Pictures of Garmin phone released

Just under a year ago Garmin announced they were going to release their first try in the mobile phone market with the nuvifone, they said that the device will have a touch screen, Internet browsing and a personal navigator which is what Garmin is mainly known for.

Cliff Pemble the COO of Garmin said "The nüvifone is an all-in-one device offering unmatched integration of utility and function in a single mobile device," which could be true but if you look at the iphone it already offers that but he went on to say "This is the breakthrough product that cell phone and GPS users around the world have been longing for — a single device that does it all.".

So nearly a year later the first images from the device surface and the menus look bright but it still doesn't really grab me as a revolutionary stand out product in the mobile phone market. You can see it demonstrated in the advert below and also on display at CES which Neowin are covering so watch this space for coverage on that!

So what are your opinions on this device?, is it something we have seen already or could be a fresh new device to liven up the mobile market?

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Way more than two years. I have a non-smartphone that can do both and it was released at the end of 2005.

I think Garmin would be better suited in adding this phone OS to their GPS units and adding a sim card slot. That way it doesn't become a dead platform and since most people don't leave their units in the car anyway, it could double as a speakerphone/GPS when mounted and a regular one when in hand.

The battery life and price are going to destroy this phone. Interface is a little bleh as well.

I had never heard of Garmin till this holiday season, where a family member purchased a GPS unit, not a bad piece of hardware, and cheap too. I wonder if the phone will have a built in GPS, and not use signal towers

The UI looks clean. Suitable for the non-geeks.

Any info on the connectivity options? GPRS? 3G? WiFi? BlueTooth?

proprietary operating system????
are they nuts? it will take forever to take off.

would be cool if they used android though.

Why does everything with a full touch screen look like an iPhone and not any of the similar looking devices that came before the iPhone?

I really do like the look of their software, but I agree with the concerns about 3rd-party software options. Though there's always Java, I guess...

It's interesting, but I seriously think the only way to really latch onto customers with touch-phones at this point is battery life. They all are ultimately the same damn thing, but charging cell phones daily is the biggest inconvenience of all mobile inconveniences. Show us 20+ hour talk times, and you'll see an interesting market development.

Back when it was first announced, I wondered if it would be based on Android. That would have been nice, but I was disappointed when I heard it would be based on their own proprietary system.

I like Garmin products, but I really haven't seen anything that makes me want this phone yet. It may be good for some people, and we definitely need more choices with these types of phones. But unless it turns out to be a good (and open) system for application development, I'm not interested.

The Garmin software on my BlackBerry Storm is amazing and I doubt Garmin alone could compare. I do give them props though as the software I have works very well on my BB.

metro said,
The Garmin software on my BlackBerry Storm is amazing and I doubt Garmin alone could compare. I do give them props though as the software I have works very well on my BB.

Yeah to be honest I would rather have Garmin software on my iPhone vs an entire phone based around some platform no one else will probably seriously develop for. We don't need yet another phone operating system.

Marshalus said,
Yeah to be honest I would rather have Garmin software on my iPhone vs an entire phone based around some platform no one else will probably seriously develop for. We don't need yet another phone operating system.


Agreed. Garmin SW for BB is wikid.

"Meet Susie, she's kinda cute. Her husband John looks like a bit of a douche though. Maybe she'll run away with this rocker dude that she met using her nuviphone?!"

^

I don't really see the point in this. The market is being flooded with all of these touchscreen devices and 90% of them are utter crap from my own experiences. I guess there's no harm in adding one more.

Marshalus said,
Her husband John looks like a bit of a douche though
Ha ha, that's exactly what I thought! Possibly one of the cheesiest ads I have seen in a long time. I guess they are not that concerned with the "cool" factor