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Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50

Announced
Feb 11, 2010
Market status
Released
Release date
Jun 9, 2010

US carrier availability

Discontinued: T-Mobile

Pros

No pros

Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (165 ppi)
  • Single-core processor
  • Too little RAM memory (256 MB RAM)
  • Low-resolution camera (3 megapixels)
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Low-resolution video capture
  • Lacks a standard (3.5mm) headphones jack
  • No front-facing camera

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Description

The Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 is an Android-based smartphone for users who need advanced navigation functionality. In addition to preloaded navigation and maps for pedestrians and drivers, the nuvifone A50 also comes with various other features, such as personalized interface, Microsoft Exchange support and Street View in Google Maps.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Android (2.1, 1.6)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.57 x 2.46 x 0.49 inches (116 x 62 x 12 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.90 oz (139 g)
      the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
  • Design features:
    • D-Pad

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 3.5 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 320 x 480 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 165 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 3 megapixels
    • Features:
      • Autofocus, Geo tagging
  • Camcorder:
      • 320x240 (QVGA) (30 fps)
    • Recording format:
      • MPEG4, H.263

Hardware

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 256 MB RAM / 256 MB ROM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 4 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC

Battery

  • Talk time:
    • 8.00 hours
      the average is 12 h (703 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 25.0 days (600 hours)
      the average is 20 days (491 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 1500 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Ion

Multimedia

  • Music player:
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, AMR
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
      • WebKit browser
    • supports:
      • HTML
  • Built-in online services support:
    • Picasa/Google+

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 1700/2100, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS, A-GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Points of interest (POI), Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Calendar, Alarm, Calculator, World clock
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, MMS, Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • miniUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Headphones connector:
    • miniUSB
  • Charging connector:
    • miniUSB
  • Other:
    • Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Compass
    • Voice recording

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 04 Jan 2010
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        MSQ-01000846 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 0.47 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz
    • Body:
      • 0.60 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 11 Feb 2010

Shopping information

  • MSRP price:
    • $ 200
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This device is also known as Garmin-Asus Garminfone


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