The Garmin-Asus nuvifone A10 boasts a decent enough specifications with nothing much to shout about. The 512MB of ram and 4GB of internal storage provides adequate if not ample amount of space for programs to be installed and run. The CPU speed of 600MHz is the bare minimum for the speed thirsty users out in the market, but still a decent enough speed that doesn’t drain the battery as much as the other faster models.
The LCD display is a little lackluster compared to the overall specifications, standing at 3.2 inches, it seems and feels small, especially in these days where being smaller no longer gives the edge anymore. And, how can we forget about GPS when we are talking about Garmin-Asus? Users will be pleased to find the A10 housing a Qualcomm GPSOne G7 chip, that supports all Assisted GPS, Aided GPS and standalone GPS functionality.
At first glance, the A10 looks just like any other candy-bar phone out in the market, rounded edges, gloss front matt back, it gives a vague impression of a certain Korean manufacturer’s phone design. Beyond those complains, the A10 is a pleasant looking phone with clean lines and curves to push it into lady executive cross sporty market. But, nonetheless, the phone could do well with some slimming.
One issue with the design of the phone is the rather poor use of screen estate. As mentioned the LCD display is only 3.2 inches and when placed on the A10, it barely took two-thirds of the available estate. The remaining space is given to the three touch-response buttons and logo printing to the bottom of the LCD display and another generous amount of space to the top to house only a tiny slip for the ear-speaker.
The back of the A10 is even simpler in terms of design; well there isn’t really a need to make things complicated for a part that is rarely seen. Apart for the logo printing, it contains a small window for the camera and an elongated crater for the speaker.
The top of the phone houses the power button as well as the earphone connection jack, which thankfully is the normal 3.5mm jack type.
The bottom of the phone contains the microphone on the right, which unfortunately presented with some problems for some right-handed users, depending on the way they hold the phone when talking.
Cutting so close to being on the curved edge, right-handed users when making real private calls might accidentally cover the microphone hole unintentionally.
The left of the phone is the charging point for both the regular USB connection and car dock connection.
The right of the phone contains the volume control and the car dock notch to hold the phone firmly when planted into the car dock.