Garmin Asus Nuvifone M10 review

Will fusing smartphones with sat navs make a compelling handset?

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With both Wi-Fi and HSDPA to 7.2Mbps download (and 384Kbps upload), the Garmin Asus Nüvifone M10 is capable of speedy internet access.

It's something of a shame that web access relies on Pocket Internet Explorer. We'd have preferred to see Opera pre-installed too, though there's nothing to stop you downloading that if you want to.

When you fire up IE, you're dropped into a search utility, which offers you the choice of searching the web, searching Wikipedia or, rather narcissistically, going to the Garmin Asus home page.

Web pages are rendered well, with full-screen views showing plenty of information thanks to that 3.5-inch 480 x 800 pixel screen. The acceleromter is very sensitive at detecting when you flick the handset round and at reorienting itself for wide or tall viewing.

Garmin asus nuvifone m10

Garmin asus nuvifone m10

Web browsing is another area where the stylus is often called into play, though, as it can be tricky to tap at links with a fingertip.

Zooming in and of web pages is a matter of hitting a small round menu icon at the bottom-right of the screen then using an on-screen zoom bar. It's nowhere near as easy or quick as pinch to zoom, but without a capacitive screen, we're stuck with it.

Like so many of its type, it zooms into the centre of the screen so you have to pan around post-zoom to see what you need to.

Garmin asus nuvifone m10

Text does not 'reflow' like on the HTC Desire, so if you zoom in too far you'll need to do a fair amount of panning to actually read a web page.

Garmin asus nuvifone m10


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
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
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 Address
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