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.
Folks, be advised that I've seen many negative reviews.
26 July 2012
Pros: The unit will not say "recalculating" so you will not know if you took a wrong turn...a major flaw.
Cons: When you put in an address, it will ask you for the city first and make you go through a lone list of cities and then it will ask you for the state. Sort of backwards, just creating more work and making it harder. Many other problems exits.
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.
Useless if you live or go through the Washington DC area
6 January 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.
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.