Other than the general shape and the magnetic mount, does anyone know the difference between the 3590 and the 3597? I can get the 3590 cheaper but is there anything I would wish I had by not getting the 3597?
Both devices are pretty good. I think there few differences like 3597 has magnetic mount, real directions and landscape or portrait display modes etc. If I were you, I would buy 3597.
The 3490 was a 4.3" screen with good resolution on the screen.
The 3590 is exactly like the 3490 only in a 5" form factor. I recall the resolution between the 3490 & 3590 wasn't really comparable and the 3490 won the screen resolution comparison.
The 3597, has a magnetic mount, the 3490 & 3590 both have a clip type mount.
The 3597 has a much better screen resolution than either the 3x90. All three devices are voice command controllable.
I don't recall the internal memory characteristics.
My selection preference of these devices is:
There are some user interface differences. The 3590 supports customizable dashboards, the 3597 doesn't, but you can change which data fields show. The 3597 has an updated trip planner which allows shaping points between destinations; the 3590 does not have that capability.
If you plan to use the GPS with your smartphone using Garmin Smartphone link, the 3590 will only work with Android phones. The 3597 will work with both Android and iPhone operating systems.
You might like these new features on 3597 also:
1. School zone alerts
2. Up-ahead showing POI ahead on both freeways and surface roads
3. The HD traffic also shows outside temperature
1. School zone alerts
I thought the school zone alerts were in the 3x90 GPS's too.. But now I can't remember
Can the 3590 display my Custom Waypoint symbols? I found out my 3597 cannot!!! I've used them on my 276C, 376C, and 1490s!!!
As you know, I recently bought a 3597 to replace my 1490LMT for what turned out to be a 1400 mile trip around parts of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Other than getting us lost on the vast Navajo Res in northwestern NM, all went well - except I missed having more than two data fields visible all the time. I've since bought a 3590 where I can have the four data fields of my choice (within limits) and I'm happier. I like the magnetic mount of the 3597, but other than that, don't see any reason for NOT using the 3590 and giving the '97 to my son. Am I missing something??
give up on the 3597 as it sounds as most of your problems are setup related. There are threads telling you how to set up additional display fields on the unit. The issue you had about getting "lost" is ambiguous as you didn't supply any information about routing options and avoidances.
Avoidances were set as Toll Roads, U-Turns, and carpool lanes. Anyway, it took us on dirt, sand, and dust roads, some BIA marked, until it took us down a road which ended at a fence - not a gate, but an old but intact barbed wire fence. I'll admit I wasn't as familiar with the new unit as I should been, but one can get pretty lost out there. We eventually returned to paved road using dead reckoning and cell phone maps. Keep in mind that this area can have a population density of less than 1 per sq. mile, sometimes way less. I'm no nube when it comes to GPS, currently owning a 276c, 376c, two 1490s, and now these two. I just shoulda made more time to get familiar with the 3597. I still don't see a way to have four data fields on the map, speed, altitude, time, direction on the 3597. I think two is it!
It's very easy to display up to 4 data fields on the 3597 map screen. See complete procedures at http://www.poi-factory.com/node/41428
Avoidances were set as Toll Roads, U-Turns, and carpool lanes.
avoidance is unpaved. That should have stopped the tracks.
So true, if you don't have the Unpaved Road avoidance on, I don't know why anyone would be surprised if they were directed to an unpaved road.
One thing that has been overlooked, all the roads leading to Chaco Culture Natl Historic Park are gravel Indian Nation Roads. When entering the area, one MUST read the assorted warning signs as well as following the directions signs carefully.
I have used GPS to make it to the Monument area and it follows the roads just fine when entering from US 550. This is the recommended route to take.
And finally, you need to read this before attempting it again. http://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/directions.htm
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