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    Garmin has announced their first foray into the cellular world - the nuvifone. The device will have a 3.5 inch touch screen. Main icons at the bottom of the screen will include call, search, and view map. North American and/or Europe maps will come preloaded on the device, which also features HSPDA support.

    Google's Local Search feature is included in the device, and by tying into the GPS, will provide a VERY nifty tool for searching for anything around you. Release date is Q3 of 2008.

    Engadget has got a full photo gallery up, if you'd like to see more photos. And per them, here's a breakdown of some of the features:
    Originally Posted by :
    • "Where am I?" - spits out precise longitude / latitude coordinates at a moment's notice
    • Helps drivers remember where they parked by marking the position in which it was last removed from the vehicle mount
    • Garmin Online - an online service offering constantly updated information such as real-time traffic, fuel prices, stock prices, sports scores, news reports, local events and weather forecasts
    • Built-in camera (megapixels currently unknown; captures video as well) that automatically tags photos with exact longitude / latitude. This allows the user to navigate back to the location or email the image to a recipient who can navigate directly to its location.
    • Provides direct access to millions of geo-located landmark and sightseeing photographs available through Google's Panaramio picture sharing site
    • Integrated media player to handle MP3, MPEG4 and AAC files
    Oh, and the last 5 letters are iFone. Garmin, you better prepare a plate for Apple's lawyers - they're on their way over.

    Engadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Garmin's Nuvifone - iFone competitor with freakin awesome GPS started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. sinister's Avatar
      sinister -
      i still think the iphone will hold its own now if it has java that would actually be a head turner for myself...
    1. defmute's Avatar
      defmute -
      Sweet, this should push apple to release updates to the phone that should of been in their since release.
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      It looks nice, at least its not a blatant copy of the iphone like that chinese knock-off and that one nokia was showing pictures of a while back
    1. dartanian's Avatar
      dartanian -
      thats f**n english--fone phone ~~~~
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Its cool, but overall I like the iPhone much more and it will obviously be much much better with a full 1.1.3/1.1.4 jailbreak and the SDK..
    1. Psychoticpanda's Avatar
      Psychoticpanda -
      ehh..
      dosent have the same look, i think the iphone looks alot nicer/cooler
    1. Sidetalker's Avatar
      Sidetalker -
      Wow. It's... gorgeous.
    1. auburnguy32's Avatar
      auburnguy32 -
      I think this looks awesome, the main issues for me that I'll have to see about are price, battery, and software. And That java would def. be a plus, but yeah, the iPhone does have the upper hand in design and media playback quality.
    1. steve7de3's Avatar
      steve7de3 -
      i still like my iphone better
    1. boonchutan's Avatar
      boonchutan -
      Hahaha....I love it. Newiphone
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      flash player?
    1. sinister's Avatar
      sinister -
      Can it blend ?

      (lol i dont know how many people have seen that look it up on youtube i cried when i watched that before i got my iphone)
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      watch iphones gonna copy every popular feature of every other popular phone and add it in there
    1. Napoleon_PhoneApart's Avatar
      Napoleon_PhoneApart -
      Quote Originally Posted by ultimatexpka View Post
      watch iphones gonna copy every popular feature of every other popular phone and add it in there
      So when are they gonna start?
    1. reppin4you's Avatar
      reppin4you -
      Quote Originally Posted by Napoleon_PhoneApart View Post
      So when are they gonna start?
      lol.....
    1. skydad's Avatar
      skydad -
      Looks awesome and worth considering as I am getting a bit bummed Apple is basically sitting on the iPhone doing close to nothing with it but a few tidbits designed at getting people to upgrade and relock their phones. I still do not think they have learned from trying to lock the Apple //e, Apple ///, Apple Mac, Apple Lisa, etc. They owned the PC market but decided to lock them and sit on them which opened the door to Mr. Gates. Same will happen with the iPhone if they continue as they have started.
    1. feverfive's Avatar
      feverfive -
      Quote Originally Posted by MOSHO92 View Post
      I hope it does well in the market. iPhone 2.0 here we come!
      QFT... Nothing like healthy competition to force manufacturers into innovating/improving their products
    1. yowiphone's Avatar
      yowiphone -
      WHO cares this only has a better GPS than the iphone other than that it sucks balls IPHONE OWNZ!

      Quote Originally Posted by skydad View Post
      Looks awesome and worth considering as I am getting a bit bummed Apple is basically sitting on the iPhone doing close to nothing with it but a few tidbits designed at getting people to upgrade and relock their phones. I still do not think they have learned from trying to lock the Apple //e, Apple ///, Apple Mac, Apple Lisa, etc. They owned the PC market but decided to lock them and sit on them which opened the door to Mr. Gates. Same will happen with the iPhone if they continue as they have started.
      QFT!
    1. ybotpar's Avatar
      ybotpar -
      The iphone is better. Go the iphone!!
    1. heath_rox's Avatar
      heath_rox -
      it looks bad