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Garmin Asus Garminfone A50 Android Smartphone T-Mobile

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Product Description

Product Description

The Garmin Asus Garminfone A50 is an Android smartphone with extensive navigation features from Garmin. Additionally, this device features 3G data, large 3.5-inch touch display, 3 megapixel camera, multi-format music player, Bluetooth compatibility, and an easy-to-use simplified interface. This navigation-centric smartphone is also equipped with WiFi, email client, web-browser, and quad-band GSM along with WCDMA modes for international use. This device also offers access to thousands of apps, games, movies, and music available on Google's Play Store.

The first Android-powered smartphone fully-integrated with Garmin's premium GPS software, the 3G-enabled Garminfone smartphone for T-Mobile gives you the same navigation experience found on Garmin's standalone GPS devices--including voice-guided and on-screen directions, real-time traffic, weather, and gas prices. The mobile Web browser includes enhanced functions, including pinch and zoom capability and embedded location awareness that links information found on the Web to navigation and mapping functions--enabling you to navigate directly to a location from a Web page.

The sleek Garminfone offers full-touch 3G smartphone capabilities with a large 3.5-inch screen and Garmin's robust navigation.
In addition to the comprehensive navigational features, the Garminfone is built on the Android operating system (version 1.6, Donut), offering integrated Google mobile services that millions use every day. With one simple sign-in to your Google account, you'll be connected to Google Calendar, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, and more. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Easily customizable to fit your needs, the Garminfone also give you access to Garmin's Connected Services, which include flight status information, weather forecasts, real-time traffic, gas prices, and more.

The Garminfone is ready to go with the included car kit--simply plug it in and snap it in the car mount and you'll be on your way in no time. Garminfone also features a bright 3.5-inch display, and a 3.0-megapixel camera with geotagging capabilities so you can share location details about the places around you.

The Garminfone provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. Other features include 4 GB of internal memory, microSD memory expansion (with 2 GB card included), Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g), Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, multi-format digital media player, and up to 4 hours of talk time.

With fully integrated Garmin navigation, you'll get both on-screen and voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions that speak street names.

Garmin Navigation

With the Garminfone, you'll enjoy driving, walking and public transportation navigation with voice and on-screen directions and automatic re-routing. The on-board North American maps offer fast and reliable directions--whether in or out of cell phone coverage--and multiple overlapping positioning technologies ensure you have one of the best location and navigation experiences a smartphone can offer.

The Garminfone also supports junction view with lane assist in many metro areas--so you can know the right lane to be in at the right time. In addition, it comes preloaded with millions of points of interest so you can look up restaurants, fuel stations, hotels, ATMs and more, get phone numbers and addresses, and navigate right to your chosen location.

The Garminfone utilizes text-to-speech technology to speak street names, and it's tightly integrated with Google Voice Search. Simply speak to move through the point of interest information from within Google Voice Search, make your choice and the Garminfone will guide you there.

Designed with location-aware functionality at its core., the Garminfone's navigation features are fully integrated with frequently used applications such as calendar, contacts, email, Internet browser, and messaging.

Garmin Connected Services

Garmin's Connected Services deliver useful localized content, such as traffic data, flight information and weather forecasts, directly to you. It's where you'll find a range of applications and services to keep you informed while you're on the move.

Included car mount.
  • Real-Time Traffic alerts help you avoid traffic delays and road construction on your route. The Garminfone examines the current traffic data and automatically optimizes a route for the shortest time. You just drive.
  • Gas Prices finds the best prices for fuel near your location. You can even choose the grade of fuel, regular, mid-grade, premium or diesel. Easily navigate to your chosen station in one click.
  • Google Local Search allows you to search for businesses in your area then navigate to them using Garmin navigation with voice-prompted directions that announce street names.
  • Ciao! integrates location-centric social network applications such as GyPSii, with more networks to be added in the future.
  • Flight Status gives you quick access to flight departure/arrival times and gate information from airports around the world with the closest major airports displayed first.
  • Panoramio enables you to navigate to geotagged photos that are sorted by distance from current location.
  • Weather provides current and five-day forecasts tailored for the location where you are. Or where you're going. You can search for weather information for cities around the world.

Key Features

  • Powered by the Android operating system with deep integration of Google services and access to thousands of apps to customize your phone via the Android Market.
  • On-screen and voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions that speak street names, know your arrival time, and automatically reroute if you have to detour
  • Pre-loaded with North American maps for navigation even without cellular coverage
  • Millions of points of interest so you can look up restaurants, fuel stations, hotels, ATMs and more
  • Included car kit with dash mount

    Text messages appear in a conversational view, and it's easy to dial numbers with the onscreen numeric keypad.
  • Fast 3G connectivity via T-Mobile's HSDPA/UMTS network. (1700/2100 MHz bands, UMTS/HSDPA; see more about T-Mobile's 3G service below)
  • Quad-band GSM phone for good global voice connectivity. (850/900/1800/1900 MHz bands)
  • 3.5-inch capacitive touch display (320 x 480 pixels) with auto-rotation.
  • Onscreen keyboard
  • 3-megapixel auto-focus camera with 4x digital zoom, white balance adjustment, and multiple shooting modes.
  • Video capture capabilities (MPEG4 and H.263 with audio via AMR-NB)
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB (2 GB card included).
  • 4 GB internal memory

    The 3-megapixel auto-focus camera
    also features video capture and geotagging support.
  • Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile--enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • Multi-format digital audio player with dedicated Amazon MP3 Store app for over-the-air downloads.
  • Access to personal and work e-mail (support for Exchange Server)
  • Real HTML Web browsing provides more pages and better Web content delivered efficiently to your phone.
  • Visual Voicemail allows you to listen to your voice-mail messages in any order, respond in one click and easily manage your inbox without ever dialing in to the network.
  • Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off

Vital Statistics
The Garminfone weighs 4.9 ounces and measures 4.6 x 2.5 x 0.5 inches. Its 1150 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of talk time, and up to 144 hours (6 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies, as well as T-Mobile's 3G network (1700/2100 MHz).

What's in the Box
Garminfone handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, microSD memory card, wired stereo hands-free headset, stereo headphone adapter, premium dash mount, quick start guide, user manual

T-Mobile Services

  • High-speed data connectivity via T-Mobile's 3G network: In addition to its quad-band GSM connectivity, this phone is also compatible with T-Mobile's UMTS/HSDPA 3G network, which operates on the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum. This phone is designed to automatically connect to the best available network (3G or GSM/GPRS/EDGE) to provide faster data speeds when accessing the Web.

    In areas where the 3G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the via T-Mobile's EDGE network (which stands for "Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution"). This high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and e-mail on the go.

    While this phone is optimized for use with T-Mobile's high-speed 3G network, many of its functions will also work well on the moderate-speed EDGE network. If you plan to access the Internet extensively on your phone, 3G network coverage may serve you best.

    Activities that work well on EDGE or 3G networks:

    • E-mail, instant messaging, and texting
    • Downloading ringtones, CallerTunes, wallpaper, light data files
    • Sending photographs via e-mail or picture messaging

    Activities that work best on a 3G network:

    • Viewing content-heavy websites (lots of images or videos playing)
    • Viewing YouTube and other video files (they will play on EDGE, but require loading time)
    • Uploading large files (photos, videos, presentations) to sharing websites
    • Downloading large files from an e-mail or a website

    T-Mobile's 3G network is currently available in more than 220 cities nationwide and covers more than 160 million people.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6 x 5.8 x 3.4 inches
Item Weight 15.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
Item model number GARMINFONE
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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By M. Mims on June 10, 2010
The Garminfone is an excellent GPS unit and a "good" smart phone in one. If you are looking for a high end android device, this might not be the best phone for you because it runs version 1.6 of Android. If you need both a GPS and smart phone this is worth a serious look.

Corporate email works well
There is plenty of storage space for downloading apps
If you happen to be out of cell signal range the GPS will continue to work
Comes with car charger and vehicle mount
The screen size is just right @ 3.5"

Cannot customize the home screen other than the sidebar
Does not have 3.5mm headphone jack
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After my G1 bricked a 2nd time, I went on a small journey to review some T-Mobile phone replacements. The Garminfone and MyTouch Slide 3G are the two I've chosen, and this is what I've found about the Garminfone after two weeks.

First, it's light, much lighter than a G1 by feel and likely due to the absence of a physical keyboard. Asus and Garmin have done a splendid job designing a pretty phone, and it looks terrific.

The second thing I'd notice is that the Garmin-designed interface is targeting casual or non-technical users, so it didn't resonate with me. It's just a point to consider: you can download ADW Launcher and ditch the Garmin home screen and UI for the most part, and gain a pretty powerful launcher in the process.

Third, Android 1.6 with 2.1 features is nice but not a sustainable solution for the phone long-term. I know why Garmin went the way they did: they were challenged to integrate their own legacy GPS software and mapping into an Android container, and had access to the 2.1 SDK and so rolled their own 1.6 version. However, it will be quite some time, if ever, that this phone received a true 2.1 base. Whether you notice it or not is largely irrelevant; understand that you won't be moving to Froyo or beyond.

Fourth, the hardware is fairly fast, faster than I expected with an average CPU (600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227, the same used in the MyTouch Slide 3G). It's not a 1Ghz Snapdragon, but I was surprised at how quickly it would return UI changes for me. The memory is 256Mb of RAM and 4Gb of internal storage, 458Mb of it dedicated to apps. If you were missing Apps2SD, this makes up for it somewhat. It also supports microSD, of course.

Fifth, the device is a PND replacement, by design.
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I've had this phone for about a week now and quite honestly, I love it. It's not as advanced as some of the other Android OS phones on the market, but it definitely gets the job done. It has it's own user interface that is pretty easy to navigate and runs off of the old Android OS 1.6. The main reason for my purchase of this phone was I needed a stand alone GPS to navigate around the Baltimore/DC area and was getting tired of my Blackberry 8900. The other big thing that got me on-board was the fact that if I ever felt the need to upgrade my phone again this unit works as a stand alone GPS without the need for a sim card! The prospect of always having a GPS after a $450 purchase made it an easy buy for me. I read quite a few reviews on this phone and everyone seemed to be impressed with how well the GPS worked, so I figured I'd give it a try. So far I've used it three times and I can tell you, it's pretty darn good. The phone also comes with separate home AND car chargers, I mention this because the T-Mobile site is a bit vague as far as what is packaged (Although the home chargers cord is very short). As far as the multitasking options and networking, Facebook isn't as streamlined as it is on blackberry, but there are pro's and con's to both I suppose. Those are easily remedied by updates that have nothing to do with which operating system you have on this phone though. As far as syncing e-mails, wi-fi, and bluetooth; all of that is pretty easy. The only real downer is that it's 3.0 megapixel camera doesn't have a flash and doesn't take the best of pictures, but my need for a gps outweighs my need for a camera. I rarely used the 3.2 MP on my blackberry and it took pretty decent pictures.Read more ›
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There are a lot of people hating this phone because they say why would you want this phone that has GPS. Big deal all smartphones have GPS. No they don't. Yes you can get the google maps and online navigation. Did you hear "ONLINE" navigation! That means you also have to pay for a $30.00 unlimited data plan. That is where this phone is superior to others. This is a true GPS and if you lose your phone signal with the others you are S.O.L. With the Garminfone the GPS doesn't rely on a cell signal and it will still work. You can take it hiking and you will still have GPS function. How many of you still have a signal if any at all in the mountains or country? Well if you have spotty signals, then you have spotty GPS. Imagine trying to get to your destination or finding where your at in the middle of nowhere. So people bashing this about the GPS ability are clueless. With this phone you can immediatley find your position which I think is great if you get lost, your car breaks down, or the extreme where you go off of the road into a ditch and you are stuck in the car and no one can see you. Well you can transmit your position in coordinates for help. Or you can sign up for the Ciao application and you can transmit or receive your or someone elses position live. Great if your kids are out and you want to check on where they are from time to time or if you get seperated somewhere. Is it a convienece or invasion of privacey? Your call.

The convienece to always have a GPS and phone in one unit is awesome. When a call comes in whether you are in GPS mode or not is nice because there is big icon that pops up that you tap on to answer or not. And your call is over the speaker phone of the phone or bluetooth to your car which is safer than trying to hit a tiny icon.
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