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.