Good news for people who've been waiting over a year for the Nuvifone to hit stores: AT&T and Garmin have finally confirmed that the wireless carrier will launch the Nuvifone this coming weekend. Unfortunately it's coming with a pretty hefty pricetag. Expect to sign up for a two-year contract with AT&T and fork over $299 (after a $100 mail-in rebate).
We've said before that all the waiting around and delays from Garmin have basically ruined this phone. Had it been released a year ago, it might have still been exciting. However with GPSes going for buttons these days, it's hard to imagine anyone being really desperate to get their hands on a smartphone that doubles as a GPS, especially when you consider that lots of smartphone manufacturers have app stores that contain a whole bunch of sat-nav applications.
Sure, there are a lot of nifty little features with the Nuvifone - one of our favorites is the 'Where's My Car?' function that records the location your phone was taken off its mount, just in case you forget where you parked - but are these, coupled with what have become pretty standard smartphone specs, worth the $299 price tag? I'd say no, given that I have to pay an extra 5.99 per month to get traffic updates, white pages, weather, movie and local events.
Then again, that's just one girl's opinion. Would you consider buying the Nuvifone at this price? Let us know in the comments below!
Full specs available here.