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Garmin Asus Nuvifone M10 review

Will fusing smartphones with sat navs make a compelling handset?

The screen on the Garmin Asus Nüvifone M10 is a good size at 3.5 inches and it delivers 480 x 800 pixels. That is all good news, but it is resistive rather than capacitive and therefore not the most responsive to the finger.

In fact, there's even a stylus lurking in a housing on the bottom right edge of the chassis, and you may well find that it's faster to use this for entering text than it is to prod at the screen.

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We know, that's a ridiculous thing to say in 2010, the days of modern touchy-feely smartphones, but it is true nonetheless.

In general we found prodding at the screen with a finger okay as long as we were very definite with our aim, and while most icons are fairly large to tap at, there are occasions when you may need the stylus for these.

Take using Word Mobile to write a document as an example. There's a row of formatting icons along the bottom of the screen which you can tap with a finger. But the icons are small, and the stubby fingered may find them tricky to hit.

Garmin asus nuvifone m10 review

Still, Windows Mobile 6.5.3 is somewhat tweaked over its predecessor Windows Mobile 6.5, and it has been made a bit more finger-friendly.

You can reorder icons in the Windows applications menu with a press and hold action, dragging them to where you want them to be. So your most-used apps can sit at the top of what is otherwise a long vertically scrolling list.

Using this technique you can see your most often used twelve shortcuts on the main app screen at once.

Garmin asus nuvifone m10 review

Garmin has stuck its own Home screen on top of the Windows Mobile one, and it might be a little confusing to get used to at first. Garmin has kept Microsoft's application shortcut icons and ranged eighteen of them across two pages of horizontally scrolling screen.

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If you want to personalise the eighteen you can drag what you don't want off either of the two screens and put what you do want on there, choosing from a list of all available apps.

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In addition to all this, Garmin puts three permanent shortcuts along the bottom of each of the two Home screens. One takes you to the dialer, one to a search tool, and one to 'View Map'. These latter two shortcuts are where you start getting into the navigation side of things. We'll come to that shortly.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameGarmin
Battery Talk Time8 Hour
Product ModelM10
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)138 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionWindows Mobile 6.5 Professional
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height58 mm
Width14 mm
Depth11 mm
Battery Standby Time600 Hour
ManufacturerGarmin, Ltd
Product Namenüvifone M10 Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number010-00886-52
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.garmin.com
Marketing Information

The nüvifone M10 is a full-featured smartphone that works as hard as you do. Combining the enterprise-friendly Windows Mobile platform with Garmin's proven navigation, the nüvifone M10 was designed to take you places. And with access to Windows Marketplace, you'll have hundreds of apps right at your fingertips.

Standard Memory512 MB