Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review
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Calling quality on the Garminfone was good as the earpiece had some seriously powerful tones that made conversations more than audible – plus voices did sound rather natural, but there was some noticeable static sounds. On our callers end, they did state that our voice was perfectly clear with no audible noises in the background. When using the speaker phone, there were no shortages of issues thanks to its more than capable distinct tones that made every word uttered pack some power to it – making even the faint of voices sound even overbearing. Nevertheless, we were more than satisfied with the Garminfone's calling quality.
During our time using the handset, we did not experience any pronounced sudden spikes in signal strength in the greater Philadelphia area. Overall, it looked like it had a solid connection to the network with no instances of any dropped calls.
Fortunately the smartphone packs a car charger for all those times you'll be using it for turn-by-turn directions. Without using the phone for that specific purpose, we had it set to automatic brightness and used it normally during our testing. We were able to achieve at least one solid day of usage before requiring a recharge – so it should be more than ample in lasting you a good 8 hours of work without the need of connecting it to a power source. However, this can evidently be increased by managing some functions on the handset – such as the amount of running apps in the background, GPS, and manually setting the brightness to a lower option.
Hardcore Garmin GPS owners will truly find pleasure in the versatile offerings included with the Garmin-Asus Garminfone, as it's able to replicate the experience to a teeth. For them, they will undoubtedly benefit the most as the rich GPS experience is supplemented with smartphone functions that will keep the busy traveler always in-sync with their daily lives. However, when viewing it from the complete and opposite side, traditional smartphone users will find the Garminfone somewhat lackluster in key areas that essentially make this Android powered smartphone in a level below some of its contemporary counterparts. Gone is the traditional Android look and feel as every single nook and cranny of its existence is hidden deep below Garmin's custom interface running on top of everything. Some may not care about it, but for any experienced Android user out there, this will surely prove to be one sour note for them. Additionally, the web browsing experience is also baffling as it doesn't cater to the specific needs of a smartphone user – which is remarkably surprising when you consider how well other Android handsets excel in this category. However, now that the handset has been reduced in price to $129.99, it may have a chance in proving itself to be a compelling offering on T-Mobile's lineup. With so many handsets available to customers though, there are some recent high-end ones, like the Samsung Vibrant, that can steal the show with their superior performance in all aspects.
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Video Review:
- Superior GPS software
- Good photos
- Laggy typing experience
- Personalization is not cool
- Stiff buttons
- Android 1.6
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Review - Performance and Conclusion
|Display||3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
256 MB RAM
|Size||4.57 x 2.46 x 0.49 inches|
(116 x 62 x 12 mm)
4.90 oz (139 g)
|Battery||1500 mAh, 8 hours talk time|