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4.0 out of 5 stars Garmin Sat Nav 3790T, 14 Nov 2013
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Design: Better than most phones. It is about time that sat navs were encased in something more than a thick block of black plastic. This is slim and attractive. Easy enough to carry around in a pocket. (An excellent leather pouch is available on ebay for a fraction of the official Garmin one.) The 4.3 inch screen is clear and responsive, quite unlike the early punch screens. Pinch to zoom is very good. As noted by some the on/off button is a little fiddly to press.
Instructions: Opened the box to find 13 booklets. Hooray a decent set of instructions at last. Unfortunately they are the same quick start manual in different languages!
Setup: Plugged it into the computer through the Garmin interface and was told that everything was up to date. Automatic registration of unit confirmed by email. Have to wait to see how future updates go.
Operation: Satellites found quickly. The unit works well in simple mode, i.e. turn it on, view map or set destination. There are, however, numerous ways in which you can set the destination. I particularly liked the options – go to a town rather than a specific address, exploring the map and tapping on a location as a destination. Points of interest offers a very good selection of petrol stations, cash points, hospitals and so on. Choose one and it will take you there. Extensive and impressive. If you take the unit with you then it can remember where the car is parked. Recalculation of the route is speedy but I have yet to discover whether it remembers the particular route that has been taken in the past. Bluetooth and phone work perfectly.
The screen is a finger magnet but this is made up for by the fabulous voice recognition. So much fun thinking of a phrase to 'wakeup' the unit, i.e. say a phrase and the unit will offer a set of possible commands - destination, volume, phone etc. I really really like this feature.
The mount is a little unusual. Micro usb in main unit. Unit sits in a small cradle with a mini usb. Either will power the screen. The whole clicks onto a rubber sucky thing for the windscreen. However, if you want to use the Traffic Receiver then you must use the mini usb. The Traffic Receiver. Hmmm. The screen is of a modern good-looking design. The Receiver is a small black box with a heavy double cable connected to an industrial plug which goes into the car socket. It's a design disgrace. Imagine your slim phone connected to a great lump of wiring. I will not be cluttering up the dashboard with this. I can't believe the same team worked on both pieces of equipment. And whilst I'm on the subject, the rubber sucky thing also seems to be stuck in a timewarp. I use the cradle and with the judicious use of sugru (a fabulous product – look it up and buy some) I have positioned this on a suitable space on the dashboard.
Obviously a long-term test will be more telling but for the moment four stars – one docked for the miserable Traffic dongle.
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