Garmin Nuvi 3790T review

Is this the best sat nav ever? Very very nearly

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Garmin has done it again. Already renowned as a maker of some of the best sat navs known to Motorway Man, it's completely wrong-footed the competition by coming up with something that's in shouting distance of the iPhone 4 both for its touchscreen, but also in its user interface and ease of use.

We liked

In a nutshell? Design: brilliant. Looks: fantastic. Ease of use: excellent. Features and performance: Awesome. Do you want us to go on?

The real standout is just how brilliantly simple, intuitive, well-designed and stress-free the whole thing is. PhotoReal junctions have the whiff of genius about them. Ditto for the swooping, swiping, finger-pinch zooming capacitive touchscreen.

We disliked

Mustn't grumble, must we? Oh, okay. The sound quality from the speaker and the dodgy robot voice with the iffy accent. Oh, Angelina, where are you?


We think the Garmin Nuvi 3790T is simply the best sat nav currently available.


Tech Specs

Product TypeAutomobile Portable GPS Navigator
Navigation InstructionsLane Assist, Voice Command, Voice Prompt, 3D Landmark
Brand NameGarmin
Form FactorPortable
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Photo Viewer
Graphic ModeWVGA
Maximum Battery Run Time4 Hour
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card
Height73.7 mm
Width121.9 mm
Depth8.9 mm
ManufacturerGarmin, Ltd
Product Model3790T
Product Namenüvi 3790T Automobile Navigator
Manufacturer Part NumberNuvi 3790T
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Experience uniquely personal navigation from the elegantly slim nüvi 3790T. It features a multi-touch glass display, nüRoute technology with trafficTrends and myTrends, voice-activated navigation, 3-D building and terrain view, lane assist with junction view, hands-free calling compatibility and subscription-free traffic alerts. The new nüvi is less than 9 mm thick, about the same as a standard #2 pencil. It has a full glass 4.3" diagonal multi-touch display. Dual orientation capabilities allow you to use the nüvi 3790T either horizontally or vertically, fitting smartly in your hand when walking. Sleek design also disappears neatly into your pocket or purse. With a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it's ready to guide you by car or foot. Smart and good-looking, this uniquely personal navigator comes with advanced routing capabilities that include trafficTrends and myTrends. There's no subscription necessary, no added costs, your nüvi 3790T just does it.

Display Resolution800 x 480
Weight (Approximate)113.4 g