Nuvifone A50 from ASUS and Garmin in the Test

Smartphone and Navi a-cast: The nuvifone M10 Garmin and ASUS bring the Android nuvifone A50 on the road. The test reveals what it can.

  1. Nuvifone A50 from ASUS and Garmin in the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

That the ever more powerful smartphones pave the Naviherstellern abdominal pain with their open large touch screens, every reasonably tech-savvy contemporary itself can calculate. The American GPS leader Garmin made a virtue out of necessity, handle the Taiwanese electronics specialist of ASUS, and developed a chimera from mobile phone and navigation device.

This new genus is now two copies on the German market: the here tested nuvifone A50 and the Nüvifone M10 taken recently are more closely scrutinized. While the latter with the currently running Windows Mobile version 6.5, the upcoming Google operating system Android is on the inside of the nuvifone A50, however in the outdated donut version 1.6 – but long ago more later.

Unpack and start driving

Who would like to just go with the nuvifone on trips, find everything you need in the packaging: via suction cup the A50 is in portrait or landscape mode on the windscreen optional attached and powered via the cigarette lighter and the appropriate charging cable. As also in the nüvifone M10, the full version of the best Garmin Navi is implemented, which deposited throughout Europe in memory across roads. Advantage of such onboard system: the device needs to load map data from the Internet to the route guidance and–also traveling abroad without roaming costs at the destination.

As soon as the Smartphone so is up and hangs on the disc, to go already. The home screen is dominated by three coin large and very good to use during the trip buttons for telephony and destination input map display. Objectives can be determined as usual via a direct input or selection of POIs (points of interest POI to German). All option menus are sufficiently dimensioned and fitted with visually appealing icons.

The actual navigation, Garmin draws on its proven software, to convince the White slightly reduced map display with sharp, albeit. Also the narrator for the left -, right – and please-turning maneuvers is satisfactory, although the Lady at the announcement of street names (text-to-speech feature) sometimes slightly choppy sound. All in all works reliably and confidently the guidance.


In addition to the pure guidance, other Navi applications as stand-alone items can be found in the main menu, “Where I am about that?” Button or an icon for the fee after a trial “connected services” such as traffic information and alerts. The manufacturer so closely linked to Smartphone and Navifunktionen and juxtaposes equivalent they – what is legitimate and very well managed.

While the Microsoft operating system is clearly noticeable in the nuvifone M10, Android on the nuvifone A50 is almost not to recognize that here have the developers furthermore set their own user interface called breeze. Therefore, it is also not so tragic that hides in the core of the outdated Android version 1.6, finally have taken and to set up your Smartphone-Navi hybrids and developed the Garmin and ASUS operating system as the basis.

A breath of obstinacy

Breeze brings another one next to the three aforementioned buttons depending on the display orientation right or below in the image bar on the home screen, that any show with favorite applications and menus can be fixed.

It wipes with your finger from right to left or from bottom to top on the capacitive touch screen, the main menu opens. the drop from the top status bar, which lists active applications as well as missed calls and messages, brings to the fore the Android core.

The multi-page home screen known from other Android models is also well hidden. To generate it, the fingers of two seconds on the home button as sensor button must right down there – then moved the previously described startup screen with the Navi items in the background and inserted a five-section homescreen. Here, however no program shortcuts can then be placed for better overview and individualization for example calendar, Facebook, or even music player widgets.

The Android market is responsible for the soft tuning as usual: here can select the users from more than 90 000 applications and expanded the Smartphone with a wide range of additional programs.

Siblings go hand in hand

The very elegant-looking nuvifone A50 is thanks to the rubberized back pretty good grip in the hand and is properly processed; about the subtle creaking housing, you can overlook something good will.

The laboratory certifies a decent battery life and good reception values the device. In comparison the nu vifone A50 due to slightly weaker battery, just behind its sister model nuvifone M10, but can come up with more ease: the touch screen responds to touch, not only to pressure, and the user experience is much more intuitive than in the Windows version.

Data sheet

Operating system
Processor / clock speed (MHz)
internal memory (MB)
Memory card slot
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch
Battery type / variable
Headset / data cable
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Wi-Fi standard
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP
… SIM access, phone book / HID
USB type / storage / charging
Type / size (inch)
Resolution (PX)
Number of colors
Call list / language selection
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert
Handsfree / mute
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact)
Image / notes field / date of birth
Appointment management
Day / week / month view
weekly / annual events
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac
Notes: Outlook-sync
Look at Word / edit
Consider Excel / edit
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting
Flash / https / home / Favorites
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC
Video player / full screen display
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel)
Receiver GPS / A-GPS
Navi-software / onboard / offboard
Navi / route planner
Dimensions in mm
Weight (grams)
Endurance D power (hours)
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours)
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours)
type. Endurance (hours)
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer)


Endurance talk (35)
Persistence display mode (65)
System (15)
Scope of delivery (10)
Display (40)
Connectivity (15)
Phone features (10)
Messaging (15)
PIM (15)
Office (5)
Web browser (15)
Camera (15)
Music and video (10)
Navigation (5)
Ease of handling
User interface
Processing quality
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30)
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)
Acoustic measurements send (15)
Acoustic measurements receiving (15)
tested in issue: 09/10
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