Garmin nuvifone G60: Conclusion

December 10, 2009 by Jen Edwards Reads (36,195)

CONCLUSION

Whether or not you like the Garmin nuvifone G60 entirely depends on your tech personality and what you want to get out of your phone. Your average nerd would probably take one look at the G60 and start laughing because it doesn’t play games or videos and it doesn’t have Twitter and Facebook clients along with all the other bells and whistles that today’s smartphones should have.

Garmin nuvifone G60But your average consumer would likely have an entirely different reaction. The G60 would be perfect for folks like my mother who are relatively comfortable with technology but take a “just the facts” approach to electronics — they just want things to work, and don’t care that it can do the laundry and walk the dog for you, too. The G60 would also be a good choice for folks who are trying to simplify a bit and combine devices — perhaps you know someone who needs to stay connected, but doesn’t have a phone permanently attached to their ear; someone who would welcome the ability to have a GPS in their pocket that also serves as a phone with light e-mail and web browsing capabilities.

In other words, the G60 fills an interesting niche in today’s mobile phone offerings, and should not be dismissed out of hand. It definitely warrants a closer look, and I would certainly consider it myself if I needed the enhanced GPS navigation features.

Pros

  • Excellent navigation features
  • Extremely easy to use
  • Covers the basics without a lot of confusing extras
  • Nifty Weather and Flight Status applications

Cons

  • Few entertainment options
  • ABC keyboard in portrait mode
  • A few UI quirks, such as having to use a menu to switch e-mail folders
  • Display can wash out in direct sunlight

 


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