Garmin Asus Nuvifone M10 review

Will fusing smartphones with sat navs make a compelling handset?

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Unlike many smartphones, the Garmin Asus Nüvifone M10 doesn't have an FM radio. The Windows Media Player is augmented by a second player but it needs music to be stored in a file called My Music on a microSD card or in handset memory before it'll recognise it.

It doesn't offer any more features than Windows Media Player, though, which can recognise music file stored anywhere, so you can muddle through with that if you're disorganised about storage.

The 3.5mm headset connector at the top of the chassis is welcome and music quality is acceptable through the provided flat in-ear headphones. It is a pity they're a one-piece set, though.

Garmin asus nuvifone m10 review

A two-piecer would have allowed us to substitute a better quality headset and still retain the handsfree kit on the provided headset.

Video playback support runs to MP4, WMV and the H.264 and H.263 codecs. We watched video trailers with ease, though colour rendition on the screen is not as vibrant as we'd have liked.

Battery life

Garmin says the battery will give you up to eight hours of talk time. We found it lasted well during ordinary phone use, and even stood up fairly well when we had both the GPS and Wi-Fi running.

Garmin asus nuvifone m10 review

If you are going to use the Garmin Asus Nüvifone M10 for navigation when in your car you'll probably have it plugged in to power, and with no walking modes on offer by default you aren't likely to need the GPS a great deal away from a power supply.

With that in mind we'd say getting a full day's life out of the battery is probably not going to be a problem, but you will be advised to administer a daily charge. Nothing new there, then.


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