Garmin-Asus have announced their first Android powered smartphone with the Garmin navigation experience fully integrated. Called the Garminfone (original, I know), it comes with a 3MP camera on board, a MicroSD slot supporting up to 32GB of storage and of course a custom version of Android.
Although the key selling point of the Garminfone is the turn by turn navigation, it offers a compelling set of features for any smartphone lover. The turn by turn navigation promises to use multiple positioning technologies to find your location no matter where you are, and you can use Garmin’s voice studio to record custom voice directions for the navigation. If you plan on using it a lot in the car, you won’t have to worry about battery as the phone also comes with a charging dashboard and window mount to make sure you’re never caught out by a flat battery.
Based on Android 1.6, the Garminfone offers a web browser with pinch and zoom multitouch capability. The music player supports most popular formats including MP3, AAC, WMA and WAV, so you can make use of the 32GB of supported storage.
Garmin claims that the phone will get up to 5 hours of talk time and 10.4 days of standby time, with the Garminfone available in the U.S. exclusively to T-Mobile customers later this spring.