April 19, 2010

New Garmins - The Nuvi 3700 Series - Nuvi 3750, 3760T and 3790T

Garmin announced a stunning set of new GPS units - the Nuvi 3750, 3760T, and the 3790T which bring innovation back to the automotive GPS category. The press has all but written off the portable GPS market with the advent of the mobile phone navigators, but the Nuvi 3700 series gives a reason to reconsider.

Navigation Innovation - TrafficTrends and myTrends
There are a number of innovations that catch one's eye, but the handling of the historical data, branded TrafficTrends is most appealing. Garmin has not come to the game with an implementation of the NAVTEQ Traffic Trends product until now. The historical data offers a look into how traffic usually moves through streets and streetlights at different times of the day; recognizing that you can't always go 65MPH on the highway. It is uncertain if the GPS units will collect additional speed data and feed it back to NAVTEQ to refine the data.

myTrends remembers your destinations and predicts your trip - going to work? Yea, it knows. The route is auto-loaded and predicts the best route based on the traffic conditions.

Voice Control and 3-D

The top of the line Nuvi 3790T has a couple of cooler features; a "wake up" phrase that initiates the voice command capabilities, allowing you to tell the Nuvi 3790T where you want to go. Also, with the 3-D terrain and 3-D buildings, you get a more realistic view of what's around your and what's ahead.

A Page from the iPhone Design Book
The Nuvi 3700 series has a multi-touch screen with the ability to pinch to zoom, flick to pan and a design that knocks out. The 9mm thickness and the sleek look that already won a design competition. So, it pulls a page from the Apple iPhone book - so what; nice page to rip out. Love the design look. By the way, you get to use it in portrait or landscape - perfect for those who always wanted to see the portrait version for more roadway ahead.

The commands are clearer in this series with two speakers, and FINALLY, yes FINALLY, someone used the GPS to automatically change time zones as you travel. I mean, the GPS just listens to highly sensitive time signals on satellites and they know where they are; so they have time and maps. With a few exceptions, you should be able to figure out what time it is if you have these two inputs.

UPDATE: The Garmin 3700 series is now shipping at Amazon:

Full press release below.....

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the nüvi 3700 series, setting new standards for design, features and ease of use in personal navigation devices. Boasting a new ultra-thin, pocket-friendly design and large-screen, high-resolution glass display with capacitive touch panel, the nüvi 3700 series won the coveted Red Dot Design Award in the world's largest and most renowned design competition.

"Personal navigation is entering a new era, and the nüvi 3700 series has the stunning design and seamlessly intuitive interface to lead the way," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Our designers and engineers were challenged to rethink an industry icon, and the result is as pristine as it is practical."

Internationally acclaimed design
At less than 9mm of overall thickness, the nüvi 3700 series is easily the thinnest portable navigator on the market - an irresistible design that begs to be turned on and shown off. The sleek new look made a big impact by winning the product design competition at this year's Red Dot Design Awards in a field of more than 4,000 submissions from 57 countries.

Picture perfect in landscape or portrait
The award-winning design of nüvi 3790T, nüvi 3760T and nüvi 3750 continues with the easy-to-use 4.3" WVGA display with smooth glass capacitive touch panel that lets users see their preloaded maps and intuitive menus in landscape or portrait modes - ideal for use in the car or on foot.

Zoom, pinch, press and drag with Multi-touch
The new capacitive multi-touch display in the nüvi 3700 series allows users to zoom in and out (by double-tapping or "pinching" the map), browse surrounding areas on the map (dragging a finger), or change perspective from 2D to 3D and rotate the map 360 degrees (two-finger drag or twist). And to avoid inadvertent touches, the nüvi 3700 series features a simple screen lock, so you can tap the power button, slide nüvi into your pocket and go.

Garmin's nü flagship: nüvi 3790T
• With a customizable "wake-up phrase" to initiate voice-activated navigation, nüvi 3790T lets you tell it what to do and where to go while you keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
• And the road ahead never looked so realistic, thanks to the unprecedented details of 3D terrain and 3D buildings. Whether you're heading for rolling hills or urban canyons, the shaded topography and realistic landmarks provide unrivaled context and enhanced situational awareness.

nüRoute with trafficTrends™ and myTrends™
• Providing efficient routing and realistic arrival times, trafficTrends™ recommends routes using historical traffic data and recurring trends at any given time or day.
• Making your commute easier than ever, nüvi 3700 series remembers your frequent destinations and uses myTrends™ to predict your destination without you needing to activate a route, displaying your arrival time and best route based on relevant traffic information.

Smarter routing in your car and on foot
• For safer, stress-free travel, nüvi 3790T and nüvi 3760T feature free lifetime traffic alerts and Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free calling with a compatible phone.
• The entire nüvi 3700 series is preloaded with ecoRoute™ to help drivers with fuel-efficient navigation, helping to conserve both gas and money.
• Take the nüvi 3700 series with you and enjoy the new streamlined, pocket-friendly design even more through enhanced pedestrian mode with public transit options through cityXplorer™ content. Available at www.garmin.com, cityXplorer helps you with options to navigate by foot or using a combination of buses, tramway, metro and suburban rail systems.

Innovations abound in nüvi 3700 series
• Voice prompts are clearer than ever because of a secondary speaker located on the powered suction cup mount, offering the highest sound quality in the nüvi lineup.
• Customizable wallpaper - view, crop and save images right on your nüvi.
• Lane assist with junction view helps you navigate with confidence while nüvi directs you to the preferred lane, with realistic images of upcoming complex junctions where available.
• Speed limit indicator displays speed limits for most major roads.
• Patented auto time zone allows nüvi to automatically adjust your time zone while navigating.
• Garmin Connect™ Photos will associate your favorite images with saved locations. Visit http://connect.garmin.com for additional information.
• "Where Am I?" feature lets you quickly tap the screen to find the closest hospitals, police stations, gas stations, nearest address, intersection and coordinates.

The nüvi 3700 series is the latest breakthrough from Garmin, which has spent more than 20 years developing technologies and innovations to enhance users' lives, making Garmin a household name in the automotive, aviation, marine, wireless, outdoor and fitness industries. For more about features, pricing and availability, as well as information about Garmin's other products and services, go to www.garmin.com, www.garmin.blogs.com and www.garmin.com/pr.

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Recent Comments

So Jalan, what is connected out there? Recognizing that Dash is moribund.

Of course there's the iPhone/Android thing collection, but there's the small matter of the recurring $$ charge.

Posted by: Craig at June 11, 2010 5:57 PM

Anything in this price range in 2010 that isn't connected and uses paltry FM-TMC for traffic gets a big YAWN from me.

Posted by: Jalan at April 21, 2010 8:45 PM

But are the processors any faster?

Posted by: VicMatson at April 20, 2010 7:38 AM

What is the chipset for this device ? We are waiting the new device with SiRFstarIV chipset this year.

Posted by: Kenny at April 19, 2010 11:22 PM
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