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 ...
Cons: This unit came installed on our new Suzuki. The safe mode is enabled and Garmin said that it can't be turned off on this unit. So it is not very user friendly if we have to pull over and stop everytime my wife wants to use it.
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.
"Unit, and Garmin, disappoint long time Garmin customer."
30 May 2010
Pros: Great maps. Especially like how it displays "pictures" of road signs at highway junctions and splits. The ability to google from the unit is terriffic.
Cons: Technically, it is junk. Resets itself all the time. I was on a trip and it lost all but the base maps. Shows less than 50Mb free space.able to load/upgrade maps. Won't recognize a 2Gb Micro SD. E-mails to Garmin go unanswered.
Pros: Everything is very easy to use. The volume is more than loud enough and the nuvi 1690 gives you more than enough information for anytrip
Cons: When it works its great. I have had it shut down numerous times just when I needed it most, As of today I cannot load any new destinations. I have tried running the battery down and resetting it, Erased the old destinatations and well its pretty now