Garmin is famous for its excellent navigation software. However, its past attempts at manufacturing a GPS phone received lukewarm reception. One of the main prohibitive factors with earlier Garmin-Asus phones was the price. However, now Garmin-Asus has introduced a slightly more affordable Nuvifone M10 in India.
The M10 is powered by a capable Qualcomm 7227 600MHz processor and runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3. Its main attraction is obviously the in-built navigational software provided by Garmin. Navigational features are available in Hindi and English and are integrated into every nook and corner of the handset including frequently used applications such as calendar, contacts, email, internet browser, and messaging. It also includes some really useful advanced navigational features such as ‘lane assist’ (guides drivers to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit and realistically displays road signs) and ‘highway mode’ (tells drivers the next three upcoming street exits so they can plan ahead).
M10 boasts of s a 3.5-inch resistive touchscreen (480Ã—800 pixels) with accelerometer for auto-rotate. As you can expect from a Windows Mobile phone, the M10 is quite capable when viewing office documents and handling social networks. It also features of a five mega-pixel camera. Unfortunately, there is no flash. So, unless the lighting is adequate you can forget about the camera.
The M10 will retain in India for Rs. 19.990 and will be initially available in major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. If navigation is important to you, you will be hard pressed to find a better option at this price range.