April 21, 2010 | by Robert Nelson
T-Mobile and Garmin have recently announced the upcoming availability of the Garminfone, which will be an exclusive offering with T-Mobile. Feature wise, the Garminfone will come sporting a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen display, 3 megapixel camera with autofocus, Wi-Fi, microSD card slot and 3G support.
Of course, as the Gamin name would imply there is also GPS, which sounds like it is tightly integrated with Android. This also means that you can expect a nice car mount to come along with. In fact the Garminfone will have a dashboard mount/charging station bundled in.
- Integrated Navigation + Smartphone Experience: Garminfone delivers navigation capabilities beyond what other smartphones and standalone navigation devices provide. Customers can navigate to an address simply by clicking on it from a text message or e-mail, contact, calendar appointment, or web page. Garminfone can even remember where you are parked and navigate you back to your car. The 3-megapixel camera with autofocus automatically geotags images so you can navigate back to where your family vacation photos were taken, e-mail geo-tagged images to friends and family members, or post geo-tagged pictures on the Web for others to enjoy. Helpful Garmin travel applications such as dynamic, real-time traffic; weather local events; movie listings; and gas prices are pre-installed and easy to access and use.
- Garmin Navigation: Driving, walking and public transportation navigation with voice and on-screen directions and automatic re-routing are deeply integrated into the smartphone features of Garminfone to simplify navigating your daily life. On-board North American maps offer fast and reliable directions — whether in or out of cell phone coverage — and multiple overlapping positioning technologies ensure Garminfone customers have one of the best location and navigation experiences a smartphone can offer. In addition, Garminfone utilizes text-to-speech technology to speak street names, and the screen automatically switches between day and night modes for easier viewing while driving.
- Garmin Voice Studio: Garminfone is the first to feature Garmin Voice Studio, an Android application, which allows customers to record and share custom voice directions from family and friends.
As of now the phone is not yet available, so far it was just noted as coming “later this spring” and for a yet to be announced price.