Garmin-Asus Announces Stunning Windows Mobile M10 Smartphone

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News Posted: Thu, Feb 11 2010 10:03 AM
Mobile World Congress is a major cellphone trade show, and given the pervasiveness in smartphones these days, it's ramping up to be quite the extravaganza. The show begins next week, but many companies are already pushing out details on a number of their standout products.

Garmin-Asus is a newcomer to the smartphone realm; to date, it only has one major phone on the market, and the nuvifone G60 didn't exactly have a great amount of success due to the long delays that forced it to ship well after the iPhone 3GS and a number of other excellent Android phones were already on the market. The joint venture is hoping to strike gold with round, as the new M10 could actually be a winner thanks to Garmin-Asus' choice to ditch their homegrown OS and rely on a proven one: Windows Mobile.

The M10 is a full-touchscreen phone, utilizing the latest version (6.5.3, as on SE's Aspen) of Microsoft's mobile OS and catering to business users who rely heavily on Exchange and the like. Other specifications include a 3.5-inch WVGA display, a finger-friendly interface, a 3D Task Manager, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal Flash emory, a multimedia player and a 1500mAh battery for "hours" of use. There's also a full QWERTY soft keyboard, HSDPA wireless and Wi-Fi (802.11b/g).

The M10 is slated to go on sale in Asia and Europe first during the first half of 2010, while other markets can apparently expect it after that.


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The Garmin-Asus M10 runs thelatest version of Windows Mobile. Windows Mobile 6.5.3 featuresupgrades that enhance user experience and provides access to WindowsMarketplace for Mobile, which offers a vast number of Windows phoneapplications for download.

“Windows phones move seamlesslyfrom work to play, creating new experiences through a variety ofhardware, applications and services,” said Andy Lees, senior vicepresident of Mobile Communication Business at Microsoft. “We arepleased to work closely with Garmin-Asus to bring to market Windowsphones based on the latest version of Windows phone today and lookforward to our work bringing more Windows phones to market in thefuture.”

The M10 has a sleek design with a 3.5-inch WVGA displayand a finger-friendly user interface. The Billboard feature displaysthe most important information so users can review all at one glance.An intuitive 3D Task Manager also allows users to switch easily betweenrunning applications. Keeping the phone responsive and the navigationsmooth are 512 RAM and 512 ROM, while 4GB of Flash memory providesample storage for multimedia and data.

The M10 is equipped witha 1500 mAh battery for hours of uninterrupted use, as well as a fullQWERTY soft keyboard for speedy text input. HSDPA wireless connectivityand Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) ensure that messages are sent and receivedquickly. In addition, the M10 can be synched to Microsoft Exchange® sothat contacts, calendars and emails are always available and secure.

‘Click and Go’ Navigation
Recognizingthat location is relevant to every aspect of every day, the Garmin-AsusM10 is designed with location information at its core and it deliversthe most advanced location experience on a Windows phone. Navigationfunctions are linked to frequently used applications such as calendar,contacts, email, internet browser, and messaging; making anexceptionally intuitive and smooth navigation experience.

TheM10 has advanced navigation features equivalent to a high-end Garminnüvi® such as lane assist with junction view that guides drivers to thecorrect lane for an approaching turn or exit and realistically displaysroad signs. It also has highway mode that tells drivers the next threeupcoming street exits so they can plan ahead*. The M10 is ready forautomotive navigation out-of-the-box, and it includes everything acustomer needs to use the device in a car, including a powered cradleand windshield mount*.

Ushering in a Connected Lifestyle
TheGarmin-Asus M10 boasts a range of social capabilities, including accessto Facebook™ and Picasa Web Albums™. It also places real-timeinformation on connected services* such as weather, safety cameras,traffic, flight status, and fuel prices at users’ fingertips. Inaddition, the M10 is equipped with a high performance five mega-pixelcamera that automatically geotags photos so that users will always knowwhere they were taken and can easily share them with friends viaFacebook and Picasa.
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rapid1 replied on Thu, Feb 11 2010 12:59 PM

This is what I was expecting, at least from the larger GPS companies. I have been wondering, and have mentioned things on this issue for a bit now. The thing is when it started popping up on smart phones with apps such as (Google Maps), and often being rated as good as or in some cases better than a standalone GPS, the writing on the wall was pretty clear. After I read the article about the Scientist in the recent earthquake in Haiti, who was "Saved" by his iPhone, by downloading an app for immediate first aid, and using the GPS as well as screen as a light to get himself to safety, that writing was very clear. The cradles making Smartphones just like a GPS in a car also pointed this out to me. It is adapt or fade away time for GPS makers. Yes some GPS units are more rugged, and obviously useful if that is needed. However; the largest amount of them are in vehicles or used in hand within cities by general consumers (Not really needing the rugged shell). So it seemed to me the GPS (companies) were going to adapt as this one has, or to the largest part disappear due to being basically unnecessary anymore, unless for a specialized market sector.

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Feb 11 2010 2:11 PM

I agree. And, since you can't leave your GPS in your car anymore without it theft, why not get your GPS from a device you're going to take with you anyway.

The *one* benefit of the dedicated units is that the screen's bigger. I suppose someone will eventually come up with a phone-dock that incorporates a bigger in-dash screen though.

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