Garmin iQue M5 Color Pocket PC PDA and GPS
NOTE: The Garmin iQue M5 has been discontinued. You can instead check out the Garmin iQue M3 (click here), which offers the same 3D maps and Windows Mobile system, at a blowout price!
Bringing the digital life - wherever life takes you!
The Garmin iQue M5 is perfect for today's mobile professional who wants to get from the boardroom to the hotel without asking for directions. Featuring the latest Microsoft Pocket PC software, Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, the iQue M5 supports portrait/landscape screen orientation for easy viewing of documents, videos, and web content. It's powered by a 416-MHz Intel PXA 272 microprocessor, and it also provides the user with 64 MB of RAM, 64 MB of ROM and data back-up protection. The embedded Bluetooth transceiver allows the user to establish a personal-area network with computer systems and Bluetooth-enabled devices such as mobile phones, other PDAs, and printers. Check e-mail and view documents - then sync seamlessly with your laptop.
The GPS antenna on the iQue M5 folds flush with the back of the unit. Press the antenna release switch, and it simultaneously powers up the iQue M5, acquires satellites, and defaults to the QueMap interface. Once the antenna switch is triggered, the M5 prepares to navigate. The antenna can be adjusted for optimal GPS signal reception in any vehicle or rental car. The unit comes with a sturdy windshield mount with integrated charger and speaker.
Featuring a built-in basemap of North and South America and Puerto Rico, the iQue M5 shows major highways, thoroughfares, railways, lakes, rivers, and borders. MapSource City Select CD-ROM is a standard accessory, so users can download detailed street-level map data, look up more than five million points of interest (POIs), and navigate to an address in the U.S. and Canada. World travelers can also add a European or Pacific Rim basemap from the installation CD. International versions of the iQue M5 will feature respective basemaps, mapping software, and language support.
The integrated Que applications enable consumers to see where they are on an electronic map, look up a point of interest (POI), and route to itall the while following voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions. If they miss a turn, the iQue M5 automatically recalculates a new route to get them back on track. Advanced routing features include the ability to specify roadways to avoid and find POIs near the current route. The iQue M5 even offers intuitive POI searches that are based on user habits. Another distinct benefit of Garmin's PDA/GPS integration is the patent-pending capability to attach a "location stamp" to a profile in the user's contact database or appointment calendar and navigate directly to these important business addresses.
iQue M5 Features:
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software
- Computing Software: Microsoft Pocket Outlook, Internet Explorer, Word and Excel; Windows Media Player, MSN Messenger Service, Calculator and ActiveSync; Sprite Backup; and BTExplorer
- Integrated Que technology; Garmin GPS and mapping software
- GPS receiver: WAAS enabled, 12 parallel channels
- Integrated flip-up GPS patch antenna can be positioned for optimal reception
- Processor: 416 MHz Intel PXA 272 Xscale processor, dedicated 48 MHz ARM7 GPS coprocessor
- Internal Memory: 64 MB RAM; 64 MB ROM (15 MB safe storage available)
- Unit size: 2.8" W x 5" H x .8" D (72 x 128 x 19 mm)
- Unit weight: 5.9 oz (166 g)
- Display: 3.5" diagonal, (89 mm); 320 x 240-pixel, QVGA transflective TFT with 16-bit color display; 64 K colors; bright white LED backlight
- Battery: Removable 1,250-mAh replaceable lithium-polymer battery delivering 5-7 hours of continuous PDA/GPS use
- Audio hardware: Microphone, headphone jack, speaker for voice-guidance commands, MP3 player, and message playback
- Voice recorder for making memos, quick notes, and messages on the fly
- SD expansion slot for flexible memory storage and additional software; SDIO/MMC compatible
- Networking: Bluetooth, IrDA, SDIO, USB
- Vibrating alarm
- iQue M5 handheld
- Protective flip cover
- Metal stylus
- USB ActiveSync cradle
- Automotive windshield mount with integrated charger and speaker
- A/C power/charging adapter
- Installation/Application CD-ROM with manual
- MapSource City Select North America data CD-ROM w/ full coverage, full unlock
Q: What is the difference between the Garmin iQue M5 and the Garmin iQue 3600 and iQue 3200?
A: The iQue M5 features Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for Pocket PC, whereas the iQue 3600 and iQue 3200 use the Palm OS 5.2.1 system. The iQue M5 has a 416 MHz Intel processor and a dedicated 48 MHz GPS coprocessor, while the 3600 uses a single 200 MHz DragonBall MXL ARM 9 processor for all its tasks. The 3600 has 32 MB DRAM internal memory, while the M5 has 64 MB RAM and 64 MB ROM. So the iQue M5 is twice as fast and twice as powerful as the 3600. The iQue M5 also features Windows applications such as the complete Pocket Office Suite and has embedded Bluetooth capability.
Q: How does the iQue M5 compare to an automotive-only GPS system?
A: The most obvious differences are the interface and the memory. Models such as the Garmin StreetPilot 2620 and Magellan Roadmate 700 have large hard drives with maps for the entire U.S. pre-loaded onto them. Models such as the StreetPilot 2610 and Roadmate 300 require maps to be loaded from your PC to the unit. The automotive models have the advantages of a touch-screen interface and extensive memory capabilities over the iQue series. The 64MB in the iQue M5 is enough to cover an area equivalent to roughly two states; you can add up to 1GB with SD cards for more memory. In contrast, automotive models are rarely packaged with less than 115MB. The iQue also needs the memory for its other applications, making the internal storage space for maps even smaller.
Q: Is the iQue M5 suitable for outdoors and marine use?
A: Generally speaking, no. The iQue M5 will accept software such as Garmin MapSoure Topo and MapSoure BlueChart Americas CDs, and will work fine in outdoor applications, but it is not as ideal for rugged outdoor use as a specialized handheld GPS. However, the iQue navigator has no dedicated hiking, marine or off-roads mode and is not waterproof, unlike most handheld models.
Q: So who should buy a Garmin iQue M5?
A: Anyone who's interested in a dedicated PDA with GPS capabilities. The M5's strength is in its Windows Mobile processor, making it an ideal all-in-one device for work and play. If you're interested in a dedicated GPS system for car navigation only, see our Automotive GPS Units page. If you prefer the Palm OS to Pocket PCs, check out the iQue 3600 and iQue 3200 from Garmin.
Points of Interest
Look up points of interest.
Select a destination and iQue creates a route.
As you're driving, iQue provides turn-by-turn directions with voice prompts.
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