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Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review

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For something that's mostly concerned about navigation, we were surely impressed by the photos produced by the Garminfone's 3-megapixel auto-focus camera. The interface is pretty generic with barely any icons cluttering up the display – the only ones to stand out are the zoom functions. The Garminfone lacks touch focus, and you'll have to rely on using the two-level shutter key which we found to be considerably stiff. Luckily, photos are snapped almost instantaneously as you fully press down the shutter key. Outdoor shots in good lighting came out pretty good as there was a fair amount of detail in the scenery while colors were on the darker side. However, you'll need to have a steady hand when it comes down to taking images indoors with poor lighting – they tended to look fuzzy with washed out colors. As for closeup shots, we were impressed by the level of detail it was about to capture – even beating out some devices that boast 5-megapixel and up cameras.

Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Sample pictures taken with Garmin-Asus Garminfone - Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Sample pictures taken with Garmin-Asus Garminfone - Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Sample pictures taken with Garmin-Asus Garminfone - Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Sample pictures taken with Garmin-Asus Garminfone - Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review

Sample pictures taken with Garmin-Asus Garminfone


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You're not going to want to save some candid moments with the Garminfone – especially when it captures them at QVGA resolution (320 x 240). Even though videos recorded looked pretty smooth, thanks to a capture rate of 29fps, there were still some jerky movements every now and then. Audio captured on the handset was pretty accurate without any noticeable static or background noise heard. All in all, you can take videos if you like with the phone, but don't expect them to look like works of art with their fuzzy looking detail.

Garmin-Asus Garminfone sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution.


Multimedia:

Both photo and video content can be found in the Gallery app on the phone which doesn't provide for any graphical enhancements to the experience – it's more intent on functioning properly as opposed to offering eye catching visuals. Displayed on a grid-like view, content loaded up slowly one by one until everything is properly on-screen – which at that point, you can begin to scroll fluidly between them all. There are minimal editing functions to be found as you'll only have access to basic things like rotating, cropping, and renaming images.

Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review

Watching videos on the 3.5” display might not be as awe-inspiring when compared to the larger than life displays seen on some high-end devices, but nonetheless more than acceptable for anyone thanks to its smooth playback. We were able to play a movie trailer coded in H.263 720 x 304 resolution without evidence of choppiness or slowdown witnessed during its entire playback. There's an ample amount of detail to make the experience more than sufficient for just about anyone as colors looked natural and audio more than distinguishable to the ear with its popping and full bodied sounds. We found the experience to be more than satisfying as it impressed us with its level of accomplishment.

The stock Android music player is all that you're be treated to on the handset as its level of presentation might pale in comparison to the glitzy looking ones seen on some fantastic interfaces. You'll have access to certain functions like pause, reverse, forward, repeat, and shuffle, while it'll display suitable information about the song with its album cover taking prominence among everything. Now what we're impressed about was the powerful tones emitted by the phone's speaker – which was nothing short of deafening when placed on the loudest setting. You'll easily be able to wake up anyone with its strong tones, but it can definitely sound extremely sharp on the highest volume.

The music player of Garmin-Asus Garminfone - Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
The music player of Garmin-Asus Garminfone - Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
The music player of Garmin-Asus Garminfone - Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review

The music player of Garmin-Asus Garminfone




GPS & Software:

This is where the smartphone focuses its prowess as it tastefully replicates the Garmin experience seen on their line of standalone GPS devices. For anyone adjusted to playing around with them, you'll fit right in as you're presented with the same exact interface. You can search for a myriad of points of interest if you're unsure about the address or just input a specific one to get started with your travel. You'll be switched to a 3D bird's eye view of a map with a car indicating your exact location while other important pieces of information are displayed alongside it such as your speed and arrival time. Maps are color coded to highlight your overall route and what specific turns need to be made ahead of time in order to keep you on a steady course. If you happen to make a wrong turn, the handset does a good job in quickly recalculating an alternate route to get you back on track. In addition, we found that driving on the highway will present additional views such as the specific lane you'll need to traverse into to keep on course – it's definitely a nice touch and lessens the stress of having to figure out what turn to make. There's also street view enabled on the handset to offer you an insight of a specific area so you'll know ahead of time what the location will look like when you arrive. In the end, there's no denying the level of experience that the Garminfone attains in location based services – it will especially come in handy in situations where a data connection to the network is not present as maps are stored locally on the phone.

Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review


Yes, it's Android and it will offer all the things we know and love about Google Maps – it will enable you to either find local points of interests or turn-by-turn voice guided directions to a specific address via Google Maps Navigation. Without a doubt, the two applications are painstakingly different, but at least you'll have your choice of which one to side with.

Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review

Seeing this is the Garminfone, there are some other location based applications found on the handset which may not necessarily come to be too useful for the broad range of consumers out there. There are things like Flight Status which will give you detailed information about specific flights, the weather app which is integrated with the native calendar app to provide daily weather information, and Ciao! which basically allows you to see GPS locations of friends on a map – similar to Google Latitude. Naturally you'll have the Android Market at your disposal to download and install additional apps onto the phone.

Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review

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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
256 MB RAM
Size4.57 x 2.46 x 0.49 inches
(116 x 62 x 12 mm)
4.90 oz  (139 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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