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Garmin NÜVI 1490LMT

alaTest has collected and analyzed 327 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the performance and reliability. The value for money and screen are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the route planning.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin NÜVI 1490LMT is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 327 reviews)

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Garmin nuvi 1490LMT

 

The Garmin nüvi 1490LMT adds lifetime map updates to the nuvi 1490T (which already includes lifetime traffic). All this in a package with a 5” wide screen and multi-destination routing, features not found on any of the nuvi 12xx or 13xx models.

There are several changes to the nuvi interface in the 12xx, 13xx and 14xx series. For one, the menu button is gone, replaced by the arrow in the lower left corner.

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Great product as long as you have the latest updates...

 

I've been very happy with this unit. I had problems initially (random restarts, wouldn't connect to computer), but system updates seem to have taken all of the bugs out and it has worked great over the last 10 months.

Normally acquires satellites in seconds (unless I land half way across the country). Speed limits are correct 95% of the time. I almost always know about traffic problems before I get to them

I had to go in and delete foreign languages to free up space for map updates. Very easy to do. Google it

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The engineers didn't think this model through!

 

I'm very disappointed with this unit! This unit is a demotion from my previous Garmin devices! With smartphones evolving and getting better, I do not see Garmin surviving the automotive GPS market unless they up their game and start producing quality...

Lots of screen space. Thinner design

Maps can't be updated unless you install a micro-sd card & can navigate Garmin's labyrinth website; Garmin didn't consider map updating hard drive requirements with this unit! This model is much slower than my 4-year old model at locating satellites

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The engineers didn't think this model through!

 

I'm very disappointed with this unit! This unit is a demotion from my previous Garmin devices! With smartphones evolving and getting better, I do not see Garmin surviving the automotive GPS market unless they up their game and start producing quality...

Lots of screen space. Thinner design

Maps can't be updated unless you install a micro-sd card & can navigate Garmin's labyrinth website; Garmin didn't consider map updating hard drive requirements with this unit! This model is much slower than my 4-year old model at locating satellites

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Great Screen - Great Fratures - Some Quirks

 

Having been a Garmin owner for about 5 years I had no doubt what brand I was going to buy, my old Garmin served me well but it was time for a new one and the wide screen was a key feature I wanted in my new one. The screen is impressive, while going...

Screen is impressive, anti-glare and very bright ; Bluetooth phone paring was very easy and works great ; Interface is perfect. Everything works very intuitively ; Software and Map updates are great ; Oversize screen is great

The unit doesn't speak street names. Not a big issue for me, but could be for others

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Amazon review summary for Garmin NÜVI 1490LMT

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3004 user reviews of Garmin NÜVI 1490LMT from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

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82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin GPS Nuvi 1490LMT Accessory Bundle - Car Charger + Home Travel AC ChargerGarmin Vehicle Suction Cup Mount (PN 010-11375-00) for Garmin Nuvi 1450 1450LMT 1450LM 1450T 1490 1490T 1490LMT GPS navigator. Kit include vehicle suc

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Perfect

 

Like new works great

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Love It!

 

This item works great and does everything they said it would do. I love the fact that I don't have to wear my bluetooth when driving when using my Garmin!

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Love It!

 

This item works great and does everything they said it would do. I love the fact that I don't have to wear my bluetooth when driving when using my Garmin!

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Most Bang For The Buck

 

Can't ask for better. Does what it's supposed to and is easy to use. I've read other reviews that claim it is not as easy as a TomTom, so why not buy another TomTom.

Product Specifications

Configuration

FM Transmitter: No
Telephone Included:Handsfree Function via External Device
TV-Tuner: No

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
Internet Connectivity: No
iPod Control: No
USB: Yes

Display

Display Technology:TFT Display
Monitor Format:16:9
Monitor Type:Fixed Monitor
Touchscreen:One-Point Touch

General Features

Application:Car
Category:Portable Navigation Device
Size in DIN:Not Applicable

Navigation

3D Elevation Mode: No
3D Landmarks: No
Lane Assistant: Yes
Map Coverage:> 1 Continent
Map Provider:Navteq
Map Sharing: No
Pedestrian Mode:Advanced Mode
Reality View: Yes
Text-to-Speech: No
Traffic Message Channel:Traffic Info ready
Voice Control: No

Playback

DVD Player / Recorder: No
MP3 Playback: No
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