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 how to move anything there. Garmin was no help at all.
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 I saw on the MSN Direct homepage that the service is being cancelled on 1/1/12. So, lifetime traffic? I think not!
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. I have tried save gas vs shortest distance vs shortest time and the unit still thinks traffic lights are quicker than highways. Must say, even with the wild goose chase I still get to my destination.
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.
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. I traded to the 1490 from my 5 year old Nuvi 660 because the internal power controller died.
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. I asked myself do I need a 5 inch screen @499 to just view this ? NO!! 2)GOt impression software has been rushed out to meet deadline. Eg.
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 loading maps and froze.
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.
Summary: It's ironic that I bought this Garmin unit just a few days before its new ultra thin line was announced. And I seriously considered returning it and waiting for the new ones. But I am not going to because the 5" screen makes all the difference. It makes the unit easier to manipulate. I have had three Garmin Nuvi's and to some degree have hated every one.
Nice big screen but software (CityXplorer) still too buggy
20 November 2009
Summary: I've used a Nuvi 660 for the past 2 years and have been quite happy with it. My impression of the new Nuvi 1490T was a potentially excellent upgrade but I find the CityXplorer map feature virtually useless (I live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul) and the unit suffers numerous crashes and system reboots. Clearly, the product and its software were not ready for public release. I ride public transit every day using a combination of bus and light rail.