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Garmin Nuvi Black GPS Navigation System - 010-01118-00

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Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD Black GPS Navigation System, Model 0100111800

The Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD is Garmin's flagship GPS device for 2013. With the best in navigation technology, traffic updates and user interface, the 3597LMTHD will get you where you're going as quickly and easily as possible.

High-Definition GPS Display With Information Overlay

With a high-resolution 5.0" display, you'll easily see all pertinent driving data with just a glance. Information, including the current speed limit or upcoming services, surrounds the main map and gets continuously updated as you travel. HD Digital Traffic is Garmin's most comprehensive real-time traffic solution, sending updates to the 3597LMTHD GPS up to every 30 seconds, so you'll never be surprised by congestion. And free lifetime map updates ensure your GPS unit will always have all proper routes available.

Garmin Real Voice Turn-By-Turn Directions, Voice Control and More

While the Garmin nüvi 3597LMTHD presents you with lots of information, controlling it is easier than ever. Supporting the "pinch and zoom" gesture of smartphones, zooming in or out on the map is easier than ever. If you'd prefer to keep both hands on the wheel, the 3597LMTHD also features voice control, so you can simply speak your destination. What's more, this nuvi GPS unit can answer you back, thanks to Garmin Real Voice. This feature dictates turn-by-turn directions to you in a realistic voice, directing you to your route by using recognizable landmarks and traffic signals instead of hard-to-see street names.

Features:

Crisp, High Resolution Display
nüvi 3597LMTHD has a 5.0" high resolution display with “pinch and zoom” capability, so you can quickly get a closer look at any onscreen information. Dual-orientation capabilities allow you to use nüvi 3597LMTHD either horizontally or vertically.

Detailed Maps with Free Updates
nüvi 3597LMTHD arrives loaded with detailed maps of North America. With free lifetime¹ map updates, your routes are sure to reflect the most up-to-date maps, POIs (points of interest) and navigation information. New maps are available for download up to 4 times per year, for the life of your device, with no fees.

With so much data, nüvi 3597LMTHD makes it easy to find addresses and millions of POIs such as businesses, stores, restaurants and other destinations. nüvi 3597LMTHD arrives preloaded with POIs, so there’s no need for you to enter that address information. Just select one — or many — and navigate there, quickly and easily. You also have the ability to add custom POIs to your nüvi 3597LMTHD.

The Best of Our Traffic Solutions
HD Digital Traffic is our best traffic solution. HD Digital Traffic receives updates up to every 30 seconds, making it up to 10 times faster than other traffic systems. That means, driving 60 mph, your nüvi 3597LMTHD is able to receive traffic messages up to every half-mile. On the road, a few seconds’ notice can save minutes or even hours of delay.

HD Digital Traffic has a greater coverage area to include interstates, highways and secondary roads — in fact, up to 3 times more side road coverage. HD Digital Traffic has the capacity to receive significantly more traffic messages. That valuable information can help you decide whether to stay the course or find another route. HD Digital Traffic is dedicated traffic information and it’s free — no distracting advertising and no subscription fees, ever.

On the nüvi 3597LMTHD, traffic alerts appear to the side of your map, so your driving map remains onscreen. Traffic messages are spoken, too. Garmin Traffic is voice activated, so it responds to spoken requests. Garmin Traffic can give details about the situation, such as how many minutes of delay to expect and if there are any possible detours. It can even confirm whether or not you are on the fastest route.

Lifetime traffic² entitles your nüvi 3597LMTHD to receive free traffic information for its entire useful life.

The Power of Your Voice
nüvi 3597LMTHD has the luxury of voice-activated navigation. Speak, and your device intelligently responds; your hands can remain safely on the wheel. Of course, you can also navigate using the touchscreen interface.

Garmin Real Directions™ with Garmin Real Voice™
nüvi 3597LMTHD redefines “spoken turn-by-turn directions” with Garmin Real Directions, easy-to-understand driving directions that guide like a friend, using recognizable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights. No more stress from trying to read street names. Garmin Real Voice is refined speech technology that sounds more like a natural, friendly voice. Garmin Real Directions and Garmin Real Voice are features that are only available in our line of GPS navigators.

Bluetooth® Compatible
Sync a Bluetooth-enabled device, such as your smartphone, to nüvi 3597LMTHD for hands-free calling through its integrated microphone and speaker. Safely stow your phone in a glove compartment, pocket or purse and still make and take calls without moving your hands from the steering wheel or your eyes from the road.

Smartphone Link Compatible
Smartphone Link is a free mobile app that connects your nüvi 3597LMTHD with your Android™ smartphone. When paired, your nüvi 3597LMTHD can use your phone’s existing data plan³ to share information — such as where you parked, POIs and your destination.

Smartphone Link also gives you access to Garmin Live Services⁴, useful real-time information such as weather and traffic conditions. Garmin Live Services are available free and by subscription.

Comprehensive Driving Guidance You See and Hear
Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts prepares you to drive through an exit or interchange with confidence. As you approach, an animated model uses brightly colored arrows to indicate the proper lane needed for your route; a friendly voice offers additional help. Bird’s Eye junction view offers a detailed view of interchanges, looking down as if from overhead. photoReal junction view realistically displays junctions and interchanges along your route, including the surrounding landscape. Brightly colored arrows indicate the proper lane to drive. nüvi 3597LMTHD also depicts real road signs as they appear along your route.

Sophisticated Styling
With its elegant styling and ultra-slim profile, nüvi 3597LMTHD reflects a refined aesthetic that suits the interior of any vehicle. A powered magnetic mount securely holds and charges your nüvi 3597LMTHD as you drive.

More Information at a Glance
nüvi 3597LMTHD keeps your driving map onscreen at all times and additional information appears alongside. For details, simply ask or touch the screen. As you drive your route, Up Ahead constantly informs you of nearby services, including restaurants, fuel stations, hospitals and stores.

nüvi 3597LMTHD displays speed limit, current speed and accurate time of arrival. With a quick glance, you can read the name of your current street. nüvi 3597LMTHD also shows school zone warnings and depicts 3-D buildings and terrain so you know what to expect as you drive through the landscape.

One-stop Device Management
Use Garmin Express to keep your nüvi up-to-date. Garmin Express makes it easy to update maps and software, transfer favorites to and from devices, and install free custom vehicles and voices.

Specifications:

Physical & Performance

  • Display size 4.3"W x 2.9"H; 5" diag
  • Display resolution 800 x 480 pixels
  • Display type Multi-touch, glass, dual-orientation, WVGA color TFT with white backlight
  • Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Battery life Up to 2 hours
  • Headphone jack/audio line-out No
  • High-sensitivity receiver Yes
  • Waterproof No

Maps and Memory

  • Preloaded street maps Yes
  • Includes lifetime map updates Yes
  • nüMaps Guarantee Yes
  • 3-D terrain view Yes
  • 3-D buildings and landmarks view Yes
  • Built-in memory Yes
  • Accepts data cards microSD™ card (not included)
  • Waypoints/favorites/locations 1000
  • Routes 100

Drive stress free. Save time and money.

  • Voice prompts (e.g. "Turn right in 500 ft.") Yes (internal and mount speaker)
  • Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.") Yes (with Garmin Real Directions™)
  • Voice-activated navigation (operate device with spoken commands) Yes
  • Traffic compatible (routes around traffic with a receiver and subscription) Yes (with HD Digital Traffic)
  • Lifetime traffic updates (receive free lifetime traffic updates) Yes
  • Lane assist (guides to proper lane for navigation) Yes
  • Junction view (displays junction signs) Yes
  • myTrends™ (predicts your routes) Yes
  • trafficTrends™ (calculates routes based on predicted traffic flow) Yes
  • ecoRoute™ (calculates a more fuel-efficient route) Purchase seperately
  • Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route) Yes
  • Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.) Yes
  • Garmin nüLink! services: (receive accurate real-time travel information) No
  • XM® compatible for U.S No

Navigate safely and easily.

  • Bluetooth® wireless technology Yes
  • Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads in the U.S. and Europe) Yes
  • Where Am I? (find closest hospitals, police & gas stations, nearest address & intersection) Yes
  • Enhanced pedestrian navigation (guides you as you walk around town) No
  • Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos) No
  • Exit services (tells you approaching services on highway) Yes
  • Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest) Yes
  • Garmin Lock™ (anti-theft feature) No

Enjoy the drive and customize.

  • Garmin Garage™ vehicles compatible (download car-shaped icons to your device) Yes
  • Garmin Garage™ voices compatible (download custom voices to your device) Yes
  • MP3 player No
  • Audio book player No

What's in the Box:

  • nüvi 3597LMTHD
  • Preloaded City Navigator® NT for North America
  • Lifetime maps¹ and HD digital traffic² (indicated by “LMTHD” after model number on the box)
  • Lifetime traffic receiver/vehicle power cable
  • Vehicle suction cup mount
  • USB cable
  • Quick start manual

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 3.1"
  • Width: 5.4"
  • Depth: 0.5"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.425 lbs
  • Shipping: 1 lb

Footnotes:

¹If you purchase a nüMaps Lifetime subscription (sold separately or bundled together with certain GPS models), you will receive up to 4 map data updates per year, when and as such updates are made available on Garmin’s website, for 1 compatible Garmin product until your product’s useful life expires or Garmin no longer receives map data from its third party supplier, whichever is shorter. A product’s “useful life” means the period during which the product (a) has sufficient memory capacity and other required technical capabilities to utilize current map data and (b) is capable of operating as intended without major repairs. A product will be deemed to be out of service and its useful life to be ended if no updates have been downloaded for such product for a period of 24 months or more. Unless otherwise stated, the updates you receive under the subscription will be updates to the same geographic map data originally included with your Garmin product when originally purchased. In some instances, your Garmin product might not have sufficient memory remaining for you to load an update to the map data, in which case you will need to either (a) select reduced map data coverage for your updates, or (b) purchase separately a microSD™/SD™ card (if and as applicable to your Garmin product) and load all or a portion of the map data coverage for your updates to the card and insert the card into the microSD/SD card slot contained in your Garmin product. If neither of the measures in (a) or (b) can be used to address your product’s lack of sufficient remaining memory, then Garmin may conclude that the “useful life” of your product has expired. Garmin may terminate your nüMaps Lifetime subscription at any time if you violate any of the terms of this agreement or your subscription. Your nüMaps Lifetime subscription may not be transferred to another Garmin product.

2FREE lifetime traffic updates may not be transferred to another person or another Garmin product. Lifetime traffic extends for the useful life of your Garmin traffic receiver (as long as you own a compatible Garmin GPS) or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its traffic supplier, whichever is shorter. Traffic content not available for all areas. See www.navteq.com/rdstraffic for traffic coverage areas.

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TypeCar Navigation
Height (inches)3.1
Width (inches)5.4
Depth (inches)0.5
BluetoothYes
Display Size (inches)5
Display TypeWQVGA color TFT with white backlight
Display Resolution (pixels)800 x 480
TouchscreenYes
Text to SpeechNo
Voice ControlYes
Live Traffic ServiceYes
FM Traffic CompatibilityNo
Maps IncludedYes
AM PresetsNo
Multiple Destination RoutingNo
Points of InterestYes
AntennaNo
Voice GuidanceYes
Average Battery LifeUp to 2 Hours
Power SourceRechargeable lithium-ion battery
Included GPS SoftwareCity Navigator NT for North America
Number of Waypoints1000
  

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Garmin Nuvi Black GPS Navigation System
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to read (8)
  • Easy to set up (6)
  • Simple controls (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Auto (7)
  • Travel (5)
  • Adventure (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (3), Enthusiast (3), Power user (3)
    • How are you with directions:
    • Great w/directions (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love the Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD GPS

This Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD is a really great GPS, and I am very picky about any product in general, but especially electronics. It works great, navigates great, does everything is should, and...Read complete review

This Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD is a really great GPS, and I am very picky about any product in general, but especially electronics. It works great, navigates great, does everything is should, and the magnetic base to quickly pop it on and off the windshield is really convenient. Quick to remove and put out of sight during a rest stop on a trip. It will automatically count down and turn itself off, then when you put it back on the magnetic mount, it immediately returns to life exactly where you left off. The HD screen (which I specifically wanted), is brilliant and sharp... no compromises. The nuvi navigation system is also great. I found there was firmware software update available, I did that (routine, not a negative), and also updated to newest maps, which is a lifetime subscription. The one caveat I would tell everyone is that you when you connect to your PC, you MUST separate the GPS itself from the part of the magnetic base that normally is suction mounted to the windshield. Even though that portion has a min-USB port, it will only work for the power cord and traffic antenna cord. When you want to connect the 3597LMTH to the PC for updates etc, you MUST remove the magnetic base, and use the 2nd mini-USB port on back of the GPS itself, that is beside the long row of gold plated contacts. At first I was getting connection and device not found errors, but when I changed and connected to the other port directly on the back side of the thin GPS itself, it worked like a champ. This is not a con, and not a problem, just be aware so you don't think you have a defective unit. I also really like the voice actuated option, especially because it works very well, does not have trouble working, and hands down, and easily lets you be much safer while driving. It is a super enhancement. The only con I have is that I wish the screen was a matt finish, instead of super glossy. At times, depending on how you point it, you can get unwanted reflections on the screen. Usually only on super sunny days, but I found that pointing it slightly downward, pretty much fixes that issue. Though I am particular, this is really a super minor thing, and easy to get around. If it's cloudy or night time, not a problem. I compared the Garmin models carefully, and specifically chose this 3597LMTHD for its best combination of all the good features, and Garmin has done a great job. As far as comments people have made about Bluetooth and phone, its fine and really is ok. So it tells you that you have a call. Its a GPS, bought it to be a GPS, and does that job great. Your Blue tooth has enough capability on its own, and Garmin GPS does not need to do anything more as far as Bluetooth goes. Besides, more "non-GPS" frills would unnecessarily raise the cost. It has super at performance, its quick, has great smarts, maps, and graphics, lifetime maps and updates, alerts all kinds of stuff (traffic etc), and then shows all the navigation and travel data you possibly want…. I absolutely wouldn't hesitate one bit to buy it again.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Had much higher expectations

I truly expected a better product considering the hype and price.

The battery indicator is only shown on the home page. Also, you cannot see when it becomes fully...Read complete review

I truly expected a better product considering the hype and price.

The battery indicator is only shown on the home page. Also, you cannot see when it becomes fully charged via a PC.

Favorites or saved destinations are not alphabetized.

On a busy 5+ lane freeway, it had me in lanes 1 and 2, not 4 and 5. Nearly missed the exit. Obviously, I was unfamiliar with the area.

I was told to turn on a particular street. With darkness, I could not see the small sign. It should have said turn at next intersection like my Navigon.

During start-up, it will say go to highlighted road. Again, that's great if you're familiar with the area.

Overall, I regret this purchase. Now this is the second disappointing Garmin I own. The first became discontinued soon after my purchase. I would like features of the Navigon 7200T and Garmin 3597 combined. Is this too much to ask?

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5.0

I Love the Features of the GPS

By Bruce

from New York metro area

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Garmin Nuvi Black GPS Navigation System:

        You can mount this device either horizontally or vertically
        The traffic update feature really is nice
        The clarity of the screen makes viewing easy
        The mag mount makes for very easy on and off

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Excellent GPS

        By ozz

        from chicago

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Read
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Reliable Performance
        • Simple Controls
        • Strong Construction
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Adventure
        • Auto
        • Travel

        Comments about Garmin Nuvi Black GPS Navigation System:

        Excellent,Fast,and accurate.

        • How are you with directions:
        • Great w/Directions
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Awesome

        By Dale

        from Palatine

        About Me Power User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Long Battery Life
        • Reliable Performance
        • Simple Controls
        • Strong Construction
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adventure
          • Auto
          • Travel

          Comments about Garmin Nuvi Black GPS Navigation System:

          A must for anyone who travels

          • How are you with directions:
          • Bad w/Directions
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Lost in the city jungle

          By newaloy

          from Waukegan , illinois

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Read
          • Easy To Set Up
          • No Surprises
          • Reliable Performance
          • Simple Controls
          • Strong Construction
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Adventure
          • Auto
          • Travel

          Comments about Garmin Nuvi Black GPS Navigation System:

          Get your address ready and let Garmin bring you to where you will go

          • How are you with directions:
          • Bad w/Directions
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD

          By Andy S.

          from Levittown, NY

          About Me Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Can Be Used Vertically
          • Doesn't say recalculating
          • Easy To Place On Mount
          • Easy To Read
          • Easy To Remove From Mount
          • Gives Choice Of Routes
          • Larger Print For Exit
          • Responsive Touch Screen
          • Screen Is Very Clear - Hd
          • Speach Is More Normal
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • But You Will Learn Fast
          • Do Not Drop -glass Screen
          • F-150 Must Use Vertically
          • More Icons Vs Words

          Best Uses

          • Auto

          Comments about Garmin Nuvi Black GPS Navigation System:

          I use mine in my F-150 (truck). I like it in the left corned of the windshield but this one will only fit if placed vertically. I used my wifes Nuvi 3597 first and I like it better in the vertical orientiation. Speach is as normal as a real person is speaking to you. Don't drop - Glass screen!!!
          The "Next Exit" is in larger print and I can easily read it! Thanks Garmin, this is a winner, VERY pleased!!

          Service and delivery comments:

          Abt is a great place to shop. Friendly sales people. Very FAST shipping. A pleasurable experience!! Thank You!

          • How are you with directions:
          • Great w/Directions
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Great but still could use improvement

          By YLT80

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Power User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Read
          • Search Is Easy

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life
          • Voice Control

          Best Uses

          • Auto
          • Country Driving

          Comments about Garmin Nuvi Black GPS Navigation System:

          I travel throughout US. GPS is accurate. Only issue is voice control. It takes too long and not accurate sometimes. Also, when pairing with your phone the speaker quality is not very good. If you need this just for maps this is am excellent product. Traffic and retorting is very accurate.

          • How are you with directions:
          • Great w/Directions
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          3.0

          Garmin

          By B

          from Glenview

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Read

          Cons

          • Ery Sensitive To Touch
          • V

          Best Uses

          • Auto

          Comments about Garmin Nuvi Black GPS Navigation System:

          Froze up

          • How are you with directions:
          • Great w/Directions
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Couldn't be happier.

          By steve

          from Franklin Park

          About Me Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Read
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Reliable Performance
          • Simple Controls
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Garmin Nuvi Black GPS Navigation System:

            Product is friendly to use. Very little learning curve. Qwerty keyboard a huge improvement over previous models. Free included lifetime map updates and traffic make this an incredible value. Glad I bought from Abt. Best prices and service anywhere.

            • How are you with directions:
            • Great w/Directions
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love the Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD GPS

            By ChuckP

            from Pittsburgh area in PA

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Read
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Long Battery Life
            • Reliable Performance
            • Screen Is So Sharp
            • Simple Controls
            • Strong Construction
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Auto
              • Travel

              Comments about Garmin Nuvi Black GPS Navigation System:

              This Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD is a really great GPS, and I am very picky about any product in general, but especially electronics. It works great, navigates great, does everything is should, and the magnetic base to quickly pop it on and off the windshield is really convenient. Quick to remove and put out of sight during a rest stop on a trip. It will automatically count down and turn itself off, then when you put it back on the magnetic mount, it immediately returns to life exactly where you left off. The HD screen (which I specifically wanted), is brilliant and sharp... no compromises. The nuvi navigation system is also great. I found there was firmware software update available, I did that (routine, not a negative), and also updated to newest maps, which is a lifetime subscription. The one caveat I would tell everyone is that you when you connect to your PC, you MUST separate the GPS itself from the part of the magnetic base that normally is suction mounted to the windshield. Even though that portion has a min-USB port, it will only work for the power cord and traffic antenna cord. When you want to connect the 3597LMTH to the PC for updates etc, you MUST remove the magnetic base, and use the 2nd mini-USB port on back of the GPS itself, that is beside the long row of gold plated contacts. At first I was getting connection and device not found errors, but when I changed and connected to the other port directly on the back side of the thin GPS itself, it worked like a champ. This is not a con, and not a problem, just be aware so you don't think you have a defective unit. I also really like the voice actuated option, especially because it works very well, does not have trouble working, and hands down, and easily lets you be much safer while driving. It is a super enhancement. The only con I have is that I wish the screen was a matt finish, instead of super glossy. At times, depending on how you point it, you can get unwanted reflections on the screen. Usually only on super sunny days, but I found that pointing it slightly downward, pretty much fixes that issue. Though I am particular, this is really a super minor thing, and easy to get around. If it's cloudy or night time, not a problem. I compared the Garmin models carefully, and specifically chose this 3597LMTHD for its best combination of all the good features, and Garmin has done a great job. As far as comments people have made about Bluetooth and phone, its fine and really is ok. So it tells you that you have a call. Its a GPS, bought it to be a GPS, and does that job great. Your Blue tooth has enough capability on its own, and Garmin GPS does not need to do anything more as far as Bluetooth goes. Besides, more "non-GPS" frills would unnecessarily raise the cost. It has super at performance, its quick, has great smarts, maps, and graphics, lifetime maps and updates, alerts all kinds of stuff (traffic etc), and then shows all the navigation and travel data you possibly want…. I absolutely wouldn't hesitate one bit to buy it again.

              • How are you with directions:
              • Great w/Directions
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Great Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD product

              By Samzy

              from Camarillo, CA

              About Me Power User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Acquires Satellites Quickly
              • Compact
              • Easy Menus
              • Easy To Read
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Large Screen
              • Simple Controls
              • Starts Up Instantly

              Cons

              • Freezes Occassionally

              Best Uses

              • Finding Specific Address
              • Geocaching
              • Planning Trips
              • Urban Navigation

              Comments about Garmin Nuvi Black GPS Navigation System:

              Touch screen is sensitive and easy to input data.
              I love the 3D view.

              • How are you with directions:
              • Great w/Directions
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              Garmin Nuvi Black GPS Navigation System

              Garmin Nuvi Black GPS Navigation System

              Discontinued


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