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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 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

Not enough room for full map update unless you remove some files from the drive

Mark M. Landau "melvin100", Amazon
18 November 2011
  • Summary: I bought this just 10 days ago. I just got notice that there are updated maps available. I went to install it and I got the message, "not enough room to install full update." So instead of all of Canada and the US like I paid for, now I have 49 states.
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Overall 6
6.0

No traffic in 2012!?

Melissa 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

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

big screen, a little quirky

roger hamson, Amazon
5 January 2011
  • Summary: Best feature is the large view screen and the road junction preview feature. Great for navigating through a maze of interchanges where audible instructions may not be that helpful. I recommend disabling the traffic avoidance feature.
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Overall 6
6.0

Augh! So close yet so annoying!

Daniel E. Pearson, Amazon
29 December 2010
  • Summary: First of all, I'd like to admit that I'm a Garmin fan. I've used other GPS's in the distant past and they never seemed to stack up to Garmins. I'll mainly be reviewing this GPS to other Garmin units I've owned, so if you're looking for a review that compares it to other brands, this isn't it.
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Overall 6
6.0

Garmin 1490LMT - Okay, NOT great

HeloCaptain, Amazon
6 December 2010
  • Summary: I have had many Garmin automotive units since the bulky Streetpilot unit in the 90s. The main positive feature of this unit is the screen size. It is very large and size DOES matter.
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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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Overall 6
6.0

"Free Lifetime Mapping and Traffic" should be "Ad supported Lifetime Mapping and Traffic updates"

deathbyfees, Amazon
21 May 2010
  • Summary: Garmin makes great GPS units. That's the lead. My review is more aimed at this version of the 1490 LMT where they misfired. Whatever amount of ad-supported revenue Garmin is getting is not enough to justify the aggravation to consumers.
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Overall 6
6.0

Some features useless, others good.

Desinia R., Amazon
21 May 2010
  • Summary: Paying extra for a unit with "Lifetime traffic" might be worth it if you live in a major metro area that supports it, but apparently, most of the country doesn't have traffic broadcasts.
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