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Garmin nuvifone G60 Review

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Garmin nuvifone G60 Review
Voices for the most part sounded clear on our end with the exception of static noise in the background which was made more audible when there was dead silence. On the other end, callers stated our voice sounded audible and easily understood – no static on their side. You'll have the option to use the speaker phone as an alternative, but having it set higher than 75 percent volume will produce a crackling sound. It wasn't too terrible, but you can easily hear the speaker falter on higher call volumes. It's a decent experience nonetheless and found it relatively tolerable.

There were no issues with retaining a signal with the Garmin nuvifone G60 in the greater Philadelphia area during our testing.

Going into this, anyone would be aware of how much the battery drains when using GPS on any phone. Seeing that the nuvifone G60 is focused mostly on LBS, it performed poorly with its 1100 mAh battery  – it'll require daily charges. We were able to get one full day out of the phone using it normally for calls, internet, and GPS during a 60 mile trip. By the end of our day, we were left with only one bar remaining – and it doesn't help that there's no car charger packed with the phone. Garmin has it rated for 4 hours of talk and 250 hours of standby.


It's difficult to recommend the Garmin nuvifone G60 to consumers who  can be offered similar location based services on most phones. If it was released two years ago, it would've made a giant splash in the market with its swift Linux based platform and GPS capabilities. When this handset is touted for its GPS capabilities, it should easily be on the same level as some standalone units. Unfortunately, it doesn't come close to even some basic ones – granted though it does do a good job with turn-by-turn directions. If  Garmin continues to tweak and fine tune this platform to become a well balanced smartphone, it'll be able to compete with the likes of the juggernauts out there. Instead we are given a handset that tries to excel in one specific area and fails to imitate the balanced deep offerings of other smartphones. We'd recommend even using AT&T Navigator, which can be found on just about every phone with a built-in GPS receiver in their lineup for a well-rounded location based service.

Garmin nuvifone G60 Video Review:


  • Responsive screen
  • High-quality construction
  • Accurate turn-by-turn directions
  • Intuitive interface


  • Poor image quality from camera
  • Lacking video playback
  • Poor battery life
  • No button to get back to the home screen
  • Long load times for the internet
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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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