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Garmin nuvifone G60 Review

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GPS:

Getting right down to the focal point of this device is none other than its touted GPS capabilities. We’re going to be straightforward and inform you that it does not compare to even the most basic standalone versions – adding more insult is the fact that even some carrier-branded services provide more depth. However there are some bright spots when it comes to presentation and automatic rerouting. The interface is similar to what you find on Garmin’s GPS devices – it's fairly quick with different colors representing various road conditions on the map. The colors of the map change automatically. Darker colors are used for night mode so it’s easier on the eyes and brighter ones during daytime. Depending on the road you're on, like a rural or highway, it'll zoom the map out to give you an expanded view and zoom back in when a turn it about to come up. It's quick to reroute you if you make the wrong turn thanks to the built in digital compass – we found that it took an average of 5 seconds before it recognizes that you are off track. The in-menu options will provide the basic amenities found on standalone units – points of interests, gas prices, your exact coordinates, white pages, and routes to allow you to make way points. Listening to the female voice won't be a problem with the speaker phone – it's loud enough in the car and states streets by their names. One thing that proved to be frustrating is the system used for searching points of interests. You can look up something close to your location, but can't find something in another city that's further away. Load times are a bit lengthy when the phone is trying to search and pull up the points of interests – something that basic units can perform quickly.

Garmin nuvifone G60 GPS Interface - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Garmin nuvifone G60 GPS Interface - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Garmin nuvifone G60 GPS Interface - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Garmin nuvifone G60 GPS Interface - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Garmin nuvifone G60 GPS Interface - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Garmin nuvifone G60 GPS Interface - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Garmin nuvifone G60 GPS Interface - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Garmin nuvifone G60 GPS Interface - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Garmin nuvifone G60 GPS Interface - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Garmin nuvifone G60 GPS Interface - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review

Garmin nuvifone G60 GPS Interface



In short, the Garmin nuvifone G60 excels in providing the user with an experience that's well suited for anyone using it for turn-by-turn directions. The implementation of the compass aids in the overall scheme as you set off navigating a specified route. On the flip side though, it lacks the depth in location based services and options, such as points of interests, that are found on even the most basic GPS units. Carrier branded GPS services may offer a more complete package than what's found on the nuvifone G60.


Connectivity:

The Garmin Nuvifone G60 is a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and tri-band UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz) handset – currently available for AT&T.

If this is considered a smartphone, we would’ve thought otherwise based the experience of the internet browser. For a 3G and Wi-Fi enabled device, we were shocked as to how long it took for web pages to load on the browser. Our site took close to 2 minutes before everything was fully loaded. If you can sit through the long load times, you’ll be treated to a somewhat decent scrolling experience – although the zooming in/out process is nothing short but unimaginative. You actually just need to press the associated on-screen zoom buttons towards the bottom of the page – there's going to be a slight delay before everything is rendered properly again. Pages as a whole are correctly rendered and displayed as you would see on a desktop browser. This web browser has some potential if it was able to speed up load times – hopefully updates down the road may improve it.

Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Browsing the net with Garmin nuvifone G60 - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Browsing the net with Garmin nuvifone G60 - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Browsing the net with Garmin nuvifone G60 - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review

Browsing the net with Garmin nuvifone G60




Camera:

Garmin definitely was haste in putting in a camera – the quality of what it produces reflects that argument. You can turn on the camera application by pressing down the stiff shutter key. The interface is uncluttered with only three icons to press – activating the geotag function, album viewer, and one to exit the application. You take photos by slightly pressing the shutter key to allow the camera to auto-focus, then pressing it all the way down to take the shot. We're quite disappointed with the overall quality of the 3-megapixel camera – dull colors, lots of noise, and lack of fine detail. Furthering the insult is the lack of options to modify your photo – such as black and white images or adjusting the white balance.

The camera interface - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review

The camera interface

Sample pictures made with Garmin nuvifone G60 - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Sample pictures made with Garmin nuvifone G60 - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Sample pictures made with Garmin nuvifone G60 - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Sample pictures made with Garmin nuvifone G60 - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review

Sample pictures made with Garmin nuvifone G60


If you're a video fanatic, you'll be sorely disappointed in the lack of support for it on the Garmin nuvifone G60. You can't take or view videos on the handset – not even ones on YouTube's mobile site.


Multimedia:

We're shocked already that the nuvifone G60 has a music player despite not supporting video playback. There's nothing too fancy looking with the interface – the icons used for reverse, pause/play, and forward are all well sized. Pertinent information of what you're playing will also be displayed such as the song name, artist, album name, and elapsed time. Other than the usual shuffle and repeat functions, you can make your own playlist to use for a personal touch.

In terms of storage, you can access the 4GB of memory on the phone – but we had roughly 1.5GB to work with right out of the box. Otherwise you'll need to get yourself a microSD card to save pictures and music – it'll accept card up to 16GB in size.

nuvifone G60's music player interface - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
nuvifone G60's music player interface - Garmin nuvifone G60 Review

nuvifone G60's music player interface



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Dadler22 (Posts: 159; 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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