Garmin iQue 3600 Review

iQue 3600

The iQue 3600® is the first PDA to include integrated GPS technology. With the power of Palm OS® 5.2.1 and the dependability of Garmin® GPS technology, this "Super PDA" redefines multi-tasking. Our integrated software not only allows you to look up appointments or contacts, but also locates and routes you to them with voice-guidance commands!

Amazon Review

With the power of Palm OS 5 and the dependability of Garmin GPS technology, this super PDA redefines multitasking. Its integrated software not only allows you to look up appointments and contacts, it also locates and routes you to them with voice-guidance commands. Feature highlights include: GPS receiver, MP3 player, voice recorder, infrared communication, and vibrating alarm.

The differentiating feature of the iQue 3600 is its integrated GPS capabilities. Garmin's innovative Que technology delivers location awareness, electronic mapping, automatic route calculation, turn-by-turn voice guidance, and map data interface to the iQue 3600. Que technology enables users to see where they are, find a street address, know where the next turn is via visual and voice guidance, get back on track when they’ve strayed off course, and navigate efficiently to their desired destination.

Detailed Mapping
Users can choose a configurable basemap of North America, South America, Europe, or regions in the Pacific Rim, with generalized information on highways, major city streets, highway exit services, railways, rivers, lakes, and state, provincial, and national borders. The iQue also has the added benefit of detailed street information on the included MapSource® CD-ROM, giving users the capability of looking up restaurant addresses, hotels, local attractions, transportation hubs, emergency services, and much more. Once a desired point of interest is chosen, you have the capability to view more info or even show it on the map screen. The mapping capability of the iQue 3600 makes it a versatile companion for the international frequent flyer who travels, for instance, between New York and London or San Francisco and Hong Kong. via Amazon

iQue 3600 Amazon Features: [link]
  • Voice recorder for making memos, quick notes, and messages on the fly
  • What's in the box: iQue 3600, protective display cover, metal stylus, USB HotSync cradle, A/C power/charging adapter, quick start guide, CD-ROM with manual, and choice of MapSource configuration
  • ARM processor powered by Palm OS 5
  • Integrated Que technology, with GARMIN GPS and mapping software
  • Speaker for voice-guidance commands, MP3 player, and message playback

CNET iQue 3600 Reviews
The iQue was a bit poky getting its first satellite fix, taking about four minutes. Reconnecting was substantially faster at a minute or less when our location was open to the sky. The unit clung tenaciously to its signal as we schlepped around the San Francisco Bay Area, disconnecting only when we tarried too long under an overpass or between skyscrapers.

The iQue is also adept at calculating and giving directions. A smooth female voice announces how many miles you are from an upcoming turn, then repeats the turn command when you get within a few hundred feet. Though the screen tells you street names, the voice understandably doesn't: imagine a computer trying to pronounce Gough, Duboce, and Guerrero. If you stray off course, the iQue quickly finds a new route with which to guide you.

Unfortunately, the iQue has a glaring weakness: battery life. The gluttonous display and GPS receiver quickly sap power. For our test, we ran a movie in Kinoma Player with the screen brightness at 50 percent. After 2 hours, 11 minutes, the low-battery warning appeared, and the backlight automatically dimmed to about 10 percent. The device completely ran out of steam at the 3-hour mark. Performance will be a bit better with the GPS receiver as long as you minimize backlight use: one charge got us approximately 3 hours, 45 minutes of intermittent GPS activity. The iQue also has a battery-saving mode, in which the unit syncs with satellites as little as possible. via CNET
CNET Customer quote
"I've been using the iQue or about a year now as I've traveled the US in a motorhome. While traveling, the accurate estimated time of arrival for a route is supremely useful, as is the peace of mind knowing that when the unit is silent that you're on the right path. And the beauty of a device like this (PDA/GPS) is that you can move it from vehicle to vehicle, and carry it around with you for the occasional location fix, unlike other car-only navigation units. The 3600 goes where I go. I can't imagine life without it (or an equivalent unit)." read more