following notoriously lengthy delays, the first Nuvifone should have been euthanized, not put on AT&T shelves
That's really rude. Could it be that bad?
Thanks for calling attention to it Tim.
Well that was fast. The Nuvifone is now available for $99 at Amazon.
Shows how observant I am, mvl.......when did you get your 'stripes' here?
I suppose the threshold for "smart" will have to change with time-- but I suspect if you offer email and a full (not a mobile or WAP) web browser then you can likely call yourself smart.
Since the Nuvifone uses a custom OS that isn't on the list, it isn't "smart" by AT&T's definition and is therefore a cheaper phone to own on a monthly basis.
MVL, do you see those three green stripes under your name in the left column? That means you're a "trusted" poster, one whose knowledge and advice is generally spot-on. Way to go buddy! :D
Hey, how do I get some stripes from this forum, or is it a club that I must join. lol
I forgot to mention the $50 year year membership fee. The bill's on the way MVL. :mrgreen:
I never even knew what "stripes" where.
I probably agreed with you a few months ago too. Now I'm not as sure. The new Android version, the A50, is getting a lot of good reviews. Actually appears to be pretty darn good according to those that have seen/used it. Of course that doesn't equate to market success, but it looks as tho Garmin/Asus put some real effort into it with good results. A WinMo7 version is also in the works for later this year.
You might change your mind after watching the video. It's not your typical Android.
Honestly, I'm not sure what the best approach is. TomTom's sold a total of about 180,000 copies of their iPhone app thru last month, meaning roughly $12 mil made it into TomTom's coffers since it's release. If Garmin can sell 180,000 nuviphones, at least that much should also make it back to Garmin I would think. According to online hardware cost estimates to build a smartphone, it can be done for less than $50.
TomTom's sold a total of about 180,000 copies of their iPhone app thru last month
TomTom's sold a total of about 180,000 copies of their iPhone app thru last monthThat was 180,000 copies in 2009 according to their annual report.
In the third quarter we launched a TomTom navigation solution for the Apple iPhone and 180,000 downloads were sold during the year.
LordHamster, here's the issue from a business standpoint: The app prices are only going down. Anyone trying to sell a $99 mobile nav app is going to have a really tough time. I really see sub-$20 as the target price point. How many apps sales and gross profit would TomTom have if they sold at $19 instead of $59? There's just a lot of competition, some of quite good, at that $19 and under price. But TomTom isn't showing any sign of reducing prices to generate volume, instead going by what the market will bear. $12 million so far for their iPhone app really isn't a whole lot of money and I'm guessing Garmin could see the limited profits they'd realize from selling software only. But only time will tell if selling a hardware/software solution is any better.
I'd say porting the software to iPhone wouldn't have been a bad idea.