Garminfone coming in June to T-Mobile for $199

Garminfone officially announced for $199. Some innovative features but might be too late to market.
Written by Joel Evans, Contributor

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.

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