The Garminfone headed for T-Mobile has officially been announced, and we got some pretty clear looking photos of the device to start with. While they did give us a sense of what to expect when you take it out of the packaging, there’s nothing like a good video that allows us to see how things work. Garmin-ASUS went rather deep with their own customization of Android, as expected, to give the phone that “GPS Turn-By-Turn” feel, but it looks like that doesn’t come without some sacrifice.
I’m a little surprised, to be truthful, that we seemingly don’t get the “full” Android experience with it. In particular, homescreens and user customization has become one of Android’s most desirable set of features and – if this video is anything to go by – Garmin-ASUS doesn’t seem to facilitate that. The phone still isn’t out, though, so as usual we can’t say this is final (nor do we know if there could be an option to enable the traditional Android homescreens) but I can easily see this putting off a pretty significant amount of Android purists.