Summary: I updated the firmware and updated the maps before taking this out for a spin, and it really disappointed me. I regret returning the unit, but I can't follow something that takes me onto weird routes and roads when I know better.
Pros: As an internet-capable GPS, I loved the unlimited POIs and the ability to send POIs from Google Maps to the unit wirelessly. Very cool and very high tech. It's the way of the future. BUT the cons severely outweighed the pros. I liked the bluetooth function...too bad, I'm returning this unit.
Cons: Routing is awful. Despite playing around the settings, this GPS forces me to take local roads as opposed to freeways and bridges. For instance, I live in NYC and the 1690 could never direct me to the upper ramp of the queensboro bridge even though I was right on the ramp itself! The other day I was on the BQE, coming from Brooklyn to Queens, and it kept telling me to get off the BQE and take local roads. I made sure the settings on the GPS were not forcing me to take ...
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 "complaints" to "return to mapped route" as some others do. On the way northeast, it randomly rebooted a few times for no apparent reason.
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. If you want traffic, you have to have the ads... There was no mention of this anywhere on the pre-sale marketing literature or on Amazon.com.
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. I'm sure there's probably a better one out there but I paid $360 for this unit from CarToys. The following review is my original one including more opinions on this unit: I'm officially a GPS newbie.
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 driveway.
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. Likes: - Most all good aspects of the Nuvi family are in this unit, overall I really like Garmin (I use their auto, pro aviation, consumer aviation, and boating GPS's) and the Nuvi line has...
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. Cons: 1) Freezing interface that requires annoying resets 2) Freezing interface that doesn't get rectified even after resetting a few times, making the GPS out of commission for a few weeks 3) Nulink...
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). I simply can't believe that a $500.00 unit that one would pay for would incorporate forced on-screen advertising whether you liked it or not.
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. Garmin is suffering from putting out too many products at once. Which keeps them from concentrating on getting one right before introducing the next one. Now, the 1690.