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Garmin Nuvi 3597

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1259 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the design and voice guidance are overall positive. The performance and screen also get good comments, but the reliability and value for money get negative comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 3597 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD


After years of reviewing PND after PND, it's hard to get excited about a GPS device's physical form. However, the Nuvi 3597LM has managed to capture my attention with its glossy, black face and slim chassis.

The Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD boasts a premium design with a sharp 5-inch capacitive screen and a thin metal chassis. Voice command makes the already intuitive interface easier to use on the road. Search-based destination input and natural spoken...

The Smartphone Link feature doesn't really do anything aside from serving as a portal for additional paid services.

The Nuvi 3597LMTHD continues to refine Garmin's brand of navigation with premium design and one of the best interfaces in the business.

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Garmin nüvi 3597LMTHD


Garmin has done it again with the nüvi 3597LMTHD, a high-end portable GPS device that continues to set the bar for the genre. The question is whether there's a market for pricey in-car navigation systems these days.

Magnetic mount. Glass capacitive display supports multi-touch. Improved voice prompts

Expensive. Screen shows reflections in sunlight. Traffic and exact location aren't always accurate enough

The Garmin nüvi 3597LMTHD ($379.99 direct) is the best automotive GPS navigation device you can buy today. While the market for standalone devices has stagnated and even contracted in recent years, there's still plenty of demand—especially at bargain...

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"The magnetic mount is best feature"



Fast processing. Beautiful screen resolution. Excellent voice recognition. iOS app works beautifully with the unit. Lifetime update map and traffic are good



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"Thumbs down."


None. None.

The map symbols, ergo fork and knife icon, are a mess for the U.S. They seem to be "Politically correct" with the British # and Euro symbols but omit the stamped envelope for Post office and a multitude of others. Their nuvi 1450LMT was the best.

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"The best Nuvi we have thus far!"


Just when I think that my iphone5 can do everything I need, well... not quite! We did a road trip this summer from WA state to AZ state to visit Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon and Lake Powell. iPhone works well in a major cities but once you are out on the...

Fast processing. Beautiful screen resolution. Excellent voice recognition. iOS app works beautifully with the unit. Lifetime update map and traffic are good too!

I would love to have a case or a sleeve to carry this in my pocket.

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"Best features yet in a Garmin nuvi!"


In a nutshell, this is the most impressive PND that Garmin has crafted. I won't review the entire unit, as there are many good, thorough reviews on the web now. That said, I wanted to share my experience with the traffic feature, as it is a subject of...

Screen resolution, layout, and size, ease-of-use, driving information

Cost considering HD traffic conflict with LiveTraffic feature in SmartLink app

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"Another Quality product. Some feathers are now gone?"


Coming from a Tom Tom or other GPS, you'll be very pleased. Not a big a draw coming from a new 3790 series.

The magnetic mount is by far the best feature making placing the Garmin on the dash mount a breeze. The placement of the power button is also a big improvement. Voice commands are far more responsive and make usage a breeze

No Garmin Lock, I really hate this take away. The Lock feature does little to dissuade a thief but at least it make the unit unusable for the thief. Garmin Link has some advantages but also drawbacks.

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Amazon review summary for Garmin Nuvi 3597


alaTest has collected and analyzed 358 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 3597 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin nüvi 3597LMTHD 5-Inch Portable Bluetooth Vehicle GPS with Lifetime Maps and HD TrafficGarmin nüvi 3597LMTHD NUVI3597LMTHD 5.0-Inch Bluetooth Portable Vehicle GPS with Lifetime Map and Traffic Updates (US) MFG Part 010-01118-00 Bundle w

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Great item!


This is a great item, with superb voice recognition and his resolution screen. I definitely recommend this one


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If you looking for a great gps. This is the one to buy. =)

My 1st & Last Gps I ever buy. Unless this one dies on me. Lol.. Overall It a great unit. I love the sleek sexy design. This unit is fast and everything I can ask for in a gps. I also love the magnet mount feature for the mount. Making putting it on and...


Product Specifications


FM Tuner: No
Telephone Included:Handsfree Function via External Device
TV-Tuner: No


Bluetooth: Yes
Internet Connectivity: No
iPod Control: No
USB: Yes


Display Technology:TFT Display
Monitor Format:16:9
Monitor Type:Fixed Monitor
Touchscreen:2-Point Touch

General Features

Category:Portable Navigation Device
Size in DIN:Not Applicable


3D Elevation Mode: No
3D Landmarks: Yes
Lane Assistant: Yes
Map Coverage:Single continent
Map Provider:Navteq
Map Sharing: No
Pedestrian Mode: Yes
Reality View: Yes
Text-to-Speech: Yes
Traffic Message Channel: Yes
Voice Control:Full Voice Control


CD Player / Recorder: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
MP3 Playback: No