19
May

postedbyMishary

For years me and my family were sharing a single Garmin GPS, for almost 4 years now, So I came to a point that I needed to buy my own GPS with my own POI. I did some research on the net and found that Garmin nuvi’s series are the top in the market when it came to the price, ease of use and battery life. Moreover I was looking for a GPS that got US, Europe & ME maps, all these maps in a single GPS.

I Found the nuvi 275 in Amazon.com which got US & Europe maps on it for and was for KD 55 excluding Aramex shipping and Kuwait customs. Then I had a look at Garmin Kuwait. Went there and found the Nuvifone but I know that was so expensive for a GPS with phone features (KD189), so I told the guy there that I’m not going to pay that much, since it cost more than it should.. but guess what? Turns out they have a discount and were selling it for KD99 with ME maps preloaded in it.

I bought it. And since I got the sim cards to most of the countries that i’ve been to, I’l be able to use the GPS and the phone in a single device, so basically I’m looking to receive emails, calls and using Whatsapp with no gliches.

I’m going to break my review into:

  • Specifications
  • Whats in the box
  • Dimensions
  • Good
  • Bad
  • Conclusion

Specifications

  • Frequencies: GSM/GPRS/Edge 850/900/1800/1900; 3G UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900/2100
  • Display resolution: 272 x 480 WQVGA
  • Weight: 4.8 oz. (battery included)
  • Contacts: 5,000 max.
  • Camera/photos: 3 MP camera with auto-focus and geotagging
  • Memory: 4 GB on-board storage
  • Expandable memory: microSD card, HC capable, expandable up to 16 GB
  • Music player: MP3 playback
  • Headphone jack: 2.5 mm
  • Battery: 1200 mAh removable/rechargeable lithium cell
  • Standby time: Up to 250 hours
  • Talk time: Up to 4 hours

Whats in the box

  • nuvifone G60
  • Vehicle suction mount with cradle
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Wall charger
  • USB cable

Dimensions

4.4 x 2.3 x 0.57 in. and 138.1g Which I think its very handy.

The Good

  • Its a GPS with a phone not a phone with GPS feature, So you know that Garmin is putting their power in the GPS part which makes it a solid and stable GPS. That’s what I was looking for basically.
  • removable/rechargeable lithium cell (since all the time your GPS will be plugged with the car charger the battery cells will be damaged with time.)
  • Expandable memory: microSD card, HC capable, expandable up to 16 GB ( I’m storing a 3GB North America map and the European map which is 2.5 GB in a 8 GB microSD card and there is still a 2.5 GB of free space.
  • Its equiped with 3 MP camera with a card reader.

The Bad

  • The phone part is so basic ( I mean by basic that its not supporting mms and some of the basic features)
  • No Arabic support neither for the Phone nor GPS. It’s not bothering me at all but I’m putting it in just for your information.

Conclusion

I think it’s worth the KD99. It’s a good GPS with an added phone feature, and although the phone isn’t that much, that won’t bother much when you consider the GPS features alone deserve more than what it’s selling for.

 

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 12:00 am

12 Responses to “Review: Garmin nuvifone G60”

  1. Ahmad says:

    Interesting!

    How does it compare to your standalone GPS?

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  2. Mishary says:

    Ahmad, walah its as good as the standalone GPS I think the weakness comes from the phone part which I dont care about it since it got the basics

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  3. Mathew says:

    i almost agree with your comments Mishary,its a fantastic effort from Garmin Asus integrating Navigation with communication. A GPS with a difference . I should say Bravo to Garmin

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  4. Marzouq says:

    I saw the NuviFone exactly 1 year ago, I was really looking forward to it! The reviews online said that the phone part was so bad that this phone is really not worth it!

    Now the next Garmin phone will be built on an Android platform, that tells you something!

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  5. Hamed says:

    Well , i would like to ask for the price of this garmin G60 price did any one got it from kuwait ?

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  6. Hamed says:

    Dear Mishary ,
    Can you get in touch with me please by my email.
    mrq8diver@hotmail.com

    Thanks.
    Hamed

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  7. Mishary says:

    Hamed, I’ve got it from Kuwait for the price of KD 99

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  8. Hamed says:

    Mishary , would you please tell me when you got it for 99 kd from kuwait which date , and if you have the invoice for 99 kd
    or give me a call 99652726

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  9. Mishary says:

    Hamed, I think it was on 16.May.10 but why u need an invoice?

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  10. Hamed says:

    yes Mishary Coz they are cheating the people and selling it for 231 in alganem

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  11. Hamed says:

    can you call me or send me sms i will call u back

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  12. Mishary says:

    Hamed, Dont buy from alghanim.. Garmin’s Kuwait is selling it for KD99 + ME maps + 1 yr warranty. why should you go to alghanim then?

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