An even more elusive beast than Google Android, Garmin’s Nuvi Phone was a disappointment. Granted, it’s the company’s first phone, but I was expecting more than an industrial design mock-up, and a device under glass that couldn’t be demonstrated or handled.
First impressions? It has a nice heft, and the velveteen paint job gives it a luxurious feel in your hand. However, the software, when compared with products from Nokia, Apple, or Microsoft, has a decidedly old school look and feel. Moreover, Garmin positions this as first and foremost a navigation tool, which means that media capabilities that you may enjoy on other devices will be absent – by design. When asked about Nokia’s new navigation software and their claims that pedestrian navigation is the new frontier, Garmin was quick to dismiss the concept, saying that pedestrian navigation maps do not yet exist.
Hmmm… I’ll take a look again when the device finally releases, but so far it seems a little underwhelming.