The Garmin nüvi 3597 LMTHD is the new top-of-the range in-car Garmin satnav package, and was launched with some fanfare just weeks ago at CES 2013. Garmin’s new satnav line-up consists of three areas: Basic Essential, Advanced, and Prestige. The Garmin nüvi 3597 LMTHD satnav sits at the top of the latter.
Garmin nüvi 3597 LMTHD: Features
The new Garmin nüvi 3597 LMTHD features several new features – from a completely remapped UI, new case, new chipset and new mounts - it's all change, but how do they all stack up as a package?
Garmin nüvi 3597 LMTHD: Screen
The 5-inch glass 'hi-res' screen has an impressive resolution on a par with many mobile phones, which makes small road name fonts instantly readable, and the UI extremely easy to navigate. The multitouch screen supports pinch and zoom too, so upcoming complex junctions can be zoomed in on with ease.
Garmin nüvi 3597 LMTHD: Performance
The chipset is equally impressive. Changing destinations while driving at speed barely fazed the unit at all, recalculating, requiring and snapping back to navigation again within seconds. Cold-start times were also impressive, around 20 seconds from power-on to satellite lock.
Garmin nüvi 3597 LMTHD: Maps
Garmin's big play in the Garmin nüvi 3597 LMTHD are the new integrated services. Sync your smartphone with the Garmin nüvi 3597 LMTHD over Bluetooth, and the unit acts as a hands free kit, delivering calls and messages.
Garmin has created the Garmin Smartphone Link Android app (Garmin Smartphone Link) with iOS to follow ‘soon’ that allows you to take this a stage further and integrate a wide range of data services such as traffic and speedcams, as well as map updates. Other services include weather enroute, fuel prices, dynamic parking and photolive.
The latter is a free service that provides still images from roadside cameras of key junctions along your planned route. You can set 'favourite' (or perhaps the opposite) junctions to keep tabs on them before leaving.
Garmin nüvi 3597 LMTHD: Verdict
Of course, the Garmin nüvi 3597 LMTHD is a premium unit, and unfortunately so is the price. Only confirmed US pricing of $380 is available so far, putting the equivalent UK price at around £240.
Garmin is keen to point out that a slew of services - such as traffic data – are included in the purchase price for life, while TomTom charges per annum for similar services. That’s still a hefty price for a dedicated unit, but if you’re putting in the miles, this is the prince of satnavs…
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