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Garmin Nuvi 3490LT

Garmin Nuvi 3490LT
alaScore 88

554 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 554 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and screen. The voice guidance and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the value for money.

performance, usability, voice guidance, screen, design

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 3490LT is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 554 reviews)

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Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT GPS receiver


Editors' note: Garmin's Nuvi 3490 LMT features an interface that is similar to that of the recently reviewed Garmin Nuvi 2495 LMT and hardware that is similar to the Nuvi 3790T. Where applicable, portions of each of those reviews have been used in this...

The Garmin Nuvi 3490 LMT features an improved interface, snappy performance, and a svelte form factor. Garmin's truly hands-free voice command system is one of the best in the portable navigation business. Lifetime map updates and 3D Traffic Digital...

Bluetooth connection doesn't sync with the phone's address book. At $400, this is a very pricey PND.

The Garmin Nuvi 3490 LMT packs every trick in Garmin's book into an ultra-thin chassis, but the high MSRP will deter some.

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Garmin nuvi 3490LMT review


The Garmin nüvi 3490LMT (despite the lower model number) updates the 3790LMT with a host of new customization options, Exit Services and ad-free HD traffic. And just like with the previous version, you get all this in a super-thin package sporting a...

Strong customization options ; Powered mount ; Exit services ; Lifetime map updates included ; Lifetime traffic (ad free) ; Good Bluetooth sound quality ; POIs can be displayed on the map ; Offers several choices of routes ; Voice commands ; Extensive...

HD traffic reception is weaker than that of standard traffic receivers ; Voice command responsiveness not as good as on the nuvi 2×95 series

Overall the nuvi 3490LMT is a nice model. Hopefully the HD traffic reception issues will be resolved over time. For myself and for now, I’d go with one of the 2x95LMT models over the 3490LMT. But folks who have to deal with traffic on a daily basis may...

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WORTHLESS TO ME - WON'T PROGRAM TO GO TO NATIONAL PARKS - I need my GPS to go to National Parks. I tried to program it for Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce National Parks, and the map update I purchased three days ago can't find any of them. I contacted...

Looks nice



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"Superior Superior !"


This tiny device recognizes your voice, learns your routes, conveys you around traffic and alerts you to trouble ahead. The speech recognition is simply superior, no more saying numbers of the house 4 times. Ever!

Simply the best.

Slow start up.

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"Nice GPS receiver! Always great at GPS receiving!"


Compare to other online car gps such as Eonon, Garmin, Tomtom are doing better on GPS receiving, while not so much better on in car entertainment comparing to Eonon car dvd player!

Good GPS receiver with useful and correct map. I also have used other car gps such as Eonon and other car gps bought online.

It only supports GPS receiving, if it can support other in

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"Has options that are not compatible with iPhone"


I bought, tried out and returned it for its incompatibility with

Great maps

Late recalculation

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"super slick Navigation"


This item does everything I expected and yes It does give full access to the phone book via bluetooth from my mobile device, it even reads out text messages and you can reply by talking! Completely hands free! Forget the other reviews..... If you keep...

Very sensitive screen, loud volume, full phonebook access on HTC One S, Excellent reruiting if a turn is missed, Excellent battery life and build quality is excellent.

Ermmmm, Had it for six months, No problems....

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"Folks, be advised that I've seen many negative reviews."


The unit will not say "recalculating" so you will not know if you took a wrong turn...a major flaw.

When you put in an address, it will ask you for the city first and make you go through a lone list of cities and then it will ask you for the state. Sort of backwards, just creating more work and making it harder. Many other problems exits.

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"Very nice, beautiful GPS."


Very nice GPS with some opportunities for improvement. Craig Herberg

Huge improvement over the Garmin 885T. Easy-to-use interface. Good call quality with Bluetooth.

Traffic only available in some areas. Bluetooth connection does not access phone address book.

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Amazon review summary for Garmin NÜVI 3490LT


alaTest has collected and analyzed 431 user reviews of Garmin NÜVI 3490LT from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on

performance, usability, voice guidance, screen, design

value for money, build quality

77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin nüvi 3490LMT 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps and TrafficGarmin Nuvi 3490LMT GPS Satnav 4.3-inch screen European maps, Voice activation, Lifetime 3D traffic, Lifetime maps and traffic, Guidance 2, Lane Assis

Product Specifications


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


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


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

General Features

Category:Portable Navigation Device
Size in DIN:Not Applicable


3D Elevation Mode: Yes
3D Landmarks: Yes
Lane Assistant: Yes
Map Coverage:Single continent
Map Provider:Navteq
Map Sharing: No
Map Storage Medium:On board Flash Memory
Pedestrian Mode:Advanced Mode
Reality View:No / Yes
Text-to-Speech: Yes
Traffic Message Channel: Yes
Voice Control:Full Voice Control


CD Player / Recorder: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
MP3 Playback: No