Garmin International Inc., the worldâ€™s leading GPS manufacturer, announced its entrance into the mobile phone market with the nÃ¼vifone. An all-in-one, slim bodied, touchscreen device, the nÃ¼vifone combines the features of a premium phone, mobile web-browser, and cutting-edge personal navigator.
The nÃ¼vifone is an innovative mobile phone with a wide range of advanced (but still easy-to-use) features. The all-touchscreen nÃ¼vifone 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 â€“ â€œCall,â€ â€œSearch,â€ and â€œView Mapâ€ all of which allow you to effortlessly master the nÃ¼vifoneâ€™s functions.
The nÃ¼vifone is the ultimate multi-tasker. Calls are easily initiated either by tapping the â€œCallâ€ button and selecting a name from the contact list or by using the on-screen keypad.
How do you juggle the nÃ¼vifone between plotting your trip to the lake while chatting with friends and family? Itâ€™s easy. When you dock the nÃ¼vifone 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 donâ€™t even have to stop your conversation!
Customers familiar with Garminâ€™s nÃ¼vi product line will feel right at home using the nÃ¼vifone’s personal navigation features. The nÃ¼vifone 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 nÃ¼vifoneâ€™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, nÃ¼vifone automatically recalculates a route and gets them back on track, speaking the names of the streets along the way.
Internet based features
The nÃ¼vifone is Garminâ€™s first device to include Google local search capability, which harnesses the vast points-of-interest information available from the web. NÃ¼vifone users search for a location (like â€œcoffee shopsâ€) and Google will sort results based on the userâ€™s current location and relevance. In addition, the nÃ¼vifoneâ€™s web browser incorporates premium features with touchscreen operation for the perfect mobile web experience. The nÃ¼vifone also includes personal messaging functions like email, text, and instant messaging.
Safely Navigating an Emergency
The â€œWhere am I?â€ 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 nÃ¼vifone 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 nÃ¼vifone 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 nÃ¼vifone does entertainment tooâ€”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 pictureâ€™s location, or email the image to a recipient (who can then do the same thing). The nÃ¼vifone also provides access Googleâ€™s Panoramio picture sharing site, where youâ€™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 nÃ¼vifone’s release to me! Look for the nÃ¼vifone to be available in the third quarter of 2008. Can’t wait for the nÃ¼vifone? Check out some of the other great Garmin equipment we’ve got on TigerDirect.com. Take Garmin with you and you’ll never get lost again!
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