By Amy Gilroy Garmin is launching a nuvi portable navigation series with 4.3-inch touch screens that let you pinch, zoom and drag as on an iPhone.
The new nuvi 3700 series also has a sleeker design with a thin depth of 9mm (the iPhone is 12.3 mm).
The new line lets users browse surrounding areas on the map by dragging a finger, and zoom in and out by double tapping the screen. Users can toggle from 2D to 3D and rotate the map with swipes of the fingers. Garmin also says voice prompts are now clearer because there’s a second speaker on the new series.
The new top-of-the-line Garmin nuvi is the 3790T with voice controlled navigation and map views with 3D buildings and 3D terrain so you can see rolling hills or canyons around the road. It also offers a new trafficTrends feature that recommends routes based on historic traffic patterns on the road at different times of the day. The 3790T and the step down 3760T both come with free lifetime traffic and Bluetooth for handsfree calling. The full series, which includes a 2750, has ecoRoute for fuel efficient navigation and a pedestrian mode. Users also get lane assist to prep you for the correct lane to enter and “realistic views” of signs in complex highway intersections. Shipping is expected in the third quarter at prices from $349.99 to $449.99.