Summary: I've had the 1690 for about 2 weeks now. That includes 2 trips from Los Angeles to San Diego and lots of running around So. Calif. I'm fairly happy with the navigation features of this unit but there are exceptions. It boots up quickly and finds the satellites much faster than my old 285.
Needs more accurate detail on features and function
Susan G, Amazon
8 November 2009
Summary: We have had two previous Garmin GPS systems so our review is based upon the comparison of this new unit to our previous Garmin Street Pilot. We feel that the loss of the functions for setting the type of vehicle, e.g., bus vs car and some of the other settings is a big deduction for the 1690.
Locks up, displays ads, not enough memory to add TOPO maps
1 November 2009
Summary: Bought this unit to use for a combination of on & off-road driving. The first test was a drive from the Bay Area to Las Vegas & back. Four major problems I found: 1. Locked up on me 5 times (the screen/map updating just locks up while it continues to display speeds, etc) Had to restart & then...
So happy to be back to the reliability of Garmin. But after further trial, MAYBE LESS HAPPY.
David E. Calhoun "Cellodave", Amazon
27 October 2009
Summary: This navigator, while I have only used it a few weeks, has been reliable and extremely user friendly. Gets me around the minefield of NYC traffic with great accuracy. Always connects to traffic and internet without a hitch, makes timely route adjustments to avoid traffic jams, the logical clear...
Summary: I have only just got my 1690 so cannot comment too much on it yet but I did wanted to make these few points. - I was impressed with what was in the box. Not sure if this is now a standard item but the dashboard 'plate' which allows you to put the sucker/cradle on the dash was an nice touch.
Summary: I find the text to speach ok but what is confusing is,eg when you come to a junction or roundabout the speech says eg,take Walsall road which is not always signed. But that road is the A34 which is signed and the A34 is not written on the sat nav map,this is very nerving when driving in rush hour in...
Garmin Nuvi 1690 review - disappointed with customer support
Kev B, Amazon
13 October 2010
Summary: Have just tried to contact customer support and found it impossible. The unit may be fine but the instructions are not very comprehensive. If the issue is not in the manual, or described in sufficient detail to figure out a solution, then forget any help from Garmin Customer Support.
Summary: I bought it for the Google search facility, the clarity of the screen and the ease of use in general. What I don't trust is the route finding, which after all is the main function of a SatNav.
Summary: I bought this instead of a Tomtom 1000; I read some early reviews of the TT which suggested it was very buggy, so decided to go for the Garmin instead. 1. there is a screen grab used in the promotion of this which is actually from the EcoRoute HD app, which requires hardware that isn't yet available...
Summary: The Garmin 1690 is clear and seems pretty easy to use but there is an annoying beep every time speed cameras are around and the only way I have found to disable this is to turn off the sound altogether.