Since its announcement in January, the Garmin iQue 3600 has been one of the most hotly anticipated handhelds in the Palm OS realm. It will offer an impressive array of features, including an integrated GPS receiver, Palm OS 5, 32 MB of memory, an MP3 player, and more. However, in the last few months there has been little or no news about this product and some have even used the dreaded “v” word. (That’s vaporware for those who don’t know.)
Fortunately, this appears to be more the result of pessimism than any actual problems with the device. According to a company spokesperson, the iQue 3600 is on target to be released in June.
As further confirmation, Amazon has begun taking pre-orders for this device. The list price will be $590, though Amazon is selling it for $550. Amazon says the iQue 3600 will be available on July 1.
More About the iQue 3600
Garmin’s upcoming handheld will run Palm OS 5.0 on a 200 MHz Motorola DragonBall MXL ARM 9 processor. It will have 32 MB of RAM. Of course it will come with the standard Palm OS apps as well as GPS mapping software.
This will have the same features as GPS receivers costing much more. It will be able to handle route planning and give the user verbal and visual cues on when to turn. The iQue 3600 can automatically generate a route from the current location to any entry in the Address Book. It will ship with maps of either selected U.S. or European cities. It uses the company’s MapSource maps so many additional ones will be available.
The iQue 3600 will be 5 by 2.8 by 0.8 inches and weigh 5.2 ounces. It will have a 320-by-480 pixel color display which will measure 3.8 inches diagonally. It will have an SD slot for storing additional maps. Like all the Palm OS 5 devices, it will have a voice recorder.
It will be the first non-Palm-branded device to use the Palm Universal Connector. This will allow it to use a great many peripherals already on the market, like keyboards, charging cables, and more.