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Hands-On with the Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20, A Little Wonder

We grabbed some hands-on time with the first Windows Mobile phone of the Garmin-Asus alliance, the nuvifone M20. We gotta say, we're darn impressed. The styling is helped out by a multitude of color options, but in essence think "small," "wee," or "cute" — but in a good way.

The little guy has GPS down in its guts in exactly the way you'd expect from Garmin — maps are included in the 4 gigs of onboard storage, GPS location is added to photos, e-mails, texts, basically anything you'd like to add it, too. There's a special Garmin Car Mount that it ships with that will pass-through charge and holds the device in landscape. Better yet: When you get a call when the device is in the mount, it will automatically turn off your GPS direction audio (visual directions say) and go into speakerphone. Park the car and grab the phone to continue the conversation and the phone switches out of speaker automatically. Garmin-Asus also threw on a custom skin, which does the job but doesn't wow.

We're looking at dual-band 3G and tri-band GSM, so we may not see this thing in the states when it comes out "first half of 2009," and that would be a shame. The stats:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • Dual Band HSPA, Tri-Band GSM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, Accelerometer
  • GPS (duh)
  • 2.8" 640x480 Touchscreen
  • 3MP camera
  • 4 or 8 GB of internal storage
  • 95.3 x 52.5 12.8 mm
  • 99g (including battery)
  • 528MHz Qualcomm 7200A
  • 920 mAh battery (yes, that is small)

More photos and some of the official press stuff after the break.

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says:

this looks like a cool device. and it combines a feature that everyone with a car would like to have - gps mapping and directions..

i hope the have other mounting options than that mount - the thing becomes a beacon calling to folks looking to smash car windows.

success will all depend on the how much subscription fees might be.

says:

I agree with undude, I think this phone's popularity depends extra fees. I almost understand why they charge extra fees for a phone that does not have the maps built into it so is always using the data plan to get maps. However, since this was built as a gps ans a phone, it should have the maps included and be able to work when we are out of cell range.

says:

Can someone PLEASE give me an update on the M20? I'm dying to have it, and so sad they release G60 but seems like they forgot about us. I'm sold on the Garmin iQue m4, that is my Windows based pda/gps all in one. So it's time to upgrade to a smart phone and I don't want iPhone or Blackberry! It's M20 or bust, but I am getting tired of waiting! Please any updates would be greatly appreciated. :)