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Garmin nuvifone G60 Review

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Now the development period has been a long time coming – with a good chunk of it devoted to the Linux-based operating system that was built from the ground up. With that much time, we would have gathered that Garmin has fine tuned the platform to provide a seamless experience with some depth – apparently the case is not so. One bright spot about the new platform is that it runs relatively quick when switching between menus while the occasional menu transitions add some glamour. Unfortunately, it fails to simplify the experience for the end user – having to hit the back button constantly to get to the home screen is extremely frustrating. This is a classic example of how imperative it is to focus on the platform in an already competitive smartphone environment. One last thing to note is that it'll sometimes change the display almost instantly from portrait to landscape. At other times though, it'll require you to shake the phone a bit so it'll recognize.

Once you unlock the phone, you'll be greeted to the main menu which has finger friendly sized icons. The three main ones to the left are call, search, and view map. The first one will allow you to use the phone calling aspect of the handset while the other two are geared around the GPS abilities. On the right side is a scrollable section with more icons that perform specific functions – it moves relatively quick when scrolling. When it comes to personalization, there is very little to change in the settings – you can modify the order placement of the icons on the scrollable portion of the main menu. It would've been nice to see some more personalization – but the only other option is to choose a wallpaper. It’s nice that you can always turn the phone in landscape position and it will rotate automatically. No matter the screen you are in, you can get a landscape view, which is kind of comfy.

Horizontal view - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review

Horizontal view

Once you unlock the phone, you'll be greeted to the main menu - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Once you unlock the phone, you'll be greeted to the main menu - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review

Once you unlock the phone, you'll be greeted to the main menu




Phonebook:

There's no surprise with the nuvifone G60's address book, it doesn't deliver anything unseen. There's a multitude of information you can store with each contact from common items like phone numbers and email addresses, to birthdays, and web pages. In addition, you can assign a ringtone or picture to each specific individual. When you get into your address book, you can only scroll through the list – fortunately it's quick, although we preferred an input method of some sort.  The phone will be able to hold 5,000 contacts.

Phonebook of the Garmin nuvifone G60 - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Calling a contact - Phonebook of the Garmin nuvifone G60 - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Phonebook of the Garmin nuvifone G60 - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Phonebook of the Garmin nuvifone G60 - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
 

Calling a contact

  

Phonebook of the Garmin nuvifone G60




Organizer:

All your standard set of tools are found – alarm clock, world clock, stop watch, flight status, synchronize, converter, calendar, notes, weather, checklists, and traffic search. The latter obviously ties into the GPS aspect of the phone – allowing you to get traffic conditions based on your location. Regrettably you'll have to dish out $5.99 per month if you want updates for traffic, weather, and fuel prices. Other than that, the names of the applications already hint to what it's all about, so no surprises there. Additional software isn’t really abundant. You can sign up for Garmin's own Ciao program that'll allow you to let your friends know your exact location.

The organizer of the Garmin nuvifone G60 has a standard set of tools - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
The organizer of the Garmin nuvifone G60 has a standard set of tools - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
The organizer of the Garmin nuvifone G60 has a standard set of tools - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
The organizer of the Garmin nuvifone G60 has a standard set of tools - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
The organizer of the Garmin nuvifone G60 has a standard set of tools - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
The organizer of the Garmin nuvifone G60 has a standard set of tools - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
The organizer of the Garmin nuvifone G60 has a standard set of tools - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
The organizer of the Garmin nuvifone G60 has a standard set of tools - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review

The organizer of the Garmin nuvifone G60 has a standard set of tools




Messaging:

Clearly another frustrating thing that the nuvifone G60 totally goes awry is its text input methods. Typing a text message can be either a nightmare or satisfying experience – it depends heavily on which input method you use. In holding the handset in an upright position, you’ll be greeted to an ABC-arranged keyboard, which may be typical for a navigation system, but not for a phone. Thanks to the responsive screen, you’ll have little problems typing away – except for the fact you’ll be spending some time finding where the keys are on the keyboard. Thankfully tilting the phone to its side into landscape will display the full QWERTY keyboard – no problems with this one except for the occasional lag between the transitions. You’d want to look elsewhere if you plan on sending MMS because there’s no option for it on the Garmin nuvifone G60.

The ABC-arranged keyboard - Messaging with the Garmin nuvifone G60 - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Full QWERTY - Messaging with the Garmin nuvifone G60 - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Numeric keyboard - Messaging with the Garmin nuvifone G60 - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review

The ABC-arranged keyboard

Full QWERTY

Numeric keyboard

Messaging with the Garmin nuvifone G60



Generally all you have to do is input your email address and password then the application will do the rest itself to automatically setup your email. If it's not a generic provider, it'll require you to manually input the specific information needed. The application lacks the ability to send attachments – something that's an eye opener itself when almost every email application on other smartphones has this ability. One last thing to note is that it won't display HTML email within the application, so you'll need to click the “view in web browser” link to view photos or animations sent with the message.

Email app - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review

Email app

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


lol this phone sucks

posted on 29 Apr 2010, 10:47

2. ostranderterry (Posts: 61; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)


lol seems like it - they have done 3 updates to the device, I don't know if it's helped it at all - here's the address if anyone is interested -https://www.garminasus.com/en_MY/support/nuvifone-g60-software-updates.html

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Display3.5 inches, 272 x 480 pixels (155 ppi)
Camera3 megapixels
Size4.41 x 2.29 x 0.57 inches
(112 x 58.1 x 14.6 mm)
4.83 oz  (137 g)
Battery1100 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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