I'm confused. How can it be a "new" model when Garmin hasn't even released the Nuvifone?!?
Depending on how you look at it, it's over a year old
LOL, too funny. A happy birthday article for a phone which doesn't exist.
So I have a question regarding the original model G60 Nuvifone. Now that Garmin has announced a new model, do you think they will continue to support the G60 model with firmware updates?
I will wait for the 3rd release. To make sure they iron all the bugs.
Why the confusion? It's a Nuvi!
Would you really expect anything less?
The difference being this one was obsoleted before it was released
The only thing I can say is, Asus probably already had the phone developed running under Windows CE6.1 and Garmin added the GPS software. Garmin obviously could not pull off the phone on their own, The Garmin60 abort is proof of that.
I wouldn't believe you have to worry about Firmware for the nonexistent G60 phone.
From what I have heard, I think you will find this is probably going to be one of the most stable GPS units that Garmin has put out. There has been a tremendous amount of R&D on this, both from Asus and Garmin. They stopped the release of the first phone because of concerns, and now they are ready to go public. I for one welcome the new phone, and think you will find it to be incredibly stable, flexible and a great device. I can't wait to get one!
A 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen is just to small for us older people. My LG Voyager has that size and from experience I kinow it is to small to see the navigation maps easily. I think I will stick with my 760's 4.3" screen that I can actually see clearly when I glance at it.
The 760's screen is 2.25 times as large as the new M20 Nuviphone's screen.
I agree about stability, it on a Windows CE6.1 OS.
Not the unstable of late Nuvi platform. And just think of all the software you will be able to run under windows. However then we are back to, will it be legal in the near future to even have in a car turned on? probably not. So I guess if your on foot it's going to be great.
As far as "There has been a tremendous amount of R&D on this, both from Asus and Garmin." That's hogwash.
They just teamed up on February 4th 2009, Asus already had the phone devoloped and Garmin added a windows version of their software.
Picture of the new M20 in the windshield mount:
TechRadar spoke with Garmin-Asus about the new handset, and said that they were told it would be coming in the second half of 2009, likely after the flagship G60.
Picture of the new G60 in the windshield mount:
I'm not sold, on the idea of a phone to be used as a GPS.
I use my GPS in places where I need to use my phone, so it's hard for me to have a single device for both.
Sure it'd be nice to use in a pinch, but with my small 3.5" GPS units it's not a big deal to bring them along with me for the dedicated GPS function.
Here's the web site for the nuvifone M20:
I am looking forward to reading more about both the new Garmin Nuvifone G60 and M20. I bought my first Garmin StreetPilot 2730 second hand. I use it every work day. I have a separate Nextel through work. I can't imagine working with the two units combined. I month or so ago I bought a second hand Pharos GPS Phone 600 and installed Garmin Mobile XT. I really like how it works. My original incentive to buy a device that is both a GPS and cell phone came last year when I riding my ATV in a very rural area. I some point on the trail, which is an old railroad line, I thought about trying to contact somebody on my Nextel and I had no coverage. I then thought if I ran across a fellow ATV rider that needed help I wouldn't be much help. My phone would not have service and, even if I did, I couldn't tell them where I was located very accurately. (I realize that a wireless 911 call will often result in location data in many communication centers, but I also realize that many do not have that capability.) Anyway, I eventually continued my ride and gave some more thought to my idea and recalled times when traveling that I wished I had at least a minimal ability to access things via the internet. I started doing some research last fall and learned that many cell phones have the ability to subscribe to a navigation feature with a typical charge of about $10 a month. Since I wasn't even planning on using the phone much, I decided to try to figure out what smartphones have internal GPS and can work independent of cell phone service. I also started reading up on software. There are other choices available, but I selected Garmin Mobile XT because of my experience with the Garmin StreetPilot 2730. I liked the ability to load POI files from here, manage favorites with Mapsource, etc. I looked here https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=11413#specsTab to determine what units were compatible with Garmin Mobile XT. As I continued to do research I decided that I wanted the following features as a minimum:
-SiRF Star III (or equivalent) receiver
-built in wifi
-microSD data card slot
I also really like the units that have a factory mobile mount to attach to the windshield. With those requirements, the ability to have an unlocked smartphone that can use pre-paid minutes, and a limited budget, narrowed the field fairly quickly.
But I digress, I would like to G20 or M60 at some point in the future. I think that most people are expecting that this will be offered at a price subsidized through AT&T in the US. Since I will not be in a big hurry, I may buy one of these in a year or two when many people upgrade to a newer smartphone. I would like to think that they will offer this unlocked, but I won't hold my breath. Also, if I understand it correctly, the competing Apple iPhone is locked to AT&T, although some have been "jailbroken". I wonder if the Nuvifones will be configured the same. The tightwad in me likes the ability to get one of these, but not pay for a data plan. The GPS functionality with inexpensive pre-paid phone minutes would interest me quite a bit.
I'll probably buy one just because it will be a collector's item in a year or two. Assuming its even made.
Nuvifone M20 hands-on with screenshots:
No Ship Date
No Carrier Negotiated as of yet
For those interested:
Might be good if on foot, but way too small for auto use!
Where do I get one of these never released virtual phones - I guess I can get one with virtual $$
I am getting kind of interested in finding out more details about the Garmin Nuvifone. Has anybody heard anything new about availability of this?
A report that I read recently is that this will be offered unlocked. Other earlier reports indicated that it would be locked to AT&T. I guess we shall see.
New information is drying up.
The Garmin Nuvifone M20 and G60 can be pre-ordered now at GPS City.
I called the company a few minutes ago and the salesman had no additional information as to the price of the phone or whom the carriers will be. I also checked Garmin site and basically they stated that pricing and carriers will not be released till just about when the phone will be available for purchase.
Where do I get one of these never released virtual phones - I guess I can get one with virtual $$
New Nuvi phone M20 looks really cool.
But remember!!! It is a new gadget from Garmin!!!! As you noticed, Gamin is releasing untested products to market lately, they look cool they have nice features - but they never work the way they suppose to, due to the lack of quality control and inadequate testing.
I learned my lesson with Nuvi 765t. I like top of the line gadgets, but I hate to pay premium price, to become beta tester. So just be patient for now, to avoid unpleasant dissapointment...
needs a shrink, but if you really want to be a beta tester then go for it, as state above, these things are gonna be nothing but, a high priced unpleasant disappointments. Brought to you by Garmin the company that takes several tries to get the Firmware right on their Nuvi line, and if they can't dumps them to Costco to get rid of.
I'm sure the Gamin Loyalism with their blinders on will be lined up waiting to buy one of these, just be sure to take some Vaseline with you, so when you get bent over it don't... well you know the rest.
From what Boy Genius Report is showing, the Garmin Nuvifone G60 could be released in the US soon. That is the one with Linux OS and a 3.55" screen. It looks like it will be with AT&T, but they don't seem to totally rule out T-Mobile also offering this in the future. I will follow this with interest. I am still not totally sold on the idea of a combination GPS/cell phone. If this works well, however, maybe I would buy this used a year or two down the road. I think part of the reason that this fascinates me is while I admire the iPhone, I like to see competitors step up and see how they can improve a similar device. I don't own an iPhone or iPod, but I am certainly familiar with them. They are obviously very successful and seem to work very well. Despite that, I think having a device that the end user cannot replace the battery in is bad for consumers. I also don't like that Apple has control over what applications can be loaded onto their devices. Ironically, if I did get a used Garmin Nuvifone in the future, I might not even install a GSM SIM card in it. I may be more inclined to simply use it as a GPS and the wifi browser.
Could be that one is driving the other, as the new 1690 and 1890 units will have a browser and a linux OS similar to the nuvifone.
Nuvi Phone? You know the GSM M-20 & G-60 device.
Any fresh news for this Nuvifone, for northamerica?
Will it be better than a Iphone?
They would let the Nuvi phone die a quiet death. I may have my issues with Garmin quality control but I am in no hurry to see them out of business. As long as somebody outside the software dept makes the call they stand a chance of realizing that going up against the iPhone, RIM and Nokia would be suicide.
Looks like Garmin has signed a contract with some wireless provider..
Looks like Garmin has signed a contract with some wireless provider.. (Edit)
Seeing is believing!, especially since they signed a Wireless contract and won't say with whom!
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