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Garmin nüvi 3450 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator
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- Automatic dual-screen orientation
- Speed limit indicator
- Lane assist with photoReal junction view
- Less than 9mm thick
- multi-touch glass display with pinch to zoom
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- Size (LWH): 0.35 inches, 4.79 inches, 2.85 inches
- Weight: 6.4 ounces
Thanks to Garmin Guidance 3.0, nüvi 3450 offers the most advanced mapping capabilities available. And at just 9 mm, it’s also our thinnest navigator yet.
Navigate with 3-D Terrain
Garmin Guidance 3.0 allows you to quickly look up addresses and services and be guided to your destination with voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names. It comes preloaded with maps that feature 3-D landmarks and terrain for North America. It also comes preloaded with more than 8 million points of interest and offers the ability to add your own.
Know the Lane Before It’s Too Late
Now there’s no more guessing which lane you need to be in to make an upcoming turn. Available in select metropolitan areas, photoReal junction view makes unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate. When you approach an exit or interchange, nüvi 3450 will enter split screen mode and show you a realistic depiction of junctions on your route, complete with road signs and arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation. Bird's Eye junction view also is included for a top-down look at upcoming interchanges.
Go Beyond Navigation
Point-to-point navigation is just the beginning. With an optional traffic receiver, you can get traffic alerts that update every 30 seconds over the HD Radio broadcasting system. The built-in microSD™ card slot lets you store and use detailed cityXplorer™ maps or download custom voices and vehicles for free from the Garmin Garage. It also comes with a powered mount that charges while you drive, as well as dual-orientation functionality that lets you hold your nüvi vertically or horizontally for added convenience driving or walking.
nüvi 3450’s "Where Am I?" emergency locator provides your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and more. And Enhanced Exit Services tells you what services you’re approaching on the highway.
What's in the Box
nüvi 3450, preloaded NAVTEQ North America maps, vehicle suction cup mount, vehicle power cable, and quick start manual
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Top Customer Reviews
When we left Ireland our next stop was Frankfurt, Germany. The GPS was turned on and after a few minutes found its location and downloaded the map for Germany. Easy peasy.
The GPS also works great in Athens, Greece. The roads are very confusing. The GPS made driving in Athens somewhat simple.
I had no problems downloading the Europe map to the micro SD card and using it.
I use this unit for trips, because when I am in my city, I prefer using Waze on my phone or my tablet becuase of the traffic information that it provides.
Background with Past GPS Experience.
I used my laptop with Delorme maps and a GPS attachment for many years before any reasonable portable ones were available. It has many nice features over the portable ones, but it is very inconvenient.
I then got a GPS for my car and soon after my wife had to have one as well. We got 255 and 460 models. They were basically the same and worked well for many years. I could even download trips onto my PC and see if my kids have been speeding. My complaints with them are that they are too slow for searching, graphics is too slow at times to update, and the touch screen is way too hard to use compared to modern smart phones. I planned to limp along with these GPS devices until some newer Garmin devices came out that addressed these problems or Smart Phone convenience took over.
My old Garmin GPS was stolen from my car, so I was suddenly in the market for a new one. I researched for many hours and settled on the cheapest of the new devices that seemed, at least on paper to solve my previous complaints (garmin 3450 for about $210).
1) new touch screen that is more like smart phones.
2) faster graphics
3) higher resolution graphics
Well, after one week of using the new GPS I have to say I am thrilled. Touch screen is as good as my droid phone, graphics is far superior in color, sharpness, detail and speed to my old GPS. I also was thrilled to see how much more customization the new interface has. I can control which information I see while navigating, I can save favorites in the main search menu and so on. I also like that you can orient it into portrait mode. This makes more sense since you now have better view with what is coming up while still retaining lots of detail.
I read many negative reviews about this or similar GPS. Many are based on unrealistic expectations and not knowing how to use the device or edit settings. Some were bases on traffic report signal strength, which I do not use so I cannot comment. It does seem to be more delicate, since it is light and thin. If you are happy with the old interface and touch screen, get a more proven older model and save $. If you use a smart phone with a touch screen, then you will likely hate those older devices, so either use your smart phones with a Garmin traffic App, or get one of these next generation models.
Update: Somehow this ended up in my wife's car now since she also likes it much better.
It has been 6 months since I got the 3450. I am still happy with it. My old Garmin 255w just started getting so hard to use because of screen calibration (which I could not fix), I replaced it with another 3450.
My son has been comparing these Garmin devices with his Droid phone Google Map and showed me how it is pretty comparable. I cannot comment on traffic and other services, but I would say that if you have a good Droid phone and a good dash mount (I prefer the friction mounts), then this can serve as a comparable replacement to a Garmin. I expect that these two Garmin 3450 devices that I now own will be the last ones I buy. When they go bad, I will likely use my phone instead, assuming the phone mapping software remains comparable to the Garmin dedicated device. I cannot speak for the Iphone, but it seems to have a Garmin like App for much less then a Garmin device that works just like the Garmin device. It is logical that Smart Phones will replace these devices.
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