Garmin nuvi 3790T 4.3-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Less than 9 mm thick - about the same as a standard #2 pencil
- Full glass 4.3" diagonal multi-touch display
- Dual orientation capabilities allow you to use the nüvi 3790T either horizontally or vertically
- Innovative speech recognition let's you control your nüvi with your voice — allowing you to keep both hands on the whee
- Bluetooth® compatible with a built-in microphone and speaker
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What's in the Box: * nvi 3790 * Preloaded City Navigator NT North America (U.S, Canada and Mexico) * Lifetime traffic * FM traffic receiver with vehicle power cable (indicated by "T" after model number on the box) * Vehicle suction cup mount with speaker * USB cable * Dashboard disc * Quick start manual
Experience uniquely personal navigation from the elegantly slim nüvi 3790T. It features a multi-touch glass display, nüRoute™ technology with trafficTrends™ and myTrends™, voice-activated navigation, 3-D building and terrain view, lane assist with junction view, hands-free calling compatibility and subscription-free traffic alerts.
Less than 9mm thick
Versatile and compact for car or pedestrian use
The new nüvi is less than 9 mm thick, about the same as a standard #2 pencil. It has a full glass 4.3” diagonal multi-touch display. Dual orientation capabilities allow you to use the nüvi 3790T either horizontally or vertically, fitting smartly in your hand when walking. Sleek design also disappears neatly into your pocket or purse. With a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it’s ready to guide you by car or foot.
Experience nüRoute™ Technology with trafficTrends™ and myTrends™
Smart and good-looking, this uniquely personal navigator comes with advanced routing capabilities that include trafficTrends™ and myTrends™. There’s no subscription necessary, no added costs, your nüvi 3790T just does it.
With trafficTrends, your nüvi 3790T automatically learns daytime trends for traffic flow to improve your routes and better predict your estimated time of arrival based on time of day and day of week. And you get free trafficTrends™ updates every time you connect your device to myGarmin.
With myTrends, when you save your regular destinations in your “Favorites,” your nüvi 3790T will, over time, begin to figure out where you’re going even without your telling it! It provides time of arrival and relevant traffic information. So whether you’re driving to and from work or a regularly scheduled weekly event, your nüvi 3790T will help you get there on time.
nüvi 3790T not only tells you where to turn but listens to your spoken commands. With its innovative speech recognition, you can control nüvi with your voice — allowing you to keep both hands on the wheel. Simply wake up nüvi with a customizable voice command and begin speaking menu options that are clearly displayed on the screen. Tell nüvi ""Find Address"" and speak an address to start navigating.
Know the Lane Before It’s Too Late
No more guessing which lane you need to be in to make an upcoming turn. Lane assist with junction view guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate. It realistically displays road signs and junctions on your route along with arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation.
Make Hands-free Calls
For hands-free calling, nüvi 3790T integrates Bluetooth® wireless technology with a built-in microphone and speaker. Just pair it with your compatible Bluetooth phone and talk hands-free through the 3790T while staying focused on the road. Simply dial numbers with its touchscreen keypad to make a call. To answer calls, just tap the screen and speak into its built-in microphone. Enjoy convenient one-touch dialing for contacts and points of interest.
Receive Subscription-Free Traffic Alerts
Steer clear of traffic with the integrated FM traffic receiver and free lifetime¹ traffic updates. Receive alerts about traffic delays and road construction that lie ahead on your route. Next, simply touch the screen on nüvi to view traffic details or detour around the problem area.
Dual orientation capabilities allow you to use the nüvi 3790T either horizontally or vertically, fitting smarly in your hand when walking.
With its enhanced pedestrian navigation capabilities and dual-oriented screen, nüvi 3790T is the perfect travel companion for getting around town. Download optional cityXplorer™ content to help you navigate the big city. In addition to knowing where to walk, where to catch the bus, subway, tram or other transportation you’ll also have access to mass transit schedules and estimated travel time to your destination. cityXplorer maps are available for select cities throughout North America and Europe. And with prices as low as $9.99, you'll have money left over to spend in the big city.
Get Turn-by-Turn Directions. See Buildings and Terrain in 3-D
nüvi 3790T has an intuitive interface that greets you with two simple questions: ""Where To?"" and ""View Map."" Touch the color screen to easily look up addresses and services and get voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names to your destination It comes preloaded with detailed City Navigator® NT street maps for the U.S, Canada and Mexico with nearly 6 million points of interest (POIs) such as stores, restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues, gas stations, ATMs and more, and speed limits for most major roads. With 3-D Building and Terrain view, you’ll see representations of prominent buildings in many cities and map contours at low zoom levels, giving you a realistic perspective of the terrain.
Go Beyond Navigation
Also offered on nüvi 3790T are standard nüvi features that go beyond navigation. For example, ecoRoute — a green feature that calculates a more fuel-efficient route, tracks fuel usage and more. The 3790T includes many travel tools including JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. With photo navigation, you can download pictures from Garmin Connect™ Photos and navigate to them. With its ""Where Am I?"" emergency locator, you always know your location. Simply tap the screen to get your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations. The 3790T features Garmin Lock™, an anti-theft feature, and is compatible with our free Garmin Garage where you can download custom voices and vehicles. Enhance your travel experience with optional plug-in microSD™ cards.
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What's in the Box
nüvi 3790, preloaded street maps for the U.S., Canada and Mexico, vehicle suction cup mount with speaker, FM traffic receiver/vehicle power cable, USB cable dashboard disc, and quick start manual
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¹Lifetime traffic extends for the useful life of your Garmin traffic receiver (as long as you own a compatible Garmin GPS) or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its traffic supplier, whichever is shorter. Traffic content not available for all areas. See www.navteq.com/rdstraffic for traffic coverage areas and www.garmin.com/traffic/fm/navteq.html for program License Agreement containing complete terms and conditions.
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On opening I was quite impressed with the thin form factor and appearance. Unimpressed with the lack of any type of protective cover for it. You need to purchase a separate cover to keep it from getting scratched during storage, travel (in suitcase/bag) or handling.
The display brightness, color, resolution and ability to rotate the display is great. I now use it in portrait mode about 99% of the time so I get more area ahead of me rather than to either side. You do need to put it to landscape on occasion to read long POI descriptions. The 3D terrain isn't valuable per se' most of the time but is nice to look at especially when traveling through mountains. Traffic color coding is now displayed on the primary navigation screen, which I really like, as well as on a separate screen. Navigation is easier through the menus than previous units.
Voice command is great. I rarely touch the screen now. It sometimes requires me to repeat the command up to 3 times (I'm from the midwest US so shouldn't be too difficult for it to understand). However, the value you get from not playing with the unit while driving is worth the minor frustration of repeating the commands while driving. It even picks up the commands with windows and sun roof fully open and radio playing. Very impressive. Since I can access anything in the GPS via voice, it's easy to use and MUCH better than my GPS system built into my car (other than smaller screen). Man, if I could upgrade my car GPS with the features from this Nuvi I'd be a real happy camper!
Phone connection is not great. The speaker quality is tinny and hard to understand the caller. It works, but I'd consider it a backup system at best. It does do voice dialing pretty well so it's easy to use. Better in that respect than my Grand Cherokee bluetooth system.
The main routes to / from my office are very heavy traffic so I take back roads that do not have traffic sensors. GPS systems never reccomend these back routes because theoretically the main routes are all better choices. This GPS learns your preferred routes and starts to apply them rather than continually telling you to turn around and take the main route. This means it is actually useful to me at times my old systems weren't. Of course, not that I need the GPS to find my way home at night - usually.
I use the Garmin portable friction mount for the dashboard and travel with this. Never any problems with it with any Nuvi.
The only problem I've had with this Nuvi is that on occassion, when inserting the GPS into the mount, the speaker (which is in the mount) doesn't connect so there is no sound. By pressing down on what would be the upper left of the GPS (if it were in landscape mode) this pushes the contact pins on the left side into better contact and sound engages. Push down on the upper right and sound goes out. No visually apparent pin damage. Contacted Garmin and they are going to send me a new mount first and see if that fixes the problem. If not, then they say they'll send a new GPS.
I highly recommend this Nuvi. The voice command is great to keep your eyes on the road and is easy to use if you don't mind repeating yourself. Since I'm married, that's not a problem.
Introduction. Meet Emily
I couldn't live without her. At least if I want to drive in Thailand. She always has time for me, remembers where things are, tells me when to turn and when I'll be getting on the Expressway, and if I stick her in a box for a long time she never complains. So far it's been the perfect relationship! She's never let me down and in return I take good care of her. Heck, I even respect her intelligence and quick analytical mind.
Her name is Emily, and she's been my Mai Noi for five years now. Well, that's what my wife calls her. In reality she's began life as a Nuvi 350, and then I traded her in for a younger model the Nuvi 885t reviewed here. She aged and a new model came out with an awesome display and she's much more slender, so I once again traded her in for the new Nuvi 3790t. New Emily! An indispensible member of my family!
Without a doubt a quality GPS quickly becomes your best friend when trying to navigate the streets of Bangkok, and as technology moves forward GPS devices become more useful and more user friendly. The new Nuvi 3790t sits way ahead of any other GPS on the market. Keep reading to find out why.
The mount is a mixture of the best of the features from the past, and some new features. It comes with a windshield suction cup base and an adhesive mount disc if you want to mount it on the dash. These things are pretty much the same as before.
The power adapter plugs into the side of the mount via a mini-USB plug. This feature was on the top models of the past, and then for some crazy reason Garmin discontinued it. For a long time most of the Nuvi models required you plugging the power cable directly into the GPS itself, which requires a lot of plugging and unplugging if you remove the GPS and put it out of sight when you leave the car. And you should. When the power cord plugs into the side of the mount then you can leave it there, and simply clicking the GPS in/out of the mount also adds/removes power. I'm very pleased to see this feature make a comeback on the new 3700 series Nuvi.
Also, while the 3790t has a small speaker built in, it also has a much bigger and more powerful (read more loud) speaker now built into the mount itself. If you have trouble hearing your current GPS, you'll love this feature. I used to keep my Nuvi 350 and 885t at approximately 60% volume, now it's at 20% and it has more volume than before!
The power cord has the traffic receiver built into the cord in a rather awkward spot, about 8-9 inches from where the mini-USB plug. I'm sure they put it there to make sure it was high enough to receive well by being in line with the windows, but it's a bit bulky and moves around a bit. I solved this issue with a small square of 3M double sided tape.
The first thing you notice about the 3790t is how thin it is. When powered down the screen is all black, has no buttons, and closely resembles an Iphone. It's actually more thin than an Iphone, right between and Iphone and an Itouch. The second thing you notice is the black glass display has the same resolution as an Iphone and apparently has identical quality in every way. It's more than an upgraded display, it's an entirely new display unlike any other GPS out there. Even at an angle you can clearly see the screen which is helpful for your passenger if they're following along.
The new display is also "multi-touch" which means it has all the touch features it had in the past, but also works much like an Iphone does when using other functions.
3-D Building View
This is a really cool feature, but I'm afraid it's not part of any Thailand map set. Yet. As you drive down a street or highway, the buildings you're passing are shown in 3D. This can be helpful in finding the right building.
This feature is very useful, but not yet available in Thailand. As you drive up/down a mountain road or anywhere where the topography changes, a terrain view now clearly shows your car as it moves over the topographical features.
NuRoute is about routing logic. Coupled to a more powerful CPU you get much better route selections than before. From testing I could tell it was picking up my "local shortcuts" where my older models kept me on the main streets. This is immensely useful and much appreciated.
These new features bring a much higher level of intelligence to the GPS operating system. Traffic trends automatically keeps track of your routes, how long it takes, what days of the week, and the time, and then suggests routes based on these factors.
My Trends learns your preferred routes. Over time it remembers any deviations from the recommended routes, and along with the nuRoute information, will help provide the best route possible. The more you use the GPS, the more accurate this information becomes. Over a period of 3-4 weeks time it was like the 3790t was reading my mind about the routes I wanted to take and reminded me when my mind was on other things.
Ecoroute uses all of the above information, your driving habits and speeds, traffic from the traffic radio/alert system, and map data, and then can offer you the most economical route.
My Nuvi 885t had voice activation and while it worked, I found I didn't use it much. It was more trouble than it was worth. It also had a button which was held on the steering wheel via a rubber strap which you need to press to activate the system, and press again to deactivate.
The 3790t greatly improves speech recognition. Instead of a button you can now use a voice command and set the command to anything you wish. I set mine to "Computer?" Once it recognizes this command phrase it flashes to its speech recognition screen and awaits your next command. The screen lists your choices, Favorites, Go Home, and the other common commands as well as Go Home. I rarely had to repeat myself which makes the system a joy to use. I now find myself using it whenever the car is moving because it's actually easier and less stressful than taking my hands off the wheel and my eyes off the road. Finally, a refined and useful speech recognition!
Lane Assist remains the single most useful navigation tool. In the upper left hand corner of the screen you'll see a green dialog box with arrows either pointing straight ahead, or turning right or left. If there are four lanes there will be four arrows. It helps position you in the right lane when turning. Also, right above the arrows is your distance to the next turn. Below, you can see that in 2.7 miles you'll need to bear left from the furthest right lane. I can't tell you how great this feature is in Thailand.
Junction View shows you an actual image of an approaching intersection/junction and places an arrow through the lanes as you should drive them. This is a bit redundant considering Lane Assist (which is more useful) and while it's available in every major western country in any language, it's only available in Thailand IF you buy one of their GPS models.
Unfortunately inside Thailand they're selling 2-4 year old models at more than full retail prices, and none of the new 3700 series or other more advanced/nicer models are available. A cheap and non-effective ploy on their part. If you have a Nuvi model from another country, and it's one of the models they've sold here, there's a good chance you can get the Thai firmware and flash your firmware to the Thai version thereby gaining Junction View. Frankly I don't think it's worth the hassle, it would be great if we had it, but with Lane Assist you won't miss it much if it's not there.
When you turn on your Nuvi 3790t for the first time it will ask you to accept licensing terms for the traffic radio and alert system. It only asks you this first time and with this model it's a lifetime license so there will be no monthly charges.
These traffic alerts and traffic radio receivers are very useful in a country that supports them. Couples with the 3790t's new routing technology the GPS can tell if one route will have light, moderate, medium, or heavy traffic, show you this information in a handy color code on the route, and then route you away from the worst traffic. Unfortunately there is no such system in Thailand, though they are testing such a system. It's nowhere close to being tested, and then it would need to be implemented and finally supported in the mapset. I don't see this happening in Thailand for another 5-7 years.
You can now buy most Nuvi GPS's with optional lifetime map updates. Look for the "LMT" designator after the model number. For instance, the Nuvi 3790t retails for $449 USD. The Nuvi 3790tLMT retails for $499 USD's. $50 for lifetime map updates is reasonable.
Hands Free Calls
The 3790t includes Bluetooth capabilities. This allows you to transfer music for the built in music player, ebooks for the ebook reader, images for the picture viewer, via BT. BT also allows you to accept and make hands free calls via voice command. I was able to pair my HTC Desire Android on the first attempt and the hands free feature provides an adequate quality service. I like my BT headset much better, but then it's right in my ear and near my mouth, and not 2-3 feet away in a noisy car.
I found the Nuvi 3790t to perform far better in all areas than any previous model I've used. Frankly, I didn't expect it to be worth it's high cost when I ordered it, but I'm a curious type so I ordered it anyway. It only took a few days use to realize it's value lays far beyond it's good looks and great new display.
It locks on after a cold or warm start much faster than my 885t, quickly finds a route, and the route is very often much better than the previous models provided. Immediately I noticed it was routing met through all the shortcuts the locals use and I began to rely on the Nuvi routing much more than I did before.
The volume is more clear and more loud, speech recognition is usable, and if you must reroute, it calculates your new route very quickly.
The driver information screen is easy to read and provides all the necessary information and then some.
If the radio alert senses road construction ahead the 3790t notifies me, and if necessary offers to route me around the construction.
The menu system is much the same as the 885t, when you first turn it on it provides two choices, Where To, and View Map.
Selecting Where To gets you into the main screen for selecting your route.
Overall the performance is very good, the best I've seen to date. Even the reception is better.
This is a tough one. Usually I'd say if your current GPS is working for you then there is no urgency to update to a newer model. However, the Nuvi 3790t changes the game so significantly and the gains in performance and features are so significant, that you'll really want to get one of these. But then there's the price.
At $449 USD's or $499 USD's with lifetime maps, it's quite expensive. It's less expensive than a couple of the 2-3 year old models they're selling within Thailand, but by US prices it's a pricey unit. Yet the question remains, is it worth the cost? I think yes. The sum total of the new features, new maps, new look, great display, and higher performance come together in a perfect storm of value which screams BUY ME!
If you're not replacing a GPS, but buying your first one, then the answer is easy. Buy one of the 3700 series Nuvi's which more closely fits your needs vs. your budget. It's that much better than the competition.
You'll need to guard this one lest it finds its way into the hands of a thief. It so closely resembles an Iphone/Itouch, that thieves will automatically assume it's such without bothering to take a closer look. Hide it well from the valets or car wash attendants, they won't know it's not an Iphone either and a pocketable item worth 2-3x their monthly salary can be quite tempting even for a relatively honest man.
There have been some comments on forums that it looks "fragile." Perhaps in comparison to the old bulky models, but it looks and probably is every bit as tough as an Iphone and with reasonable care I don't see any issues. A smartphone you carry everywhere, sit on it, drop it, and basically really use the thing in all environments. A GPS normally lives out its life going from the relative safety of your glove box or console, to the mount and back again. Even if it were fragile, I don't think you'd harm it in such use.
Despite the price I'm happy I purchased mine. I didn't go into great detail on all the features, but you should know every feature and every detail has been improved. The Nuvi 3790t is a significant leap ahead of previous models and all the competition. It's currently the best consumer GPS available and worth every penny!
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