Dedicated GPS navigation systems were quite the rage back in the day, but with chipsets being shrunk down to smaller and smaller sizes, we have seen GPS navigation capability being incorporated into more and more different portable devices such as portable media players as well as smartphones, offering performance which is on par with average dedicated GPS navigation systems. Garmin’s latest nüvi 3700 series has been announced, where it comes in a new ultra-thin, pocket-friendly design and large-screen, high-resolution glass display with capacitive touch panel. Needless to say, the nüvi 3700 series picked up the coveted Red Dot Design Award in the world’s largest and most renowned design competition. How does it fare then as a device? Read on to find out.
Measuring less than 9mm of overall thickness, the nüvi 3700 series is no doubt the thinnest portable navigator on the market, where it comprises of the nüvi 3790T, nüvi 3760T and nüvi 3750 models. All of them will sport an easy-to-use 4.3” WVGA display with smooth glass capacitive touch panel, where you are able to view your preloaded maps and intuitive menus in either landscape or portrait modes, making it suitable for use in the car as well as on foot. Thanks to the capacitive multi-touch display, you are able to perform gestures to manipulate its contents, including zooming 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). As with most other touchscreen devices these days, you can avoid inadvertent touches thanks to a simple screen lock.
Among the features of the nüvi 3790T include a customizable “wake-up phrase” to initiate voice-activated navigation, a high level of graphical detail that shows off 3D terrain and 3D buildings, nüRoute with trafficTrends and myTrends, where the former offers efficient routing and realistic arrival times by recommending routes using historical traffic data and recurring trends at any given time or day. myTrends, on the other hand, predicts your destination without having you activate a route by searching through your past travel records. All of them come with free lifetime traffic alerts and Bluetooth wireless technology. Guess going to strange places and those that are faraway is much more fun now, eh?