Summary: This is our second M3. I bought one a few years ago and loved that it is a PDA and GPS in one unit. Also love that once you purchase, or use the maps that came with the unit, there are no more costs. The GPS system is free. I also enjoy the fact that I can create email messages, look up phone numbers and work with Excel and Powerpoint files. Recently discovered can use PDF reader and read books on this.
Summary: This discontinued item was made when Garmin decided to combine a capable PDA, running Windows Mobile, with a GPS receiver capable of retaining a complete US data base. It works well and I bought it because I had purchased an M4 model previously which failed. Garmin still makes the GPS systems, but I believe supporting the PDA/Windows Mobile functions were more than they wanted to deal with. The M3 came with a "Mapsource" CD containing the detailed city maps of the US.
Summary: I like the GPS because it is also a PDA. It is very accurate and very easy to use. I use it all of the time to get to places for work and personal use. I decided to buy it becasue a friend of mine has the same one and Garmin discontinued this model so the only place I was able to find one like it was on ebay and it was in excellant shape.
Personal experience about Garmin iQue M3 and Nuvi 350
1 October 2007
Summary: I purchased Gamin M3 in 2006 with map version 7 $180. On the internet I read the features of Nuvi 350 like “it even announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road”. Especially this feature forced me to sell M3, so I sold my M3 and got new nevi 350.The Nuvi 350 cost me $400. With in a week I realized that I did big mistake, because this feature does not have worth to pay $220 extra.
Summary: Great little unit, which doubles as a pocket PC. The GPS is like having the Yellow Pages with you all the time and then it gives you Directions and Phone numbers to anywhere you need to go. Very user freindly with a nice touch screen. You do need to purchace an SD card for extra memory, you can also get an SD WIFI card to get onto the internet. I found the price to be cheaper than just a GPS unit, so this was a no brainer.
Summary: I bought the M3(and I bought an M5 at the same time) after having three other brands, only one of which, a Mio 168 using Mapopolis maps, was any good. My Mio 168 died after four years of hard and faithful service. I looked at getting another Mio but was unimpressed with Mio maps or the very high prices. Since Mapopolis has stopped selling maps, I felt Garmin was the best map system.
Summary: When I purchased the Garmin iQue M3 I was looking for a portable unit for GPS and also for geocaching. My new unit us the above and more. I dod not realize it was a pocket PC. An extra program was needed for the geocaching. There are several on the market.
Summary: Overall - I love it!! My only major dislike is that you can not turn on the GPS while you are moving - the GPS has to find its Satellite prior to moving it such as while driving - once the connection is made you can change your destination - It was a little difficult to set up but I sent emails to Garmin support and they were very helpful in a timely manner - Garmin support is wonderful I wish I would have purchased it sooner!!!
Summary: LOVE THIS GPS. PROS: BEAUTIFUL PICTURE BOTH 3D & REGULAR VIEWING. 5 INCHES TALL. PORTABLE. SLIM UNLIKE OTHER GPS' THAT HAVE HUGE PROTRUSIONS ON BACK SIDE. CAN MOUNT ON DASHBOARD OR WINDOW. EASILY TRANSFERRED BETWEEN CARS. CONS: MAXIMUM SPEAKER VOLUME TOO LOW. HAD TO BUY A GARMIN CAR CHARGER WITH SPEAKER. NOW I CAN HEAR IT LOUD & CLEAR.