The T-Mobile Garminfone is the first Android smartphone to offer a fully integrated Garmin GPS with voice-guided directions, millions of preloaded points of interest, location based traffic and more features. Kevin Pereira and Morgan Webb review its 3.5" touch screen, 3 megapixel camera and more!
What You Need To Know
- As far as cell phones go, this one is pretty standard.
- It measures about 0.5" thick and weighs as much as an iPhone.
- The screen is large enough at 3.5" but the resolution is kind of low at 320 x 480.
- Even though the phone runs on Android, it has an entirely different skin than we've seen because of the new integrated Garmin GPS.
- The new interface works surprisingly well: the touch screen is very responsive and has multi-touch capability.
- The keyboard also works just as well as any other Android phone, but the accelerometer is a little slow.
- Getting to normal Android functions like the widgets might take a few extra taps because there's only one home screen and menus aren't all in the same place, but you do get used to this quickly.
- Features include the Garmin GPS, a three megapixel camera and access to the Android Market.
- The Garmin GPS is as full featured as you'd want: voice directions, pre-loaded maps of North America will millions of points of interest, and all the other extra apps that come with it.
- You can see location based gas prices, weather, traffic, local events, and more.
- The other GPS apps for other smartphones cost upwards of $75 for the same stuff.
- Of course, you can install any of the 100,000 apps from the Android Market, too.
- The camera isn't good: most pictures are blurry, and the picture quality was below average.
- There's no flash either but it does record video and geotag.
- $0.01 with a contract on Amazon.
- 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
- The features and interface are great and for a penny, this is a spectacular smartphone deal.
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