Garmin iQue M5 Review - Garmin iQue M5 Review


At the top of the screen your speed, distance to next turning, time to turning and arrival time are all indicated clearly. Naturally, the settings are set to kilometres but can easily be changed to miles. The amount of detail shown on-screen can be easily adjusted, but generally the software does a good job of automatically showing an overall level of the route. As you approach turnings a clear female voice provides instruction and a detail of the turn is flashed up. One criticism though is that unlike the TomTom Go, it doesn’t repeat the instruction as you approach a junction, so I found that I had to turn the stereo off and concentrate more than I was used to.

QueFind enables you to search for addresses in a variety of ways. You can search by city, street and post code up to four digits, and hitting the search button will bring up a list of correlating locations. This works well if you know the street number but isn’t so great for businesses that doesn’t have one. However, this is a problem that afflicts most systems. Alternatively, you can use the comprehensive Point of Interest database. It pays to spend some time with this to work out how it categorises things. The names of the listings betrays clear US bias, with terms such as Fuel instead of Petrol, and Lodging, but it gets the job done with a comprehensive list of categories and sub-categories.

In one though instance it looked as if the POI database was going to let me down. Under the Car Dealer sub-category I was looking for Dagenham Motors in Potters Bar and while it listed several there wasn’t one shown in Potters Bar. I then switched to searching via ‘Near Current Location’ and there it was, though listed as Potters Bar Ford, rather then Dagenham Motors. It even provided the phone number, which would have saved the cost of a call to Directory enquiries had I found it earlier. The motto is, the place you’re looking for is probably there if you’re flexible about your searches.

Garmin has also ensured that full advantage is taken of the fact that the iQue is Windows Moble based. If your contacts addresses in Pocket Outlook are stored in the correct format you can send it directly to the QueFind application to plot a route, though this method won’t distinguish between the work and home address and go for the first one listed. It will do so however, if you choose the ‘Add to My Locations’ option.

QueTurn provides a step-by-step description of your journey once you’ve plotted it but it’s a separate application. It would have been preferable if this was integrated into the QueMap screen.