Introduction and package contents:
Officially presented at the last Mobile World Congress in February last, the Garmin GarminM10 was expected to turn a wary public majority against its bigger brother, the Garmin GarminG60, which has not actually met successful.
The new smartphone while a 100% touch jointly developed by Garmin and Asus covers the main concepts of the older, offering a fine array of course navigation and integrating one of the latest versions of Windows Mobile (6.5.3) . For the rest, the Garmin M10 does not really lift the doubts expressed about the concept of coexistence between GPS and a mobile phone.
You will therefore understand that the GarminM10 is primarily a GPS. It is therefore legitimate to find in the box all accessories necessary for its proper functioning in a vehicle, since it is indeed in your car as your GPS phone feels most comfortable. The packaging offered by Garmin and Asus is therefore quite comprehensive and not suffering from any gross deficiency.
If all the accessories seem good, we regret the short length of USB cable. Needed to recharge your phone with the charger, because you have to plug it, the cable is a little short when you want to ask the terminal for example on a table during loading. The cigar lighter socket does not suffer from this type of fault and a cable is long enough to accommodate all types of vehicles and all types of parks breezes. The headphones, however unpleasant to use and provide a quality sound questionable.
Design, finish and ergonomics:
Elegance. Here are the most appropriate term when it comes to evoke the aesthetic of Garmin M10. The design of the phone is indeed simple and elegant. The wide screen 3.5-inch resistive contributes largely to this aspect very carefully, since it has a beautiful finish. In use, the brightness (configurable by the user) is very nice and makes navigation quite pleasant. Nevertheless, it is fickle and pressure from the stylus are not always taken into account. It must then back outside twice to activate the selected keys. The same observation when writing an SMS because the keys are suffering from a slight lack of sensitivity.
In terms of buttons, the M10 is equipped with the bare minimum given that it is simply hang up and get the keys and a menu button, symbolized by the Windows logo, located just below the screen. On the edge of the phone, found an order dedicated to volume control and the mini USB. On the top are integrated key switching and 3.5 mm jack, which allows you to connect any headphones or earphones. The stylus fits for him at the bottom right of the phone, where a slot is provided for this purpose.
In the absence of radius, it deplores the lack of cash for the 5-megapixel sensor on the back of the phone, making it very vulnerable to dust. On the other hand, the M10 is devoid of buttons for triggering the camera and taking snapshots in itself. Using the stylus is therefore required, which is proving somewhat restrictive from the first shots.
From a general point of view, the grip of the phone is nice and, despite a long and weigh quite large. The camera seems pretty solid and robust. The material present on the back of the phone are also quite pleasant to the touch. The touch interface offered by Garmin and Asus still fairly intuitive and is not unlike that of its predecessor, the G60. One can also observe the manager's effectiveness 3D, which allows you to switch between active applications.