G60 and the M20, children of the collaboration with the PC maker ASUS. Today, we have met the second generation nuvifones, the A50 and the M10 – the first runs on Android and the second on Windows Mobile.
We were surprised when we saw the A50; the Android OS is so personalized that one can hardly notice it. The whole user experience is very similar to what the Linux-based G60 offered, but the Android OS makes it a smart phone that one can personalize by their taste. We like it.
The homescreen offers you three huge icons – for calls, search and map view, and a carousel with small shortcuts to other features. Almost everything in personalized to match the Garmin look – the phonebook, calendar, email, you name it. Multimedia apps are available, but as basic as before –this is not what the nuvifones are aiming for. Their target is to be the best phones for navigation, but can they do this? We were not impressed by the G60, and would like to see improvements with the new generation phones.
The M10 is a Windows Mobile 6.5.3 model; it is targeted to the users who want the Garmin navigation, but cannot abandon Windows Mobile. We are sure that Garmin loves the A50 more than the M10, although they wouldn’t tell it. The M10 looks just like a Windows phone with a “Garmin patch to include the navigation features. It also has big shortcuts to the navigation features, but everything else is a standard Windows phone experience.
1. Galen20K posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45 0
That Samsung Wave looks almost as Slick at my Nexus One, I like it!
2. BrokenImaege posted on 15 Feb 2010, 16:12 0
WTF.... How do you go to talking about Samsung Wave which is a BADA OS phone on a Windows Article???? I just watched two vidoes on this OS and it is amazing..... Can't wait for this to come out later this year.... Might be switching from my Droid back to WinMo
3. Kiltlifter posted on 15 Feb 2010, 17:35 0
Broken, It isn't fair to yell at galen. This string of updates is numbered 1-7 so far and WinMo7 is the last, as of right now. So if you want to post on any of the previous pages, it shows up here under 7. I am sure the next update on page 8, will have people confused as to why yuo are talking aboutt a WinMo7 series topic for something else... That being said. I am excited for the WM7 series to be released. I have been waiting (as elig to upgrade by extending my contract) since february of last year(2009). I am pretty sure VZW hates me for not being under contract. But I want a "worth it to me" upgrade. This would be worth it. I am sad it won'y come out until november of this year, as my phone is on its last leg. I want a WinMo phone with a snapdragon, tegra, and 512 ram.... HD2 or TG02
4. BrokenImaege posted on 15 Feb 2010, 17:39 0
Nice point on that. Not something I noticed. Phone Arena must fix this :-)
5. BrokenImaege posted on 15 Feb 2010, 17:40 0
Oh and btw, a buddy of mine who works for MS, said it should be out sometime in September to compete with anything Apple or Google puts out. So I'll be exicted to see what is going to happen. :-)
7. remixfa posted on 16 Feb 2010, 09:38 0
competition is good for everyone. it took this long for MS to wake up and quit trying to pawn the same 1990's crap on us. maybe this will be a new life for MS. Im going to be cautious. Sticking with android till MS can show me that its better.. for the longhaul as well. Its hard to beat an open development platform that can change to any manufacturers desire.
9. Trevsx1000 posted on 17 Feb 2010, 11:34 0
I was expecting sooooooooo much more from the VPhone, namely video chat based on what they were talking about in November.