The oft-delayed Garmin nüvifone G60 is finally drawing close to release. AT&T announced today that it will launch this navigation-oriented smartphone in early October.
The G60 was formally announced in early 2008, but its release was pushed back several times.
It’s a GPS…
As the first nüvifone will be a device built around its GPS receiver, it is going to have the same core features as a high-end Garmin nüvi, and come preloaded with maps and millions of points of interest (POI) for North America. It will also come with everything needed to be used as an in-car navigation unit, including a dashboard and windshield mount.
The navigation software will offer turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions that speak street names. If a turn is missed along the route, the device will automatically recalculate a route and get the user back on track.
Because the maps are going to reside on the phone, users will always have access to navigation.
To users find their cars in an unfamiliar spot or crowded parking lot, nüvifone will automatically mark the position in which it was last removed from the windshield mount
“We expect the nüvifone to be the guide for local restaurants, the least-expensive gas and the nearest coffee shop for many customers,” said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.
It will have access to AT&T’s 3G network, and include a full HTML WebKit-based web browser to take advantage of it. Users will also be able to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots.
Garmin’s location link, which parses addresses on webpages with latitude and longitude information, will allow customers to easily navigate to places they discover on the Web by simply touching the address.
The on-screen keyboard, which will include predictive text, is going to be customizable to QWERTY or A to Z to allow customers to more easily type in web addresses or send and receive text messages.
The G60 will also include a 3-megapixel camera with auto-focus. This will automatically geotags images with an exact latitude and longitude reference of where the image was taken. Customers can then save the image so they can navigate back to the location, or email the geo-tagged image to others.
For business users, this device will be able to synchronize its address book and calendar information with Microsoft Outlook, and also let users view Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF files.
There will also be an MP3 player.
This will be Garmin’s only device running a specially developed version of Linux. Future models in this line will run Google’s Android OS.
It is going to be a quad-band GSM phone with tri-band HSDPA mobile broadband. It will also have Wi-Fi b/g and stereo Bluetooth.
The first nüvifone will have 4 GB of on-board storage, plus a microSD card with support for at least 16 GB cards
Pricing & Availability
The nüvifone G60 will be available in AT&T stores or at www.wireless.att.com on October 4 for $300 with a two year service agreement after $100 mail-in-rebate.
nüvifone Premium Connected Services — which includes traffic updates, white pages, weather, movie, local events and fuel price content — will be available for $5.99/month after a 30-day trial.