Tag Archive for ‘Garmin’

Garmin Exits Phone Business ➝

Associated Press writer Dana Wollman:

Garmin Ltd., maker of GPS devices, reported higher earnings but lower revenue Wednesday for the third quarter, and said it would abandon its efforts to break into the smartphone market and instead focus on selling GPS hardware to plane and boat makers.

I was excited about the Nuvifone when it was initially announced, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that it was nothing more than a poorly executed product. Garmin would have done much better in this market if they went the route of developing and releasing premium navigation applications on as many of the major smartphone platforms as possible.

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.