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Review of the Garmin-Asus Nuvifone M10

September 6th, 2010

garmin-asus-nuvifone-m10.jpgIn the same fashion as the old saying “never judge a book by its cover”, sometimes it is also best to never judge a technological device by its features. No matter how many features are being offered to you in the latest phone or notebook, if it is not user friendly, then it just makes you feel like banging your head against the wall or banging it against the wall! This is why I was very skeptical when Garmin Asus launched the Nuvifone M10 in my country a few months back. The phone was already in use in over 32 countries. Black, beautiful, and sleek….could it live up to all that it was offering? I have to admit, it turned out to be one of the best cell phones I have used.

It comes with many outstanding features, the best of which is an up-to-date GPS system. Once the satellite signals have been updated in the phone, you can request it to find any address or route to a city. When you feed in your destination, Nuvifone creates the most viable route to the location. Your route is marked by a magenta line. As you travel, the phone guides you to the destination with voice prompts, arrows on the map, and directions at the top of the map. A checkered flag marks the destination.

Moreover, if you deviate from the original route, the route is recalculated and new directions provided. If you are not satisfied with the route being displayed, you can also instruct the Nuvifone to show a detour. If the route you are taking is the only reasonable option, the phone is not likely to calculate a detour. To make your journey even more interesting, the phone provides you with an option of adding points to the active route. Via points are additional points or stops that you add to a route. They can be addresses, favorites, points of interest, or any other item on the map.

A speed limit icon may appear as you travel on major roadways. This icon tells you about the current speed limit of the roadway. The phone can also provide information on points of interest of the city you are currently in, such as restaurants, hotels, or auto services. You may choose to have access to connected services by paying a little extra to your data connection provider. It includes services such as learning about locations through the means of information pages, checking flight status, and other useful methods.

The phone also has Microsoft Office Mobile software, which is already installed. The software provides Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel. One can use these applications on Nuvifone like one would normally use them on the computer. Some packages may contain the convenient mount and power cable for the phone to be used in your vehicle. One can also use an optional microSD card to increase the memory of the phone.

Garmin uses a combination of governmental and private data sources for creation of the maps. To receive map updates, the company requires you to register the Nuvifone on the official website within 60 days of acquiring the satellite signals. The updates are then received for free on your phone. You are not eligible for the free updates if you register by phone or wait longer than 60 days after the first time you acquire satellites while driving with the phone.

To make most of the Nuvifone, one has to be careful while navigating. You should carefully compare information displayed on the phone with all available navigation sources, including road signs, road closures, road conditions, traffic congestion, weather conditions, and other factors that may affect safety while driving. As impressive as the phone may be, don’t rule its judgment over yours. Do not follow route suggestions if they suggest an unsafe or illegal maneuver that would place you or your car in any sort of unsafe situation!


This article was supplied by Swati Varma.

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