Garmin Nuvifone Review

Tom Keating has an excellent review of the Garmin nuvifone and after reading it I remain very impressed with what the company will be releasing soon. Let’s look at the facts. Garmin’s nuvi line is fantastic. I like the easy to use interface and most importantly I like the haptic feedback the device allows which basically means that vibrating feeling you get when you hit an on screen button.

I have an e-mail into the company which should clear this question up but for now, let’s consider that this device has an amazing array of features. It is a a full touch screen device which allows access to e-mail, web browsing, audio and video player and of course real GPS  (not the pseudo GPS some other phones offer) allowing you to know where your photos were taken as well as helping you find your way back to the car in a large parking lot. This of course assumes your car is in a parking lot which receives GPS signals. Many indoor lots such as those located in a mall do not.

Perhaps the best feature is the ability to tie the GPS into Google local search meaning you are really able to find local restaurants and anything else most efficiently. Garmin’s GPS units do have a database which is built into them and this database provides a similar function but one imagines that having this database updated 24×7 makes it that much better.

In addition, you are able to take advantage of benefits Google brings to the table such as fixing your spelling, etc.

Is this an iPhone killer as they say? Perhaps… There are instances where GPS is required such as in field force and sales force environments. Many people don’t want to carry a separate GPS device with them and having a single product that does it all makes life that much easier.

Generally, I like the keyboard on Garmin devices much better than the Apple iPhone. I wonder if the nuvifone has this same keyboard that the nuvi has gotten me used to and moreover if the haptic feedback that works so well on the nuvi is integrated into this phone.

More to come.

  • Garmin Web
    June 5, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Thanks for the review. We will be releasing more info on the phone very soon.
    It might be worth bookmarking the Garmin Blog as we put up to date news and product info on there very regularly.

  • abcyesn
    July 7, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    I doubt this phone could be an iphone killer at all, so it doesn’t work $499 according to, this phone might not survive with this price.

  • ogremlin (uk)
    November 7, 2008 at 6:39 am

    ..can I key in longitude/latitude?
    europe/uk..will ordnance survey coordinates be available?

  • Gabrielle
    December 18, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    That’s not my URL. It’s the URL where I found a plagiarized copy of this review. The reviewer only changed “Tom Keating” to “I” which doesn’t even work grammatically with the 3rd word: “has”.
    Thought you might like to know. Here’s the URL again in case it’s not shown:

  • Ben
    August 22, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Very nice looking phone. Two thumbs up for Garmin.

  • Noureen
    August 30, 2009 at 3:08 am

    It is an old phone. What do you expect.

  • Joshan
    September 9, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Yeah it is an old phone.

  • Neal
    October 14, 2009 at 4:29 am

    If their keyboard is anything like on my Garmin 265WT then they can keep this hunk of crap… the keyboards on the gps units suck. This is in no way an iPhone killer anymore than an android phone is (which I have). This is just another phone on the market which will not own up to what they claim. Face the facts the iPhone is a great phone… I have had many touch screen phones and none of them have half as good of a screen as the iPhone does. Maybe because it’s an actual glass screen; I dont know.

  • Marlboro lights
    December 10, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    The audio of the phone is not loud and even the vibration is weaker. If u r with ur friends in a louder conversation with the phone in ur pocket, u might hear or feel the phone ringing.There’s no homescreen button, to quickly take you out of a mire of menus.Sometimes the accelerometer just stops working completely.The camera is terrible—if the hardware button required for the shutter even works—and there’s no video of any kind.The web browser is all but useless, because it relies heavily on zooming in and out, and the touchscreen easily confuses swiping and tapping. It doesnt have that much application u can play around with……

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