Garmin Announces the iQue 3200 PDA with GPS
Garmin today introduced the iQue 3200, which joins the award-winning iQue 3600 as the only Palm Powered personal digital assistants that offer fully integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. These products combine the portability of a PDA and the utility of an automotive navigation system in a sleek, lightweight design. The iQue 3200 is the lower cost sibling to the 3600, with a smaller price tag and a 320x320 pixel display.
Like the iQue 3600, which earned a Best of Innovations award at the 2003 Consumer Electronics Show, the iQue 3200 features Garmin’s Que technology. This set of applications provides the user with the benefits of GPS navigation, including pinpoint location awareness on an electronic map, automatic route generation, off-route recalculation, turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance. Que technology fully integrates organization and navigation capabilities in the iQue 3200, allowing users to attach a "location stamp" to a contact in their Address Book or an appointment in their Date Book. The user can then follow voice prompts along a series of turns to the selected location.
Thanks to a bright 320x320-pixel color display, users can see navigation data at a glance. Additional screen space is dedicated to a Graffiti area for data input. Garmin also includes an automotive navigation kit as a standard accessory that simultaneously powers the unit and recharges the battery via the power outlet in a vehicle.
Other specifications of the iQue 3200:
- Operating system: Palm OS 5.2
- Processor: 200-MHz Motorola DragonBall MXL
- Unit size (WxHxD)/weight: 2.8" x 5.0" x 0.8" / 5.2 oz.
- Display information: 320x320-pixel, transflective TFT with 16-bit, color-rich display; bright white LED backlight; dedicated Graffiti writing area; and usable screen area of 3.0" (diagonal)
- Internal Memory: 32 MB SDRAM
- Expandable Memory: Secure Digital slot with SDIO capability
- Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
"The iQue 3200 is designed for individuals who simply want a device that can manage their personal information and deliver personal navigation in a single unit," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "Beyond organization and navigation, the iQue 3200 boasts a bright display, long battery life and Secure Digital Input/Output (SDIO) capabilities for added functionality at an attractive price."
"We believe auto-navigation handhelds are one of the fastest growing segments in the industry today. Garmin is a leader in that market, and we're delighted that it's expanding its product line," said Michael Mace, chief competitive officer at PalmSource Inc.
The iQue 3200 is expected to be available in early August 2004 at a suggested retail price of $535.70. It will ship standard with a MapSource City Select CD, USB recharging synchronization cradle, AC adapter, automotive windshield mount with integrated charger and speaker, installation CD with owner’s manual, and quick-reference guide. Amazon.com is currently taking pre-orders for $429 USD.
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