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.