Excerpt: The Garmin nüvi 1490LMT adds lifetime map updates to the nuvi 1490T (which already includes lifetime traffic). Introduced in 2009 (here is a list of more recent nuvi introductions ), the 1490LMT also comes with a 5” wide screen and multi-destination routing, features not found on any of the nuvi 12xx or 13xx models.
Excerpt: The Garmin nüvi 1490LMT is a midrange personal GPS navigation device that offers good value. You get all the usual features that are expected nowadays, such as text-to-speech, a 3D map view, and a 480-by-272-pixel, 5-inch resistive touch screen with colorful, animated map graphics. The nüvi 1490LMT measures 3.4 by 5.4 by 0.6 inches (HWD). It comes complete with free lifetime map updates and traffic reports.
Conclusion: The Garmin Nuvi 1490TV doesn’t offer anything outstanding, but if you’re looking for a solid, dependable and easy-to-use satnav with the added bonus of Freeview TV, it ticks all the boxes.
Pros: While most satnavs offer up 4.3 inches of screen real estate, the 1490TV delivers a full 5 – and isn’t any the heftier for it. Garmin makes some of the most user friendly navigation software around, with clear, clean map design, easy-to-follow voice guidance and a powerful search tool that lets you key in a street name without first having to specify the town, or browse Points of Interest in much the same way. The lane management system for motorway driving makes nego...
Cons: As you might imagine, the Freeview tuner doesn’t work particularly well in more rural areas, even with both antennae hooked up and draped over your car seats. Also, if you’re planning a lengthy telly session, you might find the three hour battery life to be a little short.
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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 understand.
Cons: 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.
Excerpt: When Garmin released their Nuvi 1490 T Sat-Nav during the summer of last year, it was regarded as an excellent, multi-functional GPS device which, at around £220, also added good value and great features. A year down the line, Sat-Nav technology has moved on a little, but the 1490 T’s price has fallen dramatically.
Summary: This is a Sat Nav unit from one of the best known names in that field. This is also an in car TV capable of receiving all the digital channels. Why put both in one unit? Well if you have ever travelled with children you will know why.