Summary: I tested it on local trips where I know the quickest route. To say the lease it came up with some strange routes and always wanted to send me thru the busiest part of town I like to stay away from. When I have used the traffic avoidance on the freeway, it’s alternate routes have been a nightmare. Kinda like out of the frying pan and into the fire.
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. To me, the speaker sounds much more hollow than the old unit.
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. The OS seems to bog down and the operation locks up for no apparent reason. Now I'll comment on the map information. This unit seems to be completely confused often.
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 re-enter destination data each time. (This is about a 6 hour trip, mostly major highways, each way.) 2.
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 menus and ease of use, combined with the state of the art internet (Google) and traffic features make this unit the one to have for my money.
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. Also the routes taken can sometimes be a bit obscure and take regular motorways out of the route ! Maybe its just me but it does not appear very logical.
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. It gives you a bit more flexibility if you want to place the unit more centrally for a passenger to use too.
Summary: Having switched from a Nuvi 250 I am disapointed with the performance of this more expensive model. The routing does some very strange things on occassions, like taking you into slip roads and out again or a 1 mile detour instead of turning right. The traffic indicator is quite helpful though.
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 in Europe, so when I found out that wasn't included, I was somewhat disappointed. 2.
Garmin Nuvi 1690....is it Windows 7 64 bit compatible? answer... no!
M. P. Smith "britishpound", Amazon
29 July 2010
Summary: Well you know, it's one of those things these days you should check for.... Whats that? Is your Computer OS compatible with your Garmin 1690? in my system Win 7 64bit is too new for this Garmin if you have the old XP or Vista OS..Then you are living in the 'era' of Garmins World and you should not have any issues, For me it means i can't register this product or get upgrades for it....so now you know, and so do i for that matter!