Garmin Nuvi 3790T
Price £278.50 (Amazon.co.uk)
For Super-bright screen; excellent voice control; lightweight; sexy looks
Against The price
If you've got big bucks to spend, there’s no better sat-nav than this Apple iPhone lookalike from Garmin. At just 9mm thick and weighing in at an anorexic 116 grams, the 3790T is a seriously desirable piece of kit.
What makes it so good? Well, the touchscreen is sensitive and super-bright, and you don’t need a degree in IT to find your way around the responsive menus. The maps are simple to follow and the windscreen mount is a doddle to setup and holds the Garmin rock solid. Most impressive of all is the ability to control the unit using only your voice. Say ‘voice command’ and it will listen to what you have to say. You can program a destination, adjust the volume or make a detour.
Other features include free traffic updates for life and Bluetooth connectivity. You also get an application called ecoRoute, which calculates the most fuel-efficient way to get where you’re going.
TomTom Go Live 1000
Price £280 (est – out in September)
For Sharp screen; clear voice
Against Bulky next to the Garmin
We were hugely impressed by the Go Live’s super-sharp glass screen and crystal clear spoken instructions – which don’t distort even when the volume is turned up high. However, it’s much bulkier than the nüvi 3790T, yet doesn’t offer a larger display, and its voice control isn’t as good as the Garmin’s.
Navigon 70 Premium
Price £259.99 (Navigon.com)
For Detailed maps; sturdy mount
Against Rivals are more user-friendly
We like the clear and detailed maps and the sturdy windscreen mount, but the Navigon isn’t special enough to justify its high price. Its menu system is clunky compared with the user-friendly interfaces of the Garmin and TomTom. It’s a decent navigator, but no match for the best.