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I want it...
Good for them
UI is of tremdous importance with a touchscreen, so this could be a ridiculously awful phone that no one likes using, or a brilliant new device on par with the iPhone (not likely, but who knows).
One thing's clear though - more companies need to do this. People will pay attention to the "nuviphone" (lousy name IMHO) than they would have otherwise just because it was such a surprise.
It is very clean... uses GOogle local search and seems ...