IMAGE_117 I have been really interested in the AT&T Garmin Nuvifone G60 sine I found about it. I liked the idea of a converged device with a bigger slant towards the GPS than the other way around. However, being a Windows Mobile Connoisseur, I was not really sure what to expect with the Linux Operating System on board the G60. From the time I turned it on, until the time I turned it off, I was very pleasantly surprised. It is very fast, and very user friendly to say the least. I did have some problems with the OS and I did not have a lot of time to give the G60 a thorough once over standing at my Local AT&T Store with my Fuze taking pictures, but here are some photo’s I took and some general observations.

First as you can see in the picture to the right is the Home Screen. The three buttons on the left side are fixed, and then the row of buttons on the right scroll through a series of very well laid out menus. I was very impressed with the layout and thought it scrolled very fast.

Jump after the break for the rest of my pictures and initial thoughts. Remember, I just had 5 minutes at the AT&T Store with the G60, so go easy on my with the questions!

See you after the break!

 

IMAGE_116Okay, I am going to start this off with a little rant and the only thing that  hit me about the Garmin Nuvifone that I didn’t like. The SIP. With some many built in SIP’s that they could have modeled after, HTC’s probably being one of the best, how in the world did they come up with this for their device?  It is really as bad as it looks and I did not like it at all. I am hoping that someone will skin a new SIP for the G60 ASAP!

 

 

 

 

 

IMAGE_118Here is a picture of the dialer included in the G60. No complaints, large buttons, yes please!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMAGE_119I didn’t have much time to play with the Garmin Nuvifone G60 but I did take a look at the maps and they are very nicely laid out. I could not get a lock in the store, so I just snapped a photo of the last address known to the device, or what is pre-installed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another thing that really impressed me about the Garmin Nuvifone G60 is the speed in which it rotates from portrait to landscape. It is very smooth and fast, even in the GPS mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The last photo I got is the lock screen on the G60. Double tap the lock icon and you re back in business and able to navigate you device once more.

Again, I only had a few minutes with this device and I was really impressed with it. I don’t think that the G60 is for the power user, and it is clear that the G60 is in desperate need of some skinning from a third party software developer. But for all of you that need a GPS converged device that leans more towards the functionality of a GPS rather than  a phone, the G60 is for you.

-Doug Smith

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