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Garmin Nuvi 1490
5.4 out of 10

Garmin Nuvi 1490

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Reviews and Problems with Garmin Nuvi 1490

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Overall 4
4.0

Died after 18 months.

American E., Newegg
29 March 2014
  • Pros: Nice screen. Navigation works well.
  • Cons: Died after 18 months (during use). Would not start beyond the "Garmin" splash screen. Would not do a hard reset. This is a well recognized fault if you search the Web. Phoned Garmin tech support - confirmed that it had bricked itself, and outside warranty.
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Overall 4
4.0

Refurbished with problems

Imre G., Newegg
20 March 2012
  • Summary: Nice features when you get a good one.
  • Pros: Looks good
  • Cons: - boots and loads the map 8 out of 10 times when the car is started. This takes a long time while the unit is useless. - White screen displayed... requires complete reboot to get it working.
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Overall 4
4.0

Map updates don't work

Charles L., Newegg
22 February 2012
  • Summary: I have an very old Tom Tom and it works better. I would pass on this GPS as it's use less. I've gone to tech sites and they say the Garmin support laughed at them.
  • Pros: Size easy to read looks good.
  • Cons: Map updates say not enough memory to load firmware update. So map updates don't load as can not get past this. Life time map useless as not enough memory. I have not added any thing no music pictures and it still does not work. I would not buy this one.
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Overall 4
4.0

Turning off ADS turns off traffic

Anonymous, Newegg
21 January 2012
  • Pros: more responsive than 265 nuvi and 760 nuvi. Good size, bright screen.
  • Cons: ADS/Coupons pop up constantly. Per Garmin; the only way to turn off pop-ups is to turn off Lifetime Traffic! They report that this is how the Traffic feature is paid for. Maps remain below par. Commercial data poor.
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Overall 4
4.0

Garmin will always be my number one but just not this model...

Z, Amazon
18 January 2011
  • Summary: Updated November 15th 2011 Working pretty good now but I think I'm on the 4th or 5th patch. Still has some bugs in code but it will get you out of the woods! Com'on Garmie gotta do little better than that.
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Overall 4
4.0

Great features but poor database

Paul E. Heroy, Amazon
5 January 2011
  • Summary: I wanted very badly to like the 1490LMT. I've been using a Garmin GPS for a few years now and decided that getting one with traffic updates would be a nice upgrade, and the 1490LMT with the lifetime free traffic and map updates seemed like a great fit.
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Overall 4
4.0

not very helpful

Robert R., Newegg
3 September 2010
  • Summary: I love everything abot this unit except for one thing. It's not a very good device when you need it most. Being off by 75ft doesn't sound like alot until it put you on the wrong road or misses the correct exit lane. I could go on but will simply say: try another brand.
  • Pros: Nice display, nice graphics
  • Cons: Weak antenna, slow startup, off by at leaat 75 ft
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Overall 4
4.0

Adequate but disappointing, particularly compared to older models

Jeff Evans, Amazon
11 August 2010
  • Summary: Many other reviews have said it, but I must say it again. This model is a large step backwards in many ways from my previous Nuvi 350 (which I purchased in Dec. 2006 and used happily until it was stolen in November 2007).
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Overall 4
4.0

Not good enough to keep

bosco, Amazon
21 May 2010
  • Summary: Bought for 2 main reasons. Bluetooth for my cell which it did acceptably. And to get fresh maps which are expensive to buy for my old (200w) unit. Also looked forward to a bigger screen and access to more info. Returned it because the new map incorporated errors that my 2006 maps didn't have.
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Overall 4
4.0

quality problems

PDX Craig, Amazon
21 May 2010
  • Summary: We are now returning our 2nd unit of this product. The others had random problems. The first was not too bad. It just had a black screen of death sometimes when receiving calls. The second was much worse - touchscreen froze up at times, electronic voice became distorted at times, phone wouldn't pair...
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