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Garmin releases the iQue M3 Pocket PC with built-in GPS
Posted on 16-Jul-2005 16:29. | Tags Filed under: News.

Garmin releases the iQue M3 Pocket PC with built-in GPS
The iQue M3 is a user-friendly automotive GPS navigator in a sleek, lightweight Pocket PC design. The iQue M3 features larger, more-intuitive icons that make it easier for consumers to select navigation applications using their index finger, rather than a stylus.

Based on a 312-MHz Intel PXA 271 CPU, the unit comes with 32 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM. Memory can be expanded through SD or MMC cards and the Secure Digital slot is compatible with SDIO peripherals and adapters.

The screen is a 3.5" inch (240x320 pixel) transflective TFT LCD display capable of showing 64K colors. Running the Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, which supports portrait/landscape screen orientation for easy viewing of multimedia content the system also comes with Microsoft Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer, Pocket Word and Excel; Windows Media Player, MSN Messenger Service, Calculator and ActiveSync.

The 1,250-mAh rechargeable lithium-polymer battery delivers 5 to 7 hours of continuous PDA/GPS use.

The new Pocket PC incorporates Garminís c-series automotive navigation software, with automatic route calculation. The intuitive, point-screen interface requires little input from the user. Users can see where they are on an electronic map, and look up an address or point of interest and route to it. An integrated speaker gives voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions to your destination.

Users are also able to choose between a three-dimensional navigation view or the more traditional 2D overhead view. The 3D-navigation perspective lets drivers see an uncluttered view of whatís down the road.

A built-in basemap of North and South America shows major highways, thoroughfares, railways, lakes, rivers and borders. Garmin includes its MapSource City Select DVD as a standard accessory, so users can download detailed street-level map data, look up nearly six million points of interest (POIs), and navigate to addresses throughout the U.S. and Canada. World travelers can also add a European or Pacific Rim basemap from the installation CD and purchase detailed maps separately.

A suggested retail price of US$533.32 is set for the domestic US market, and the product will be available from July 2005.

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