Garmin iQue 3600 review

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Garmin iQue 3600 is a portable PDA with a builtin GPS Navigation Receiver. Check the Garmin web site for more information. The product originally reviewed was release version 1.0 with patch 1 and was then updated for 2.02 plus and updates downloaded from the Garmin web site. It has been updated for 3.0 and then revised as new information is found. The result of the changes is a unit running Palm OS version 5.2.1r3 (release 3). It comes with City Select 5.01 mapping release for North America using map data from NavTech. Note the original release of this product is referenced as version 5.2.1r1. To see which one you have start the Info screen from the main launcher and select version. The version will be displayed at the top of the screen.

This unit is a full feature PDA running Palm OS and a full featured GPS built into one unit. Some people like combined units strictly because it saves carrying two units around, which is one benefit, but the fact is that there is significant functionality improvements caused by the marrying of these two products that would not be present if they were separate. For example the address book in the palm directly supports map lookup so that an item in the database can be found on the map and navigation can be initiated to guide the user directly to the address book location. All saved GPS locations are stored in the address book for later recall. Similarly to using the address book entries to guide you to the location the upcoming appointments list can have locations attached and guide you to the appointment using the GPS. The clock in the PDA is maintained with a high degree of accuracy because it is updated and corrected every time the GPS receiver is used. By the same token it is the palm clock that is used to aid the GPS in obtaining a fix when it is first turned on.

Joe Mehaffey received this unit before I did and he wrote up a review of version 1 before he sent the unit to me. Click here to read his review. His view may represent the user that does not particular want a PDA but is interested primarily in the GPS functions. It is based on release 1 of the product.

As a PDA this unit will fit nicely in your pants pocket or purse but it fairly large at 2.8" x 5" but can be carried in a shirt pocket. It can be carried in a jacket easily. The larger physical size offers the benefit of a large display.

The iQue 3200

Garmin has now announced the iQue 3200 as a second GPS/Palm unit. It is very similar to the iQue and includes almost exactly the same features. It is the same size but the package includes a vehicle mount that is extra cost on the iQue 3600. The differences are:

With these differences in mind the rest of this review should be equally applicable to the iQue 3200.

Installation

The product arrives with and installation booklet including a cdrom and the Garmin iQue 3600. There is also an AC adapter for recharging the built in battery and a cradle to use to connect the iQue to a PC computer. The AC adapter is quite small and perfect for recharging in the field as well. While some palms can use Macs for a host the extra software required for an iQue is only released for a PC. There is also a MapSource 2 cdrom set containing the City Select mapping software and the maps themselves. The maps cover the full USA and has selected coverage for Canada. There is also a hardcopy manual as well as one on the cdrom and a quick reference guide.

After looking everything over the first step is to ensure a full charge on the iQue battery by plugging in the charger and waiting a full hour for the unit to be recharged. Once the unit is charged you can turn it on and follow the on-screen instructions to calibrate the screen and familiarize yourself with the data input methods on the Palm. The training on Graffiti 2 can be skipped if this is not your first Palm. Be sure and set the date and time zone correctly. The time needs to be close but does not need to be exact. This time and date information is used when the GPS acquires its first fix and having it correct will speed up this process.

Follow the installation booklet instructions to complete the installation of the Palm software, Garmin specific software, and the maps you are interested in. You must use the desktop application from Garmin as it is modified from the stock Palm one. If you have an existing Palm unit you can use the Garmin installation to overwrite your existing installation and your connections to the existing Palm, Visor, etc. will be maintained. You should pick a different user name for the Garmin unit. There is also a set of sample software products that you may wish to optionally install. I highly recommend installing the PocketReader application for reading ebooks. It can take advantage of the full screen for reading both PalmDigital books and standard 'doc' formatted books. You can update this reader from the web and get a new version that will even let you rotate the display if you wish. If you use outlook you can install an outlook conduit, called Intellisync lite, from the cdrom to permit syncing your address list, etc. from your outlook database. Newer units are now shipping with Pocket Mirror to do the sync with outlook.

By default the tool installs the minimal basemap of a little over 5 Meg. I would recommend a more complete basemap be installed on an SD card from among the several choices available (about 12.5 Meg). You can even install a basemap that covers the entire world (about 31 Meg). These basemaps do support autorouting on the unit.

While it is possible to use the ram that is supplied in the unit to load maps and palm applications the best method is to obtain an external SD memory card for maps. Other items such as the ability to play mp3 files will only work with the external card. As a minimum I would recommend at least a 64Meg card and a 256Meg card is probably the best buy these days. You can, of course, have multiple cards if you wish or use even larger cards. If you want to use multiple cards then I would suggest giving each one a unique name (label). Both the basemap and the detailed map should be stored on the card to free up ram for other things.

Once you have satisfied yourself that the basic functionality is working ok then I would recommend that you visit the Garmin web site and download updates to the programs. My setup CD for the iQue is marked 2.02. You probably have a later vesion than I do. For my version There is currently a new mapinstaller program and a conduit to permit downloading the GPS tracklog to a pc as well as a full revision to the Palm/Garmin OS available. They also have a new addin that permits importing waypoints from a MapSource database. If you have a later verison you may already have these updates on your unit. If so, skip the next paragraph. There is also a voice backup program on the web site just in case which backs up the voice data to your SD card. I have never needed this.

Download the updates from the Garmin web site. Load the new mapinstaller prior to loading the tracklog conduit for best results. Then load the waypoint import addin. There was a patch released for the original Palm OS, but now there is a full upgrade release which should be installed if it wasn't preloaded in your Garmin unit. The procedure is a bit involved but you will be successful if you follow the procedure listed on the web site exactly. Since a backup of your ram contents is made each time you hotsync so you need not worry about losing any user data in ram. You can remove any SD card you may have if you are worried about it getting tampered with as it will not be part of the upgrade. You will have to create a new user name as part of the upgrade process. Do not use the name "Garmin" as that name is already in use as a directory containing the map install program. It is best to use the name they suggest.

There are also PDF manuals available from the Garmin web site that may be newer than the ones shipped with the unit. Study the operating instructions manual closely, particularly if you are not familiar with a Palm unit, or better yet get a good book on operating a Palm unit. The revised Garmin manual provides a pretty good overview of the entire palm platform. Even old time Palm users will find some new information on this latest version. There is a quick reference card that describes using the address book and datebook with the GPS. This is really an addendum as this information is not clearly described anywhere else.

Note that everything you install is hotsynced to the unit and all of ram is backed up on your pc every time you hotsync by incrementally updating anything that changed. The SD card is not backed up but this can be accomplished, if you wish, by using a pc based card reader which can also be used to install files directly to the card. Hotsync must be used to install anything in ram and may be used to install files on the card as well. Files not having a .prc or .pdb extension will automatically be directed to the card by the hotsync install process. The Mapinstall program uses hotsync to move the files to the PDA. You can set Mapinstall up separately as an executable so you don't have to start the palm desktop or you can use the lastest version of MapSource to manage the maps. Check you MapSource revision and ensure that it is at least 5.2. If not, download a new verison from the Garmin web site and install it.

PDA Operation

The first question on some people's minds is: "Is this really a regular palm PDA?" The answer is a most assuredly yes. Like any other Palm these days it will run all well behaved Palm applications and comes with the standard suite of PDA tools, a todo list manager, an address book, a memo pad, and an appointment calendar. These offer the same functionality as all other palms, information can be beamed from these applications to other palms, etc. but a few of them have been enhanced with some special features. Even this is not a new concept as my previous Palm device, a Visor Platinum, also had enhanced versions of some of these apps. As with other Palm units running OS 5 there is compatibility with older applications to some extent but certain things that were previously possible on older Palms no longer work right and there are some new things that would never have worked on older Palms. Some of the differences are described in the remaining paragraphs of this section.

The screen is 320x480 pixels in vibrant 16 bit color which is higher resolution than the standard size on most Palm OS 5 units (320x320) and certainly way more resolution than the original 160x160 monochrome units like my Visor or Palm III. The larger size is accomplished by having a virtual graffiti area for data entry. This area can appear when needed to enter data and when present there is still the 320x320 pixel screen like most other Palms running OS 5, but it can disappear as well permitting data to extend over the area of the screen that it had occupied. This is modeled after a method pioneered on Palm units by Sony but the Garmin unit has its own commands for manipulating the screen and data entry display. The bottom 30 pixels is generally reserved for a menu area but some applications could write over it as well. This new screen really enhances the usability of some applications if they are written to take advantage of the increased size. However, there are some applications that won't run correctly. For example, a color aware application must be able to handle the 16 bit color or the display may not be usable, and old applications that expect to find support for the old 1 bit black and white mode for original Palm Pilots will not function; for example cspotrun. This is because a color menu and graffiti area are not supported by a 1 bit mode screen. The graffiti implementation is pure Palm Graffiti 2 as used on other recent Palm units but the older Graffiti 1 could be made to work if you can get a copy from the Tunsgten T. However, other things like Graffiti anywhere and the crossover application will fail. Be sure you try anything that manipulates the Graffiti behavior before you buy it. In general it is always a good idea to try the demo version of most applications unless they specify specific Garmin support.

As mentioned, a program needs to have special support for 320x480 mode before it can take advantage of the full screen display although the standard 320x320 based applications and even most 160x160 based applications will still work fine. Most of the time the application will state that that it has special Sony 320x480 support and this seems to work fine on the Garmin. I would expect a lot of support for this screen size in the future now that Palm has released the T3. A few such applications include the already mentioned PalmReader, the included Personal Power One advanced Calculator, the Resco Picture viewer which shows awesome full screen pictures, Splashphotos which is another picture viewer, and the Linkesoft screenshot program that I used to capture the images shown below. Note the PowerOne is a special Garmin version and cannot be upgraded without purchasing it but does support some templates that you can download from the PowerOne web site.

As can be seen from the picture at the left, the front of the unit looks very much like any Palm device with 4 buttons and page up / page down buttons. I would have liked to have seen the newer 5 way navigation buttons to make it more like other Garmin GPS devices, but the user interface works ok without that keypad. The 4 buttons are programmable by the user to launch whatever application they wish just as they are on all Palms. The holes around the page up/down keys are for the audio speaker. The top front shows the power switch with an Led and the small hole on the left top is the microphone. The Garmin unit includes both a voice recorder and an MP3 player. More on the audio capabilities below. The Led shows when power is attached and can be used for a visual alarm. (The unit also supports a vibrating alarm.) The Led also blinks slowly when the unit times out and drops into power save mode but it still supporting GPS or MP3 playback. This special power save mode uses the same timeout as is used for automatic power off.

The left side has a Sony like jog wheel which can be depressed to add another function key. Much of the time the jog wheel duplicates the functionality of the page up/down keys but sometimes it includes separate functions. For example if you are on the main launcher pages the jog wheel can select an icon and then you can depress the wheel to launch the application. I wish it worked that way in the address book as well, which I believe it does on the Sony unit. The jog wheel is flanked by two buttons which protrude slightly from the case. The upper one is the record button which turns on the voice recorder and the lower one is an esc button. The manual says the esc button switches to the previous screen and I wish that was how it worked, but most of the time, what it does is exit the application and return you to the application launcher. There is supposed to be some improved behavior of this button in the revised OS but it still doesn't work like I want it to work. The record button (like the 4 hardware buttons on the front of the unit) also turns on the unit if it is off. Since it protrudes slightly and I like to use a slip case for the Garmin unit (extra cost accessory) I found that I often accidently turned on the record function when I tried to remove the unit from the case. In version 3.0 the record function will no longer power up the unit which is a good fix.

The bottom of the unit has a Palm universal connector which is better than some Palms have. This will permit you to use standard Palm accessories with this unit. The manual show how to use the Palm modem, for example. There is also a power connector on the bottom for the AC adapter. Note that not all third party connectors that claim to be Palm universal connectors are made to Palm specs and may not work completely with the Garmin. You might have to file a few clips on some connectors to get them to work properly. I tried the Palm M500 modem adapter from SupplyNet.com and it worked fine on this unit with a solid connection and a positive lock. It did not come off until I pressed the button on the top. Some folks have reported that the unit will not always recognize the palm modelm. The fix seems to be to plug the modelm in and then softreset the unit with modem in place. The modem will then be recognized. I haven't tried this myself.

The top of the unit has a slot for the expansion memory card. This is an SD slot, but I do not believe Garmin is supporting any I/O cards so it can only be used for memory. In addition there is a stereo headphone jack, an external antenna jack, and an iR port. I used the iR port to move files successfully between my Garmin unit and my Visor and also my PocketPC. The stylus slides into the right side from the top of the unit as well. It has a metal barrel and a removable handle that contains a small pin that can be used to perform a soft reset of the unit when needed.

The CPU power is a 200 MHz ARM processor that benchmarks in the same league as other Palms of this size. Using yCPUBench it measures equivalent to a OS4 Palm running at between 51 to 62 MHz. Of course it is much faster when executing native ARM program applets. The iQue 3600 has 32 Meg of memory but the GPS and operating system steals almost 10 Meg of that so you are only left with about 23Meg for applications. Still, this is a lot more than my old Visor had.

Power

The unit is powered with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery. The life of the battery charge is very dependent on what you are doing with the unit. For example, reading ebooks with the backlight set for inside use I achieved a little more than 4 hours of continuous use. Running the backlight a little higher for hiking with the GPS in use in battery save mode I achieved nearly 3 hours of use. Running the GPS full time and the backlight at full brightness the battery life drops to about 2 hours. Some users have reported more than 8 hours if you only use the unit to collect a tracklog and have the display off for the whole time. I didn't try turning off the iR receiver which might squeak a little more life out of the unit but these should be reasonable ball park numbers. If this isn't enough time I would recommend you get an external battery box and use 4 AA NiMh batteries to recharge it in the field. These are not very expensive and available from a number of sources. I do not recommend Alkaline batteries since the total of 4 batteries is more voltage that the unit is designed for and might shorten the life of the internal battery. Once you plug in an external source of power you can't tell the state of the charge without unplugging it again. This makes it very difficult to gauge the charge time but it seems quite fast. A full charge takes about 1 hour using the AC adapter.

Audio

A key feature of the Garmin PDA is the audio capabilities that are built into the unit. There is one mic input and 3 audio outputs as well as two software applications. The 3 audio outputs include one builtin speaker, a stereo output via a headphone jack, and a monaural output via the optional car kit using wires in the universal serial port connection. The internal speaker is low fidelity and is not loud enough for use in a car but the other two outputs have plenty of power for car use. The headphone output is even loud enough for use on a jet plane.

The voice recorder is useful for audio notes and can even be attached to locations on the map. They seem to be of any needed length but they are fairly big wav files. In version 1.1 of QueVoice they can be compressed as a user option. They can be stored on the card on in main memory. The QueVoice application can also beam these files to another unit and supports categories for managing the recordings. The supplied audio player, QueVoice, will play MP3 files or Wave files only from the card. See below for more information on QueAudio version 1.1. I also tried 3rd party players called AeroPlayer and pTunes that will both work on the Garmin and play MP3 file just fine. They include other features not found in the Garmin player such a playlist support, the ability to not repeat, and an equalizer. The Palm RealPlayer application did not work on the Garmin unit. I also tried the Audible Palm player for audio books. The version 2.0 software for the Palm supports type 2 and type 3 files on the Garmin unit, which is an improvement from the earler version.

While the Palm OS generally supports one task at a time there is an exception made for audio files (and in this unit for the GPS). A feature needed for audio players is the ability to continue to work in background while you are doing something else on the Palm. I found this feature worked well for all the mp3 players I tested. Generally the 3rd Party players keep the unit on for the entire time by disabling the auto-shut-off. However the Garmin player takes advantage of the hardware design to allow the shut-off timeout to occur but still continues to play the song. The screen completely turns off but LED blinks slowly to indicate that the unit is still running. This special shut-off feature is also present for GPS operation. Tapping the on/off switch will turn the screen back on. If you use the on/off switch manually to shut off the unit it always works to completely turn it off. In addition to background operation the player can also be used while navigating and the GPS messages will automatically be mixed in with the background music by lowering the volume of the music playback.

QueAudio 1.1 and 1.2 can handle many more MP3 file sample rates than the original 1.0 version. It will try any sample rate you throw at it and works well with most. The only sample rate I tried that it did not like was 16K Hz 16K bps which it played but with a high speed tick like noise in the background and the playback speed was too fast. This, plus a similar problems with the Audible player on type 3 recordings, causes me to think this problem may be a limitation of the hardware design of the MP3 player. QueAudio can also handle wav files but will not select the ones recorded by QueVoice even though they are stored in the same directory.

The Applications guide tells you how to use QueAudio but some behaviors are not discussed. QueAudio always selects every file that it recognized in the Audio directory of the expansion card. It will also always repeat playing of all these files. The manual mentions that the order can be changed by clicking on the name, or other field to control the listing order which also controls the playing order. To have more control over what you play you can use a file manager application to copy files into or out off the Audio directory on the card. If you do this, however the QueAudio application will not recognize that the file list has changed. To cause the unit to recognize the new contents of the directory you can do a soft reset, hotsync the device, or remove and reinstall the expansion card with power on.

Problems with the iQue 3600

I found two serious problems with the original PDA. The first is that the sound output would suddenly sound all static filled like it is trying to receive a radio station even when there was no sound present. This happened several times during my early testing and the problem would go away just as mysteriously as it appeared. This problem was not fixed by the new release and seems to be caused by some sort of external interference. According to my research there are 3 possible fixes for this and related problems. Some have indicated that doing 2 soft resets in a row will correct this behavior, however in my case this did not work. I returned my unit to Garmin and they replaced it with another unit under warrenty saying that it is a hardware problem with some units. (I have also heard that sometimes Garmin just replaces the processor.) This totally fixed the problem for me. A similar but slightly different problem for some people (but not my unit) is garbled voice messages. This problem only occurs when a voice message is being sent by the GPS and the fix is to reload the voice data from the setup cdrom.

The second problem happened after I had returned from outside doing some testing and placed the unit in the cradle. I found that I had somehow zapped all of ram memory. I have had this happen a couple of times also so now I am always careful to touch the cradle before I place the unit on it to discharge any static electricity. There is a fix for this problem in the new release but it still is subject to this discharge. Now it just requires or self initiates a soft reset to fix it instead of losing all of memory. I have experience this once where the unit would not turn on even though it had just been working. Pressing the soft reset in the back turned it on, performed a soft reset, and it worked fine after that. No data was lost. My latest unit seems to be better in this regard or perhaps it just because we have gotten to spring where the static problem is less severe.

Even though this problem seems to be fixed I would still suggest that you backup data often. This can be done easily since any hotsync backs up all user data in ram. If you are going to be away from the computer for long periods of time you may want to obtain a backup program that works with the SD card to backup your ram data which would also provide a backup if the battery runs down.

Other problems include the cradle shipped to me had a broken ear on the left side preventing a positive lock of the unit in the cradle. I find that I had to wiggle the unit to get it to recognize the hotsync but this is probably related to the broken tab. It is likely that this was broken on Joe's watch. Garmin replaced this cradle for me and I have had no further problems. A new problem is that the internal antenna failed for me while the external antenna works fine. Another return to Garmin has fixed this and the new unit antenna seems much more sensitive as well.

3rd partly Palm apps

Each person will determine what additional products they need or want to load into the unit. I would suggest a file manager for the SD card to permit files to be moved back and forth as needed. A free program called FileProg can do the job nicely or some others like the PiMover may be used. PiMover has the advantage of being able to display the application and its data grouped together. When I used these programs to look at the files in RAM I found over 100 numbered files that seem to be needed by the GPS programs. I wish they had a high letter prefix to move them out of the way as currently the numbers end up at the top of all lists and you have to skip over them to get to the files you want.

The Garmin PDA comes preloaded with WordToGo and SheetToGo for spreadsheet and word processing use. If you want these tools to sync with Word or Xcel you would have to buy the pc conduits. The cdrom that contains the installatin also has several other sample programs on it. Mostly these are shareware and are only trial versions but there are hundreds of other programs that will run on the unit for almost anything you can think of.

Palm Desktop

The Palm Desktop has some special features for the Garmin unit. These are not covered in the manual. In addition to the tracks conduit that works automatically behind the scene during hotsyncs there are two entries that are special for the address book. These can be reached from the Tools->Addins menu or from the icon menu over on the right hand side. These two entries are "Import Waypoints" and "Contact Location". These entries will only work for a Palm based address book. They will not work with Outlook so if you have the Intellisync setting set to use Outlook as your address book you will need to change this back to the Palm to take advantage of these features for your iQue address book. You can change the setting back to Outlook after the transfers are made with a hotsync. Unfortunately the Intellisync application cannot be added to the view menu to make this switch easier.

The "Import Waypoints" command permits you to read a file of waypoint data generated in MapSource. This will permit you to import waypoints from another Garmin unit or to use MapSource as a waypoint planning tool where the waypoints are generated inside of MapSource. You cannot export waypoints from the iQue.

The "Contact Location" Addin permits you to work inside of the Palm Desktop and still have access to contact location maps. You can use the Mapping ability plus the find ability to generate waypoints directly from inside of the Palm Desktop using a map locator or the find functions. This is a significant subset of the MapSource product and the waypoints generated in this tool will already be in the contact (address book) database on the Palm Desktop. Location data is lat/lon and optionally altitude as well as an icon. The full suite of 140 or so Garmin icons is shown on the choice menu but some may not show up in the iQue. This tool can also view, move, or edit a location generated in the iQue. If you move it, even a few feet, the altitude data will be lost. It is best not to choose the select tool unless you really want to move the waypoint. Unfortunately this is the default choice for the command. This command has a full online help built into it, just click on the help button.

How ever the waypoints are generated, they will be downloaded to the iQue on the next hotsync if the Palm Desktop is selected as the address book conduit.

GPS

The GPS review is continued here to reduce the load time for this file.

Conclusion

Garmin has set the bar for PDA GPS solutions. Feature for feature there is no other PDA unit as capable as this one for GPS use. However, there are some problems with the unit as outlined in the text. I returned this unit to Garmin for a checkup and they replaced it with a new one to correct most of these problems. A second return and now I haven't seen any of the reported programs. As I find out more I will update this review again. While there are many features this version is not the easiest to use, particularly in a moving car, and some users might be intimidated by all the features. The solution is to get a 3rd party app that can be used instead or in addition to the built-in ones.

If you looking for a PDA this one is well worth a look, even just for the PDA itself. The large screen and 320x480 pixel support plus extra hardware features provides increased capabilities over many standard Palm devices. The maps and yellow page support are certainly a bonus. The universal connector does provide the ability to use Palm accessories with the Garmin.

FAQ

  1. Q. Is this unit a real PDA?
    A. Yes, see the PDA section of the review.

  2. Q. Is this unit a real GPS?
    A. Yes, see the GPS section of the review.

  3. Q. I got MapSource on the Mapping CD. Will this work with the iQue?
    A. Yes you can use Mapsource beginning with the 5.2 release to manage the upload of maps to the GPS and the download of the tracklog from the GPS. No other functions are supported and you will still need to do a hotsync to perform the actual transfer.

  4. Q. Is there anyway to import my waypoints to this unit?
    A. Only via 3rd party tools presently (see above) although you can beam waypoints from one iQue to another iQue.

  5. Q. Can I just look at the pictures?
    A. Yes, I have collected all of them on one page here. I expect to add a few more. Let me know what you would like to see.

  6. Q. I have heard that battery life is short, what is it?
    A. See above for a discussion of this.

  7. Q. Can I load different basemaps in this unit?
    A. Yes, you have several choices of basemaps on the installaton cdrom and these can be changed at any time.

  8. Q. Can I load different detail maps in this unit?
    A. Yes, you can mix several map sets simultaneously in one download, even for the same area and then select the one you want to view.

  9. Q. What about an Apple mac?
    A. This is not supported by Garmin. Check Mark/Space or Lycestra.com for possible solutions and more information.

  10. Q. What about Unix (Linux)?
    A. This is not supported by Garmin. Check Lycestra.com for possible solutions and more information.

  11. Q. What applications support iQue full screen mode?
    A. Quite a few. For details check Roo.to An IQue full screen applications guide.

  12. Q. What cable can be used for portable hotsync and power?
    A. The folks at boxwave.com make one for the iQue. Note that some have reported this doesn't always hotsync. I suggest turning off the backlight which will improve its ability. All hotsync power cables can have a problem if there is too much power pulled from the unit.

  13. Q. What about a way to automatically manage the backlight?
    A. Here is a great one called Bright-iQ.

  14. Q. Can I add a wifi connection?
    A. The SD card slot does not support I/O and it is probably full of maps anyway. Check the Wireless portfolio from Enfora. They connect to the serial port.

  15. Q. Are there faster ways to enter text?
    A. Yes. For example Graffiti one can be installed. See Zans Stuff. Or try a commercial solution.

  16. Q. Can I replace the battery myself when it wears out?
    A. Yes. Check Laptops for less for the battery and here for the installation guide.

For more FAQ's visit Anders Persson's site. He has collected and organized some answers from the PDA-Streets user forum. Also check the Garmin web site for more data.

Final Note

I have requested but not received comments on this review from Garmin to ensure that it is technically accurate, but the opinions and ideas are mine.

By Dale DePriest - All rights reserved.

Revisions

Original release 2003/10/24
Updated for release 5.2.1r2. 2003/10/29
Updated based on Garmin replacing my unit and other information. 2003/11/10
Added some FAQ's on mac and linux. 2003/11/13
Added link to another FAQ 2004/01/03
revised some text 2004/02/16 based on some Garmin releases and more testing
revised for version 3.0 2004/03/06
revised for replacement unit 2004/03/21