T-Mobile's Garminfone will keep you on the right way

T-Mobile's Garminfone will keep you on the right way
T-Mobile customers who also happen to be GPS navigation users will soon have an all-in-one alternative in the form of the Garminfone - the T-Mobile-branded version of the Android-powered Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50, which got announced in February. The Garminfone is going to offer deep software integration with navigation services. For example, the user will be able to quickly get directions to a contact's address through the phonebook, or through an email, or through a calendar appointment.

Of course, the Garminfone will offer Garmin's renowned turn-by-turn navigation experience for drivers and pedestrians, while all the maps will be preloaded on the device. The Garminfone will also come with an app called Garmin Voice Studio, which will let users to record and share custom voice directions.

Other features of the Android smartphone include a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 3MP AF camera, Wi-Fi, 3G and support for Microsoft Exchange. The Android operating system will be personalized with Garmin's own touch-friendly user interface.

The T-Mobile Garminfone will be available later this spring, but info on pricing is not yet available. So, does an Android-powered navigation-centric smartphone sound tasty to you?

Garmin-Asus Garminfone Specificatons | Hands-on

source: T-Mobile USA



1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Hmmm. Sort of interested. I have a G1(work phone) that seems to be going downhill. The battery is only lasting an hour of use and its expanding which is causing the backplate to bulge. As well as the applications that I NEED to fix UI gripes are causing the phone to bug out, crash and freeze. So I'm going to be in the market for a new Android phone. I was thinking Mytouch Slide. But Garminfone might also be good. Although I was hoping that Sense UI or Motoblur would make up for the UI shortcomings of vanilla Android. I have no idea if GarminAsus will have it's own custom UI or just the navigation screen. I pray it's not vanilla Android. I've become spoiled cus I have a Pre as my personal phone and it's UI works so much more fluid than Android. Also this Garminfone would need a multitouch browser. Cus OMG the G1 is aggravating to surf with in comparison to the pinch zooming Pre. 

2. pathmarkpolice

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 05, 2009

It depends on which version of Android it's running. If it's 1.5 or 1.6, that's going to be a big problem. Since the android UI on this phone is customized, don't expect many software updates or hackers being able to get too lucky with customizing it. Had the same problem bumping my motorola cliq up to 2.0 or even 1.6, the crappy firmware is still stuck on 1.5. It depends on the price of the phone, however, as I do need a good gps unit, and after I upgrade my phone, since this device comes preloaded with maps, it could be used as a stand alone gps well after I get a new mobile.

3. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

I hope more powerful Garmin-Asus phone will be released soon

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