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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 I received it, I registered it on Garmin's website right away which then allowed me to download the latest software update for the device, as well as the most recent maps. Software updates for the GPS are fast (a few minutes), but map updates take hours because of the amount of data being transferred, so make sure you have enough time before you begin. [I do have broadband internet service.] The 'myDashboard' interface on Garmin's website is fairly intuitive, and I found it easy to navigate around and locate exactly what I needed.
As far as using the GPS, I really like the fact that the power cable goes into the mount, and not directly into the GPS device. This makes the removal of the GPS from the mount fast and easy, without having to deal with any cables. The GPS itself is slim enough to slip into a coat pocket.
As opposed to my SteetPilot 2720, the 3790LMT does have an internal battery, which means it can be used in 'pedestrian' mode if needed. The battery is only good for about 3 hours, but it's not designed to be taken on long hikes. It's a vehicle-based GPS device, with a supplemental battery good for short-duration excursions, and I'm glad to have it. I own a different hand-held Garmin which is designed for hiking outdoors, so I don't expect my vehicle's GPS to pull double-duty.
For those who are concerned about the pop-up ads when using the FM Traffic Receiver, there's a few things you should know. The ads only come up when you are receiving FM traffic signals. If you are outside of a traffic coverage area, you won't see any ads at all. At this time, there are only 98 metropolitan areas in the U.S. and Canada that offer this FM traffic service. Geographically speaking, the coverage area is extremely small, and obviously geared more toward areas with higher population density.
To see a list of the areas that have this FM traffic service, as well as an overall coverage map, you can visit NAVTEQ's website. If the thought of those pop-up ads still bothers you, all you need to do is replace the GTM-35 power cable with a normal power cable (Garmin part number 010-11478-03) for about $20. You'll lose your traffic info, but there won't be any more ads popping up.
The 3790LMT comes with a Quick Start Guide, but not a full-blown owner's manual. You'll need to download that from Garmin's website in PDF format, and it's about 80 pages long. There is a help menu that you can access directly in the GPS device, but I also recommend downloading and reading the owner's manual. The 3790LMT has a lot of great features and functions, and you'll want to get the most out of it. Some of the features are accessed by simply touching the screen in the right spot, but others require a longer "touch and hold for a couple seconds" in order to get there. It's actually quite easy to use, but you've got to know the feature exists before you can take advantage of it, so the manual is worth the time.
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After using my 3790LMT to navigate through Milwaukee and Chicago several times, I have become a huge fan of the Turn Indicator and Junction View features that appear on the map while in navigation mode (navigating to a specific destination).
The turn indicator appears on the top left corner of the map page, and indicates which lane(s) you need to be in to navigate through an upcoming interchange. For a large, multi-lane junction, the turn indicator will let you know if you need to be in the two right-most lanes or the three left-most lanes, etc., and it provides enough advance notice so you have plenty of time to maneuver accordingly.
The Junction View automatically appears in a split-screen on the map page as you near a large interchange, and it is a photograph-like image of the actual interchange as you would see it from the driver's seat. An arrow appears in this image of the upcoming interchange to show you the exact path you'll need to take to successfully navigate through it.
Both the Turn Indicator and Junction View features were incredibly helpful, accurate, and made navigating in and around these large cities quite nice, as I was able to avoid those last-minute lane changes that sometimes happen when you're on unfamiliar highways.
The only improvement that I would want in this GPS so far is the way that it handles toll booth locations on the tollways. Because of the separate lanes used for "open road tolling" and "cash only" toll booths, it treats these locations as if they were an interchange or exit on the highway. Sometimes they really are at an exit ramp, but sometimes they're not. It can get confusing at these locations unless you're already familiar with this stretch of the toll road.
The confusion at the toll locations is a minor issue, and I still give the 3790LMT a full 5-star rating.