Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between Garmin and ASUSTeK Computer Inc., today announced that the Garmin-Asus A50 will be available in Canada through Videotron, Canada’s newest mobile network provider. The Garmin-Asus A50 is a sleek, full-touch 3G smartphone with a large 3.5-inch screen integrated with Garmin’s robust navigation experience for fast and reliable, on-board navigation. This doesn’t seem to be a bad phone, though its not the biggest screen we have ever seen and to this point we aren’t sure what version of Android it will finally end up running. The 3 megapixel camera isn’t anything to write home about either, but if you need a functional phone AND a great GPS for one low price then this might be the phone for you.
The A50 includes on-device sync with Microsoft Exchange server, with the ability to wirelessly synchronize contacts, calendar and enterprise email. The Garmin-Asus A50 delivers on the promise of true in-car quality navigation in a mobile device. Garmin navigation is included and preloaded on the A50. Because maps are installed on the device, customers will not have to wait for third-party maps to download from a server, nor will they lose their turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation if they are out of cell phone coverage. The A50 also has many of the same features as a high-end Garmin nüvi® navigation device, and includes free lifetime map updates, traffic alerts (free for 3 years for Videotron customers)and a custom Garmin car mount and vehicle power cable. Another great feature of A50 is that it will help users find their car in an unfamiliar spot or crowded parking lot because it automatically marks the position in which it was last removed from the windshield mount. This is down right cool, I mean come on everyone has lost their car in the mall parking lot.
Other essential smartphone features available on the Garmin-Asus A50 include a multi-touch webkit browser, document viewers for Microsoft office and PDF documents, an advanced music player, and three-megapixel autofocus camera. The feature set, on top of advanced mobile navigation, makes the Garmin-Asus A50 a companion that will help make sense of the day’s tasks.