Garmin iQue M5
The Garmin iQue M5 is one of the
best PDA/GPS combos we've seen to date, but unfortunately, it's
also one of the most expensive handhelds out there. Now, Garmin
has released a step-down model, the iQue M3, which features the
same great mapping software and navigation tools for a more
reasonable price of $500. Unlike the M5, this Pocket PC doesn't
have integrated Bluetooth, but it has an SDIO expansion slot so
that you can add wireless connectivity. The M3 also comes with
32MB of ROM, 64MB of RAM, a 312MHz Intel processor, and Windows
Mobile 2003 Second Edition. For more information on the Garmin
iQue M3, read our review of the Garmin iQue M5.
No larger than most standalone PDAs;
excellent navigation capabilities; Bluetooth; vibrating
alarms; includes windshield mount and car charger.
Expensive; screen is hard to see
outdoors; no jog dial; no Wi-Fi; average battery life.
What's it for:
Voice-guided street-level navigation;
personal information management; listening to MP3s.
Who's it for:
Anyone seeking a portable GPS device that
doubles as full-blown PDA--or a full-blown PDA that
doubles as a portable GPS device.
With the addition of the Windows Mobile
OS, business users can benefit from the M5's accurate
navigation and easy PC synchronization.
High-capacity SD card; headphones.
The bottom line:
Thanks to excellent navigation software,
the iQue M5 ranks among the best GPS/PDA combos we've
seen--but it's too expensive.