Summary: It is hard to know where to begin with this GPS, but let's start with the basic GPS function. As a GPS, this unit is worse than useless, because it isn't useless all the time. If it were useless all the time, one could simply dispose of it, or return it, and get on with one's life.
Constant failures ruin a potentially great product.
C. Zamora "drzamora", Amazon
16 October 2012
Summary: PROS: Great interface. It feels solidly built. CONS: Unfortunately, this device shuts off unexpectedly and repeatedly. I thought this would be an isolated issue but I've read about many other people having the same problem. It does this sometimes at complicated exits and we end up going to the wrong lane. The device is also pretty slow calculating/recalculating routes, so that you would often miss a few streets while the product struggles to give you a route.
"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.
Summary: I bought this product based on the CNET review but I've been extremely disappointed. When it works, it is great, but it only works about 60% of the time. I live in the SF Bay Area. It got lost in SF and I had to drive around until it could figure out where it was. It picks seemingly random routes to destinations, that are neither the shortest distance nor the quickest route. And it'll pick a different route each time I go to the same destination.
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.