Garmin nuviphone picks a fight with the iPhone

Well, we didn’t see that coming. Sat-nav giant Garmin has just driven in from somewhere west of leftfield and parked a new touchscreen mobile ca

Well, we didn’t see that coming. Sat-nav giant Garmin has just driven in from somewhere west of leftfield and parked a new touchscreen mobile called the nuviphone right on the iPhone’s lawn.

We know, you’re a bit tired of hearing the phrase ‘iPhone killer’ after the LG Viewty and HTC Touch, but the nuviphone looks mighty promising. It’s got a 3.5in touchscreen, HSDPA, Wi-Fi and, of course, bundles of sat-nav goodness.

In fact, it’s probably fair to call it a sat-nav with built-in phone, like a more advanced Magellan’s Maestro Elite 5340. Like that device, it includes Google local search, which tailors search results according to your location, and a handy ‘Where am I?’ button that instantly dishes out info on the local area to the hopelessly lost.

As it’s not due for release till autumn other details, such as the camera’s megapixel rating, are sketchy, but it will have an MP3 player and run on Garmin’s proprietary OS.

You’ll also be able to ‘tag’ images taken by the camera with the location details like Navman’s NavPix. It’s all enough to make the rumoured 3G iPhone seem a bit feeble. 

Garmin nuviphone

Price: £TBA

On sale: Autumn

Contact: Garmin