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No Nuvifone yet.....................

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  • gatorguy 326 Points
    Yep. Quietly announced on the 6th that the nuviphones have been delayed (again) until the second half of the year. My guess? Just in time for the Holidays :roll:
  • Tim 1481 Points
    First announced on almost the last day of January of 2008, the original expected ship date was Q3 (July/Aug/Sept) 2008. They are now saying "second half" of 2009 which likely means they doubt it will come before the end of Q3. So we are likely looking at a Q4 (Oct/Nov/Dec) release.

    Back in Feb of 2008 they were expected to be shipping in 5-7 months. Today, 15 months later they are still likely 5-7 months away. We appear no closer to a ship date today compared to the day the product was announced.

    That is a pretty dark and critical view. I'm really looking forward to the product, but not like I was over a year ago. A similar thing happened to Dash. When it was announced it appeared to be leaps ahead of the competition. By the time it rolled out it was no longer quite as revolutionary. The one difference is that Garmin rarely makes a mistake releasing a product before it is ready.
  • gatorguy 326 Points
    I was also pretty excited about the product, especially once some of the features were clarified back in February. Looked like a leading-edge product. By the time It actually makes it out of it's pen, it may not look so unique. A shame. . .
  • Boyd 1985 Points
    I have always been very skeptical about the Nuviphone myself. I also wondered whether Garmin was essentially "dumping" it on Asus after realizing they couldn't really pull it off themselves. Smartphones are such a dog-eat-dog business, IMO they would be wise to stay away.

    Just read this article in the WSJ a few days ago about Asus. Sounds like they mav have some rough seas ahead:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124113110410974953.html
    Asustek is promising a raft of new products in coming months, including smart phones developed with Global Positioning System specialist Garmin International Inc. and its first low-cost computer using Google Inc.'s Android software, an operating system designed for cellphones.
    _____________

    "In order to remain competitive in the market, they'll need to move beyond netbooks and do so relatively soon," said George Schiffler, an analyst at Gartner.

    On Thursday, Asustek reported profit fell 94% to $13.7 million during the first quarter after posting a loss in the fourth quarter. Quarterly sales fell 27%.
  • patruns 10 Points
    I was quite enthusiastic about this originally. Now, not so much. With more and more touch screen smartphones coming out & 3rd party GPS software available for them like iGo, this doesn't seem so groundbreaking anymore. On top of it, the Nuvifone will probably be tied to one or more specific phone companies. I doubt they will offer an unlocked version & that would be a deal breaker for me. Also, how many Linux phone apps are out there in comparison to WM and Apple? If I am going to spend the kind of money necessary for a phone like this I want to be able to choose from as many 3rd party apps as possible. Otherwise, why do I need it?
  • The one difference is that Garmin rarely makes a mistake releasing a product before it is ready.
    Huh?!? Garmin releases new stuff with buggy firmware and/or hardware problems ALL the time!
  • Tim 1481 Points
    Not nearly as much as compared to other GPS companies.
  • Not nearly as much as compared to other GPS companies.
    True, but I disagree with your use of Garmin and rarely...
  • Tim 1481 Points
    I think you are taking it a bit to literally. In the context of this thread we were talking about product (hardware) releases. Not application/firmware/software releases.

    Garmin is rarely the first to come out with a new piece of hardware that has a particular new feature. As far as I recall they were not the first to offer Bluetooth, a touch screen, a rechargeable battery, transcontinental maps, predictive ephemeris, lane assistance, static intersection images, or voice recognition. But when they did add those features they largely "got it right" the first time compared to the company that was first and had major hiccups with the initial implementation.
  • I think you are taking it a bit to literally. In the context of this thread we were talking about product (hardware) releases. Not application/firmware/software releases.
    Same thing. Either it works bug free or it doesn't. More often than not, the latter is the case with Garmin. That's why I went with an older tried and true hand held instead of these new whiz bang ones. Mine was released in 2006 and Garmin is STILL fixing bugs. The latest firmware update was just in April 2009...THREE years later!
  • Tim 1481 Points
    Whatever floats your boat buddy. You keep trying to spin my comments into something I never said. (reporting map errors, aerial photography, etc) Makes me (and others) unlikely to reply to your questions as you'll just end up arguing over some subtle point or spinning something we never said. If you want to nitpick and argue over the complexities of GPS-- gpspassion.com is a good place for that. If you want to hold the hand of newbies and do it with patience and understanding-- that's what most of us here are for.
  • I'm not spinning anything. You said what you said about Garmin rarely releasing things before they are ready. If the firmware OR the hardware is faulty/buggy, how else is that to be read?
    The one difference is that Garmin rarely makes a mistake releasing a product before it is ready.
  • patruns 10 Points
    I need a hug........................... :(

    airgunner, 549 posts in less than 2 months? I think Tim has a valid point here..... We are just trying to respond to general needs here.
  • Tim 1481 Points
    how else is that to be read?
    And I'll answer it the same way again... It is to be read in the context of this thread which is about Garmin delaying a product release. You are taking it out of context as if you read only my post and nothing else in the thread.

    If you've got something to contribute to this thread about the Nuvifone delay-- great. But if you're just going to critique my comments and everyone else's as you typically do then go nitpick people in other forums.
  • gatorguy 326 Points
    If you want to nitpick and argue over the complexities of GPS-- gpspassion.com is a good place for that.
    With Guillaume?? LOL!!
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