Hands Down you will not beat this Unit for the price and you get NuLink !
10 February 2012
Summary: It's real easy.....Real Nice Unit !!! Lower Price because there are new models out but it's the best GPS i've ever owned. With the NuLink service it lets you be safer with traffic data.. You get fuel prices..The White Pages are nice too. Its fast with upcoming screens...You cant go wrong with this one.
Summary: Even in 2012, the 1690 is among the best GPS available, and I have tried most all. It receives traffic by satellite, so traffic information is availabe wherever you can get a GPS signal. In contrast, Garmin's FM traffic system, on newer units such as the 2595 and 3490, has limited reception, too many ads, and was useless here in Los Angeles County.
Pros: The 1690 has Garmin's best Traffic reception; Satellite traffic gets reception anywhere and has far fewer banner ads than the FM system; unit has been very dependable; intuitive operation; generally good routing; good bluetooth speakerphone for rental car travel
Cons: Routing sometimes requires a reality check, lacks voice recognition, lacks lifetime maps unless you buy them separately (be sure to update when you first receive the unit.)
Summary: I absolutely love this GPS. I live in Seattle and the traffic around here can be murderous. I purchased this model to get the real time traffic updates and let me tell you, it was well worth it. It has saved me countless hours of heartache of being stuck in traffic and has gotten me to work on time ever since I got it. I love it!!!!! Service from the company was prompt and courteous.
Summary: This is a great GPS. I really like the multi-destination feature and the points of interest. I replaced an older Garmin and this is an excellent unit with a large screen. The eco route and the traffic info make this unit extremely useful in all types of driving.
Summary: I wouldn't spend $300 on this unit, but at $137 shipped from Newegg, this is one of the best deals I have seen lately. Highly recommend.
Pros: Easy setup. Nulink services are an excellent addition to the Nuvi series, makes locating destinations a breeze and extras like Gas pricing have already improved my GPS experience. Traffic information quicker & more accurate than on my Garmin 265wt. Wireless transfer of information from Google maps a plus. Lane assist also much better than anticipated. Bluetooth connected easily to both my android phone and my wifes Nokia.
Cons: Setup takes some time. Initial connection to satellites took more than 15 minutes. Initial map & software updates require a high speed connection and a lot of time. Some items get buried in the menus, but overall this is a well thought out unit and interface.
Awsome product, all the GPS you will ever need. Recommend Ecoroute HD(Opt.)
18 April 2011
Summary: This is my first GPS, i did some research before purchasing and i was set on getting the Garmin nuvi 1490LMT but after i saw what this GPS was capable of for the price i could not pass it up. The tools/menu options and nulink are beyond my expectations. The 2 years FREE nulink subscription and a software update with new 2011 map once you register the GPS, is awsome.
Summary: I have owned Garmin GPS Navigation since the Street Pilot several years ago, upgrading as the technology became reasonably priced and keeping up with the most current models. There are some features they took away from the previous generation (like the wireless push button for voice commands) and new ones added with this generation that are good and bad. Garmin makes very good products and I can say I love this one.
Summary: Garmin 1690 has a very user friendly software. The GPS is clear even in direct sunlight and the sound is loud enough to hear over the average radio. The real-time traffic information is especially helpful when you're in a hurry. The weather and white pages people search function are great as well. Absolutely no complaints about the GPS.
Summary: This is a great product. For someone who knows how to use a GPS and understands its limitations, this is a great deal. Some of the great features are, google search, weather report, current temperature, flight status, movie theater search, blue tooth to your phone, social networking etc. You get the picture.