Go places with Garmin-Asus M20

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Once, I had to attend a function at St Regis Hotel. The taxi driver didn’t know where that was, so I turned on Google Maps. It led us to a small field, with some private houses a short walk away. No hotel.

But Google Maps insisted that I was where I wanted to be, so I paid up and alighted, rather than circle around blindly in the cab.

I called the event organiser and realised that I was about 10-15 minutes’ walk away from St Regis.

Annoying! Because I was all dressed up and in high heels!

I wish I had a Garmin-Asus M20 then.

Garmin Asus nüvifone M20

Garmin is the world’s leader in GPS devices. Asus is a trusted and reliable computer hardware brand.

Put them together and you get a kickass smartphone with smart navigation!

Garmin Asus nüvifone M20

You can also turn the phone around to view the map in landscape.

Garmin Asus nüvifone M20

I like how the phone looks so sleek and compact!

Garmin Asus nüvifone M20

The Garmin-Asus M20 is made for people like me — always on the go, sometimes get lost… okay, fine, always get lost, and sometimes stuck outside for hours between meetings.

So, this smartphone makes itself useful by telling me where I am and how to get where I want to go. If I start grasping at straws, it will even suggest nearby venues for, like, food, ATM, carpark, places of interest, taxi stand, whatever I want.

What a handy lifestyle tool!

Garmin Asus nüvifone M20

The great thing is that there’s this feature called LocationLink, which automatically hyperlinks addresses found in my MSN, web browser, calendar, task list, SMS, e-mail, etc.

Like, when I click on an address, I will get to choose whether I want to do a search for an address or point of interest, from a list. Then a map will open up and a voice will tell me how to walk or drive!

Er… I mean, like, “Turn left, turn right” and not, like, “Lift your left foot and place it a little forward.”

Hey, if you have the M20, too, we can locate each other easily using the Ciao! service and geo-tag features! Like, I could call you and transmit my geo-tag to you, and you could GPS your way to me instantly! Well, assuming we’re in the same country and hopefully not at opposite ends of the island.

And while you’re on the way, GPS yourself to a gift shop to buy me a present first! Cool, huh?

Garmin Asus nüvifone M20

There’s more that the M20 can do, but I’ll come back again with a field report once I’ve had the chance to give it a proper test run.

Stay tuned!

Garmin Asus nüvifone M20

Why I love the LG KS20

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I’m actually very surprised to say this but I am totally in love with the LG KS20!! (And I’m not just saying that because this is an advertorial.) I’m pleasantly surprised because I’ve been a Nokia fan since forever and never thought I’d like phones of other brands. Haha.

[I love my LG KS20!]

Ok this photo is damn weird, makes my face look long.

But never mind that since this blog is about the phone and not about how my face looks. Oh, yeah, I’d better post an official picture of the phone because my photos can never do justice to the KS20 since I’m so fond of taking photos in bad lighting.

So, professional photo!

[The LG KS20]

Sleek and shiny and slim! Doesn’t it look good? It looks as designer-ish as the LG Prada but is cheaper and better. In my opinion, the LG KS20 is the prettiest smartphone available in the market right now, so I don’t see what’s not to like about it.

[The LG KS20]

Okay, but that’s just me. I know I can’t fool all the rest of you non-bimbo types who could care less about looks.

So, let’s talk about other aspects of the phone.

I must be partial because my credibility is very important to me. So let me say this first: The KS20 isn’t perfect.

OMG I’ve said it.

*Waits to be smote by lightning*

*Nothing*

Okay, see? Being honest is safe.

[The LG KS20]

So.

I’m going to make it very easy for you. I’ll do a pros and cons list instead of try to sound like some expert thesis writer using big words and convoluted syntax to trick people into thinking that I know more than I actually do.

Okay, list.

What’s Great About the LG KS20

  • It’s sooooo beautiful. (I know. Starting my list with that declaration probably just shot my credibility as a reviewer to pieces but, really, it’s sooooo beautiful.)
  • The phone has a piano black finish! I mean, that sounds so classy and elegant, does it not! It makes me feel classy and elegant using it, even if everyone will claim that there are six degrees of separation between “classy and elegant” and Sheylara.

    [Me and the LG KS20]
    Pretending to be classy and elegant but not succeeding because of the cute flowers on the shoulder and the act-cute pose.

  • It’s fully touchscreen. That means you’ll look really cool sitting in the MRT poking all over your phone with either your finger or the stylus. You could even do it one-handed with your SMS-trained nimble thumb.
  • Best of all, the touchscreen doesn’t do dodgy things like launch applications by itself just because your face is touching it when you answer phone calls! In phone-call mode, the KS20 will automatically retard the touchscreen function so you don’t start launching stupid applications accidentally.
  • It runs on Windows Mobile 6 Pro like most smartphones worth any salt, so it’s very easy to get used to the interface if you’re a Windows PC user.

    [The UI!]

  • It supports GPRS, EDGE, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 and HSDPA (3.6Mbps). The last one is VERY IMPORTANT because it gives you the fastest mobile Internet connection.
  • It’s the smallest and slimmest Windows Mobile 6 smartphone you can find out there right now (weighs 92.5g and measures 100mm x 58mm x 12.8mm).

    [Sleek and slim]

  • You can do e-mails on outlook. (So make sure you don’t let your boss know that you own this phone.)

    [E-mailing]

  • You can choose between using the Qwerty keypad, which you can poke at with the stylus (or your fingers if you have baby-sized fingers), and using the handwriting feature.
  • It has two camera lenses so you can camwhore effectively by switching the lens to the screen side to see yourself when snapping the picture! (Well, that’s not really unique but it’s cool all the same!)

    [Camwhoring made easy]

  • You can flip the screen to landscape mode to minimise left-right scrolling of web pages.

    [Landscape mode]

  • The Geekfather tells me that the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s MSM7200 400 MHz processor with 256MB ROM and 128MB of RAM, which all sounds like gibberish to me, but it means that I can open like eight applications on the phone before it starts lagging, It’s REALLY AWESOME. Better than my ex-PC! Haha.
  • You can choose to navigate the phone using either the Windows UI or switch to mobile phone UI if you prefer your phone looking like a phone rather than acting like a PC.

    [Traditional phone UI]

  • For a brand new launch, it’s cheap at $888 for all the features it promises, I mean compared to the iPhone when it was first launched.

What’s Not So Great About the LG KS20

  • It’s a fingerprint magnet. But most beautiful elegant glossy sleek black phones are, so that’s just something we as vain human beings have to learn to live with.
  • The screen is pretty small for a smartphone (2.8″) but it’s big enough for me. I mean, if you want a small and sleek phone, you can’t expect the screen to get any bigger.
  • The USB port isn’t a regular USB port, so you have to lug around a special USB cable to use the USB on the go.

    [USB port]

  • The audio jack doesn’t support regular 3.5mm earphones, which means another cable to lug around.
  • The phone only supports up to a 2GB microSD card for additional storage. But what if I want to have my entire MP3 collection in my phone so I can look really well-connected and trendy? Or if I want to film a three-hour party or something like that?
  • The handwriting recognition is a little slow. After you write something (whether a letter, a word, or a whole sentence), it will wait like two seconds before whatever you wrote gets input. That means, to get your money’s worth, you should always write whole sentences at once instead of a word at a time.
  • If you’re using the casing that comes with the phone, the stylus is quite hard to pluck out because the case gets in the way.
  • The camera is only 2 megapixels and the photo quality isn’t that great, so I still have to use my Lumix for photo-taking.

That’s it for my list. I may have missed out a few things but don’t get upset because nobody and nothing is perfect. ;)

But the KS20 works well for me because its faults are something I can live with and the pluses more than make up for the minuses.

In a nutshell, the LG KS20 is for you if you want something as pretty as the iPhone and as feature-rich as the latest PDA at a budget price!

But don’t just take my word for it. I welcome all smartphone fans and experts to agree or disagree with me.

Fire away!