Garmin nuvifone: all set to release in 2009

Remember the Nuvifone? Yes, it has almost been a year since Garmin announced the GPS enabled, touch screen phone. Garmin said recently that the nuvifone, is on track to launch in the first half of 2009 and should hit carrier labs in the earlier part of the year.

Garmin added in a statement that it has signed letters of intent with carriers, but wouldn’t provide further details until the nuvifone gets closer to launching.

nuvifone is based on Garmin’s proprietary OS. The phone contains Google applications that would allow it to search for local businesses, check traffic patterns and weather. Photos (or videos) taken with the built-in camera are automatically geotagged for positioning in location-based services.

The nuvifone is the ultimate multi-tasker. Calls are easily initiated by tapping the “Call” button and selecting a name from the contact list or by using the on-screen keypad. When the user is trying to juggle talking on their phone while entering their vehicle to start a trip, the nuvifone makes the transition simple. When the nuvifone is docked onto the vehicle mount, it automatically turns on the GPS, activates the navigation menu, and enables hands-free calling so that the user never misses a beat in the conversation and is able to begin routing to their destination with ease.

Things that nuvifone might not have over iPhone:
  • Multi-touch
  • iTunes store (although they’ll undoubtedly partner with someone)

The nuvifone is advertised to have the impressive feature list as those mentioned below.
  • Quad-band GSM mobile phone
  • 3G HSDPA
  • 3.5-inch touchscreen interface
  • HTML Web browser
  • WiFi
  • Multi-network instant messaging
  • MMS media messaging
  • Still & video camera
    • Automatically geotags photo with the latitude and longitude reference of where the image was taken
  • MP3 and MPEG4/AAC player
  • Garmin Online service with constantly-updating information:
    • Real-time traffic
    • Fuel prices
    • Stock prices
    • Sport scores
    • News reports
    • Local events
    • Weather forecasts
  • Google applications
    • Gmail
    • Google local search
    • Proximity, location based search (coffee shops near me)
    • Access to millions of geo-located landmark and sightseeing photographs available through Google’s Panoramio picture sharing site
  • Best-in-breed GPS capabilities
    • Preloaded maps of North America, Eastern and Western Europe, or both
    • Turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions
    • Speaks the names of the streets
    • “Where am I?” feature displays your latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and gas stations.
    • Find your car in an unfamiliar spot or crowded parking lot by automatically marking the position in which it was last removed from the vehicle mount.

    Intro Video of nuvifone from Garmin

    Scenario Video of nuvifone from Garmin

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