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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.

The good:
No larger than most standalone PDAs; excellent navigation capabilities; Bluetooth; vibrating alarms; includes windshield mount and car charger.

The bad:
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.

Business use:
With the addition of the Windows Mobile OS, business users can benefit from the M5's accurate navigation and easy PC synchronization.

Essential extras:
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.

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