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Garmin Nuvi 1490
6.2 out of 10

Garmin Nuvi 1490

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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Zippertwo, Walmart
30 July 2012
  • Summary: I almost returned it the first day. I used a USB cord to connect it to 120 A.C. It would start to turn on, then it would shut down. I connected it to my computer via USB cord. Couldn't get it to charge the battery. The next day I decided to download the updated info. Wow, was I surprised.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

blbs, Walmart
17 June 2012
  • Summary: The GPS is great and has many options for locating places. The 5" size is really helpful. My BIG disappointment is the phone option which is the real reason I paid more to get this model.
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Overall 6
6.0

Limited storage

Ralph L., Newegg
2 January 2012
  • Pros: Works well overall, once I fixed the storage issue.
  • Cons: Limited storage. When I tried to upgrade the software, it wouldn't ever finish. Kept asking to reboot. I finally deleted some help files for other languages and it completed the upgrade. Garmin shouldn't cut the storage that close. It does have the ability to add SD, but Garmin doesn't tell you h...
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Overall 6
6.0

No traffic in 2012!?

Ryan T., Newegg
13 July 2011
  • Summary: I do not own this GPS unit, just thought I would share what I had found. Fine print in lifetime GPS says "Or until our supplier stops providing traffic data" Who knows maybe Garmin has a work around but I think this may be why most GPS units now have this "free lifetime traffic"
  • Pros: Seems to be a good GPS unit
  • Cons: I have been doing research into a GPS unit to replace my previous Garmin (780) and found that the free lifetime traffice sounded like a great deal!! I read that this unit (and I'm sure others) uses MSN Direct for traffic information so I decided to look into the service, I was a bit shocked when ...
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Overall 6
6.0

Where the HELL are you taking me?

Coach Brandon, Amazon
13 April 2011
  • Summary: Still getting used to the GPS. Many times it has me take an exit earlier than I normally do. Or get off the highway and travel local road that run parallel to the highway. I wish there was a stay on highways selection.
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Overall 6
6.0

Not really a 5" screen

Craig A., Newegg
7 March 2011
  • Summary: I bought this to have a bigger viewable map. When full screen map is selected, the map itself does not move. After driving for about 10 minutes, I found that my car icon was gone. I had to manually drag the map to put it back.
  • Pros: Volume, and sound quality are tops compared to smaller 4.3 units. Price was ok for what it is.
  • Cons: There is no way to remove, or make smaller the informational text on the right hand side of the screen. This make the unit slightly smaller map size than my older 4.3" nuvi 265wt.
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Overall 6
6.0

1490t is not what you would expected from Garmin.

R. Barbre "RBarbre", Amazon
28 October 2010
  • Summary: I just got my new 1490t, and I've had a chance to play with it. Once I did, I was sorely disappointed. Let me start by saying My family and I have been avid Garmin users for years. We currently have 6 units in play, 5 various Nuvi's and a Built-In Goldwing unit.
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Overall 6
6.0

Better than Magellan Road Mate 1475T

spentonbargains, Amazon
25 August 2010
  • Summary: Did a Magellan Road Mate engineer write the review for it? I have owned both the Garmin Nuvi 1490T and the Magellan Road Mate 1475T. Both have flaws, but the Magellan will drive you crazy. The problems with the Magellan: 1. Voice sounds like a muffled tin can -sometimes hard to understand. 2.
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Overall 6
6.0

Some good, but some backward steps in my opinion

AlanG "Alan", Amazon
26 July 2010
  • Summary: Final Update: After some frustration returned it: 1) You drive on a state highway for miles with detailed view, you only see a web of road networks with little to no text (no cross roads marked, no poi etc). Compare with 660 where it was fun to use the GPS.
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Overall 6
6.0

The quality of Garmin GPS units has slipped

Michael D., Newegg
21 June 2010
  • Summary: I bought this unit to replace a Nuvi 660 which was 3 years old, the battery had died and it had developed other quirks and was not worth the cost of repairing. Its going back today after 3 weeks of ownership, when powered on yesterday it got to the point of displaying a message indicating it was...
  • Pros: Loaded with features. Large Screen.
  • Cons: Slow to initialize. Some features are not that user friendly. Difficult to power the unit on and off (small button). Battery life could be longer. Internal speaker not the greatest.
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