Garmin Nüviphone (Courtesy of Garmin)Garmin International Inc., the world’s leading GPS manufacturer, announced its entrance into the mobile phone market with the nüvifone. An all-in-one, slim bodied, touchscreen device, the nüvifone combines the features of a premium phone, mobile web-browser, and cutting-edge personal navigator.

The nüvifone is an innovative mobile phone with a wide range of advanced (but still easy-to-use) features. The all-touchscreen nüvifone is one of the first to integrate premium 3.5G mobile phone capability with personal GPS navigation in one handset. When powered on, the 3.5-inch touchscreen display reveals three primary icons – “Call,” “Search,” and “View Map” all of which allow you to effortlessly master the nüvifone’s functions.

garmin-web-browser.jpgThe nüvifone is the ultimate multi-tasker. Calls are easily initiated either by tapping the “Call” button and selecting a name from the contact list or by using the on-screen keypad.

How do you juggle the nüvifone between plotting your trip to the lake while chatting with friends and family? It’s easy. When you dock the nüvifone onto your car dock, it automatically turns on the GPS reciever, activates the navigation menu, and enables hands-free calling so you never miss a beat. You don’t even have to stop your conversation!

Customers familiar with Garmin’s nüvi product line will feel right at home using the nüvifone’s personal navigation features. The nüvifone includes preloaded maps of North America, Eastern and Western Europe, or both, and allows drivers to quickly find a specific street address, the name of a fine dining establishment, or search for a destination by category using the nüvifone’s built-in database with millions of points of interest. Turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions guide the user to their destination. If they miss a turn along the route, nüvifone automatically recalculates a route and gets them back on track, speaking the names of the streets along the way.


Internet based features

The nüvifone is Garmin’s first device to include Google local search capability, which harnesses the vast points-of-interest information available from the web. Nüvifone users search for a location (like “coffee shops”) and Google will sort results based on the user’s current location and relevance. In addition, the nüvifone’s web browser incorporates premium features with touchscreen operation for the perfect mobile web experience. The nüvifone also includes personal messaging functions like email, text, and instant messaging.

Safely Navigating an Emergency

The “Where am I?” feature lets users touch the screen at any time to display the exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest intersection address, as well as the closest hospitals, police and gas stations. The nüvifone also helps drivers find their car in a crowded parking lot by marking the position where the phone was last removed from its vehicle mount.

In addition to navigation, the nüvifone includes access to Garmin OnlineTM, an online service offering constantly-updating information such as real-time traffic, fuel prices, stock prices, sport scores, news reports, and weather forecasts.

Geotagging–See and Go Where Others Have Gone Before

The nüvifone does entertainment too—but with a garmin twist. The built-in camera automatically tags a picture with the exact latitude and longitude of where it was taken. You can then use the saved image to navigate back to the picture’s location, or email the image to a recipient (who can then do the same thing). The nüvifone also provides access Google’s Panoramio picture sharing site, where you’ll find and browse millions of geo-located landmark and sightseeing photographs. The Panoramio photo search enhances the enjoyment and adventure of sightseeing in unfamiliar locations. Other multimedia options include a built-in video camera, MP3 and MPEG4/AAC.


Thanks to Lamond for Pointing out the nüvifone’s release to me! Look for the nüvifone to be available in the third quarter of 2008. Can’t wait for the nüvifone? Check out some of the other great Garmin equipment we’ve got on Take Garmin with you and you’ll never get lost again!

Source: Garmin: Garmin nüvifone Takes Personal Navigation and Communication to the Next Level

Image Credit: Garmin

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