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GARMIN iQue 3600

The iQue 3600 is the first PDA to include integrated GPS technology. With the power of Palm OS 5 and the dependability of Garmin GPS technology, this ...

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Review of "GARMIN iQue 3600"

published 25/12/2003 | penguin1052
Member since : 18/12/2003
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Excellent
Pro It's like the IPAQ without the cradle
Cons battery life
very helpful
Speed
Look & Feel
Memory / capacity
Comfort & Portability
Robustness & Durability

"U Can with IQUE"

Ok when i first saw this unit i was totally amazed.
The first time i turned it on i was more amazed at just how clear the screen was.

Right the basics.
The unit is a full PDA, address, calendar, reminders etc. The standard type of stuff you get on most PDA's.

But then....

This unit will also tell you where you are and how to get to just about anywhere you want to go.

At a snippet under £600 it's a bargain (there are catches - read on - but it's great).

Ok so what do you get?
For the £590 you get
The unit
A usb/charger hotsync cradle
European Mapsource cd rom

The catches?
The unit comes with only 32mb on board memory. You can expand this with a standard secure digital card (SD) but really your going to want at least a 128mb memory card (around £50) that should get you most of the UK onto the unit at full road level detail.
Also the battery life is around 10/11 hours in just PDA mode, which is ok. However turn the GPS function on and it's right down to 3/4 hours - even with battery saving mode. This means if you want to use the unit for car navigation you have to get the incar kit - complete with cigar charger/holder and external speaker. Another £50/£60 quid
That puts the real cost around the £700 or so mark (and you still haven't got a case that's about another £20 - a bit of haggling might get that thrown in if your lucky).

The plus points?
Ok once you've loaded the software via you pc onto the unit you can put in a house number and road name (same as the garmin street pilot III - also see my review of that) and the unit will guide you right to the door with visual and audio directions.
The unit has a built on speaker so you don't have to have the external connected (tho it is recommended for road navigation due to the noise of the car).
You don't have to have that big holder that the IPAQ's have. The GPS antenna is built onto the back of the actual unit (it even auto opens the GPS functions when you flip the aerial up).
Unlike the other garmin products the unit takes a less expensive memory. Although you could argue that the Street Pilot III comes with enough already in the package if you get the deluxe version.
You can find points of interest such as petrol stations/shopping malls/restaurants etc at just the click of a button.
You can use the unit to store and playback your MP3 files. So no need to have another music player with you - although you would need to shell out on a bigger memory card to make this a realistic function.

How easy is the unit to use?
Well once you've got the software onto the unit it's very simple. You simply click on GPS and go to the address search, the unit already knows where you are, so you select where you going (either on the map or via the data input - road/county etc) and the unit will select the most sensible route. If you need to go via somewhere just add that in and it will recalculate.
Should you miss a turn or decide to stop of somewhere else it will also recalculate too. Again with the most sensible route.

What if i do have problems?
As i said in my review of the street pilot III if you have any problems with any garmin products you always have their support team to hand. They really are second to non. They always know the answer straight away.

If i've missed anything off please leave a comment asking your questions and i'll try to answer as soon as i can below this point.

But i would recommend this unit to anyone who wants a PDA/MP3/GPS but to someone who wants just a GPS i'd still recommend the streetpilot III. This is due to the SP3 costing £650 all in. And the IQUE really costing around the £700 mark with the extra's. Plus the extra battery life seen on the SP3. But for range of features i don't think i can fault the IQUE.
My personal choice? The IQUE.

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  • BUBBLES171 published 25/12/2003
    oh no not another gadget, lol, good op, well done, karen :0)
  • thingywhatsit published 25/12/2003
    Very good for a first timer. Well done.
  • buster_uk published 25/12/2003
    A good read. Sounds like a great gadget, must say never really liked PDA's that much, if i need i computer i'll take a laptop lol. Jimmy:)
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Product Information : GARMIN iQue 3600

Manufacturer's product description

The iQue 3600 is the first PDA to include integrated GPS technology. With the power of Palm OS 5 and the dependability of Garmin GPS technology, this "Super PDA" redefines multi-tasking. The integrated software not only allows you to look up appointments or contacts, but also locates and routes you to them with voice-guidance commands! PRODUCT FEATURES: Integrated Que technology, with Garmin GPS and mapping software; Flip-up integrated GPS patch antenna can be positioned for optimal reception; Speaker for voice-guidance commands, MP3 player, and message playback; Voice recorder for making memos, quick notes, and messages on the fly; Rechargeable internal Lithium-ion battery (charges in cradle or while connected to adapter); New ARM processor enhances battery life, screen redraw, graphics, and audio.

Product Details

Product Description: GARMIN iQue 3600 - handheld - Palm OS 5.0 - 3.8"

Product Type: Handheld

Operating System: Palm OS 5.0

Display: 3.8" colour - 320 x 480

Processor: Motorola

Processor Clock Speed: 150 MHz, 200 MHz

RAM: 32 MB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card

Location: GPS

Dimensions (WxDxH): 7.2 cm x 2 cm x 12.8 cm, 7.2 cm x 2 cm x 12.7 cm

Weight: 162 g

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Manufacturer: Garmin

Voice Control: without Voice Control

Touchscreen: with Touchscreen

Bluetooth: No

Traffic Message Channel (TMC): without Traffic Message Channel

iPod Control: No

TV-Tuner: No

USB: Yes

DVD Player / Recorder: without DVD Player

Internet Connectivity: No

FM Tuner: No

Monitor Type: Fixed Monitor

Map Storage Medium: On Board Harddisc

Multimedia Card: Yes

MP3 Playback: Yes

Telephone Included: No

Smart Media Card: No

Memory Stick: No

Secure Digital Card: Yes

TransFlash Card: No

Monitor Format: 4:3 Monitor

Compact Flash Card: No

CD Player / Recorder: without CD Player / Recorder

Category: Portable Devices Dedicated For Navigation

xD-Picture Card: No

Screen Size in Inches: 3.5

General

MPN: iQue3600, 010-00264-01, 010-00264-00

Product Type: Handheld

Operating System: Palm OS 5.0

Display

Type: 3.8" colour

Resolution: 320 x 480

Colour Depth: 16-bit (64k colours)

Processor

Processor: Motorola

Processor Clock Speed: 150 MHz, 200 MHz

Memory

RAM: 32 MB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card

Location

Receiver: GPS - 12 channel

SBAS: WAAS

Software Included: MapSource City Select Europe, MapSource North America City Navigator

Multimedia

Audio: Microphone , speaker

Supported Digital Audio Formats: MP3

Input Device

Type: Touch-screen, scroll button

Software

Preloaded Software: Address Book, Date Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Calculator, Palm Reader, Expense, MP3 Player, Vindigo, powerOne Personal, WorldMate, DataViz Documents To Go, Turn-by-Turn Voice Guidance, Track Log, Automatic Route Generation, Electronic Mapping, GPS Clock, Trip Computer, LinksPoint StarCaddy

System Requirements for PC Connection

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0, Microsoft Windows 98/ME, Microsoft Windows XP

Min Processor Type: Intel 486 or higher

Min RAM Size: 16 MB

Min Hard Drive Space: 20 MB

Expansion and Connectivity

Expansion Slots: 1 x SD Memory Card

Interfaces: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x serial RS-232 ¦ 1 x infrared ¦ 1 x headphones

Connectivity Devices: Docking cradle

Battery

Technology: Lithium Ion

Miscellaneous

Vibrating Alert: Yes

Included Accessories: Power adapter + battery charger , protective cover, stylus

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 7.2 cm

Depth: 2 cm

Height: 12.8 cm, 12.7 cm

Weight: 162 g

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year

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