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Garmin-Asus Garminfone A50

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4.4/10
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The Garmin-Asus Garminfone A50 currently has an Informr score of 4.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Ever struggle to get your Google Maps to provide real-time location data? Frustrated over a cumbersome GPS interface? Having trouble getting dates?

Well, the Garmin Asus A50 is a unique player in a crowded cell phone market, offering a full frontal assault of simple, intuitive GPS navigation and overall GPS-phone integration. This Android-based smartphone is about getting places, going places and never losing your way. In fact, if you have one of these phones and actually DO get lost, don’t tell anyone. You’ll NEVER live it down.

The Garmin Asus offers a large 3.5 inch touchscreen display, HSDPA 3G capability, Bluetooth, WiFi, and pre-loaded maps! Toss in an 3MP camera with geo-tagging (lets folks know where the photo was taken) and video record, and it’s safe to say Garmin means business.

The Garmin Asus is all about Location Based Services (LBS). It’s what beats at the core of this phone. The Garmin-Asus is a quality phone that offers folks a deeper look into what is possible when LBS is central to the operating system of a cell phone.

Though a newcomer to this market, the concept is a comfortable one, since the whole idea of having a cell phone is about freedom and mobility. More recently, it’s also about social networking, and to that end the Garmin Asus provides Ciao!, a fun and easy-to-use social networking app with an LBS/GPS focus.

Kudos to Garmin for breathing fresh air into a feature-focused market of calendars and to-do lists, alarm clocks and clever ringtones. The Garmin-Asus will get you where you need to go.


Operating system
Android
Processor
600 MHz
Screen Size
3.5"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

The Garmin-ASUS Garminfone is the second device from the Garmin-ASUS partnership that has launched in the United States. It follows the nuvifone that launched on AT&T last year, and is a vast improvement in many ways. The Garminfone is powered by Android 1.6 and runs a custom Garmin user int...

- Todd Haselton, MobileBurn
Engadget

For $199, the Garminfone is an interesting choice. While T-Mobile's selection of Android handsets continues to expand (most excitingly with the upcoming myTouch 3G Slide), fans of little green robots still don't exactly have a lot of choices on that carrier, which makes the 1.6 build of Android...

- Tim Stevens, Engadget
Phone Scoop

Most Android phones so far have specialized in social networking, but the Garminfone takes a different tack to become the best navigation phone I've ever used. Even with the slight problems I had with the GPS signal (I do NOT live in Kentucky), once the phone found my spot, it had no trouble nav...

- Philip Berne, Phone Scoop


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Asus released the Garmin-Garminfone A50 on June 16, 2010.



Asus backs up the Garmin-Garminfone A50 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.5"

The Garmin-Asus Garminfone A50's screen size is 3.5 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
600 MHz

There is a Qualcomm 7227 ARM 11 600 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 1.6 Donut operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1150mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1150 mAh battery. Asus's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time.

Garmin-Garminfone A50 Specs

Overview
Release date June 16, 2010
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 1.6 Donut

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Processor Qualcomm 7227 ARM 11 600 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 256 MB
ROM 256 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1150 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.6 x 6.2 x 1.3 cm (4.6 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 136 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 256
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): T-Mobile Garminfone, Garmin-Asus Nuvifone A50

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Critic Reviews


MobileBurn

Android and navigation all in one

from MobileBurn

The Garmin-ASUS Garminfone is the second device from the Garmin-ASUS partnership that has launched in the United States. It follows the nuvifone that launched on AT&T last year, and is a vast improvement in many ways. The Garminfone is powered by Android 1.6 and runs a custom Garmin user...More

The Garmin-ASUS Garminfone is the second device from the Garmin-ASUS partnership that has launched in the United States. It follows the nuvifone that launched on AT&T last year, and is a vast improvement in many ways. The Garminfone is powered by Android 1.6 and runs a custom Garmin user interface. T-Mobile told me that the Garminfone includes all of the features of a high-end Garmin personal navigation device (PND), except it also has all the features you'd expect from a full-blown smartphone, too. During my tests, I found that statement to be pretty much dead-on. The device served up an excellent experience as a navigation device, and also as a smartphone.

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Engadget

Far less a nav device with a phone built in and far more of an equal share of both

from Engadget

For $199, the Garminfone is an interesting choice. While T-Mobile's selection of Android handsets continues to expand (most excitingly with the upcoming myTouch 3G Slide), fans of little green robots still don't exactly have a lot of choices on that carrier, which makes the 1.6 build of Andro...More

For $199, the Garminfone is an interesting choice. While T-Mobile's selection of Android handsets continues to expand (most excitingly with the upcoming myTouch 3G Slide), fans of little green robots still don't exactly have a lot of choices on that carrier, which makes the 1.6 build of Android on here a bit easier to stomach. It's worth noting that, given the extensive customization, we'd be surprised if a 2.0 or 2.1 update hits this phone any time soon -- if ever.

That, plus the somewhat limited ability to personalize the OS compared to a stock build, means this is probably not an ideal choice for the most serious of Android users. But, with multitouch on-tap and fantastic navigation built-in, you're not missing an awful lot -- and it really is fantastic navigation. It's nearly as good as Google Navigation in terms of interface and usability, but trumps that competition by working fully offline and easily matches the best mobile navigation options on other platforms.

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Phone Scoop

Garmin's nav software on top of Android's smartphone OS

from Phone Scoop

Most Android phones so far have specialized in social networking, but the Garminfone takes a different tack to become the best navigation phone I've ever used. Even with the slight problems I had with the GPS signal (I do NOT live in Kentucky), once the phone found my spot, it had no trouble...More

Most Android phones so far have specialized in social networking, but the Garminfone takes a different tack to become the best navigation phone I've ever used. Even with the slight problems I had with the GPS signal (I do NOT live in Kentucky), once the phone found my spot, it had no trouble navigating through trips and helping me find nearby points of interest. The interface for navigation is much better than on any other phone I've used, almost identical to a Garmin portable nav device. Plus, between the extra apps Garmin provides and the excellent selection of location-based apps available from the Google App Market, the Garminfone offers the most robust platform for travelers, whether you're going near or far.

What surprised me was how much I liked the Garmin Breeze interface. It wasn't as customizable as the stock Android interface, and it lacked all the shortcuts and many of the features of the basic Android design, let alone HTC's excellent Sense UI. But it still looked very polished and clean, and I appreciate the way Garmin has simplified many of the features to avoid pop-up menus and hidden features. Everything you need is right up front, easy to tap quickly on the go.

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User Reviews


I hated the phone

because I couldn't call out or answer a call without it ending the call on its own. Took it back to the store since I couldn't call or receive calls on it and they replaced it with a new one. I was thrilled that I could call out and receive, except I was shocked to find that now, I had no maps. Whene...More
because I couldn't call out or answer a call without it ending the call on its own. Took it back to the store since I couldn't call or receive calls on it and they replaced it with a new one. I was thrilled that I could call out and receive, except I was shocked to find that now, I had no maps. Whenever I tried to use any of the Garmin features, I had no maps and I couldn't even add my own home address because it kept telling me that there was no data for that location (I live in a city and not some rural unknown place). I was so frustrated spending hours with tech support and with Garmin support to end up with nothing. Should I also mention that it created a second contact for every contact I had that had a second number (example one with the home number and one with the mobile number). I took it back and after much arguing with the supplier, I finally got an authorization to get it exchanged for a new model of phone. STAY AWAY! Less
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