T-Mobile Garminfone is coming to the US
Love having convergence devices, especially cellphones that come with GPS navigation capability? Well, you’ll be stoked to know that T-Mobile USA has just announced that they will be bringing the new Garminfone to the masses on an exclusive basis. This is the first Android-powered smartphone that sports a fully integrated Garmin premium navigation experience to help you get from point A to point B without having you get lost. Touted to hit the market later this spring, the Garminfone is a sleek, full-touch 3G smartphone that boasts a large 3.5″ screen, and we can check out the rest of its specifications right after the jump.
Among the features found on the Garminfone would include :-
- 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.
- Garminfone also includes a convenient charging window and dashboard mount, enabling customers to easily navigate and charge the phone’s battery simultaneously.
Apart from that, it runs on the free and open source Android operating system that will offer a rich mobile Web experience, complete with integrated Google mobile services such as Google Search by voice, Google Maps, YouTube for entertainment while you’re on the go, access to the Android Market for fun and useful applications, and a mobile Web browser experience that boasts enhanced functions such as pinch and zoom capability and embedded location awareness. Hardware options include 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, support for Microsoft Exchange e-mail, contacts and calendar, social networking, instant messaging, a 3-megapixel autofocus camera and advanced media playback capability.