Essentially one of the very first mobile devices to make use of the Internet, Garmin-Asus phones (Nüvifone) may probably be the product that paved the way on how more people use smartphones today.
A Partnership of Two Excellent Tech Companies
These phones are the brainchild of two excellent tech companies, Asus and Garmin. The two companies merged their individual expertise to create some excellent mobile phone models. In essence, what made phones from this merger excellent would be the many possibilities it explored on how Internet connected devices can be beneficial for peoples’ lives. In a way, Garmin-Asus phones may very well be considered as gateway devices towards smartphone usage today!
Some of the Best Garmin-Asus Phone Models Released
Although the partnership stopped manufacturing phones way back in 2010, it can be noted that these models can be fondly remembered for being innovative devices that owners can be proud of. Let us check out some of the excellent devices Garmin-Asus have created below:
Released in July of 2010, this Android 2.1 smartphone boasted of 4 GB 512 MB RAM. Powered by a 1500 mAh battery, this was the cutting-edge phone during that year. Additionally, the A10 was actually one of two models from the brand that was built with an Android OS – an actual hallmark as one of the very first smartphones released in the public.
Considered as being a smartphone pioneer, the A10 was also one of the very first models that made use of Google Market integration, paving the way towards how smart devices behave today. This phone had a humble 5 MP camera. The A10 came in a single color of black.
The nuvifone A50 proved to be an exciting release last 2010. Running on Android 2.1 and boasting of a Qualcomm MSM7227 Snapdragon S1 chipset, this 4 GB (256 MB RAM) phone was an innovation during its time. The nuvifone A50 also had a 3 MP camera, a blazing wonder among its contemporaries.
This model also had a compass and an accelerometer as side features, details that were amazing during that year. More importantly, this phone was a hot model primarily because of its efficient GPS tech – which, of course, is of standard fare among most smartphones today!
Some really interesting aspects this phone has when it comes to navigation would be its Garmin-Asus centric features. Proving that GPS would truly be the winning piece in this model, various information relating to travel and location can be found in the phone. From petrol prices to geotagged imagery, one can simply gain access to all sorts of information in a flash with the nuvifone A50.
Of course, all these bits of information may be standard data for today’s phones. But if you think about it, accessing all these during 2010 would truly be an outstanding feat!
Another 2010 release, the nuvifone M10 showcases a respectable storage capacity of 4 GB (512 MB RAM). Additionally, this smartphone ran on a Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional operating system, which was quite a hit during its time. Its main highlight, similarly to other Garmin-Asus mobile phone releases, would be the amazing GPS tech.
In fact, the sat-nav feature is the very first thing you see when you turn on this phone, proving that its targeted to a certain group of individuals in the market. The 5 MP camera was also dazzling for its time, and the 1500 mAh battery provided just the right amount of juice for this device to keep on going.
Considering that the sat-nav feature of this phone is the main highlight, Garmin-Asus made sure that the nuvifone M10 was built tough. Coming with a rubber casing, the nuvifone M10 was sturdy enough to withstand drops and the like. There are some issues though, with the battery life only lasting under 12 hours. Another irritating problem would be the UI/UX – unlike other Garmin-Asus models, the nuvifone M10 suffers from a poor navigation layout.
A 2009 release, the nuvifone G60 is primarily known for its OS – it’s based on Linux! At 4 GB and 128 MB RAM, this is a respectably functional smartphone for its time. Of course, the GPS tech was fantastic with this device, which was fully integrated within the device (and not as a separate app).
In essence, it can be seen that Garmin-Asus phones do dwell on functionality – and the nuvifone G60 doesn’t disappoint in this department at all! Also, this device’s camera is at 3.15 MP, a fair performing camera for its time indeed.
Another 2009 release, the nuvifone M20 created some buzz mainly because of its colorful designs. Available in a wide array of colors, this smartphone did leave a lasting impression in the market. But more than its wonderful aesthetic, the nuvifone M20 also proved that mobile devices can very well serve as great sat-nav tools (which, of course, is a specialty in the Garmin-Asus merger).
The nuvifone M20 ran on a Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system, which did jive well with most professionals during that year. Additionally, this device came with a whopping 8 GB storage, proving that it can work really well with hardcore professionals.
However, the nuvifone M20 didn’t come with a card slot, which can prove to be pretty irritating for those in need to store other files or run apps.
Nevertheless, this quad-band phone did enjoy a fair amount of followers. Of course, the GPS system still takes the cake with this device, making it a reliable smartphone to keep tabs in your location (or others!). Take note as well that this device’s 3 MP camera also came with geotagging capabilities, a nice feature for globetrotters or wanderlust individuals!
An Important Part in Smart Devices History
Garmin-Asus phones may have been discontinued, but its legacy remains as some of the best models that placed GPS and related smart tech on the map. Consider yourself lucky if you owned a phone from this brand!
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Here is the Complete List of All Garmin-Asus Phone Models:
|Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20||Garmin-Asus nuvifone G60|
|Garmin-Asus nuvifone M10||Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50|
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