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Google Advertising Nexus 7 on Homepage ➝

It’s hideous if you ask me. But, my girlfriends reaction was better than anything I could have wrote about it:

Is it supposed to be Samsung’s grave or something?

Wrong company, but it does look a bit like a headstone.

At Least it’s Free ➝

Sean Buckley writing for Engadget:

We did encounter a snag using it however, our tablet would randomly reboot every few minutes while the dongle was attached, though a sticker on the kit’s front implores users to update their slate before use. Our tablet is up to date, of course, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see a compatibility fix in the coming weeks. Despite matching our Prime’s color profile, the dongle is a little on the ugly side, facing its screws towards the user, rather than hiding them on the tablet’s back. Hiccups and eyesores aside, the attachment works, plain and simple. It isn’t as elegant of a solution as we might as hoped, but at least it’s free.

It causes random reboots, its ugly, and it’s a dongle. But hey, at least it’s free. I guess I just don’t understand why people put up with sub-par hardware.

(Via Daring Fireball.)

Garmin Nuvifone G60 ➝

From Wilson Rothman’s review of the Garmin Nuvifone G60 on Gizmodo:

  • The resistive touchscreen reminds me of phones circa 2006, bad for everything but big-button tapping.
  • Sometimes the accelerometer just stops working completely.
  • It’s crashy—screens froze twice while I was writing this, forcing a full-on hard restart.

It’s also worth noting that the review has a “What’s Bad” section, but a “What’s Good” section is mysteriously missing.

Garmin-Asus Nuvifone G60 May Have June Release Date

Update 10/8/09: David Pogue on the Nuvifone G60’s resistive touchscreen:

But whatever technology Garmin (and Asus, its computing collaborator) chose for the Nuvifone’s touch screen was a balky mistake. You have to really bear down to make it register a click, and “flicking” to scroll a list works only sometimes. The rest of the time, it registers a click on whatever item was beneath your finger at the start of the flick. It’s wildly frustrating.

Update 10/14/09: Darren Murph of Engadget Mobile on the Nuvifone G60:

Honestly, you probably know already if the nüvifone G60 is right for you or not. At $299 on contract, you’ve got a lot of smartphone options, and unless navigation is your number one priority, almost any of them are superior to this.

Update 10/28/09: That $299.99 price point didn’t last too long. Although AT&T is still charging $299.99 (after mail-in rebate), Amazon has the Garmin Nuvifone G60 available for $99.99. I had some time with the Nuvifone at my local AT&T store and it isn’t good. It’s only a matter of time before this device is either discontinued or is available for free with a 2-year contract.

Garmin-Asus Nuvifone G60 May Have June Release Date ➝

Regarding Asustek and Garmin’s smartphones:

a source with direct knowledge of the project, speaking on condition his name not be used because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said the plan was to begin shipping the first LiMo phones in June

Although Reuters doesn’t mention the source by name, this is Reuters, so for better or worse you should probably trust them.

It has taken two announcements and a year and a half but it now appears we have a release time frame (other than “soon”) for the Nuvifone G60.

Update 8/7/09: TWICE is reporting that the Garmin-Asus Nuvifone G60 is “on track to launch in the U.S. in the fourth quarter”.

Update 10/3/09: AT&T and Garmin have announced in a press release that the Nuvifone G60 will be available for AT&T on October 4 for $299.