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Garmin Nuvi 3790TGarmin attempts to stand out from the crowd of bland GPS devices with its thinnest, sexiest navigator yet.
1 To the average consumer who didn't spend all day comparing navigation interfaces, most GPS devices pretty much look the same. Taking a page out of Apple's playbook, Garmin is placing an increased emphasis on style and attempting to standout from the crowd with a new 3790T. It's the thinnest, sexiest GPS device yet. There are a lot of nice textures and materials that make up the 3790T exterior such as a glass touch screen, chrome-rimed edge and a rear panel that is partially brushed metal texture and partially glossy black plastic. It's a good looking gadget and in about a third of an inch thick, it's definitely the thinnest GPS device we've ever tested. It's also very pocketable, but it also feels a bit too light. We'd prefer it to have a bit more heft so it feels less fragile. The Nuvi 3790T features a large capacity of touch display, so it requires less pressing force to register a tap than its resistive screen brethren. However, it loses the ability to be operated while wearing gloves. The screen is also super sharp. Just check out how crisply the menu render as compared to the 1490T. Also, gained during the jump and screening technology is multi touch input. For example, a user can pinch and zoom on the map screen. It also features an accelerometer that triggers an on-screen orientation change when you rotate the device from portrait to landscape. Here in the corner or the screen is a pinhole microphone for Bluetooth hands free calling functionality, and on the back panel is a speaker through which you will hear your text-to-speech turn by turn directions. Along the bottom edge is a micro USB port for charging and syncing and a multi pin connector for the included car dock. Also, in the box, is an adhesive dashboard puck, a micro USB sync cable and a mini USB power cable that connects to the dock. Now, presumably to save space and keep the 3790t slim, the device's FM traffic receiver is located inline with the power cables, so you won't be able to get those free lifetime traffic updates without first plugging in. The 3790T may be Garmin's sexiest handy yet, but it doesn't have the tech to justify its fairly steep $450 asking price. To find out, you have to check out our full review over on CNET.com. Until then, I am Antuan Goodwin and this has been your first look at the Garmin Nuvi 3790T.