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Review: Garmin Asus Garminfone

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For music playback, the Garminfone comes with a fairly basic music player, even by Google Android's lax standards. Playback controls are kept to the basics. It's easy to create a playlist on the phone, but I was disappointed that the player lacked the robust search capabilities of the stock Android player, which lets you search YouTube and the Internet for related content by simply holding your finger on an artist name or song title.

The Garminfone can use stereo Bluetooth for music playback, which is helpful because the phone lacks a headphone jack. It comes bundled with a separate headphone adapter for the miniUSB port, so you can still use your own earbuds or the included pair, but that's just another accessory to carry around (and lose).

It was also a pain getting music onto the Garminfone. The device is supposed to work in mass storage mode over USB, but it never showed up on my machines, Windows or Mac. The microSD card is under the battery cover, but not under the battery itself, so I could still load tunes using my own microUSB adapter.

If you want to buy new tunes, the Garminfone also comes with the Amazon MP3 store app on board.

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