Garmin International Inc. is introducing the iQue M5, the company's first Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PC enabled with GPS and Bluetooth wireless technology. The iQue M5 features Garmin's integrated suite of Que mapping and navigation applications that use satellite technology to give consumers a sense of direction. The company already sells another handheld device, based on the Palm OS platform.
The iQue M5 features Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, which supports portrait and landscape screen orientation. The device is powered by a 416-MHz Intel PXA 272 microprocessor. The iQue M5 provides the user with 64MB of RAM, 64MB 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. It's 3.5" display is a QVGA (240x320 pixel) transflective TFT with 16-bit color display, 64K colors; bright white LED backlight. Memory can be expanded through its Secure Digital slot with SDIO compatibility, which allows for other accessories to be used.
The 1,250-mAh lithium-polymer battery is replaceable and provides between 5-7 hours of continuous PDA/GPS use.
Featuring a built-in basemap of North and South America, the iQue M5 shows major highways, thoroughfares, railways, lakes, rivers and borders. Garmin includes its MapSource City Select CD as 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. There's also the option of adding an 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 and route to it, following voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions to their selected destination. 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.
The iQue M5 is expected to be available in January 2005 at a suggested retail price of US$749.99