Two GPS-Enabled Handhelds Discontinued by Garmin

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Garmin has added a Palm OS-based and a Windows Mobile-based handheld to its list of discontinued products.

Both of these are older models. The i200 came out in 2004, while the iQue M5 debuted in 2005.

Just because they’ve been discontinued doesn’t mean they are no longer available. Quite a few companies are still offering both devices.

Note: There has been some confusion about the iQue 3600. This is also discontinued, but isn’t included in this acticle because Garmin stopped offering it last summer.

More About These iQue Models

The iQue 3200 was this company’s second Palm OS-based handheld, and was less expensive than its predecessor. It has a 320-by-320-pixel display and runs Palm OS Garnet on a 200 MHz processor.

iQue M5The iQue M5 was Garmin’s first Pocket PC. It runs Windows Mobile 2003 SE on a 416 MHz processor. It has a QVGA screen and Bluetooth.

Both models have an external GPS antenna and an SD slot.

Facing More Competition

This doesn’t mean that Garmin is getting out of the market for GPS-enabled handhelds. It still offers two Windows Mobile-based devices–the iQue M3 and iQue M4–and a Palm OS-based one–the iQue 3000.

These models, though, are under greater competetive pressure than at any time in the past. Back in 2003 when Gamin introduced the iQue 3600, it was the very first GPS-enabled PDA. Now, however, there are numerous handhelds and smartphones on the market with built-in GPS receivers.

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