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Garmin Nuvi 1490T

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5721 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the size and value for money are generally positive. The performance and screen also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 1490T is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Garmin Nuvi 1490T

 

TomTom's got one . Magellan's got one . Now, we have our hands on Garmin's newest 5-inch GPS navigator. Dwarfing the current norm of 4.3-inch units, the Garmin Nuvi 1490T's big screen makes it that much easier to view from its perch on a car's...

The Garmin Nuvi 1490T's 5-inch touch screen greatly increases road visibility. Bluetooth hands-free calling, free FM traffic data, and a fuel-saving EcoRoute function further increase this Nuvi's value. Garmin's interface remains one of the easiest to...

The bigger screen doesn't get an increase in resolution, resulting in jagged edges on some of the graphics. Ad-supported traffic may be a turn-off to some users.

Anyone who wants a reliable and simple navigation device with a bit more screen real estate won't be disappointed by the Garmin Nuvi 1490T.

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Garmin nuvi 1490T

 

Garmin now produce a number of different GPS navigation systems that cater for any situation, with each model offering something slightly different. For a first time user, there are some features here that will never be used, but as an upgrade from an...

Bluetooth CompatibilityIntegrated FM ReceiverecoRoute2D and 3D mapping

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Garmins nuvi 1490T will be released in the 3rd Quarter of 2010 and it...

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A Review of the Garmin Nuvi 1490T

 

With a large display, built-in traffic receiver, and an eco-routing mode, the 1490T sounds like a compelling choice for the consumer, but just how good is it? Find out in this Garmin Nuvi 1490T review.

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Garmin nuvi 1490T Review

 

Conclusion / recommendation / ratings are based on the opinion of the author. I recommend that you read the entire review before making any decision.

Bigger, Brighter, Louder, Faster...Better

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Garmin nuvi 1490T review

 

UPDATE: Now available bundled with lifetime map updates as the Garmin nuvi 1490LMT

The Garmin nüvi 1490T offers a 5” wide screen and multi-destination routing, features not found on any of the nuvi 12xx or 13xx models.

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Reliable & occasionally replacing my TT 950 Live

 

Confident of this model which it then earned a Lifetime Maps purchase! Won't use the BT feature, I'd rather leave it performing its fundamental objective it was created for, GPS guidance all the way & all the time for that is a focus it should stay on....

Large 5" screen & is adequate, not obtrusive and log on within seconds with satellites and no hanging thus far for a reset. after 2 years ownership as a 2nd (opinion) GPS companion in cockpit. I always have a Nuvi as back-up in the cockpit since my Nu

The drawback of mine (1490Tv) is with the TV reception. Its too limited with the TV stations and hence, I never bother to use it anymore. The two ext. antenna ports are just too close to each other, it could have a 1cm sparing space so other antenna conne

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BOUGHT 1.5 YEARS AGO AND NEEDS REPAIRS

 

PAID $290 BETTER TO BUY A CHEAPER PRODUCT AND DISCARD

GOOD WHEN IT WORKS

BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE ESPECIALLY ATTITUDE ; NOT ABLE TO FIX ON LINE DESPITE 7 CALLS AND 4 HOURS LATER

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the buggiest GPS i used.

 

i've been using this unit for 2 years and kept up with the updates garmin released. i had hoped the updates would fix some of these annoyances but every time i was disappointed. i truly regret buying this nuvi 1490T. very crappy quality indeed.

large screen, more user friendly UI than the older garmin models. lots of features packed in

lots of bugs come with the features. esp when the Bluetooth phone connection is on. the phone book tends to get scrambled without me inputing anything and literally useless. the speaker very frequently get muted and the only way to bring back the voice is

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Garmin Nuvi 1490

 

Garmin may be a fine GPS, but it a very poor Bluetooth unit. I feel that Garmin is falsely advertising their Bluetooth compatibility. They should state that it is only compatible with some cell phones.

Good maps. Fairly good directions. Not so good at redirects

Garmin claims this unit is Bluetooh compatible. They do not note that it seems to be comaptible with phones other than those that my wife and I, or our 3 kids own. It is NOT compatible and does not work with MANY current models of Smartphones. I have the

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"Garmin Nuvi 1490"

 

Garmin may be a fine GPS, but it a very poor Bluetooth unit. I feel that Garmin is falsely advertising their Bluetooth compatibility. They should state that it is only compatible with some cell phones.

Good maps. Fairly good directions. Not so good at redirects.

Garmin claims this unit is Bluetooh compatible. They do not note that it seems to be comaptible with phones other than those that my wife and I, or our 3 kids own. It is NOT compatible and does not work with MANY current models of Smartphones. I have the

Product Specifications

The large screen nüvi 1490T comes with FREE lifetime traffic and offers multiple-point routing and lane assist with junction view to help you manage busy highway interchanges.

Battery

Run Time (Up To):3hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:5"
Diagonal Size (metric):12.7 cm
Resolution:480 x 272

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.6in
Height:3.4in
Weight:7.8oz
Width:5.4in

GPS Software

Maps Included:North America

GPS System

Connectivity:Bluetooth / USB
GPS Functions / Services:Distance / Elevation / Lane Assistant / Time/date
Recommended Use:Automotive
Traffic Services:MSN Direct / TMC (Traffic Message Channel)
Type:GPS receiver

Header

Manufacturer:Garmin
Model:1490T
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n

Navigation

Routes:10
Tracklog Points:10000
Waypoints:1000