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Garmin-Asus Nuvifone M10

Sleeker design

Touch screen and controls


Navigation features

Garmin-Asus booth at MWC

The Nuvifone M10 is one of two smartphones Garmin-Asus debuted at Mobile World Congress 2010. Unlike the Nuvifone A50, which is powered by Android, the M10 runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3. We're hoping Windows Mobile will provide a better experience than the Garmin Nuvifone G60, which was a decent navigator but failed horribly as a smartphone.
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Both the Nuvifone A50 and M10 boast a sleeker design than the G60. We found the M10 to be the more attractive of the two, with its fresh white chassis and slim profile.
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The Nuvifone M10 has a few navigation controls, including the Start button and Talk and End keys below the display. For everything else, you'll use the smartphone's 3.5-inch WVGA touch screen. Garmin-Asus also added a 3D Task Manager that will allow you to switch between running applications. There's something called Billboard, which will display a user's most important information at a glance.
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On back, you'll find a 5-megapixel camera. With the integrated GPS, you'll be able to geotag your photos and then share them via Facebook or Picasa.
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The Nuvifone M10 comes preloaded with maps, voice-guided navigation, and connected services for weather, traffic, fuel prices, and so forth. In addition, the navigation functions are linked into your calendar, contacts, e-mail, Web browser, and messaging apps.
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One word: want.
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