GPS manufacturer Garmin has just unveiled the nuvifone, their brand new PND with 3G cell phone functionality (or vise versa).
It has a large touch-screen for input and is packed with Google services, such as Local Search, Gmail and Panaramio. In addition, it offers two cool GPS-based features: “Where am I?”, which helps users orient in space, and the so called ”Dude, where’s my car?” - tells drivers where they’ve parked their vehicles.
Garmin nuvifone overview:
- Large 3.5" touch-sensitive display;
- 3G HSDPA network;
- Full GPS support;
- Integrated photo/video camera;
- Integrated with Google’s local search, Gmail and Panoramio picture sharing site;
- The homescreen has three large icons - “Call”, “Search” and “View Map” alongside 4 smaller ones - “Browser”, “SMS”, “Email” and “Tools”;
- Media player (MP3, AAC and MPEG4);
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
The nuvifone is scheduled for release in Q3 2008. No word on pricing. We expect more details to appear after the upcoming Mobile World Congress.