On April 19th, 2010, Garmin has released one of the largest nuvi updates in the newly redesigned nuvi 3700 series. The new design is a lot thinner than standard GPS units, being only 0.35 inches deep; it may also be the only device of this type to use a capacitive multi-touch display. Users can double-tap or pinch to zoom, but also make two-finger gestures to switch between 2D and 3D or rotate maps.
The product line benefits from a 4.3-inch widescreen display which has lane assist, ecoRoute calculations, remembered frequent destinations and also the option of customized photos for the wallpaper and points of interest. The 3750T will be the base model; the 3760T also brings Bluetooth and free live traffic updates. Users who opt for the top 3790T will also benefit from full 3D terrain support and full voice activation, which includes a wake-up phrase to start GPS without having to leave the GPS turned off in normal conditions. Garmin has not yet mentioned the ship dates and pricing for the nuvis.
The new device is considered as a reaction to the sudden evolution of GPS navigation through competing smartphone applications (those on iPhone and Google’s free Maps Navigation).Even if they have limitations, the constant Internet connection and the cost savings over a dedicated GPS unit have led to a falling with dedicated GPS companies, such as Garmin. The company has already tried its luck by producing several nuvi-equipped smartphones.