Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 review

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Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between Garmin and ASUSTeK Computer, announced  the Garmin-Asus nüvifone A50, a touchscreen Android-powered smartphone with multiple location technologies and apps. The A50 brings premium navigation features to the Android operating system, offering users a seamless location based experience along with access to the wealth of applications that the platform affords,” said Benson Lin, vice president and general manager of ASUS’ personal mobile devices business unit, handheld business group. The A50 benefits from the personalization and enhanced features offered by the Android platform, and also includes Garmin navigation with turn-by-turn, voice prompted directions for use in a car or while walking.

The A50 integrates Google mobile services with one-click access to Google Search by voice, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, calendar, contacts and Android Market, where users can find more than 20,000 applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their lifestyle. The elegant and thin A50 has a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display that incorporates a finger-friendly user interface. The QWERTY touchscreen keyboard makes it easy to send and receive messages, and predictive text helps customers type faster.

This smartphone also comes with hardware features like 4GB internal storage, an expandable microSD card slot, and accelerometer so every screen can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode. On the connectivity side, the device comes with support for HSDPA Cat 8 7.2Mbps, HSPA / WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and GPRS EDGE Class 12, as well as with WLAN 802.11b+g, USB v2.0 (HS), and Bluetooth 2.1. Asus A50 also a 1150mAh Lithium Ion battery inside, which can deliver up to 3 hours of talk time or up to 250 hours standby time.

Garmin will ship the A50 with full navigation license including turn-by-turn voice guided navigation, pre-installed maps and digital compass. As the Asus nuvifone A50 will run on Android it will have very tight integration with all Google service and users will be have quick access to vast amounts of 3rd party software. The Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 is expected to be available in Europe in the first half of 2010.


Networks: HSDPA Cat 8 7.2Mbps, HSPA / WCDMA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 21001, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, GPRS EDGE Class 12
Platform: Android 1.6 with Breeze UI
CPU: Qualcomm 7227 ARM 11, 600MHz
Memory: 4GB Flash + 256 MB SDRAM + 256 MB ROM
Connectivity: WLAN 802.11b+g, USB v2.0 (HS), Bluetooth 2.1
GPS: Qualcomm GPSOne, Assisted GPS, Aided GPS and standalone GPS supported
Display: 3.5″, HVGA 320 x 480, TFT capacitive touch
Camera: 3 Mega-Pixel, Auto Focus
Others: Proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, e-compass, accelerometer
Battery: 1150mAh Lithium Ion
Standby Time: 250 hours
Talk Time: up to 3 hours
Expansion Slot: micro-SD™ (support SDHC)
Browser: WebKit browser
Video Playback: MPEG4 / H.264 / H.263 / WMV
Video Recording: MPEG4 & H.263 with audio via AMR-NB
Audio/Ringtone: MP3 / WMA / AMR-NB / AAC / AAC+ / AAC+V2 / eAAC+, SP-MIDI
Advance Navigation/LBS feature: European maps & POIs, Connected Services2, Indoor location3, Junction view with lane assist3, Where am I?, Where’s My Car Parked?, Track Logs & Route Planning
Phone Applications:     Google™ Search / Gmail™ / Google Calendar™ / Google Talk™ / Google Maps™ with Street View / YouTube™ / Picasa™ / Panoramio™ / Android Market™

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