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132 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 132 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the build quality and voice guidance. The screen and performance also get good feedback, whereas there are mixed opinions on the route planning and value for money.

usability, performance, screen, voice guidance, build quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the GARMIN iQue M5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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MSNBC reviews the Garmin iQue M5


We've been considering picking up a Garmin iQue GPS unit for a while, and have almost made that final click to buy one a few times - especially since the price on the Palm-based iQue 3200 has dropped to as low as $350 lately. However, according to...

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Garmin iQue M5 Review


UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. The Garmin iQue M5 is the first PDA I've reviewed, so I covered advantages and disadvantages of using PDAs as GPS devices in my previous post today. The primary differences between this model and the iQue M4...

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Garmin iQue M5 Review


I had the pleasure to get my hands on the latest PDA/GPS device from Garmin, this time in the Pocket PC flavor. The iQue M5 is Garmin's first device that utilizes the Windows Mobile operating system. They've previously released two Palm based devices...


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Garmin iQue M5 Pocket PC with Integrated GPS


Garmin's iQue 3600 was the first PDA with an integrated GPS to infiltrate the US market in late 2003. The Palm OS iQue 3600 was much anticipated and well-received at launch, proving that consumers wanted an integrated device that kept them both...

The Garmin comes with a nice bundle of goodies: the iQue, removable Lithium Ion battery, charger, cradle, stylus, removable flip cover, Pocket PC software CD, map CDs, in-vehicle car mount comprised of a windshield mount, cradle, external speaker and...

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Garmin iQUE M5


Those familiar with Garmin's terrific Palm-based iQUE 3600: this is not anoth review of the 3600, and the new iQUE M5 is not another version of the 3600, like the iQUE 3200 is. Instead, the iQUE M5 is Garmin's first Pocket PC based PDA. However, anyone...

On the GPS hardware side the MS includes a 12 parallel channel receiver that continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites for once a second updates. CPS accuracy is less than 50 feet standard, and less than 10 feet using WAAS. On the soft side, you...

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Great PDA. GPS can't compare to in-car GPS


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Amazon review summary for GARMIN iQue M5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 121 user reviews of GARMIN iQue M5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on

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84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Good gadget, but...


Good when mounted in a car. Loud enough to be heard even when your radio is on. Easy to navigate. Finding of food/fuel/lodging is very helpful

1. Not very useful when hiking in a park: any trees block the satellites reception ; 2. The battery lid opens so easily, that it often slides out by itself, and I dropped it multiple times. It has a big chance to be lost. And you need to open it only...

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GARMIN iQue M5 3.5" GPS System


I'm a GeoCacher and I use the Garmin iQue M5 in conjunction with my Garmin Legend. A VERY effenciant duo. I use this mainly in my truck as a Navigation unit. But on buisness trips I dial up to the internet through my Motorola V710 Bluetooth phone and...

Wonderfully bright a colorfull screen. Zippy 426MHz processor. MapSource is very easy to work with. Great vehicle mount and nice and loud speeker on the power adapter ; The maps included with the M5 are amazingly accurate (if you have v7 and that's a...

Only one con: If you're outside your vehicle with only the units antenna up under any type of trees, you'll find it hard to lock on to any sats. In some cases, my Garmin Legend can lock up 7 sats when my iQue M5 cant even get one


Product Specifications

The iQue M5 is perfect for today's mobile professional who wants to get from the boardroom to the hotel without asking for directions. Featuring the latest Microsoft Pocket PC software, Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, the iQue M5 supports portrait/landscape screen orientation for easy viewing of documents, videos, and web content. It's powered by a 416-MHz Intel PXA 272 microprocessor, and it also provides the user with 64 MB of RAM, 64 MB of ROM and data back-up protection. The embedded Bluetooth transceiver allows the user to establish a personal-area network with computer systems and Bluetooth-enabled devices such as mobile phones, other PDAs, and printers. Check e-mail and view documents - then sync seamlessly with your laptop. The GPS antenna on the iQue M5 folds flush with the back of the unit. Press the antenna release switch, and it simultaneously powers up the iQue M5, acquires satellites, and defaults to the QueMap interface. Once the antenna switch is triggered, the M5 prepares to navigate. The antenna can be adjusted for optimal GPS signal reception in any vehicle or rental car. Featuring a built-in basemap of North and South America and Puerto Rico, the iQue M5 shows major highways, thoroughfares, railways, lakes, rivers, and borders. MapSource City Select CD-ROM is a standard accessory, so users can download detailed street-level map data, look up more than five million points of interest (POIs), and navigate to an address in the U.S. and Canada. World travelers can also add a European or Pacific Rim basemap from the installation CD. International versions of the iQue M5 will feature respective basemaps, mapping software, and language support. The integrated Que applications enable consumers to see where they are on an electronic map, look up a point of interest (POI), and route to it - all the while following voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions. If they miss a turn, the iQue M5 automatically recalculates a new route to get them back on track. Advanced routing features include the ability to specify roadways to avoid and find POIs near the current route. The iQue M5 even offers intuitive POI searches that are based on user habits. Another distinct benefit of Garmin's PDA/GPS integration is the patent-pending capability to attach a "location stamp" to a profile in the user's contact database or appointment calendar and navigate directly to these important business addresses.

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Audio Output



Run Time (Up To) (AC):7hours
Technology:Lithium polymer

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:16-bit (64K colors)
Color Support:16-bit (64K colors)
Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Technology:TFT active matrix

GPS System

GPS Navigation:GPS receiver


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:GARMIN iQue

Input Device

Type:Stylus / Touch-screen


Wireless Connectivity:Bluetooth / IrDA

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2003 Second Edition


Clock Speed:416MHz
Type:XScale PXA272


Installed Size:64MB

Reference Resource

Category:Communication equipment
Series:Applications guide
Title:IQue M5
Type:User manual


Installed Size:64MB


Handheld Type:Handheld