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Garmin Discontinues All Remaining iQue Models

In case anyone has not had their fill of depressing Palm OS-related news this week, we have just received word that Garmin has officially discontinued their final two Palm OS-based handhelds with integrated GPS functionality. In actuality, Garmin's PDA line has been dying a long, protracted death for several years as the company shifted its focus to standalone GPS navigators and add-on mapping software partnered with a Bluetooth GPS receiver such as the Mobile 10, 20 and XT packages.

Garmin's iQue 3600a, the specialized aviation version of the original iQue 3600, has finally been put out to pasture, juding by the product's "discontinued" status on its web page.

iQue 3600aThe iQue 3000, Garmin's final Palm OS-based standalone product, has also been discontinued. The iQue 3000 was a smaller, sleeker and restyled version of the older iQue 3200. The 3000 was quietly released in early 2006 to very little fanfare after suffering several launch delays. It holds the dubious distinction of being the very first Palm OS-based device to use microSD cards.

A quick check of some online price listings revealed that the iQue 3000 still enjoys fairly widespread availability in the ~$400 neighborhood from a variety of navigation product, outdoors, and specialty sporting goods retailers. The iQue 3600a is also still available from a handful of merchants, though its $1000+ price tag will likely turn away the casual PDA collector.

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So, does anyone still think...

SeldomVisitor @ 2/29/2008 1:02:48 PM # Q
...Palm is gonna have PalmOS compatibility with Nova?
RE: So, does anyone still think...
dkirker @ 2/29/2008 1:51:11 PM # Q
If that wasn't a new question....

RE: So, does anyone still think...
BaalthazaaR @ 2/29/2008 2:09:02 PM # Q
Broken record alert!!
RE: So, does anyone still think...
SeldomVisitor @ 2/29/2008 2:29:24 PM # Q
Nah, just reinforcing my LONG-held-right-here belief that PALM would be absolutely NUTS to expend ANY resources on such a thing.

About as stupid as trying to develop TWO different versions of Linux. Then throwing one away and bringing in an outside company to develop the second one. Then throwing THAT away.

One can hope they've ... you know ... learned.

RE: So, does anyone still think...
jonecool @ 3/2/2008 10:24:33 PM # Q
It's a sad day when folks once known as "Palm Fan Boys" retreat, however...

I really had hoped they would get their act together soon (my true feelings would be slightly re-worded) but it's been nearly 3 years since the T|X started shipping. Where is the Innovation and excitement that was characteristic of Palm, their platform and the devices that ran on it? Today, the latest innovations are in what color do we inject our current Centro devices with? A question of innovation or disparity I ask? PalmOS 5.4.9 has been on every PalmOS device they released since mid 2005. It's tired, aged and ready to be put out to pasture.

I truly hope Palm rises to the top and excites us once again. Will it happen? I'm, unfortunately, doubtful. If they do, I will be happy once again.



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So, does anyone still think...

T_W @ 2/29/2008 8:25:14 PM # Q
Palm is actually going to be around to release Nova?

RE: So, does anyone still think...
TreoAnon @ 3/1/2008 11:20:22 AM # Q
It appears they will, unless the new system (aka Nova) is delivered much much later than Palm management is currently predicting. The WinMo and Centro devices should see them through 2008.
RE: So, does anyone still think...
SeldomVisitor @ 3/1/2008 4:02:32 PM # Q
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Still waiting for THIS headline ...

mikecane @ 3/1/2008 2:17:20 PM # Q
Palm Discontinues All Remaining PDA Models

Me, I'm still waiting for _this_ headline ...
akalefty @ 3/2/2008 8:50:52 AM # Q
"Apple releases $399 'iPod MacBook Touch Air' tablet computer"...

Here we are in March, Mike. Another five days, ya think?



RE: Still waiting for THIS headline ...
mikecane @ 3/2/2008 1:27:08 PM # Q
Who said it'd be $399? What code have YOU been inhaling?

RE: Still waiting for THIS headline ...
mikecane @ 3/2/2008 1:28:19 PM # Q
BTW, just 8 more months til:

ACCESS Scraps ALP OS, Leaves Smartphone Market

RE: Still waiting for THIS headline ...
Gekko @ 3/2/2008 3:32:02 PM # Q

lefty - sorry, but nobody cares about ALP.



RE: Still waiting for THIS headline ...
TreoAnon @ 3/2/2008 3:53:08 PM # Q
Probably more accurate to say...
Few people care about ALP until we see it on some viable, shipping hardware.
RE: Still waiting for THIS headline ...
Gekko @ 3/2/2008 4:02:30 PM # Q

and the constant Google and Apple bashing appear pathetic and desperate.

RE: Still waiting for THIS headline ...
akalefty @ 3/2/2008 6:03:26 PM # Q
Who said it'd be $399?

Well, you're the one who says it's going to "cannibalize" iPod Touch and iPhone sales, whatever this mythical beast turns out to be, right? How expensive can it possibly be and still be in that product category...?


RE: Still waiting for THIS headline ...
twrock @ 3/2/2008 8:23:01 PM # Q
I suppose I'm one of the "small number" who care about ALP, at least to the extent that it is still a possible upgrade path for my future handheld needs (whether PDA or smartphone). And since SV has assured us that Palm will not support Garnet apps in their new OS, we can know with certainty that that won't be an option for those of us who still want to run some of our old apps, so Nova is out. :D But regardless, I'm very happy to hear what Lefty has to say about ALP, particularly since the vast majority of what is being said about it by most of the rest of the people on this site is pure conjecture.


"twrock is infamous around these parts"
(from my profile over at Brighthand due to my negative 62 rep points rating)
RE: Still waiting for THIS headline ...
mikecane @ 3/2/2008 8:54:00 PM # Q
>>>I suppose I'm one of the "small number" who care about ALP,

Yeah, but who listens to you, bratwurst-fingers?

RE: Still waiting for THIS headline ...
twrock @ 3/2/2008 9:13:48 PM # Q
Probably no one.
But then again, I don't have a blog where I'm desperately trying to get everyone to do so. So it's not a "need" thing for me.


"twrock is infamous around these parts"
(from my profile over at Brighthand due to my negative 62 rep points rating)
RE: Still waiting for THIS headline ...
akalefty @ 3/2/2008 10:43:27 PM # Q
Oh, I don't take Mr. Lizard seriously when he uses terms like "everyone" and "nobody": they both mean "me" as far as he's concerned. There's been enough discussion of ALP to substantiate that we're talking about fairly small values of "nobody" here (and of course, no one's holding a gun to his reptilian head and forcing him to participate, by any means. He evidently cares enough to let me know how little he cares. Go figure.)

...pure conjecture...

A lot of it isn't even good conjecture. Kinda like Mike's "iPod Air" conspiracy theory.


RE: Still waiting for THIS headline ...
mikecane @ 3/3/2008 10:44:13 AM # Q
>>>But then again, I don't have a blog where I'm desperately trying to get everyone to do so.

You don't have enough to say to have a blog. Yeah, that's a dare, wurst-digits.

macbookipodtouchingairtablet thing
nastebu @ 3/4/2008 9:52:00 AM # Q
There's an article in the New York Times today that speculates that Apple is doing something like that:

http://tinyurl.com/2gb6u6

Apparently the iPhone started as a tablet-sized "Safari Pad," and there's speculation that Apple is moving back in that direction.



RE: Still waiting for THIS headline ...
twrock @ 3/6/2008 3:25:22 AM # Q
You don''t have enough to say to have a blog.

Hasn''t stopped you.


"twrock is infamous around these parts"
(from my profile over at Brighthand due to my negative 62 rep points rating)
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Gee, maybe they should have used ALP?

mikecane @ 3/2/2008 8:57:32 PM # Q
i-mate's US outpost implodes, most laid off
http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/01/i-mates-us-outpost-implodes-most-laid-off/

Hmmmm, no. Then the picture would be labeled Ultimate Fail x 2!

ROTF...

RE: Gee, maybe they should have used ALP?
akalefty @ 3/2/2008 10:33:22 PM # Q
Maybe they should have used Windows Mobile....

Oh, wait! They did!

RE: Gee, maybe they should have used ALP?
mikecane @ 3/3/2008 10:44:35 AM # Q
You are too easy to bait!

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