Summary: I got this Garmin Nuvi about a month ago for a cross-country trip. For the most part, it functions as expected, giving directions that are useful and sensible. When you happen upon a "bridge closed for construction" and have to turn around, it seamlessly recalculates the route without any...
Disappointing...shows popup advertisements all the time
Lee Atchison, Amazon
9 June 2010
Summary: I've been a big garmin user, but I am disappointed with one particular aspect of this new device. It insists on showing popup advertisements all over the screen. When I checked with Garmin about disabling them, they say you can disable them, but *ONLY* if you disable traffic.
Summary: I wrote a very heated review a few weeks ago... after playing around with the GPS for a full 24 hours. After a lot of hemming and hawing, I decided to keep the GPS because it served its purpose: provide directions for me while I drove around in LA/OC.
Summary: I have used a Magellan Maestro for some time and decided to upgrade to a Garmin. All I heard was how much better Garmins were. I could not have been more disappointed. I am told it uses the NAVTEQ maps, however, despite paying for an upgrade and lifetime maps, this thing couldn't map me out of my...
Summary: I've had this unit for a couple of months and generally like it compared to my older 760 (with the now defunct MSN traffic service). I like the unit enough I'm going to buy another one for our other car (to replace a 7xx in it), please take my negative comments below in that light.
Summary: This GPS has some great features, but I am sadly very disappointed. I do not know how Garmin can let such a buggy version into the market. While the device worked well out of the box, it more or less developed all the problems other reviewers mention here soon after.
Summary: Avoid this for that exact reason... This Garmin 1690 comes with POP-UP advertising that you cannot disable either on the unit itself or via a online connection (however, you can disable the traffic service that you paid the premium for on this unit and that will stop the POP-UPS).
Summary: I have a good history with Garmin units. I've owned the Garmin 2720, 2820, 60CSx, 76CS, Oregon, Colorado, Nuvi 885T, Nuvi 1490T and bought this one, the Nuvi 1690. But now, if there was something better from another company, I would buy it.
Summary: The Garmin product line is old enough at this point that this GPS has most of the features you need and works. But: First there is quality control. My first unit went back because it would continuously drop wireless data communications. The first and second unit have screen flicker.
Summary: The primary motivation in my purchase of this Garmin Nuvi 1690, rather than an equivalent model from Tom Tom, was the inclusion in the price of "Award winning free Premium Lifetime traffic subscription for the UK and other European countries".