Summary: This is my third Garmin automotive GPS. It is a conspicuous upgrade from my old ones. Looks like an iPhone. Its operating system is noticeably different from the oldies, which causes me difficulty doing things like searching for a state park, that had been easy. The database seems to be arranged differently. Several of my searches fail, then succeed when I do them differently.
Pros: Rapid processor, fast start-up, computes routes quickly. Works indoors with battery power, helping me plan trips. Bright, clear screen shows detailed maps and pictures.
Cons: Highly reflective screen hard to read driving with polarized sunglasses. Owner's Manual tells how to make various settings and selections which I find difficult to do - the device needs to be prodded and begged to execute some of my requests.
Summary: I have used this GPS enough now to understand it's capabilities and shortcomings. I have recently completed a 2100 Mile trip to south Florida. The GPS works well on some intersections and gives clear directions as to the lane to be in, and if you have a turn approaching. However on some complex interchanges it falls strangely silent offering no guidance as to the lane to be in or the approaching turn.
Summary: Tell you a funny story. I was trying out this GPS and I noticed Traffic didn't work. The screen said something about maybe the signal is weak or maybe there is no coverage in my area. I live in Aberdeen, Maryland. The coverage map indicates coverage there. So I had to drive up I95 to Wilmington, DE anyway. I figured I'd see whether it picked up HD traffic along the way. Just as I arrived in downtown Wilmington, I hit a big stand-still traffic jam.
Best Nuvi, I've had, but would rather have a dedicated Google Maps or Safari GPS unit
5 June 2014
Summary: Pros: * beautiful, large, bright display * attaches to mount magnetically, very easy to remove to take inside or put in another call and to put back on the mount, yet stays secure when attached, I was in a car accident where I was t-boned with enough force to smash in the side of my car and send the car spinning, and the Nuvi held firm * sound is loud and clear * voice commands work well for the most part and are convenient, especially when you want to stop navigation *...
Summary: This is a decent GPS. I was surprised to discovery that this units bluetooth was not compatible with my Ford Escape's OEM bluetooth system the SYNC. And I was also surprised to find out that it was not compatible with bluetooth headphones either.
Summary: Display is great, most features are great and good value for the money. But the voice command is not so good. With any level of road noise the voice command is hit and miss, and forget trying to speak things like town names that can be confused with other words.
Summary: Took over 3 hours to get GPS unit to be recognized by a computer. 3 Different computers and 2 different cords. When finally got it recognized and registered, it took over 3 hours for the updates to download. In my opinion, this unit should have been ready to go work as soon as it came out of the box. I hope it works as good as advertised.
Pros: Easy to mount and hook up to power.
Cons: Difficulty in getting computer to recognize the GPS unit and amount of time to download updates.
Same old Garmin. They add some new features but take some away
J. Mursuli "gadget_man", Amazon
15 September 2013
Summary: GPS Experience: We have driven 46 out of the 48 lower states in RV's and lately Motorhomes. We don't use maps and always travel with with a PND. I have owned and tested every top-of-the-line Garmin since their first few models. We currently own a 3490LMT, and a 3590LMT. On to the 3597; PRO'S: - Display - Great looking screen and colors. In Apple's term it's like looking at a Retina Display vs NON-Retina on previous models - Display(cont...
Summary: So I've had the 3597 for almost four days, but I've used many a Garmin before, going back to the GPS V. (I've also owned the 3490, 3790 and 1695) As usual, Garmin decides to update the new model year with some new features (Active Lane Guidance and Real Directions are the main ones) but then remove others (user updatable speed limits and dashboards come to mind). I really like this new model, but would only ask for a couple of features to return to make it outstanding.
Summary: I think the glass screen is not that clear. Unit is not worth the price. Voice recognition is no better than the nuvi 2595.
Pros: I liked the magnet attachment.
Cons: If you wear polarized sun glasses the screen goes black if you are not facing it straight on. Since most of my driving is in the day time I had to return this unit. Poor design should have been caught before selling this unit.