Summary: I have been a Garmin owner since the beginning of the GPS era, but if this is the kind of product I can expect, I will be looking elsewhere.
Pros: Easy to set up and update. Looks nice and the 3d features are good. Traffic is ok, when it actually works and is up to date.
Cons: Several glaring issues that I have had over the past few years that I thought updates would fix: First- The voice navigation doesn't work half the time. I will say the street names loud and clearly and it will give me something totally different. This is the main reason I bought this model. Second- The traffic feature only works part time as well. It will also send me some ways, even though I have fastest route set, that clearly are not faster. It will sometimes show ...
Summary: Excellent display and lots of useful features. Several major issues. Frequent navigation errors - the unit often chooses a clearly suboptimal route, especially in urban areas. Trouble finding satellites on mountain roads - a lot more trouble than my old Garmin had. Delayed display updates after turns - if there are two turns in close proximity, the display will often show me making the first one when in fact I am already past it and trying to figure out where to go next.
Summary: I have had this unit for appx. 6 weeks but have been very disappointed with the navigation and with the voice recognition features. With regards to the navigation issues.. I was attempting to drive on a major East-West highway (I-40) here in North Carolina and the unit continually re-routed me stating that the road was closed ahead. I ignored the directions and continued on to find (as I knew) that the highway was not closed, was not under contruction, or anything else.
Useless if you live or go through the Washington DC area
17 May 2012
Summary: This device will not calculate any route that goes through the intersection of I-495(Capital Beltway) and Route 267(the Dulles Toll Road)outside the Washington, DC area. That intersection is missing from the maps. For example, anyone who lives east of Dulles Airport cannot use the machine to get to the airport, and anyone who is at Dulles Airport cannot use the machine to get into DC.
Garmin GPS dissappointment - Don't spend your money on this!
R. Burdiez "RB", Amazon
19 February 2012
Summary: I used to own a Magellan 860 which I loved - it gave me turn by turn directions, lane assist and the option of chosing routes. This GPS - does not provide turn by turn, I cannot chose routes - many times it has taken me the long way around, for lane assist it is not always specific. My experience has not been good thus far - I have lost confidence in this device mainly because I have passed my destination numerous times.
Summary: I have had a Nuvi 1690 for a couple of years. My daughter was going away to college so I gave it to her and purchased a new 3490 for myself. What a disappointment. Most of the features that I enjoyed on my 1690 don't exist on the 3490. The 3490 has no NuLink connected services (ie, Fuel Prices, Google Search, White Pages, Flight Status, etc.) The display is better but that was not worth what was lost.
Summary: This is a horrible device. I used Garmin's products for years and i never had a problem. Either their software or their maps are faulty. It seems to me that Garmin is trying to create a fancy device and yet they are creating unreliable trash. I had to return my older device 3790LMT because it kept freezing (while i was driving through NY - we were so scared...) My device is only 4 days old and i can't use it because it cannot calculate any route from home or to home.
Summary: Yes, it's a great unit if you don't care about typing in all your addresses. It could not understand a single store or address that my daughter or I said to it if the location wasn't a Starbucks or Costco or the like. I was so sad. The one thing I did love is that no matter where I was, if I said "Go home", it took me there. Sadly, I will wait until garmin has a unit that will actually have voice recognition.
Summary: I have been a long-time fan of Garmin products -- both automobile and aviation products. This is the first time that I have found myself at a loss as to why a Garmin product is unable to do the only function it is designed to do -- route directions on a map to get from point A to point B. Garmin service was great and replaced my original 3490. But when I received the replacement, I am again faced with the same error message "Cannot route.