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by fabianrieden / September 2, 2004 7:40 AM PDT

hi..i am thinking about buying a pda with navigation system (already built in would be great). which one do you recommend ?

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Re: pda with navigation system
by Cover / October 3, 2004 12:21 PM PDT

Try ti Mitac Mio 168. It has a 300mhz processor and runs Windows CE. Cost about $409 ro $500. This Mio is also repackaged in Navman and some other PDAs. Garmin 3600 is also another PDA with GPS. However, I hear their are some problems -- excellent GPS but weak PDA features.

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Re: pda with navigation system
by Phantim / October 5, 2004 5:40 PM PDT

The Garmin iQue 3600 runs Palm OS 5.2.1R3 (to date). It has all of the productivity features that are associated with the PalmOne platform. You can also run any third party apps designed for the Palm: PalmReader, Documents to Go, etc. It is a very graceful melding of a Palm powered device with the full featured functionality of a GPS navigation unit. Granted, a few accessories are crucial to a satisfactory experience: 512 MB minimum SD card (I use a 1GB), the car adapter kit and an FM modulator for in car navigation.

With that setup, it rivals the NAv system in my Honda Odysee EXL-NAV, with the added benefit of being able toa ake it with me when I travel.

I use the iQue 3600 daily and to its full functionality and highly recommend it. If you buy one, be sure to make sure it has the latest OS updates. Some of the older versions of the OS were flawed, but all the remaining bugs have been worked out in the latest release.

http://www.garmin.com/products/iQue3600/

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Re: pda with navigation system
by snoonie / October 7, 2004 9:12 PM PDT

I would very appreciate your elucidating the weak points about the PDA in the Garmin 3600 insomuch as I just bought one very recently and haven't done much with it yet. I bought it strictly for the GPS system yet it is always good to know what to expect should I decide to utilize its other features as well.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Susan aka: snoonie

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Re: pda with navigation system
by Phantim / October 5, 2004 5:27 PM PDT

Garmin iQue 3600. I believe that is the only Palm Powered offering that actually has the GPS functionality built-in. I have had mine for about 6 months now, and love it. I have the car adapter kit that allows me to toss it into it's cradle, flip the GPS antennae, and away I go.

I bought a KingMax Platinum 1GB SD card for maps and MP3s. The maps I have (all of the West Coast from Vancouver to San Diego and Colorado) take up 240MBs. If you want to run more than a handful of MP3's, then a 1GB SD card is essential. It also has a built-in Voice Recorder. What it is missing: no BlueTooth or WiFi capabilities.

The Garmin iQue 3200 is equipped with an SDIO slot allowing use of a WiFi or BlueTooth SDIO card. That's only a problem if you need to access your maps or listen to MP3s while checking email or browsing the web. The SDIO card requires removal of the SD memory card where your maps are at.

The iQue uses CitySelect Maps provided by NavTech. They are very accurate and extensive. NavTech also provides map and direction criteria at maps.yahoo.com.

There are several other alternatives. The best "non-integrated" GPS setup, is The Tungsten T3 with TomTom GPS software. It's about the same cost, maybe a tad more, to do it this way. Just depends on the functionality you want.

I have maps available to me at all times. There are many times, that I have been in a conversation about where something is at. I simply look it up in the QueFind and point it out. You don't have to be connected via GPS to have access to the maps and details. You can also associate the coordinates with an address in the address book. Very handy for quick lookups for addresses already on hand.

Resources:
Garmin iQue 3600:
http://www.garmin.com/products/iQue3600/
Garmin iQue 3200:
http://www.garmin.com/products/iQue3200/
PalmOne Tungsten T3:
http://www.palmone.com/us/products/handhelds/tungsten-t3/
PalmOne GPS Navigator w/ TomTom Navigator software:
http://www.palmone.com/us/products/accessories/peripherals/

Pocket PC Powered GPS:
CoPilot Live Pocket PC 5 (Bluetooth GPS):
http://reviews.cnet.com/CoPilot_Live_Pocket_PC_5_Bluetooth_GPS/4505-3490_7-31122073.html?tag=pdtl-list
Dell GPS Navigation System:
http://reviews.cnet.com/Dell_GPS_Navigation_System/4505-3490_7-30984134.html?tag=pdtl-list

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