A Malaysian Blog about Food, Family and Friends – by Lyrical Lemongrass
I have a fear for hell and Petaling Jaya (PJ).
I’ve got the hell issue well addressed, and that leaves me with PJ. I have only just figured out certain roads in SS2 (where New Formosa and Hoi Peng and the lok lok man are), but that leaves me with a terrifying area of speckled non-sequential numbers, waiting to swallow me into the depths of an apocalyptic chasm. In New York, one knows that 5th Avenue follows 4th Avenue. In PJ, if you walk in one direction of SS2, you’ll find yourself in SS22, a misleading leap of 20 numbers which is a pretty good tool for conning the folk when you want to show off how far you’ve jogged. “I ran from SS2 to SS22, bow down and worship me now, heathen.”
Psychic Kim dropped me an email one day asking me if I would to test out the latest toy in the market, the Garmin-Asus nüvifone M10, to be launched in KL on March 25, 2010. If I could overcome my fear for PJ, I would be able to move down my list of fears and address the next one – bungee jumping. So off I went a-testing, because bungee jumping waits for no man.
Quick facts. The Garmin-Asus M10 works on GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 HSDPA 900 / 2100 network technology, weighs 138 grams, has a screen size of 3.5 inches and a touchscreen menu. Because it’s a Garmin and a phone, the Garmin software is already preloaded into the phone, and in addition to the City Navigator Singapore/Malaysia, it comes with the popular Malsingmaps Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei. It also has a 5.0 Megapixel camera.
If you’re getting this phone, chances are, it’s because of Garmin. Wait time for satellite connection is short, and then you’re ready to go. There’s a stylus to help you key in the names of locations. The screen is clear both in daytime and at night. It also has voice navigation (American or British English, Malay or Chinese). I tested it out from Bangsar KL to Bukit Tinggi Klang, and around PJ, and in both instances, it worked pretty well.
Of course, the reason you’re here is not because you trust my tech knowledge, but because I can tell you why I like it from an end-user’s point of view. Here are 10 reasons why I think the Garmin-Asus M10 is a keeper:
I don’t love everything, of course. I own an iPhone, so the finger swiping thing across the screen is my forte. With the Garmin-Asus M10, I find it easier to swipe across with the stylus. Also, picture quality, although better than my iPhone, still isn’t perfect yet. A slight blue tinge is cast on my pictures, and on occasion, it isn’t as sharp as I’d like it to be. The Garmin function also drinks up the battery, so it’s good to keep it charged in the car or you may miss Jalan Panty altogether.
Since the phone will only be launched on March 25, 2010 (tomorrow, people!), prices have yet to be released although sources say that it will be priced between RM1,700 and RM2,000.
Thanks, Kim and Garmin-Asus for kindly sponsoring the phone for this helpless foodie. And if you’d like a chance to win a free Garmin-Asus M10 phone, hop over to FriedBeef’s Tech.
Please don’t remind me about bungee jumping if you bump into me.
Food, for me, is a means to an end and not an end in itself.
Food, for me, represents the love of family, the fellowship of friends, and the community and communality it brings.