The Garmin iQue 3600 turned a lot of heads, including mine, when it went on display at the CES in Vegas this past January. Garmin has been quiet the past few months though…that’s about to change.
If for some reason you don’t know about this PDA from Garmin, or have forgotten, the iQue 3600 will be the first Palm OS PDA to do a few things. First, it has integrated GPS, which is just cool. I used a demo unit at the CES and thought the implementation was great. Second, it’s the first Palm OS PDA to include 32MB of internal RAM. Initial estimates called for a 2Q release in the US. I am happy to report that I have confirmed the release will come this June at a MSRP of $589.
Our source within Garmin has confirmed this release, going further to say units will start production next month. This is all great news given the steady diet of delays we’ve seen from the likes of Palm and other PDA manufacturers. It seems the Garmin PR machine will crank up in full force in the next few weeks, but I wanted to get a head start!
I just hope the production units live up to expectations. There’s no doubt the iQue will break new ground, its success a critical factor in determining the future of integrated units of this nature.
Garmin announces the first PDA with integrated GPS (1/8/2003 6:08:55 PM) – In a joint announcement with PalmSource, Garmin has formally announced the iQUE 3600, the first PDA with integrated GPS hardware and software applications. It runs on the Palm OS 5 platform and a brand new Motorola chipset.