Garmin Nuvifone hands on preview at Communicasia 2008
You’ve got to hand it to Garmin. They’re completely new to the mobile phone business, and yet they’ve managed to churn out a completely functional touchscreen smartphone/navigation device way ahead of Nokia who still seems happy enough with its sweet line of NokiaBerry’s. But Garmin’s is still a long way from a finished product, though, so to avoid pressuring them, we’ll just say that they’re fairing pretty well despite being a newcomer.
The Nuvifone is somewhat a misfit. You know how mobile phones have now evolved to include features of other devices (like integrated GPS functionality, for example), and then turn out to do better than dedicated devices? Garmin takes that concept, but instead transforms a navigation device into a working mobile phone. Thus, the Garmin Nuvifone.
The Garmin Nuvifone follows the trend of current smartphones, which seems to be all about the wide touchscreen display and vast connectivity features. The Garmin Nuvifone, other than having GPRS/EDGE/HSDPA network support, SMS/MMS functions, built-in music and video player, 3 megapixel camera and Wi-Fi connectivity, also doubles as a GPS navigation device. It’s hard to say how well the GPS part of the Nuvifone would work in real life, but our hopes are high as it comes from one of the leading manufacturers of GPS devices worldwide.
The Nuvifone really seems to offer a lot of promise, and with more work should be able to land itself a spot in the highly competitive mobile phone market of today. If and when it finally comes out, that is. Head on over to Idnes for the full-on preview and hands on of the Garmin Nuvifone.