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Garmin-Asus nuvifone M10 - Navigation Features

By James Morris



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The View Map option calls up a familiar Garmin navigation screen. This works just as well in portrait or landscape mode. However, the windscreen cradle Garmin provides in the box is best suited to landscape mode. The route is shown in the main map area, with the next turning described at the top. Information about your journey is illustrated at the bottom, such as current speed and estimated time of arrival. If you touch one of these, you're taken to Garmin's trip meter, which provides even more detail about your journey, such as total distance and average speed - useful for anyone who has to claim for car usage. There's also an icon to enable onscreen traffic within the map, which lets you browse a list of current incidents as well.

There's also a Connected Services section, which includes four options. This provides another route to browsing the list of traffic notifications, which are TMC-based but delivered via mobile data rather than the RDS portion of the FM radio signal. You can select a specific notification for further information. The Fuel Prices option presents a list of nearby petrol stations that can be sorted by proximity or cost for your chosen category of fuel. The Safety Camera option merely lets you download and activate speed camera locations for specific regions. Finally, the White Pages provide a searchable phone directory, but annoyingly only for the current vicinity - not another area of your choice.

You only get a 30-day trial of these Premium services, after which the cost is $49.99 per year. However, there are a few Live-enabled facilities that haven't been included in the Connected Services section. Garmin's Ciao! helps you exchange locations with your friends, so you can meet up with them in the right place. But they also need to have Garmin sat-nav devices with Live services and a Ciao! account, which rather limits the facility's usefulness.

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August 2, 2010, 4:33 pm

dont know why there is no mention of ovi maps? it certainly blows google navigation out of the water and I suspect it can stand tip to toe with this nuvifone, as ovi maps the premium features come free and has the option of being 'always on'.

Unlike this ovi maps can be had on a wide range of phones like the 5230 (at £70) a far lower price than most satnavs, and you get all the 'premium' features for free.

Neil B

August 2, 2010, 6:46 pm

@Jay The best part of Ovi Maps for me is that it doesn't require a network connection. I'm going to Europe in a few weeks, already got the maps loaded onto my phone so I won't be hit with a huge data-roaming charge at the end of it.

James Morris

August 2, 2010, 8:01 pm

@Jay I do mention Ovi Maps in the Google Maps Navigation review. I will add it to my reviews to-do list. We really should have it there, even if it's been out for a while.

Martin Daler

August 3, 2010, 2:38 am

Why,as you point out in the review, is widescreen pushed as the preferred viewing mode for satnav? I am perplexed by this cross-contamination from cinema (where widescreen makes sense)via TV, on to computers (the case is getting weaker) and thence to all-things-with-a-screen. Surely on a satnav one would prefer to see more of the way ahead (i.e. portrait) rather than off to either side (widescreen)? Or is it just me?

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