Garmin Asus had two new handsets in store for us this year. They were both officially announced several days before the MWC kicked off but are still very much an enigma to the mobile world. This time Garmin chose not to use a home-brewed OS but went for Android and Windows Mobile instead.
The more interesting half of the newly announced couple is undoubtedly the Garmin Asus A50. Making best use of Garmin's experience and expertise in the mobile navigation area it ships with free voice-guided navigation and map data.
The screen of the Garmin Asus A50 is also really impressive with spectacular viewing angles and sunlight legibility. The underlying Android OS ensures that there will be plenty of third party applications for the A50 so its prospects look much better than those of its G60 predecessor.
Here's a demo video we took of the Garmin Asus nuvifone A50:
The Garmin Asus M10 achievement of being the first Windows Mobile 6.5.3 handset might have lost a large part of its glamour now that Microsoft announced WinMo 7 (okay, okay, Windows Phone series 7) but it is still a pretty cool device.
A great WVGA screen, sleek design and voice-navigation ready out of the box, the Garmin Asus M10 is definitely worth a second look. Not to mention the 512 MB of RAM that can put most of the current crop of smartphones to shame. And, oh yeah, it looks totally cool in that white too.
We gotta say though that the Garmin SatNav application looks a lot better on Android, than that on Windows Mobile. Check out this short video of Garmin Asus M10: