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Satnav manufacturer launches GPS-in-a-Phone

Satnav Manufacturer Garmin (opens in new tab) has released a new phone that looks like an iPhone copycat with a matte bezel and a grey frame. The nüvifone comes will full browsing functionality, Personal Information management, a phone and GPS functionality.

Garmin has also managed to pack a built-in video and photo camera together with a MP3/MP4 AAC player; all served on a nice 3.5-inch LCD screen.

Other features include Google Local search, email and web connectivity and HSPDA compatibility.

The nuvifone also provides direct access to millions of geo-located landmark and sightseeing photographs available through Google's Panoramio picture sharing site.

PCPro reports that photos taken using the phone will be automatically

The Panoramio photo search feature enhances the enjoyment and adventure of sightseeing in an otherwise unfamiliar location.

Although the user interface does not appear to be as sleek as the iPhone, it will be interesting to see what will be the sales figures, especially given the fact that Garmin will be able to sell it to traditional Satnav outlets (like Comet) as well as in mobile phone shops like Carphone Warehouse.

The only missing information is the device's selling price; Garmin will have to keep the price down since Satnav devices are not subsidised as phones normally are.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.