Looks like Garmin couldn't pull it off on their own; Asus is now in the mix.
Good catch and nice post. In as much as 2007 and 2008 were, arguably, the years of the GPS, 2009 well may be the year of GPS smartphones. Granted, they have been on the market for a while now, but I have heard of several new models about to be released soon.
Here is something from Boy Genius about one from Acer
It also looks as if Dell is close to releasing a smartphone.
With pre-paid plans apparently becoming more mainstream, maybe we will see more unlocked smartphones that will work on pre-paid plans.
I don't get it..they make smart phones that are gps capable. I have been using one for years. I love the Garmin mobile xt on a smart phone. So what do these new phones bring to the table? Just curious.
check out the list of smart phones capable of running Mobile xt
I put my money on nokia, but they have not done much.
I've always liked Asus products like their motherboards and video cards.
I worry somewhat about this partnership though. Asus has come out with some product lately that are pretty much dogs. Also they have not posted new drivers for my Radeon 4800 series card since September 16, which is just unbelievable and I think they're slipping somewhat on support.
I hope the partnership works out.
Also they have not posted new drivers for my Radeon 4800 series card since September 16, which is just unbelievable and I think they're slipping somewhat on support.
If you go to the ATI site and download the driver there for the Radeon 4800 series it will be the correct driver for your card and also the most current available. That is where I get my driver from. They even have beta drivers for Windows 7 both 32 and 64bit that I'm running.
Asus makes decent hardware but what they lack is well written software to go with it as in the case of their netbook that I bought and returned.
Thanks, rjrsw. I knew about going direct to the ATI site. Problem is I used the default drivers once and had problems. I did manage to download newer drivers from the Asus ftp site, but I have no idea what I got as driver v. said 8.6 before ATI even had those out and still says 8.6. I may give the ATI drivers another try, but it would be nice if Asus updated their drivers more often.
It's been so long I can't even remember what the problem was with the drivers. Last night I tried installing the drivers only...not the whole Catalyst kaboodle.
Seems to work fine, and I still have my Asus icon and software in the task tray, and shows v. 9.1.
Thanks again for reminding me and getting me off my butt to try the ATI drivers again.
It won't replace my Iphone and Nuvi750
what if it turns out to be a better device than the Iphone? What if it has a choice of Carriers?
Asus, is one heck of a proven electronic builder and designer. The Marriage could be just what Garmin needs to move past the Nuvi Blur of releases and obsoleteness, a partner to answer to.
It should prove to be a decent device, barring that neither the Feds, States or local Governments don't make such a device illegal in a car, which looks like the trend to come.
A recent article from Barcelona on the nuvifone:
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