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Garmin Nuvi 1490
5.6 out of 10

Garmin Nuvi 1490

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Overall 2
2.0

Garmins are the best, except for this one.

Dan B., Newegg
28 July 2012
  • Summary: I gave up on the traffice option and ordered a Nuvi 50LM. All the reviews are great for that GPS. It's got to be better. By a different Garmin. Google Maps does just as good on traffice and is more reliable! Garmin is great, but not this one.
  • Pros: Out of the box, it works just like it should. Garmin stands behind this device and honors their warrenty. Newegg got it to me fast and working, like they always do!
  • Cons: I read many bad reviews and after having several Garmins before I thought the reviewers were just unlucky, or didn't know how to operate this device corectly. Now I realize, every bad thing said about this Garmin was the truth! I have it all happen to me, twice! Within 90 days, it would go into c...
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Overall 2
2.0

Another piece of junk from China

joemvcnj, shopping.com
6 June 2012
  • Excerpt: Conveniently just beyond 1 year warranty (of light use), Route feature becomes useless. Scroll down to see direction, and unit will shut itself off. Unit also make a humming sound when power is on from the speaker. Software update from Garmin accomplished nothing.
  • Pros: Good until it breaks down
  • Cons: Bad hardware and software.
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Overall 2
2.0

Sad

pjpinel, shopping.com
10 March 2012
  • Excerpt: This is my 4th Garman (including aviation) Retarded software. IF you leave it on, no motion, eventually it will discharge its battery, the vehicles battery, and lose softeware and database. Restoring takes hours with Garmin recommended computer re-boots and windows that cannot be closed / canceled.
  • Pros: Most frustrating Garmnin so far
  • Cons: complex download raindance
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Overall 2
2.0

Bad support Poor Quality

alan h., Newegg
5 February 2012
  • Summary: Buy the cheapest one that works for you, then throw it away when it get annoyng.
  • Pros: Not difficult to learn. Speaks the street names.
  • Cons: Map updates can only be done ONCE. If something happens during the update process your unit if fried. Email support states the obvious then ignores you. Phone support people laufh at you.
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Overall 2
2.0

Absolute Junk

Anonymous, Newegg
31 December 2011
  • Summary: I have a 1460 without traffic and it has worked flawlessly for years.
  • Pros: Lifetime maps and traffic included
  • Cons: Worked about 1 day. Started random re-boots, and then couldn't connect to a computer. Seems a big problem with this model from all the tech help on the same issue I've had to read after the fact.
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Overall 2
2.0

Not Reliable

Chris L, Amazon
24 November 2011
  • Summary: This GPS has great features but it's not reliable. It rebooted itself for no reason in the first few days of usage. I upgraded all software to the latest version but it did not help. It rebooted several times today when I pressed 'show traffic information'.
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Overall 2
2.0

this one will get you more lost

Samuel S., Newegg
8 September 2011
  • Pros: looks nice,doesn't need to be plugged in to try to work
  • Cons: Had us going in circles in Boston. It didn't know what the streets were and where it was. Also did the same in NYC. It would tell us to make a left on the next street,Washington St and it wouldn't even be the name of the street
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Overall 2
2.0

Strike 3 for Garmin

Rob, Amazon
11 August 2011
  • Summary: Review of nüvi 1490LMT Strike 1 - It took over 6 hours to register and update to the latest maps (T1 connection). Garmin will not work with any browser other than Explorer and it has to be an older version.
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Overall 2
2.0

Loved it - Loved it - then DEAD in 5 hours (update 07-08-10)

R. Jackson, Amazon
9 July 2010
  • Summary: I received the 1490T on Tuesday evening and downloaded all the updates and new maps. I paired it with my Bluetooth phone and left it to charge overnight. On Wednesday we left Central Florida for the Panhandle and the 1490T worked flawlessly - this GPS was really terrific and we played with most...
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Overall 2
2.0

Locked up at start screen, only 57 days old

electrician Iowa, Amazon
1 July 2010
  • Summary: This easy-to-learn nuvi 1490T is my first GPS and I love the independence it gave me on my CA road trip - first time there, no navigation problems to speak of. The Garmin did freeze a couple of times during rush hour in Fresno & San Francisco, but overall, truly a lifesaver.
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