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Garmin iQue 3600


Travis Butler of TidBITS has posted a review of the Garmin iQue 3600 GPS. The iQue 3600 is a Palm OS based GPS device. Being Palm based PDA it offers typical PDA functions such as syncing address books, calendars, and any other Palm based applications. The iQue 3600 also allows you to record voice notes and has an onboard MP3 player. Travis writes:

The iQue 3600 isn’t perfect. It has several minor flaws in the software, and I’ve stumbled over holes in the map database… It was cutting-edge when it was released but now lags behind the curve to some degree and has gaps in its feature set (like the lack of SDIO support, making it impossible to use an add-on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi card) compared to newer units. And most important – while Garmin has tossed a bone to Mac users by posting a Mac OS X version of Palm Desktop for the iQue, their attitude to Mac users continues to be “Oh, well, if you must, but don’t expect us to help you.”

Note that just after the review was published Garmin announced full Mac support by the end of 2006. This is very welcome news for all Garmin/Mac users. Overall however, Travis really liked the device.

In the end, though, the flaws don’t weigh heavily in the balance for me. Having a full-fledged GPS navigation system for a price I could afford is worth some hassle; having a still quite capable Palm OS handheld included is a bonus.

I agree with Travis on this. I carry way too many gadgets around with me from iPods, digital cameras, GPS receivers, PDAs, etc… It gets to be too much. With a convergence device like the iQue 3600 eliminating pockets full of gadgets makes sense.

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