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Garmin-Asus nuvifone M10 - Performance and Verdict

By James Morris

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Buried in the main Windows Mobile app menu is the Flight Status widget. This lets you search for flight numbers and track their status. You can also browse local airports and set them as your destination, save them to your favourites, and even look up the weather in the vicinity. All very useful stuff, particularly if you drive a taxi on an airport run for a living.

When used as a sat-nav, the M10 performs as expected, with adequately quick screen updates and rerouting. The 3.5in display is noticeably smaller than a 4.3in widescreen, and can be hard to see in bright sunlight even if you turn the brightness right up. We also encountered instability on one occasion but generally the M10 performs as well as a standalone sat-nav device. When used as a smartphone, you'll scarcely notice that this is a fully fledged personal navigation device as well. You can access email, read and contribute to Facebook, and perform all the usual tasks. In this respect, the M10 is a very standard Windows Mobile device, with no skinning or widgets beyond what we've already mentioned.

Verdict

At around £350 for a sat-nav with full Western European and some Eastern European maps, the Garmin-Asus nuvifone M10 isn't cheap compared to a standalone device, even one with connected services such as Garmin's nuvi 1690. However, it stacks up reasonably well compared to an Apple iPhone with a premium sat-nav app such as TomTom's, or even a top-end Android handset running Google Maps Navigation. So, as smartphones go, the M10 is relatively run-of-the mill. But it's decent value when the sat-nav abilities are taken into consideration, particularly the solid windscreen mount included in the box, and the navigation is well integrated, too.

Overall Score

8
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Jay4d0

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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