My 1st Experience With nüvifone M20
So I was given this Garmin-Asus M20 to do a review. I am kind of excited because this will be the 1st time I’ve ever use the Garmin application. All along, I use a map (Google map, Street Directory, etc) to find my way to places that I am not familiar with, and I navigate myself. By the way, M20 is a not just a GPS, but a smart phone with a fully integrated GPS system. So, it can basically do all the stuffs that a smart phone can do, such as making calls, sending SMS/MMS, taking photos, working as a organizer, web surfing, etc. Of cause, the focus is on its GPS system.
It happened that, I needed to visit a rather famous TCM physician, for my ankle. I sprained my ankle more than 1 month ago. It recovered after 2 visits to a Chinese physician nearby my home but I somehow still feel slightly painful when I bend my leg/ankle at a particular angle. So a friend suggested me to pay this Chinese physician a visit at Cambridge Road. I searched high and low on Internet. There was no direct bus going to there. I had to take a bus from Novena and alighted 3 stops later at Owen Road (where the hell is this Owen Road? I only know Michael Owen and Owen Hargraves are both playing for Manchester United, but Owen Road? =.=). From Owen Road, it took another 10 minutes walk to reach her clinic. This is where the problem is. But since I had the M20 with me, this was a good chance to test the GPS function.
While I was waiting for bus at Novena, I started the GPS function. This is rather simple, or should I say, idiot proof. Just go to “Search”, then key in the road name, block number or postal code. When the system finds the address, press on “Go”, and the phone will start communicating with the satellite, locate current location and plan a route to reach the intended location. My experience there was that, it took less than a minute to connect to satellite, and locate my location. And soon after that, a route had been calculated. I had changed the Route Setting to “Pedestrian” mode, so the calculated route was actually for pedestrian. It was actually the same route as the bus that I took. After I alighted the bus, I just followed the direction indicated on screen. In just a while, I reached the clinic!
Trying to navigate my way home.
This is what I saw after pressing “Search”. As you can see, there are many options given, such as points of interests, local search, etc. Or I can just select “Home” to find the way back home. Select “Addresses” to find the route to a specific location.
I think it is a good gadget to have for people who are always on the move. I also don’t mind bringing it together if I am driving to Malaysia for business trip, or just free and easy travel. This model is especially convenient for people who like backpack or free and easy tour because of the compact size and the fact that it can be used as a phone. As long as it is loaded with the map of the country, it is ready to go (Singapore version is preloaded with Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei map). It comes with an extra battery and car mount kit as well.
I haven’t had much time to test out other functions in this M20, just mainly focus on the GPS function at the moment. I shall share more once I manage to find out more on other functions. By the way, I was told that there will be a very interesting activity on 19th Dec as part of the promotion of Garmin-Asus smart phones. Something similar to treasure hunt, but with much more fun and lots of fantastic prizes to be won.