Garminfone coming in June to T-Mobile for $199

Garminfone coming in June to T-Mobile for $199

Summary: Garminfone officially announced for $199. Some innovative features but might be too late to market.


We've been covering some early leaks of the Garminfone and now T-Mobile has officially announced that it will be available in June for $199.99.

As previously noted, it will feature on-board maps, voice and on-screen directions, a 3-megapixel autofocus camera, and one feature I'm very interested in: Garmin Voice Studio. This application lets customers record and share custom voice directions from family and friends, and while I'm still deciding if it's a useful feature, it's at least innovative.

The price point is decent considering that you get a built-in GPS navigator, real-time traffic, weather, gas prices, and still all of the Android trimmings. However, there's a lot of competition coming from other carriers, not to mention that most smarphones now offering free turn-by-turn directions, with Microsoft's Bing App for Windows Phone being the latest to join in the fun.

If the Garminfone had come out last year, I'd be a lot more excited. As it stands, it's an interesting concept but I fear it may be a bit late to the market.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Operating Systems, Software, Telcos, Windows

Joel Evans

About Joel Evans

With more than 15 years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands and technologies into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the VP of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider.

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