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T-Mobile Garminfone (photos)

Garmin's back to take a crack at the smartphone space again. Check out CNET's hands-on photos of the Garminfone for T-Mobile.

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Garminfone for T-Mobile

Garmin's foray into the world of smartphones wasn't exactly a great one. The Garmin Nuvifone for AT&T was a decent navigator but a horrible smartphone. However, it looks like the company learned some lessons as its second handset, the Garminfone, looks heaps better. The Android-powered Garminfone will be available in June for $199.99 with a two-year contract.
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Better design

To start, the Garminfone has an improved design design. The original Nuvifone was drab and bricklike, but the Garminfone is a bit sexier with a nice shiny finish on the front and a slimmer profile.
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Slim profile

The handset measures 4.57 inches tall by 2.46 inches wide by 0.49 inch thick and weighs 4.9 ounces. With the more compact design, the Garminfone is much more convenient to carry around as a phone and as a handheld navigator.
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Navigation controls

Below the 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touch screen, you'll find a D-pad and touch-sensitive controls for the home screen, menu, phone app, and back button.
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Car mount

The Garminfone ships with a vehicle mount (windshield and dash) as well as a car charger, an AC adapter, a USB cable, and a wired headset.
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Camera

The Garminfone features a 3-megapixel camera with auto focus and video recording capabilities. It can also geotag photos.
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Picture quality

While color quality was OK, captured photos were a bit fuzzy and soft.

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