Feeds

Garmin takes on iPhone with satnav mobile

Make calls, plan routes

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Is it a satnav, or is it a mobile phone? Garmin’s hoping you’ll think its latest device is both, because the Nüvifone lets you find locations and make calls through a fancy touchscreen UI.

Garmin_Nuvifone

Garmin's Nüvifone: a mobile phone and GPS combined

The Nüvifone combines 3.5G cellular connectivity with Garmin’s established GPS technology. It includes maps for North America, Eastern and Western Europe, and a database with over 1m points of interest.

The Nüvifone has a 3.5in touchscreen that provides users with access to Google apps. And, for that true mobile phone feeling, it also supports text messaging, email and instant messaging, while at the same time supporting MP3 audio and various video formats though its on-board media player. There’s even a built-in video camera.

The Nüvifone's capable of browsing the web, but the manufacturer’s still included its Garmin Online application. This provides users with all the critical information required for living a hi-tech 21st Century life, such as fuel prices, stock movements and sport scores.

However, Garmin hasn’t forgotten its roots. Should you get lost out in the wilderness, then the Where am I? function displays your exact coordinates, as well as details of, say, the nearest hospital.

Garmin hasn’t said much more about the Nüvifone's capabilities yet, but has promised that it’ll be available in Q3. The company hasn't located a price yet.

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P
Probe will be just 10km from Space Duck in October
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
ANU boffins demo 'tractor beam' in water
The current state of the art, apparently
China to test recoverable moon orbiter
I'll have some rocks and a moon cheese pizza please, home delivery
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.