As I read these posts I find there are way to many versions of Garmin GPS systems. I can understand the company trying to baffle the public just to make a profit but one should know someone to respond with a knowledge what the difference is between their products and if the new number has real improvements or just window dressing.
My only way to do this is if one uses a product and asks what better is the new product being presented by Garmin.
I am going to start with the 1490 Garmin and see what is offered that is better. I will ask the same of the next best product if there is.
This is a response to a trend among computer programs that ask you to upgrade with each version or if you do not you will pay the full price of the latest update.
This to me is if you find an error in a program and you tell the company, you either pay the price of the fixing of their mistake or buy the fixed program at full listed price.
All models listed have the features of each. Just check the boxes for the features that you just have to have.
This is a start.
Then click back to purchase assistance for more choices.,
The bugs have been worked out on my 1490LMT. My next Garmin will have a docking feature, no matter what I have to pay.
it used to be the 3490 with all the bells and whistles but a 4 inch screen. recently the 3590 was released which is the same as the 3490 but with a 5.3 inch screen. there are a lot of bells and whistles such as voice command that let you say things like "find place, starbucks" or "go home." so far it is 100% on voice recognition.
I agree there are lots of options out there and it's hard to tell which are the newer models since they sometimes have smaller numbers...
I want one!!
For a while I was testing a 1450, 2350, 3790, 3490 and 3590.
The highest end Nuvis are the 3490 and 3590. The only difference between the two are the screen size and the size of the unit. Operationally, they are the same. What you get here is a higher resolution screen, capacitance screen, the newest user interface, GTM-60 HDRadio traffic receiver, and all the bells and whistles like 3D terrain mapping, voice command, speed limits correction and bluetooth. The map graphics are very pleasing and more realistic than all other other Nuvis (except the 3790 which is similar). Basically it looks less cartoony and the 3D view uses better perspective. Also, the CPU is much faster so browsing the map is easier (although it's still not as fast as some other mobile devices like even an iPod Touch), route calculations are fast and POI searches are usually very fast (a few seconds). Satellite fix is also fast: usually in only 5 seconds from sleep but sometimes 20-30 seconds.
However, all is not perfect even with the highest end units. I experienced a few reboots on the 3490, the 3590's screen isn't as sunlight readable as I would like, and I had a lot of problems getting reception with the GTM-60 traffic receiver in even Southern California, a major metropolitan area!
As you go down to the less expensive or older Nuvis, you generally get slower operation, older interface, and less refined graphics. Also, those units require booting up when you turn them on, instead of a sleep function like the newer 2xx5 and 3xxx series which turn on instantaneously. However, the boot up on the newer units are fairly reasonable at around 20 seconds.
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