"The best Nuvi we have thus far!"5.0 starson by KarKid97
Pros: Fast processing. Beautiful screen resolution. Excellent voice recognition. iOS app works beautifully with the unit. Lifetime update map and traffic are good too!
Cons: I would love to have a case or a sleeve to carry this in my pocket.
Summary: 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 internet state and the cell phone signal is low or none existence, you are done! All you get is a 'dot' on your iphone screen with no map! It's a good thing that we decided to get a stand alone gps unit just in case. Believe me, there are still lots of area in Idaho, Utah, Arizona and Nevada where there is only Edge data signal or no signal at all on my AT&T iPhone! Try loading a map via Edge and see how fast it goes!
So, before the trip, we bought this Nuvi 3597. Our last nuvi was about 5 years old and it is not worth it to update the map at this point. The new unit looks great! The new design mount is now magnetic. (no more click-on!) The voice recognition is way better than what I have on my Lexus GS! It actually works! I found out that there is an iphone app that connects to this 3597 via bluetooth. The app is a must if you are getting this unit. The app is free BTW. My wife was able to do a restaurant search when we were passing through Boise, ID. She found a restaurant and sent it to Nuvi to find the fastest route. In the past, she would have to reach over to the dashboard and input the address or search for the restaurant. She did it just like she would sending out an email or texting in the passenger seat! The app search is powered by Google and each restaurant has a rating labeled. Of course, this app only works if there is data connection on your phone.
The unit looks beautiful and I wish that they had designed the old NuviPhone this way. While we were in AZ, the temperature was 108F and the unit got pretty hot! That's why I mentioned above that I wish it comes with a case or a sleeve. It was like holding a hot potato!
Many had said that the stand alone gps is a thing in the past. Well, not quite. Unless AT&T and Verizon are placing 4G/LTE towers everywhere.... national parks... in the middle of nowhere where it does not take 3 minutes just to send or receive an email from a phone. Until that day comes, if you are planning a road trip, believe me, you will want to get this GPS unit!
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