Last night, Garmin announced the “Nuviphone,” a touchscreen smartphone with all the built-in GPS features you might expect from the company. Built around a 3.-5inch touchscreen with no dedicated buttons (at least on the front), the Nuviphone should be able to do pretty much everything the iPhone can do, like full-screen web browsing, email, and SMS over Wi-Fi or 3G (HSDPA). The GPS functions include points-of-interest information, photo and video automatic geotagging, and live traffic updates.
The only thing holding the Nuviphone back at the moment is a carrier, but considering their choice of 3G radio, AT&T is the likely choice when the phone launches later this year.
It looks like a hell of a device. As long as they put the same spit shine on the interface that Apple did, they could have a real contender on their hands.
Garmin hits iPhone directly with Nuviphone [Electronista.com]