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Garmin nuvi 3790LMT 4.3-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Map & Traffic Updates (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Preloaded with street maps for the U.S., Canada & Mexico
- Lifetime map updates
- Lifetime traffic updates
- Lane assist with Junction View
- Bluetooth wireless technology
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Nuvi 3790LMT Package includes: nuvi 3790 with lifetime map updates, preloaded street maps for the U.S., Canada and Mexico, vehicle suction cup mount with speaker, lifetime traffic receiver/vehicle power cable, USB cable dashboard disc, quick start manual
Experience uniquely personal navigation from the elegantly slim nüvi 3790LMT. 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
Includes Free Lifetime Map Updates
With free Lifetime Map1 and Traffic2 updates, you always have the most up-to-date maps, points of interest and navigation information available at your fingertips. Traffic information is updated constantly, and map updates are available for download up to 4 times a year. Both features are ready to go, right out of the box, with no subscription or update fees and no expiration dates.
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 3790LMT 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 3790LMT just does it.
With trafficTrends, your nüvi 3790LMT 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 3790LMT 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 3790LMT will help you get there on time.
nüvi 3790LMT 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 3790LMT 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 3790LMT 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.
Dual orientation capabilities allow you to use the nüvi 3790LMT either horizontally or vertically, fitting smarly in your hand when walking.
With its enhanced pedestrian navigation capabilities and dual-oriented screen, nüvi 3790LMT 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 3790LMT 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 3790LMT 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 3790LMT 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 3790LMT 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 3790LMT; Preloaded Street Maps for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico; Lifetime Maps and Traffic; Vehicle Suction Cup Mount With Speaker; FM Traffic Receiver/Vehicle Power Cable; USB Cable Dashboard Disc; Quick Start Manual.
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1Free Lifetime Map Updates entitle you to receive up to 4 map data updates per year, when and as such updates are made available on the Garmin website, for this specific Garmin product only until this product's useful life expires or Garmin no longer receives map data from its third party supplier, whichever is shorter. The updates you receive will be updates to the same geographic map data originally included with your Garmin product when originally purchased. Garmin may terminate your Lifetime Map Updates at any time if you violate any of the terms of the End User License Agreement accompanying your nüvi product.
2Free Lifetime Traffic Updates may not be transferred to another person or another Garmin product. Lifetime 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.
Top customer reviews
I used to have a Garmin 765T, which was a great little unit, for all the reasons I personally purchase a GPS. I don't care so much about playing MP3's or viewing photos, or even bluetooth, I just want a fast, accurate, and user friendly GPS. And, I've come to discover that I also NEED one that is easy to take with me when I leave my vehicle.
So, when my 765T's maps were out of date I was faced with a decision whether or not to upgrade the maps, or just get a different unit and I decided that for about the same price I'd "upgrade" to a new GPS that came with lifetime map and traffic updates rather than paying for a couple month upgrade to my old Garmin 765T.
After shopping around I settled on a TomTom XXL500TM. As a GPS, it was a good unit, but I immediately missed the "quick release" feature of my old 765T which allowed me to just pop it out of it's charging cradle on extremely hot or extremely cold days or when parking in areas where having a GPS in plain sight might tempt the criminally minded beyond what they were strong enough to resist. After a couple 20 second episodes groping around at night in the dark to hook up the charging cable and snap the TomTom into its cradle, I'd had enough and I sent it back. It was simply impractical for where I live. If you live where you can leave your GPS in the car most of the time without it growing legs, melting, or freezing into a sub-zero brick, then save a few bucks, but if you don't, read on...
Next, I began a search of the web looking for ANY gps units that had lifetime traffic and maps and some form of a quick release charging mount. That was literally all I cared about in terms of features, and I sadly came to discover that it was going to cost me a small fortune to get a GPS matching those simple search criteria.
Finally, after comparing mounts between the TomTom and the Garmin I broke down and tried the Garmin 1390LMT.
Same story, while the Garmin 1390LMT proved to be similar in quality to the TomTom XXL500TM in terms of response time and features. And while I did find its car charger and mount to be slightly easier to hook up in a dark car (maybe 15 seconds of fiddling around with the power cable and mount instead of 20), it was still a no-go.
That only left me with a couple other GPS models offered anywhere, by ANY manufacturer that had quick release mounts (at the time of this writing) and I was hesitant to spring the $499.00 sticker price (again, at the time of this writing), for a Garmin 3790LMT just for what I saw as "a few extra features" I'd likely never use, and a return to a somewhat quick release mount.
But then luck struck and I was able to pick up a 3790LMT here at Amazon for a little over 20% off and I simultaneously sold my old 1390LMT for more than twice what I'd just recently paid for it making the upgrade a wash. And what an UPGRADE it turned out to be!!
This GPS does what it is supposed to do, and it does it well. It's quick. It's sleak. It has great battery life. AND, most importantly to me, it has a fairly quick release mount (not the same old button release as the 765T, but it can still be done in a second or two using one, stiff, cold, gloved hand. And for me that's not too bad at all).
I quickly came to appreciate the 3790's "voice command" feature. NEVER thought I'd even use it, and really didn't care one tiny bit about it when I bought it, but now I have looked up all my frequent destinations via Google Earth and entered their lat/long in as "Favorites" and using voice command I am quickly routing my next destination, and adding via points for coffee or gas, all while driving down the road, with my hands and eyes fully engaged in driving. On trips with frequent stops, the time savings really does add up.
Voice Command Tip: The Voice Command feature works nearly flawlessly with good diction, but even when munching on a snack (aka talking with food in my mouth... shhhhshh, don't tell mom), it has still proven to be almost "false detection" proof when using the numbered destinations saved in my "favorites".
Can it be improved upon? Yes.
1. Garmin could go back to the old button release mount they used to have in the days of the 765T.
2. Voice Commands could have more options such as zooming maps in and out, lane assist and junction view.
I heartily recommend this unit as one of the best all around GPS units at the time of this writing. All opinions and brand preferences aside, it is one of the ONLY offered by any manufacturer at the time of this writing that can be quickly transferred from your car to your pocket and back as needed.
After using the 3790LMT for three weeks now it has performed absolutely flawlessly. I'm in a suburb of Atlanta, GA so I deal with a lot of tangled roads running all over the place and traffic jams galore.
I'll start with the stunning display. At a resolution of 800 x 480 it is twice as sharp as other GPS's and the difference isn't subtle. What a pleasure to see such high definition and detail. 3D mode with the sky in the horizon and hills and valley's in full 3D topography is an absolute delight. And the night time display still maintains a beautiful 3D look. Navigating around taller buildings you see the buildings in 3D relief.
My 3790LMT locks on to satellites in less than 10 seconds of pulling out of my garage and within 10 seconds or less anywhere else. Often the satellite link is so quick that it feels almost instantaneous.
Voice Command is very well done. I was apprehensive after reading some negative Amazon reviews. After reading the documentation and understanding that the unit is only listening when the Voice Icon is green and not red, everything worked very well. I use the voice command all the time now. Voice Command works beautifully and gets a full 5 stars from me.
The first thing I did when I unboxed my 3790LMT was link up to Garmin's myGarmin site and then go to myDashboard where I registered, downloaded the latest maps, and updated the operating software. I've had no complaints with map accuracy and no complaints with the operation of the unit. I've had no failures and everything works just as it should.
Lane Assist and Junction View in the Atlanta area are fabulous. As I approach an exit, I'm told what lane to be in and then I get a close-up of the exit ramp to take. It just works beautifully.
I really like how maps automatically zoom in when I slow down and approach a turn and then automatically zoom back out again after the turn is completed. It's like it reads my mind. That's a very impressive feature and extremely helpful.
Bluetooth linking with my cell phone works very well. When I get in the car my phone immediately links with my 3790 and I have hands-free calling. When I first linked up my entire dialing directory uploaded to my 3790 and I now had voice command capability to "Call SomeName". Nicely done. And with the Bluetooth link, whenever I bring up a Point Of Interest, I also have an option to call them hands-free.
I've found my POI's to be amazingly up to date. My wife and I even found two new restaurants in our area we didn't even know about and enjoyed dinner in two new places this past weekend thanks to my new 3790LMT.
The only area that was a disappointment to me is no longer a disappointment. If you've been reading the reviews so far you've seen all the rants and low ratings given for advertisement popups when using Traffic Alerts. All I needed to do is purchase the Lifetime Premium Traffic Service for a small one-time cost of $49 and I'm now free of popup ads forever. I couldn't be happier. Traffic warnings and detours have so far been accurate and handled very well.
You do not get a manual in the box, only a Quick Start Guide. So the first thing I did was go to the Garmin site and download the full PDF manual and read through it with my 3790 in hand. If you want to really know how to use your 3790 this is highly recommended. Trust me, there are many things you will never know about and never take advantage of if you don't familiarize yourself with your 3790. If I'm going to spend this much for a GPS, I'm going to get the most out of it.
Try this... touch and hold the green signal strength bars on the upper left corner. You have to hold for about 10 seconds or more. You will get a map of all the satellites your unit is accessing along with a bar graph of the signal strength of each one. You also can see the 3790's absolute resolution. Mine often resolves down to 10 feet.
You won't want to leave the 3790 in your car when you are away from home, so a good slim pocketable case is a necessity. After some research at my local Best Buy I purchased the LowePro Volta 30. It is a thin semi-hardshell zipper case that is literally designed for the 3790. It fits to perfection. Here's the Amazon link to it...
Lowepro Volta 30 3.5-Inch and 4.3-Inch GPS Carrying Case (Black)
In conclusion, my 3790LMT has exceeded my expectations in every respect. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would do so.