Navigation meets Smartphone: the new Garmin Nuvi 3590 LMT takes advantage of the capabilities of Android phones.
The Live services are undoubtedly the greatest achievement of mobile navigation systems in recent years: the GPS units connects to the Internet, to weather info, goals from Google search, downloadable fuel prices and – the most important – current traffic reports.
But although the devices make it easy as possible users with integrated SIM cards and lump-sum payment and the exact traffic reports are a real added value, the market share of live Navis with about ten to 15 percent is alarmingly low.
Live services: Link instead of live
Now Garmin preparing to do something. For years now the devices of the U.S. manufacturer aligns always consistent on the European market – with success, also in the Connect list, the Garmin Navis with each generation ended up ahead. The recent acquisition of the German provider of NAVIGON again underscores these efforts: Garmin wants in Europe at the top.
With the latest generation, this could finally succeed: instead of a live module with SIM card, modem and antenna, Garmin grabs an advanced Bluetooth module and the function of “Smartphone-link” in the devices. When the coupling with an Android Smartphone is so that not only the handsfree function enabled, but also a data connection. And with the appropriate app is now live and with the Nuvi GPS on the Internet.
Thus, Garmin hits several birds with one stone: the expensive GSM module is obsolete, the customer can choose whether they want to use the premium storage service for 25 Euro per year or the integrated free-TMC tuner with NAVTEQ traffic.
Additional services are also possible such as the parking Finder or the start of navigation from your Smartphone. The latter however only on existing targets. Missing accutane only a cheap monthly subscription for the storage service. Attention: If you have no data flat for abroad, must be there with TMC satisfied.
Display and operation: Optical tidbits
But also on the other functions, graphics, and device design, Garmin has screwed vigorously in recent years. Previous high point was the ultra slim Design nuvi 3490, which came in the fall of 2011 for 329 euros on the market.
The brand new Nuvi is the first GPS with Smartphone-link now 3590 LMT. Also the price is 329 euros. From the front, the two look quite similar, the 35 is however not quite as flat, that it can score with a 5-inch monitor.
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Capacitive touch screen, high resolution display, Hochkantmodus for clarity in direction of travel and the latest software – the ingredients are the same, the look is just as attractive. The “LMT” in the name also reveals that even when your nüvi 3590 lifetime map updates and the service are included.
Conclusion: The new number one
It working this time with the attack on the top position on the leaderboard? And to anticipate it: Yes! When operating the Nuvi you can not criticize: the menus are clear, there are many explanatory texts and the device responds to input instantly.
The facilities is complete and very efficient voice control completely – not least by the Smartphone connections and live services.
The target management is top thanks to the excellent graphics: the map is very clear despite 3-D buildings and effects of lots of, the “PhotoReal” junction views excellent. Potential remains only in the here and there complicated routes and the Garmin nuvi is the clarity of the traffic jam information – in total 3590 LMT but currently the clear best GPS units on the market.
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