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4.0 out of 5 stars 3750 Impressions, July 15, 2010
This review is from: Garmin nüvi 3750 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Electronics)
First off is that the small screen on the 3750 is easy to see on a sunny day. I can actually read the text and see the maps. This certainly wasn't the case with my four year old Nuvi 350. And the flat form factor makes it easy to drop into one's pocket. These two points alone make this a significant upgrade from my geriatric 350. Also there's a speaker with decent volume built into the windshield mount to take over from the itty bitty 3750 speaker.

And they kept Aussie Karen as my voice from beyond.

Now some points based on cruising around my stomping ground... The 3750 seems to like to route me a little to the right of the most direct routes. During a recent test run the unit sent me nearly a mile out of my way on a seven mile jaunt. Well it would have been seven miles but the Nuvi sent me eight miles. Was it trying to avoid traffic lights? Beats me but the trip took about seven minutes longer. My old 350 never went rogue with route calculations (well there was that forestry road once).

Another point is that the 3750 is supposed to run for up to four hours on its internal battery. Even with the back light set at 10%, I'm getting way less than that.

Also Garmin doesn't even include a cheap vinyl carry case. I picked up a five dollar Tom Tom case that provides a nice "loose" fit.

The only manual with my Nuvi was a quick start micro booklet that pretty much will leave you to your own devices for figuring things out. Fortunately most functions are self-explanatory.

Garmin did include a disk that's smooth on one side and sticky on the other. This allows me to mount the unit in an unused portion of my car's info screen and keep the GPS outta sight of anyone with itchy fingers (and no, I don't leave it mounted unattended by me).

Anyhow I do like the unit but wonder if its routing software might be in need of a little tweaking.
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Initial post: Aug 6, 2010 8:04:19 PM PDT
Huge K. says:
It sounds as if Garmin is joining Samsung in its game of "HOW THIN CAN YOU BUILD IT." A 9 mm thick, 55-Inch TV? There is no meaningful difference between 9 mm and 3-1/2 inches for a 55-Inch TV. The thin TV is a gimmick that costs a great deal more and appeals to the interminately vain person. The thin Garmin is built to look like an i-Phone and all the i-Phone wannabes. I would be concerned about poor battery life, since the unit is so thin. A thicker unit that is, say 20 mm (0.8 inches) thick is still insignificant and can accomodate a larger speaker and battery for better sound quality and longer periods between charging, not to mention, cheaper. The best bet will be to wait 4 to 6 months to see how the thinner Garmins perform against competitors and the previous generations.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2010 11:45:36 PM PDT
J.B. says:
You have no idea what you are talking about from either a technical or design perspective.
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