T-Mobile Garminfone Smartphone Review

Posted: August 18, 2010
T-Mobile Garminfone Smartphone Review

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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Comments are Closed

  • ajac09

    I think I know how the garmifone got such a good review? G4 got paid off by tmobile sad they have no integrity y glad thier reviews really don matter in the real world.. if they did this would one of the top 3 selling phones right now lol

    Posted: August 21, 2010 7:15 AM
  • Gamelife1

    I don't know what exactly you guys use as the basis for your phone reviews, but IMO it should be in comparison to the other phones which have been released in maybe a 2 to 4 month proximity of the review. Looking at those specs I don't see how you could give this phone a 4 out of 5. The only real stand out feature of this phone is the Garmin GPS, although on a 3.5 in screen a GPS isn't well suited. You need a large display for that to be truly with minimal button distraction for that to be a prime feature. At least a 3.7 inch display, better if it's 4.0-4.3. Not to mention any android 2.1 phone or higher already has built in GPS with voice controls that actually works really well. It seems likely to me that is the only reason this phone was kept at 1.6, so Garmin wouldn't have to compete with google navigation. A year ago, yes I could see this phone getting a 4 out of 5, but right now I'm sorry this is a 1 in my book. Sure, for the casual user they won't know the difference, but this is tech show that is followed by or at least I believe to be followed by, in the know electronic consumers.

    Posted: August 19, 2010 11:27 PM
  • Phuk5tar

    So, you're saying I should buy this Garminfone before the Evo? Really? I'll spare you the tech spec nerd-rage and let you know that you ought to reconsider a few gadget reviews...

    Posted: August 19, 2010 9:36 PM
  • ajac09

    wtf they gave this a 4 out of 5 but the evo a 3 out of 5? is g4 really this stupid!?!?

    Posted: August 19, 2010 5:35 PM
  • AndroidUser

    I think if this review happened about 2 months ago, it would be a different story. This crap phone premiered at $199 against the MT3GS and the Vibrant. With an outdated OS, awful camera, and ugly skin I would pass a thousand times on this phone. But that's just me, I'm a poweruser. I think this phone would be a great "break in" phone for users who aren't used to smartphones. With the phone having a cheap price, free Lifetime Maps, and everything Android has to offer, this may be a good option. 4/5 is a little generous. I would give it a 2.3/5.

    Posted: August 19, 2010 9:42 AM
  • applebook

    This phone is a 1/5 and is an embarrassment to Android. Who cares if it's a penny with contract? The phone has a mediocre screen, slow processor, a terribly outdated OS, and a bad camera. It is a bad phone at any price. Now, if it were $50 without contract, then it's a 3/5.

    Posted: August 19, 2010 2:05 AM