Garmin Nuvifone to compete with iPhone

Garmin NuviFone

Garmin recently announced the release of a brand new product that they call the Nuvifone which is an a sleek touchscreen device which combines features like a phone, web browser and a personal navigation system.

“The nüvifone is an all-in-one device offering unmatched integration of utility and function in a single mobile device,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and COO. “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.”

The NuviFone will feature Google local search capabilities where users of the phone can look for points of interest like coffee shops or the nearest park and Google will return relevant results. Additional features of the new NuviFone include:

  • “Where am I?” – which allows you to see the exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and gas stations. You will also be able to 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. This feature is available in high end gps systems and is very useful.
  • Garmin Online is an online service offering constantly-updating information such as real-time traffic, fuel prices, stock prices, sport scores, news reports, local events and weather forecasts.
  • Built in Camera will let you tag any pictures you take with the exact latitude and longitude of the location that the picture was taken. You will also have access to Google’s Panoramio picture sharing service.
  • MP3 / MPEG4 Player

More details about this iPhone competitor will be released later. The all new Garmin NuviFone is set to be released some time in 3rd quater 2008.

Watch official videos of the Garmin Nuvifone here

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