My Garmin Asus nuvifone G60 experience

sample photo taken with Garmin Asus nuviphone G60Recently I got lost while driving together with a friend looking for a some food to eat. This made me wish I had a GPS device with me at that time. The feeling of being lost in an unfamiliar territory freaks me out. The bad experience made me decide it’s time to get a GPS device and my preferred brand is Garmin.

sony ericson j230Around this time, my three year old phone’s (Sony Ericson j230) battery kept dying on me. So instead of buying a new battery, I thought of going for a new phone instead. šŸ™‚

With so many new gadgets on my mind, I wanted to have just one device packed with all the following capabilities:

  • Standard phone functions (Call, SMS)
  • GPS navigation (Car, Walking)
  • Web surfing via WI-FI or 3G
  • Email
  • Calendar
  • View common files like (PDF, Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Camera
  • Music mp3s
  • Video

I looked around and finally found the Navigation Phone of my dreams…. the Garmin Asus nuvifone G60.

garmin asus nuvifone g60This navigation phone fulfills all my requirements as stated above except for video playback capability and the web browser does not support flash. So no youtube while surfing the Internet.

I’ve been using the phone for more than a week and so far I’m still loving it.

Here are some pointers on how I use the phone on a daily basis:

Web Browsing

Every morning when I wake up, I would fire up the web browser to check the Internet for some of my important information. The web browsing experience is good and fast. Much better than using a PSP or Nokia E61 to browse.

Email

With the email capability, I can check and send email easily. Typing an email is also easy as there’s a touch screen QWERTY keyboard. I had a Gmail account, so setting up the email on this phone wasn’t a problem. If I receive an email with an attachment in any of the following format (pdf, excel, word or powerpoint), the phone will just open it up nicely. However, it’s view only and only supports version 2003 and below. I tried to open an office 2007 document but it just won’t fire up.

GPS Car Navigation

So far I have successfully used the GPS capability to find a new place to eat. My dad recently bought a book on interesting places to eat. With this new device, we’ll be using it a lot to bring us to these new unfamiliar places to try out some new dishes. In case you’re wondering if I have to pay for any GPS services, nope I don’t have to. I just need to update the maps whenever there are new maps available. I bought the phone and that’s the only thing I paid for.

The car mount which comes together with the phone is also very handy as it fits the phone nicely and securely. I wouldn’t want the GPS device to drop off while navigating.

I also liked the fact that the devices shows me where’s the nearest hospital, gas station, bank atm, shopping centres, food. This feature is really handy especially when I’m in a new location. Also, if I’m in another country, this device will also work. Will just need to update the device with the country’s map.

This navigation phone also comes with junction view capability where it shows an image on the right of the screen indicating which junction I should take. See a screenshot below.

garmin junction view
Image Source: Garmin

Calendaring

I use the calendering feature as my early morning alarm clock. I also use it to remind me of the dates to pay bills, etc.

Camera

The nuviphone G60 comes with a 3 MP Camera but no flash or zoom in capabilities. It takes decent outdoor images. Indoor images are a bit blurry. Quite standard for most phones with camera. One really neat feature about the camera is the ability to geo tag the image. Let’s say I’ve just successfully navigated to this new place to eat. I would take a picture using the phone while I’m in the restaurant and tag the photo with the current GPS location. The next time I want to return to the place, just click on the image, click Go! and nuviphone G60 brings me there. To view a sample photo taken with the device, see the first image at the top of this post. Click on it to view its actual size.

News Reader

I subscribe to the my favorite site feeds. Everytime I’m connected to a WIFI, it will download news for me to read.

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Above are some ways how I use the navigation phone on a daily basis. There are still some other feature like Ciao! and the pedestrian mode for in hand navigation which I haven’t got a chance to try out. But so far I’m loving this phone.

If you’re interested to buy one yourself and have some doubts or questions, feel free to ask me. I’m one happy Garmin Asus nuvifone G60 user. šŸ™‚

View a video below on – Unboxing the Garmin Asus nuvifone G60

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Bob Lee

Hi! My name is Bob Lee and Iā€™m a web developer / technical writer who specializes in developing and reviewing web applications. As an entrepreneur, blogger, developer, and tech enthusiast, I have been in this field for more than 10 years, and have been loving every minute of it.

11 Comments

  • The phone will need to have a lot of improvement. There is lacking of cut and paste for text.
    I cannot even buy software to install into the machine.
    It cannot play video files.

    I do not know if you have solutions for all the above problem. It will be helpful if you drop me a mail.

  • Hi Kevin,

    I agree with you that the phone capabilities for this Nuviphone G60 need lots of improvement.

    As for solutions to the problems, don’t think there are any.

    1. Really no cut and paste for text
    2. Nope, you cannot install new software into the machine.
    3. Nope, it won’t play video files.

    I guess the main reason why I went for this phone is because of the Garmin GPS capability which works really well so far. The phone capabilities are just bonus for me. But I’m happy that I can quickly surf the web with it every morning when i wake up. At least it brings me to the web browser faster than loading up my notebook.

    To me, this machine is more of a Navigation Phone rather than a Phone with GPS capabilities. I think most phones with GPS features require you to subscribe to an Internet or GPS service for it to work. Somehow didn’t feel very comfortable with this sort of navigation. But I may be wrong as I have never tried a phone with built in GPS before.

    For Nuviphone G60, the maps are already preloaded into the machine so when navigating, it just works without having to subscribe to anything. Just need to update the maps once every 2 to 3 months.

    It really boils down to what your real requirements are. I’ve been using this Navigation Phone for nearly a month now and I still love it. No regrets so far! šŸ™‚

  • Hi Angelo,

    As for as I know, don’t think there’s a way for us to install Skype into our Garmin Asus G60.

    Did you see a resource which mentions that this is possible? If yes, please provide me the link and I’ll try to check it out.

    If anyone out there knows of a way, feel free to share with us too.

  • I have had a G60 for a couple months now and definitely would not buy another one. Most of the “apps” that come with it are pay extra and I can’t seem to remove them and I can not find ANY apps from anywhere else. The ATT Media Store doesn’t even list the phone and they sell it! The first one “broke” a few weeks ago. While powering down a friend hit the power button and the phone would no longer display text messages although they were being sent and recieved. The tech at the Factory ATT store had no idea how to re-FLASH the phone and I had to send it back. The new one has different firmware so all my contact information was jumbled. Garmin, stick to GPS you may be very good at that but this shot at making a smart phone really missed the mark.

  • im just bought the g60, i have checked the g60 information from official websites, its say the g60 standby time can up to 120hrs, n talk time up to 4hrs. but why my g60 can only last for 4-5 hrs event i didnt use it? p/s i tired to off the gps, but still the same it still can only last for 4-5 hrs only.

  • To leonghing,

    Junction view should be enabled by default. If you’re driving using the G60, when it’s about to reach a junction, the picture will automatically be shown. If that’s not available, that you might have to download the latest map for your country.

    To sweetin,

    I usually turn off GPS and WIFI to conserve battery life which can last up to 2-3 days without any talk time. Since I use WIFI and 3G for internet connection a lot, I usually charge my phone every day or every other day.

    If yours can only last 4-5 hrs only, I would bring it back to the shop and request for a change. Could it be the battery that they gave you isn’t an original one?

    Bring it back and talk to them.

  • im not sure, but im sure they are garming authorize retial shop. thnx for your advice, i think i will go back ask them.

  • I bought this phone second hand and the old owner register the phone. I have try to do the Free First time update of the map with my new id and password. The garmin wedsite will not let me update. I cannot contact the old owner of the phone for his id and password.Please Help

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