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Garmin nuvi 3597LMT 5" Sat Nav with UK and Full Europe Maps, Free Lifetime Map Updates, Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts and Bluetooth

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  • Crisp 5" high-resolution multi-touch display sat nav with easy to fit powered magnetic mount
  • Free Lifetime Map Updates for 45 European countries ensure you drive with the latest road and Points of Interest information
  • Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts provide reliable traffic information to avoid incidents and congestion
  • Sync with a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone for hands-free calling
  • PhotoReal and BirdsEye Junction View and Active Lane Guidance clearly shows the lane you need to take

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 10.8 x 7 cm ; 449 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 010-01118-11
  • ASIN: B00B3SEL8K
  • Date first available at 31 Mar. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,419 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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nüvi 3597LMT

With Lifetime maps and traffic, Real Directions for more natural instructions, speed camera alerts, Live capability, hands-free calls and much more, nüvi 3597LMT is a premium sat nav that has it all.

Crisp, High Resolution Display

nüvi 3597LMT has a 5.0" high resolution display with “pinch and zoom” capability, so you can quickly get a closer look at any onscreen information. Dual-orientation capabilities allow you to use either horizontally or vertically adjusting automatically when it is rotated.

>nüvi 3597LMT:Use In Portrait Or Landscape Mode
nüvi 3597LMT:Use In Portrait Or Landscape Mode

Detailed Maps with Free Updates

nüvi 3597LMT arrives loaded with detailed maps of Europe featuring 3D landmarks and terrain. With free lifetime¹ map updates, your routes are sure to reflect the most up-to-date maps, POIs (points of interest) and navigation information. New maps are available for download up to 4 times per year, for the life of your device, with no fees.

>nüvi 3597LMT:3D Landmarks For Easier Navigation
nüvi 3597LMT:3D Landmarks For Easier Navigation

nüvi 3597LMT makes it easy to find addresses and millions of POIs such as businesses, stores, restaurants and other destinations. It arrives preloaded with POIs, so there’s no need for you to enter that address information. Just select one — or many — and navigate there, quickly and easily. You also have the ability to add custom POIs.

Lifetime Traffic

>nüvi 3597LMT:With Free Lifetime Traffic
nüvi 3597LMT:With Free Lifetime Traffic

nüvi 3597LMT comes with free Lifetime Traffic so you get reliable alerts to avoid incidents and congestion en route. There is comprehensive coverage of motorways and A roads across the UK and Europe.

There are no ongoing subscriptions – simply use out of the box – for free.

Traffic alerts appear to the side of your map and traffic reports are spoken too. Garmin Traffic can give details about the situation, such as how many minutes of delay to expect and if there are any possible detours. It can even confirm whether or not you are on the fastest route. Garmin Traffic is voice activated, so it responds to spoken requests.

Lifetime traffic² entitles your nüvi 3597LMT to receive free traffic information for its entire useful life.

Keep an eye on the latest speed cameras

nüvi 3597LMT contains our unique Cyclops Speed Camera system for real-time, direction-relevant and accurate alerts. The full safety camera database is already pre-loaded on your sat nav. However, you can get regular or one-off updates to ensure you’ve always got the latest camera locations, so you can drive safety and legally.

The Power of Your Voice

nüvi 3597LMT has the luxury of voice-activated navigation. Simply stat your destination and your device responds; your hands can remain safely on the wheel. Of course, you can also navigate using the touchscreen interface.

Garmin Real Directions with Garmin Real Voice

nüvi 3597LMT comes with Garmin’s unique Real Navigation. This includes Real Directions that guide like a friend, using recognizable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights. For example you may be advised to “turn left over tower bridge” or to “turn right after the cathedral”. Using prominent milestones even on unfamiliar roads means you’re not constantly trying to read street names, making your journey much easier and ensures you’re never misled. Along with this you also get a more natural sounding voice and realistic images of road signs.

Bluetooth Handsfree Calling

Sync your Bluetooth-enabled phone to nüvi 3597LMT for hands-free calling through its integrated microphone and speaker. Safely stow your phone in a glove compartment, pocket or purse and still make and take calls without moving your hands from the steering wheel or your eyes from the road.

Smartphone Link Compatible

Smartphone Link is a free application for Android smartphones³. It creates a seamless navigation experience between your compatible Garmin sat nav and your smartphone, enabling them to communicate and share data via Bluetooth. It enables your GPS to receive real time information such as weather, PhotoLive Traffic Cameras, weather and much more?.

It also shares locations with your Smartphone so you can navigate that last mile to your final destination and back to find your parked car.

Comprehensive Driving Guidance You See and Hear

Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts prepares you to drive through an exit or junction with confidence. As you approach, an animated model uses brightly coloured arrows to indicate the proper lane needed for your route; a friendly voice offers additional help.

>nüvi 3597LMT:Clear Guidance At Junctions
nüvi 3597LMT:Clear Guidance At Junctions

photoReal junction view realistically displays junctions and road changes along your route, including the surrounding landscape and road signs. Again, arrows indicate the proper lane to be in.

For complicated junctions, Bird’s Eye junction view offers a detailed ariel picture of the road network, looking down as if from overhead.

Sophisticated Styling

With its elegant styling and ultra-slim profile, nüvi 3597LMT reflects a refined aesthetic that suits the interior of any vehicle. A magnetic mount enables simple mounting and removal while securely holding your nüvi 3597LMT as you drive.

More Information at a Glance

nüvi 3597LMT keeps your driving map onscreen at all times and additional information appears alongside. For details, simply ask or touch the screen. As you drive your route, the ‘Up Ahead’ feature constantly informs you of nearby services, including restaurants, petrol stations, hospitals and stores.

nüvi 3597LMT displays speed limit, current speed and accurate time of arrival. With a quick glance, you can read the name of your current street. nüvi 3597LMT also depicts 3-D buildings and terrain so you know what to expect as you drive through the landscape.

One-stop Device Management

Use Express at to keep your nüvi up-to-date. Garmin Express makes it easy to update maps and software, transfer favourites to and from devices, and install free custom vehicles and voices

¹If you purchase a nüMaps Lifetime subscription (sold separately or bundled together with certain GPS models), you will receive up to 4 map data updates per year, when and as such updates are made available on Garmin’s website, for 1 compatible Garmin product until your product’s useful life expires or Garmin no longer receives map data from its third party supplier, whichever is shorter. A product’s “useful life” means the period during which the product (a) has sufficient memory capacity and other required technical capabilities to utilize current map data and (b) is capable of operating as intended without major repairs. A product will be deemed to be out of service and its useful life to be ended if no updates have been downloaded for such product for a period of 24 months or more. Unless otherwise stated, the updates you receive under the subscription will be updates to the same geographic map data originally included with your Garmin product when originally purchased. In some instances, your Garmin product might not have sufficient memory remaining for you to load an update to the map data, in which case you will need to either (a) select reduced map data coverage for your updates, or (b) purchase separately a microSD/SD card (if and as applicable to your Garmin product) and load all or a portion of the map data coverage for your updates to the card and insert the card into the microSD/SD card slot contained in your Garmin product. If neither of the measures in (a) or (b) can be used to address your product’s lack of sufficient remaining memory, then Garmin may conclude that the “useful life” of your product has expired. Garmin may terminate your nüMaps Lifetime subscription at any time if you violate any of the terms of this agreement or your subscription. Your nüMaps Lifetime subscription may not be transferred to another Garmin product.

³User’s data plan charges, if any, will apply. Contact your mobile service provider for more information about your service plan’s data and roaming rates.

Subscription may be required.

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Screen Size 4.3" 4.3" 4.3" 5" 5" 5"
Map Coverage UK/ROI UK/ROI and Full Europe UK/ROI and Full Europe UK/ROI and Full Europe UK/ROI and Full Europe UK/ROI and Full Europe
Free Lifetime Map Updates Yes Yes Yes
Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts RDS Traffic RDS Traffic RDS Traffic RDS Traffic Digital Traffic
Lane Assist Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Junction View PhotoReal Junction View PhotoReal Junction View PhotoReal and BirdsEye Junction View PhotoReal and BirdsEye Junction View PhotoReal and BirdsEye Junction View PhotoReal and BirdsEye Junction View
Active Lane Guidance Yes Yes
Garmin Real Directions Yes Yes
Pinch to zoom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth for hands-free calling Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatic Voice Control Yes Yes Yes Yes
3D Buildings, Landmarks and Terrain Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Up Ahead Points of Interest Yes Yes
Smartphone Link Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dual Orientation Display Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Magnetic Mount Yes Yes

Box Contains

Garmin nuvi 3597LMT EU
Lifetime Traffic Antenna
Vehicle Power Cable
Vehicle Suction Cup Mount
USB Cable
Quick Start Manual

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Update 13th October 2013: Following on from the questions raised by Teresa I have found that the new update on Garmin Express includes the voice British English Serena - This voice works with Garmin Real Directions and only those that state this function will work for real time directions. When you download this, all your British voices will disappear, leaving only 5, including French, Latvia etc. Open Garmin Express, click Devices, go to bottom and click languages, select English and update device. Takes about 5 minutes. All voices are then available on Sat Nav. Its a very easy fix.

Having owned the Garmin 3790T for 2 years and with some PPi cash burning a hole in my back pocket I decided splash my cash and update to the new 3597LMT. Garmin have done it again and produced a fantastic sat nav. The look and feel are even better than the 3790. The maps are, as always 5* and the ease of use makes this a dream to use. I've only used it a few times but cannot fault this machine. As with my last Garmin review, for the price you pay, you should get a case! In short, if you are looking to update your sat nav, you will not be dissapointed.

Delivery by Amazon was great. In the box, Sat Nav, Traffic Cable, In car Charger, Magnetic holder, window holder, USB cable and some leaflets...but no detailed instructions which is a shame.
Sat Nav is ready to use from the box although you will need to carry out some firmware updates that took around 5 minutes via the Garmin website.
First boot up took about 5 mintues to locate satellite after which it has been locating a satellite in under 10 seconds.
The major difference with this model is that you now get a choice of 3 routes via the 'Where To?' tab, which was a much needed improvement.
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Just an update
After updating the software the unit has lost the voice that gave the Real Directions.
I was advised to reinstall the software but still no Real Directions.
Still in contact with Garmin support but problem not solved yet.

An extremely clear display, finds the satellites very quickly. Some very good features like showing the speed limit of the road you are on and warning you if you exceed the limit, (accidentally of course). There are occasions when the unit does not match the actual speed limit of the road. The 2 worst examples are in Cambourn , Cambridgeshire where the sat nav has 60mph and the actual is 30mph. The other is in Barton , Cambridgeshire where the limit has recently been reduced to 30 from 40mph. So if you stick to 40 you will be caught by the speed camera there. So watch out for the actual limit as you should.
The unit does not say " recalculating " something I welcome, it just adjusts to the new route when you go wrong.
Lane guidance feature---- I have still to find a lane where it will give me visual guidance but it does tell me well in advance what turn to take at junctions and roundabouts. My old nuvi310 used to sometimes leave it quite late at times. I also bought for this unit the dashboard mount which is far more versatile than the enclosed screen mount, this together with the magnetic fixing on the unit saves time setting up the unit in the car.
I do not have a smart phone but did enquire on the Garmin website if in future the Smartlink feature can be used on an iPhone as well as Android at the moment. They replied than Smartlink is now available on iPhone as well.
All in all just be aware of the few problems at the minute, this is a very good unit and I recommend you get one. You won't be disappointed.
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Had this product for a couple of days now and still can't help but love it's sleek looks and high quality finish, something which has not gone unnoticed from work colleagues who have mistaken it for a new top end smartphone when I've walked into the office with it.

I've taken it out for the few car journeys I've made since getting it and am so far thoroughly impressed. This is replacing a Garmin Nuvi 660 that has lasted me 6 years and has gone out of service thanks to a combination of my rough treatment and issues with the OLD Garmin map updating software. I was always impressed and happy with the old Nuvi 660, but obviously didn't know what I was missing out on! The new map update software Garmin Express is a great improvement and works well for easy updates, although it would be nice to see the ability to do safety camera updates from within the same software instead of having to log into the Garmin dashboard separately.

The Nuvi 3597 speaks lane directions as I approach junctions with things like "in a quarter of a mile take either of the two left hand lanes and turn left". This spoken lane guidance means less time taking my eyes off the road to stare at the visual information (which is there as well). The real voice tech also comes up with instructions such as "turn right at the traffic lights".

Instead of spending ages powering up the 3597 uses a sleep mode which seems to have next to no effect on the battery (in tests so far) but means almost instant power up times.

The new docking system is one of the best features, hold it near to the dock and the powerful magnet pulls it onto the dock seating it perfectly for the connections for power and traffic data to work. Taking it off the dock is just as easy... just pull and off it comes.
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