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.
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...
Locks up, displays ads, not enough memory to add TOPO maps
2 November 2002
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...
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.
Garmin Nuvi 1690 review - disappointed with customer support
Kev B, Amazon
5 December 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 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: This satnav is ok, but It's tried to get me on to closed motorways a few times and led me to plenty of traffic jams. I've found a few short cuts myself when I ignore it. Overall, not too impressed.