Feb 14 AT 5:35 PM Taylor Wimberly 8 Comments

Hands on Garmin Nuvifone A50

What happens when a GPS company teams up with a leading hardware manufacturer to produce a phone? The Nuvifone A50 is the first Android-powered device from the new partnership Garmin-Asus.

The device comes equipped with a 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen (HVGA), 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 ARM 11 processor, 4GB of internal storage, and a high-sensitivity GPS receiver for location based services.

Powering the Nuvifone A50 is Android 1.6, but it has been heavily modified so that it hardly resembles the original OS. Thankfully, the phone will include all the native Google Android apps including the official Market.

The original Nuvifone (not Android) was launched exclusively on AT&T last year as “The navigation phone”. No United States launch date has been announced, but we would expect to see the Nuvifone A50 also appear on AT&T.

I’m guessing Garmin started working on this phone long before Google released their free Google Maps Navigation service (which works with all Android 1.6+ phones in the U.S.). I think Google’s software offers the best navigation experience and it is only in its first release.

Our friend Michael Orly from Mobile Burn got his hands on a demo unit and posted some early impressions. For a couple of more pics, hit up the source link.

Source: Mobile Burn

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    Google may have US map data, but Garmin could still target other countries.

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    Taylor, great write up on the A50. With the previous Nuvifone G60 based on the Google OS being on the market for over a year now. Adding on development time needed by Asus+Garmin+Google cooperatively to bring these products to market. I believe that Google and Garmin have been partnered for the last few years. Some strengths of Garmin technology (like turn-by-turn mobile street maps) have turned up as Google apps in the last couple of years as well. I do not see this as an unrelated coincidence. The real winner here is the Droid OS coupled to real SatNavGPS with onboard maps (that does not need a data plan or cell service to operate) that is what puts the A50 above the rest.

    I personally have been holding out for this mythical creature “Garmin+Asus SatNav Droid” for two years now.
    Just a little bit longer .. .. . . . .

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    Can someone tell me why Garmin only releases their Windows based phones everywhere but the U.S.?? I’ve been waiting forever for the m20, and looks like the A50 will not be coming here either??

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    I personally have been holding out for this mythical creature “Garmin+Asus SatNav Droid” for two years now.
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