Conclusion: Garmin's impressive nüvi 1690 integrates connected services and offers plenty of routing options, but the high price and mandatory ads—even when you're not using said services—are turn-offs.
Pros: Accurate directions. Slick software design. Google-powered services are a boon. Solid traffic reporting. Useful elevation readings.
Cons: Bundled data subscription expires after two years. Displays ads. Still requires extra-cost map updates like any other GPS. Connected services not integrated with main POI database. On-board EDGE radio caused GSM buzz in our car stereo.
Excerpt: Garmin Nuvi 1690 offers free, but ad-supported two-year access to Garmin NuLink data service that provides real-time Bluetooth hands-free calling, Google Search for POIs, fuel prices and traffic data. Touch screen display shows some weird clicker while using data connection. Micro-Sd card slot does not support full SD cards, especially containing previous Garmin data. Garmin Nuvi 1690 is portable GPS navigation device that has inbuilt antenna and micro-SD card slot.
Excerpt: (1 items) Garmin’s nüvi 1690 is a GPS device with a built-in cellular radio for real-time services such as traffic, weather, and Google Live Search. Overall the nüvi 1690 is an impressive device. The nüvi 1690 has a 4.3-inch screen, text-to-speech conversion (which enables the device to announce street names), Bluetooth phone connectivity, and lane assist with junction view (so you can see simulated highway signs).The nüvi 1690 also has multisegment routing with route...
Pros: Lots of connected services, Purchase price includes two years of service
Cons: POI and Google Search could be better integrated, Pop-up ads on POI searches can be annoying
Summary: It mightn't look much different to Garmin's other models, but the 1690 is the first Australia-bound GPS with internet connectivity, allowing for Google location searches, real-time traffic information and fuel prices.
Pros: Google destination searches, Fuel price info, Friendly menus, easy-to-read map screen, Bluetooth hands-free
Cons: Route generation still far from perfect, Traffic messaging is hit and miss, Internet connectivity costs AU$99 annually after first year, Price premium
Excerpt: The Garmin Nuvi 1690 shares many of the features found on the recently reviewed Nuvi 1370T, including a 4.3in screen, text-to-speech conversion (which enables the device to announce street names), Bluetooth phone connectivity, and lane assist with junction view (so you can see simulated highway signs).The 1690 is slightly thicker and about half an ounce heavier than the 1370T, however; and unlike the 1370T, it includes multisegment routing with route optimization.
Summary: The nüvi 1690’s job seems clear: to take on TomTom’s Go 950 LIVE. That’s a tall order given that the nüvi is more expensive and lacks North American mapping. But then, it does come with a year’s free SIM card-powered nüLink services including traffic and safety camera warnings, Google Local Search and fuel price info. Over a year, it actually works out cheaper than the TomTom. TomTom or go?
Conclusion: Il Garmin nuvi 1690 è un navigatore di elevata qualità dotato di un grande schermo e di tante funzioni avanzate che assicurano al viaggiatore un percorso senza problemi. La funzione più innovativa è l’accesso al servizio nuLink, che offre informazioni su traffico, previsioni meteo e altro ancora. Sono presenti, poi, il Bluetooth per le chiamate in vivavoce, la sintesi vocale, gli autovelox europeo, la ricerca tramite Google Local, le mappe europee e una buona autonomia.
Pros: Vivavoce Bluetooth; Mappe di 42 paesi europei; Visualizzatore di immagini; Google Local; Connettività integrata; Servizio Ciao; Accesso a nuLink; City Explorer; Funzione EcoRoute; Sintesi vocale; Autovelox italiani ed europei