An Engadget reader sent them a screenshot of a Garmin Survey asking the following question:
“Now, how likely would you be to buy the Garmin Nuvifone (for yourself or as a gift) if offered by AT&T for $499.99 with a two year contract? You would be required to have both a data plan that would include unlimited internet browsing and unlimited Navigation for $19.99 per month and one of the standard voice rate plans for a monthly fee.”
Remember that the Garmin Nuvifone has a 3.5″ touchscreen, 3.5G data, Wifi, GPS navigation, audio and video playback, and a 3 megapixel camera.
I personally think that $499.99 would be a pretty good deal, I bought my iPhone for $599 and later got the $100 back from Apple so effectively I paid $499 for my iPhone, on paper the Nuvifone seems to be better than the iPhone but I think that when June hits and the App Store is installed on millions of iPhones the iPhone is going to be pretty far ahead of the nuvifone.
But, this isn’t the Nuvifone vs. the iPhone it is the question of whether or not you would pay $499.99 for the Garmin Nuvifone. Considering the fact that a decent GPS navigation system is roughly $300-$400 I think paying an extra $100-$200 to get a cell phone built in is a great price.
I would pay $499.99 for the Garmin Nuvifone (but I’d still rather just stick with my iPhone instead and save the money to buy some applications for the iPhone).