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Garmin iQue 3200 PDA/GPS Handheld System with North America Detailed Street Mapping
by Garmin
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Electronics (01 August, 2004)
list price: $535.00 -- our price: Too Low To Display
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Features

  • What's in the box: iQue 3200, protective flip cover, stylus, USB HotSync cradle, A/C power/charging adapter, quick start guide, Install CD-ROM with manual, City Select CD-ROM, Automotive windshield mount with Talkbox
  • ARM processor powered by Palm OS 5.2
  • 320 x 320 pixels, 16-bit color display and white LED backlight
  • Integrated Que technology, with GARMIN GPS and mapping software
  • Memory: 32 MB SDRAM
Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product - Easy to Learn & Use
This is my second GPS and 3rd or 4th PDA so maybe it was easier for me than it would be for others.But, I found the iQue 3200 to be a great product.Super easy to install the software on XP PC desktop, load the maps to a 512M SD card (purchased separately) and hit the road.I loaded 1/3 of the US on my card and tested routes to my church, son's school and wife's office (all of which were listed as "places of interest" on the maps) in less than 10 minutes.

I did a lot of research and would buy it again in a heart-beat.

1-0 out of 5 stars This product needs to "GET LOST"
Sorry...I REALLY wish I could write a good review of this product, but if possible, I would be rating it with LESS than 1 star.I am extremely disappointed and currently packing it up for return.

All previous reviews (until May 3rd) for this product were good so I was excited.However, upon receipt of the product and attempts to install it, I ran into many of the same problems that the reviewer below did and have been trying to get this product to work for 2 weeks with absolutely no luck and nothing but frustration and the run around by the manufacturer.

I even hired a computer consultant with lots of experience installing similar products and he said that he has never had such a problem with a product before either.

Don't waste your time or your money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Nice idea; poor execution, esp. in software & interface
This is a great idea.The idea of have maps in a PDA device is super.The hardware is very good and high quality.

The software and documentation, unfortunately, leave very much to be desired.The documentation and the hardware display often do not match.For example, when explaining how to use GPS, the documentation refers to taping a QueGPS icon.Unfortunately, there is none.You find that the icon on the screen is called GPS.There are many other instances of sloppy, confusing and vague explanations.The softwareis very geekie, assumes that you know what is not disclosed in the guides and is monumentally frustrating because of the poor documentation.Oh, did I mention that it takes forever to download because of some of the dumbest programming imaginable and an even dumber user interface?

An early indication of the poor documentation is that when you are confused by the missing, confused, vague and contradictory explanations given by Garmin and you go to the website, you find more than 50 FAQs.Many of these FAQs do not clearly explain what is necessary and are themselves vague and confused.You rapidly become more and more confused.

If you try to load maps on to your SD card and there is not enough space on the card, the download software executes the entire download process to conclusion (which process may take 30-45 minutes to complete) and passes you a message that the process failed because there was insufficient card space.There is only one word to describe such programming: STUPID.Any journeyman programmer that would not query the SD card and compare the empty space vs. the proposed download maps show be fired.At Garmin, he was apparently promoted to the software documentation section to make havoc over there.

Downloading software to an SD card is (surprise!) partially undocumented, vague and confused.Garmin assumes that everyone who uses its software has used it in the past and is familiar with it.(Must be that rogue programmer.)

If you load maps for one part of the country onto your SD card and then try to load e.g., Topo maps for your vacation for another part of the US, you find that SURPRISE! your home state or region maps have been wiped out even though there was plenty of space on your SD card.This is another instance of STUPID programming that wastes hours of time.

The Maps:The maps are detailed and, when loaded and the hardware works, do a fine job.However, whoever conceived the download procedure should be tortured with Chinese water tortures for eternity.

If you want to download the maps of an entire state (or horrors! a region like NY, NJ + CT), you have laboriously to load minute sections of each state map (examples: the upper Bronx for NY State; a section of Queens, etc.).

The result is that if you want to load a few states, it can take 30-45 minutes of repetitive clicking to get them set up for downloading and you risk repetitive stress syndrome.Then the download process takes another 15-45 minutes.Can you see why it is an outrage to go through this entire procedure only to be told that it failed because there was too little SD card space?Hello, Garmin this is DUMB, DUMB, DUMB and needs to be fixed.

Why there could not be a "lasso" command to allow you to grab the maps of an entire state or region is not explained.This is just silly programming.

Of course, if you want to keep two sets of maps (City and Topo) on your SD card, that cannot be done so you must waste more time re-clicking and re-downloading.Is there any rational life in Olathe, Kansas.

The hardware is good but nowhere can you find what cables and other things are in the box (Shhhhhhh: It's a Garmin secret; Garmin won't even disclose it on the website.)Consequently, you may buy accessories that you do not need like I did.

Conclusion: nice idea but the documentation and software need a thorough revamping.Garmin has produced so many GPS systems in the past (there is a list on the website with scores of them - did you know that Columbus used a Garmin GPS system but the interface was so bad that he landed in the new world?)that this junkie, kludgie, stupidity prone software is unforgivable.

If you are unemployed, retired or have a great deal of time and the patience of a saint, this is a good device.Otherwise, run for the hills!
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Asin: B00026VT7K
Sales Rank: 7261


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PCS Phone palmOne Treo 600 (Sprint)
by PalmOne
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Wireless Phone
list price: $669.99 -- our price: $399.99
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Features

  • Treo 600 combines a full-featured mobile phone and Palm OS organizer with wireless applications like email, text messaging, web browsing and even a digital camera
  • QWERTY keyboard makes entering text and accessing information fast and familiar-perfect for messaging and a must have for email
  • Built-in color web browser, Blazer, gives you fast access to nearly all the sites on the web-not just the ones optimized for mobile devices
  • Take a picture or share images with others via email-you can even attach a photo to a phone number so you can see exactly who's calling with Picture Caller ID
  • Because Treo 600 runs the popular Palm OS, there are thousands of applications you can download and use-like MP3 players, etc.
Reviews (151)

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be
I got my Treo 600 (on Sprint) from my work. I always preferred the flip phones to these lareg PDA phones so my first thought was, "Well I can't complain... it's free". However the more I used the phone the more and more I found it to be a really good little device.

First off it might be large, but it's actually a good deal thinner than most phones I've used. Thinking the large size would be a problem in my pocket I first tried the phone on one of those horizontal belt clips. Kept the phone out of my pocket, but the clip itself was rather bulky so I took a chance at just pocketing the phone. The slim design fit better in my pocket than any of the cell phones I've used before, which actually surprised me. It fits in my hand rather well too.

The keypad took a little getting used to... like maybe a day or two. Once you get a feel for the little keys everything actually makes sense in the design. Also the large screen it touch sensitive to so technically you don't even need to use the keypad unless you are writing in contacts or something. The navigational buttons along with the hot buttons make it easy to get to contacts on the phone, emails, the camera functions, and more.

As a phone it's neither better nor worse for me than any of the better cell phones I previously used. I live in Houston and only a few occasions have I not gotten a signal. I suppose the speaker could be a bit more powerful, but I can see some tradeoffs here for the sake of the design. The speakerphone function has become really usefull in the car or when I need my hands free. Battery life seems pretty good. I only need to charge the phone maybe once a week with regular use.

I don't have too much use for the PDA functions aside from getting work email. I have found that a game of solitaire does kill the time when having to wait around for stuff like getting an oil change and what have you. I have found some uses for basic things like the calculator and calender, but aside from that most of the extra function stay unused.

I have made good use of the vga camera though. I never expected high quality megapixel images so the image quality actually was better than I thought it would be. I wouldn't make photo prints out of the pictures I take from this thing, but for email and such it's fine. The camera has been extra useful during those moments you wish you had a camera for since I always carry my phone around. The amount of memory on the phone is enough to store over 400 snapshots. That's pretty cool.

You can surf the web on this thing, however I wouldn't recommend it. The connectivity is rather slow and takes me back to the old 14Kbps modem days. Still it's better than nothing if you need to get a quick map/directions or movie times. The email on the other hand is fast. The phone connects to the company Exchange server so maybe that has something to do with it.

The phone is pretty sturdy. More than once the phone fell five feet onto the concrete and didn't so much as flinch on the inside. The chrome looking parts on the outside however are prone to scratching. Looks like even having keys in the same pocket as an unprotected Treo can leave minor scratches over a period of time.

I don't know what else to say. When I first got the phone I didn't think I would like it. An hour later I find that I really like it. Lots of functionality in a slim package.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Signal Strength
The Treo 650 I bought is ALWAYS two to three bars below other phones (at the same location) in signal strength. Sprint has been totally unhelpful in this regard saying they can find nothing wrong with the unit.

I would reccommend against the Treo 650 unless one is sure, very sure, they will never be in any but the strongest signal areas.

Sprint support has been a joke, except that I am not laughing.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most perfect smart device I have ever used!!!
The New-Age Treo's are the best smart devices ever made! I have used the T-Mobile Sidekick, the AT&T Motorola MPX, a Nextel Blackberry, a Samsung i600, and even an older style Treo in the form of the Treo 300. And out of every smart device I have ever used, the Treo 600 and 650 are 1000 times better then any of them!

1# The Treo's have large color screens with full keyboards, but are still small enough to fit in your pocket.
2# The battery life is insanely long! Both of the new Treo's claim four to five hours talk time, I have found even longer. I often lay in my bed at night surfing the web for hours and hours, and by the time I am ready to go to sleep, my Treo 600 and 650 still have enough battery life to go a few more rounds.
3# Because the Treo's are so popular the prices for accessories, software, add-on's, ect are Much cheaper then those for the other types of smart devices on the market. There is even talk by Palmone to start using Linux as the Palmsource software core, so there will be even more software available. And because Linux is open source, the phones will eventually be cheaper then those running the Microsoft Pocket PC. With the added bonus of the dependability of Linux!
4# Because the Treo's are of the Candy-Bar style design, they are much easier to talk on. Because there is no flip, or antenna to fumble with.
5# There is a software lancher called "ZLauncher" which has many features for your Treo's software interface. One of which allows you to see the exact level of signal strength. By using this tool you can so how much better the Treo's antenna and related components work, compared to any other phone on the market. I get a great signal with Sprint, but with Sprint and my Treo, my service is even better! I get signals with my Treo in places where my Sanyo and LG did not. In fact, I get better signal strength with my Treo, then my friends get with their phones!
6# Palmone has a patent on a new design of smart device that they are working to bring to the market. A design nothing like the designs currently available. A PDA phone that will be thinner and still able to have a large full color screen and keyboard. SO the next generation of Treo's will be even better!

The only downfall to the Palmone Treo's today, is price. That is because they are still new to the PDA phone market. Once they start making more and more phones, the prices will come down. And once they restructure their PDA manufacturing and company purpose in general, the prices will come down. I don't normally write reviews on phones, because I used to be a Die-Hard Motorola phone fan, and I guess still am. But if Palmone keeps making phones this perfect, then I will only buy their phones for the rest of my life! I can not say enough good things about these phones! Try one and see what I am talking about. Use it with Sprint PCS's $10 unlimited Visions access!

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Asin: B0000SX2U2
Sales Rank: 1038
Subjects:  1. Sprint PCS Wireless Web   


$399.99

palmOne Treo 600 PDA Phone (Unlocked)
by PalmOne
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
Wireless Phone Accessory
list price: $599.99 -- our price: $499.99
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Editorial Review

Built for professionals on the go, the PalmOne Treo 600 rolls all the functionality of a high-end PDA and a cell phone into one tight package. Complete with a backlit QWERTY keyboard and a digital camera, it's the ultimate mobile office companion.

Calling and PDA Features
As a phone, the 800/1900 MHz Treo provides a built-in one-touch speakerphone feature, a mute button and caller ID, plus a few other snazzy features. For example, you can slide the ringer switch on the top of the phone, and it instantly puts the phone in silent mode, so there's no more wading through screen menus in the dark before the movie starts. And, by typing in initials or a name into the keyboard, you can dial anyone in your contacts list instantly. The keys have a special ergonomic dome shape, designed to be extra thumb-friendly. Plus there are tons of single and double key shortcuts you can use to launch Palm applications, up to 25 at once. But, if you're set in your ways with your PDA, you can always forego the keyboard and simply use the screen dial pad and stylus. Other calling features include vibrate mode, 16-channel MIDI polyphonic ring tones, and external volume buttons and ringer/silent switches.

For your PDA needs, the Treo sports 32 MB of RAM (24 MB user-available), plus a calendar and Palm OS organizer (version 5.2.1H), with the standard features such as Contact List, Memo Pad, To Do List, and more. You also get 24 MB of available memory to hold additional Palm OS software applications of the thousands that are available, such as MP3 players. When you sync up, the Treo 600 provides one-touch transfer of your Contacts to your PC's Outlook.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
"Blazer", the 600's color browser, gives you fast access to the Web, including sites not optimized for the mobile Internet, so you can lets you track your stocks, read headlines, and get directions, plus entertain yourself with downloadable ring tones and pictures. You can also download Palm OS software applications directly to your phone, and enjoy access to wireless email (carrier email and wireless web service charges apply). Plus, you can send and receive SMS text messages to other phones or to any email address, and keep track of the conversation with threaded messaging.

You can even attach photos to your text messages. The Treo 600's built-in 640 x 480, 0.3 megapixel digital camera makes it easy to take and send the photos back to your PC, use them in text messages, or as picture caller ID by attaching the pictures to corresponding people in the contacts list.

Everything in the Treo 600 is integrated, so it's easy to perform multiple tasks like checking your calendar while talking on the phone or dialing calls directly from your contacts list. The handy design also provides a cell phone-like, 5-way navigation button, and the easy-access Favorites screen for the built-in Web browser. Other features of the Treo 600 include Contact List with Instant Lookup, a calendar, MMS/Picture Mail, Memo Pad, an Advanced Calculator, CityTime world clock, Palm Desktop 4.1 software for Windows and Macintosh, HotSync Manager, link to Microsoft Outlook (Windows only), IR capability, SD/MMC SD I/O-ready expansion, MP3-capability (with 3rd party software, SD memory card and headset adaptor).

Vital Statistics
This phone is rated with full charge at up to 6 hours talk time, and up to 240 hours (10 days) standby time. With an external battery pack (not included), you can add up to 3 hours of additional talk time and 180 hours of standby. It measures 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches and weighs 5.9 ounces. It operates on the CDMA 800/1900 MHz frequencies.

What's in the Box
Treo 600 handset, USB HotSync cable, ear bud headset, travel charger, pouch, user manual, synchronization software CD-ROM. ... Read more

Features

  • Unlocked for use with your existing GSM 850 MHz, GSM 1800 MHz, GSM 900 MHz or GSM 1900 MHz service provider and SIM card. Note: This phone does not come with service or a SIM card.
  • Treo 600 combines a full-featured mobile phone and Palm OS organizer with wireless applications like email, text messaging, web browsing and even a digital camera
  • QWERTY keyboard makes entering text and accessing information fast and familiar-perfect for messaging and a must have for email
  • Take a picture or share images with others via email-you can even attach a photo to a phone number so you can see exactly who's calling with Picture Caller ID
  • Because Treo 600 runs the popular Palm OS, there are thousands of applications you can download and use
Reviews (17)

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware the orange pixel problem
Bought one second-hand, (out of warranty), and within 7 days it got orange pixels on the screen.I did a search on the web, and lots of people have the identical problem - http://discuss.treocentral.com/archive/index.php/t-51494.html

3-0 out of 5 stars Wait for something better
I sync my Treo with my apple computer and have no problems (you'll need the "missing sync" software). The Treo itself has some issues that have disappointed me, however:

Like all PDA Operating Systems (OS's), including Windows, they tend to crash a lot. What I've discovered is that this OS is extremely stable but only when I load the right programs. It's like driving a car, but only down certain streets, or you'll fall off a cliff. It's hit-or-miss adventure; you'll have to load programs one at a time and after a few days, see if they created any problems or crashes. If not, then you should have no issues with crashes; then go ahead and load the next one. If you experience problems, you can delete it and it will resolve the crash issue. But not being able to use a program (especially a much needed one) is very disappointing and a downfall for some users like me. This hugely limiting factor seems to make my Treo resemble more of an expensive organizer. Some folks simply live through the PDA crashes but I can't adjust to it. You need to count on some good luck and hope a program will not cause problems. The good news is that the few times it has crashed, I never once lost my data and could go on using my PDA as before. This is important if you're not near your computer for a sync. You simply unscrew the tip of the stylus to reveal a pin that you can use to hit the tiny "reset" button. The Treo re-boots with all my data, contacts & calendar intact.

Bluetooth: The lack of bluetooth is also a bummer. I did not think I would need bluetooth, but now realize its usefullness. As technology improves, this Treo is at a disadvantage.

Phone contacts: You can easily pop in your sim card but you can't save or utilize the phone book on your sim card. You'll have to either import your contacts from your computer or type it into the phone manually. This is not a good feature if you pop your sim card between different phones.

Internet: Good colors & graphics, but connection is slow. A real pain to type quickly with the thumb keyboard.

Portability: This Treo is quite bulky and heavy. It's not one that you can simply throw in your pocket and go hang out in the park with. It gets in the way and fits better in your handbag or briefcase. But then you might not hear the phone or feel it vibrate, which is defeating.

Photos: The quality of the pictures are not very good. You can easily set the phone to display a picture of your caller, but that's not a remarkable feature.

Graffiti: You can't write graffiti style on the screen. You have to use the thumb keyboard or type it in with the sylus.

To Do List: If you accidently tap the box next to a To-Do-List item, it will delete your note and sometimes you can't undo the action, so be careful.

For most of these issues, there are folks selling third party solutions. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.

There are some pluses: the Treo is a quad-band phone. I use T-Mobile in NYC and get great reception. I also travel all over the world to places like India, Egypt, & West Africa and call home with perfect reception. It has a never ending "call-log" that has helped me in many ways. The battery lasts a long time and charges quickly.

Personally, I think this Phone/PDA is too expensive, too heavy and needs some upgrading. The PDA/phone market is slowly improving but it needs a lot of work. If you must buy this Treo, keep a small cellphone nearby so you can pop in your sim card and throw the cellphone in your pocket when you want to travel light. Otherwise, you'll be tied down to the Treo's bulkiness when you don't need it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Phone/PDA
Everyone in my family now owns a Treo, and each one of us has only good things to say about it.The phone gets excellent reception; whereas I've heard many people in my town complain about getting poor service on their cell phones, I have never been unable to place a call on my Treo or been cut off during the middle of a conversation.

Those unfamiliar with the Palm OS will find it wonderfully easy to navigate and to configure.Furthermore, there is a vast and diverse array of progams one can download for the Palm OS, ranging from games, e-texts and MP3 player software to business applications, medical references and legal dictionaries.

I originally had some qualms about the fact that the Treo had a keyboard instead of the graffiti system to which I was accustomed, but I've come to prefer the keyboard.I can write with the Treo keyboard much more quickly and conveniently than I could write with the graffiti system on other Palm Pilots.That being said, those who prefer graffiti to the keyboard can always download programs that enable one to write with graffiti directly onto the screen.Also, I've found the Palm Portable Keyboard (sold separately) to be very helpful and easy to use when I need to write more than a few lines, and I would recommend purchasing that item as well.

My heart goes out to other reviewers who have found their Treos to be fragile, but I cannot claim to have had the same experience.My Treo has gone everywhere with me during the past year and has hardily withstood much wear and tear during that time.I've dropped it a few times without any consequences.Furthermore the screen is as bright and easy to see now as it was when I first got it.

The camera part of the phone is admittedly lacking in quality.On the rare occasion when I need to use my Treo to take a picture of something, I make sure to take several different pictures on the theory that at least one will turn out as a passable representation of what I was trying to photograph.But the Treo's advantages as a phone, a Web browser, a word processor and a PDA far outweigh any inadequacies the camera presents.

In summary, my Treo is easily one of the best electronic items I've ever owned, and I would highly reccomend it over any other phone and any other PDA. ... Read more

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