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Garmin nuvi 3790LMT 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Map and Traffic Updates (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Garmin
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  • Preloaded with street maps for the U.S., Canada and Mexico
  • Lifetime map updates
  • Lifetime traffic updates
  • Lane assist with Junction View
  • Bluetooth wireless technology

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 12.2 cm ; 113 g
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 010-00858-21
  • ASIN: B004A88RM6
  • Date first available at Feb. 28 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,826 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Experience uniquely personal navigation from the elegantly slim nüvi 3790LMT. It comes with FREE Lifetime Maps and Traffic and 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, and hands-free calling compatibility.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The_Betz on Sept. 22 2011
Excellent product. Easy to operare, accurate and smart screen s. I recommand it. Only thing, poor client service. I asked question about map update and never got an answer.
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By RookieRecurve on June 2 2012
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This is my second one, as my first one was stolen. I guess that means I liked it enough to buy it again? Overall a great unit. My biggest beef is the microphone. People can barely understand me when I speak to them when I am driving. Also, the voice prompts can be a little ridiculous at times. The latest software update has been a huge improvement. Map updates could be more accurate, but after owning a Tom Tom, I am much happier with the Garmin. The free map updates rock!

I also had trouble updating my maps, and contacted Garmin. They were very helpful and resolved the issue to my satisfaction.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Legros on Jan. 7 2012
I was very surprise at the delivery date - it came in faster than expected - happy with the purchase and the way my transaction was conducted. I will be a return customer in the near future.
Thank you again

Robert E. Legros
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pk on May 25 2012
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I was expecting a choice of routes to come up sort of the same as what I get with googlemaps.
Often the route it wants to take is either less direct or takes small roads - even my car gives options like
"most direct" Fastest, and most economical (speed based) On the positive side, the voice command is great ,
the phone is great and the picture outstanding- the sleek package is another bonus- I have friends with phones this size.
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260 of 268 people found the following review helpful
Excellent "Quick Release" GPS Jan. 13 2011
By Truth Seeker - Published on
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As a GPS Unit, the 3790LMT is phenomenal, and I'll get to why in a bit, but first, I decided to write this review for those who, like me, live in a part of the world where the climate is extreme enough to make it a necessity to take your GPS in and out of the car on a regular basis to prevent damage (or crime).

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).

Added Bonuses:
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.
62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
So far, an excellent GPS overall Feb. 17 2011
By Regolith - Published on
The 3790LMT is my 6th Garmin GPS, and it's my 2nd GPS which is designed specifically for vehicle navigation. So far, it has not disappointed. The size, brightness, and resolution of the display is excellent. I've found the touch-screen to be very responsive without being overly sensitive. The speaker in the vehicle mount is loud and clear. Satellite acquisition is fairly quick.

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.

<<< Sept. 1, 2011 Update >>>
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.
227 of 249 people found the following review helpful
Nice GPS ANNOYING Pop up ads Buyer Beware Jan. 14 2011
By C. Coleman - Published on
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The 3790lmt is a really nice GPS. There is a lot to like about it. But, there is one HUGE drawback to this unit or other lmt units. If you use the traffic service you will have to deal with pop up ads. Yes, can you believe it? You pay $400-$500 for a nice GPS and you have to tolerate pop up ads. You can't get away from this annoying pop up junk. Internet, cell phone and now your GPS. I had to take away 2 stars from a product that has the potential for 5 stars. Garmin should at least give you the option to see these ads or not and not force them on you. I called Garmin support and was advised not to use the traffic service if I didn't want to see the ads. Excuse me?? The traffic service is one of the main reasons I bought the thing. Had I known about the pop up ads, I would not have purchased. Buyer Beware.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Exceeds Expectations March 2 2011
By TraderGary - Published on
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My first GPS was the Garmin c340. It served me very well for years and when my wife asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year I took the opportunity to upgrade to Garmin's top of the line Nuvi 3790LMT. All I can say is a jaw dropping WOW!

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.
105 of 118 people found the following review helpful
Garmin should Embarassed to present this as their flagship product July 7 2011
By Farhad Shakiba - Published on
I'm a designer by trade and I've always purchased Garmin products exclusively. Compared to competition, Garmin always provided what I believed to be a superior User Interface and User Experience.

But Garmin's era is coming to an end. If I was the CEO of Garmin, I would be very worried. You would think a flagship device designed EXCLUSIVELY for navigation would be superior to general purpose Smart phones, but that is sadly not the case with Garmins most expensive, most feature packed, top of the line flagship: Nuvi 3790LMT.

I purchased this unit to replace an older Garmin for the following reasons:

- Updated lifetime Maps
- Voice commands
- Free Traffic
- Nice Screen and form factor
- Lane assist and general look and feel of the maps.

The good:

The unit is well designed,light, slim, and sports a gorgeous glass screen. The screen itself is clear, bright and wonderful to look at. The interface and maps look great in night/day conditions. The maps themselves look beautiful and the map view in general is wonderfully customizable and directions are very clear and readable. Lane assist is a fantastic feature and works very well.

Voice command is a great addition. Launching the voice Menu interface is easy and the phrase is customizable. Address entry using Voice works relatively well for a device that does not have internet connectivity. Changing volume, and bringing up the Map Interface using voice commands is also great for keeping your attention on the road while adjusting your Nuvi settings. All other features of Voice however are more or less unusable. I'll get to that in the cons section.

The bad:

It's really hard to know where to begin here. The list is long and almost every item affects the core functionality of the device. So in no particular order:

- The device is slow. I design products for a living, and I understand cutting costs to make a bigger profit in a market with limited profit margins. But the rendering speed of this device is ABYSMAL. This unit cannot render maps without excess amount of choppiness and delay. It almost feels like the data is being streamed from the web as the map titles are slowly pieced together. A faster processor perhaps? better map drawing speeds? This is the flagship unit and I paid more for it expecting better hardware.
- The touchscreen responsiveness is terrible. If you're used to interacting with an iPhone or Android device, you're probably used to the screen registering touches without any effort. That is sadly not the case with this Nuvi. You'll often have to press hard on the screen like you're pressing a physical button to register the touches. This can be downright dangerous when trying to answer a handsfree call by touching the screen while driving and having to focus and press hard so the screen registers the touch.
- The user interface is inconsistent, and you're often left fumbling through the menus for some commonly used tasks. For example, lets say you're looking for the nearest Subway. In the voice UI you have an option near the top of the Voice menu to "Find by Name". The equivalent for this in the standard user interface is hard to find.
- Handless microphone quality is very bad. The mounting base supposedly comes with an extra microphone. Everyone I've spoken to has told me the audio quality is poor. This unit sounds as bad as my 4 year old Garmin...4 years of technical advances and this is it? Maybe the recession forced Garmin engineers to aggressively cut costs by using even crappier components...

The ugly:
- The unit has crashed a few times and even locked up, forcing a reset while in use. Frequent software updates seem to claim to address these issues and they have made improvements. But Dear Garmin, why can't you release finished, and fully tested software for your products? The update process is often a lengthy, troublesome procedure.
- Bluetooth pairing with phones often does not work. I have an iPhone 4. The Nuvi pairs with the phone, and I can use the system without any problems for a few hours. But after 1-2 days, Nuvi stops recognizing the phone, and they no longer pair together automatically. I have to fully powercycle the Nuvi for it to recognize my phone again. If this problem was happening with an obscure handset from some obscure manufacturer in China, I would understand. But an IPHONE 4 FAILS to stay paired with Flagship Nuvi for longer than a DAY? Embarrassing.
- Once you start using Garmins voice command, you'll probably never go back to manual entry. Voice control seems impractical everywhere else, but with Automotive Control and Navigation, it seems a Fantastic fit. Alas, only if it actually worked. The problem here is that there are much better products out there already. For example with Google navigation software on Android Smartphones, you can speak the entire address in one phrase, and the phone uses the google maps engine to mindblowingly accurately find the Address or Name of the business you searched for. The Nuvi 3790lmt however is not an internet enabled device, so when you do a voice search, the accuracy is about 5% of what you get with the Android navigation App. The "Find By Name" feature often fails to recognize requests more complicated than words such as "Subway". Address entry is somewhat cumbersome because you have to feed the address piece by piece. I hear the next iteration of Garmin Nuvi will include internet + google which should address this issue, but until then, if you're solely deciding to buy the 3790 based on the voice commands, then maybe you should wait a bit longer.
- Traffic: It's inaccurate. Simple as that. It is always lagging behind or reporting conditions that are either _drastically_ better or worse than what it claims. The difference is such that if you rely on the Traffic feature you'll most likely end up wasting both time and fuel, being guided through routes that are ridiculous compared to what traffic conditions really are. Save yourself some time & money and turn off the traffic feature.

Google Navigation software makes this device seem embarrassingly outdated. It's slow, half baked, and expensive. If you have a GPS unit that does the job, I would wait until Garmin introduces units with Google search, for greater accuracy and more accurate map data. In the world of GPS only devices however, Nuvi 3790 is a mediocre, half baked attempt at best. For now, I highly recommend purchasing cheaper units as they'll do the job just fine for the portion of features that actually function correctly.

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