Summary: In short: I think the Nuvi 3490LMT is a fairly good, though extravagant (and so priced) product. While it has some advantages over my prior GPS solution, it also has some significant quirks and oddities. I would probably rate it about 7 of 10; I don't think it deserves 4 stars, and while it seems better than three, I decided it is probably better to round down.
Summary: I bought this to replace my Garmin 885T, expecting it to be SOMEWHAT similar. NO WAY! It won't copy my phone book, so making phone calls is impossible. The voice recognition is worse - fewer words recognized. It performs fewer tasks by voice command, so it's more distracting to use. The touted HD traffic is just as useless as the MSN traffic was - I end up sitting in traffic when the Garmin says the route is clear. Duh!!! It's also very slow to respond to my touch.
Summary: This GPS has lots of nice features, and I'll stick with it because of those features, and the high cost of the unit. That said, the 3490 LMT has lots of software bugs, making it unreliable. I don't feel I can depend on it, and I now carry a little Nuvi 1250 in my bag as a back-up. The good: It's thin and lightweight, and it connects and disconnects easily from the charger. The touch screen is excellent, and the display is bright, sharp, and clear.
Summary: Pro: I love the powered cradle. Cons: Running side-by-side with both the 2595 and 3490 powered by their cables, the 3490 is noticeably dimmer at full brightness than the 2595. Visibility in sunlight is no better than the 2595. (Assuming that you've made the effort to adjust the view angle to give the most visible display on both.) Blacks out with polarized sunglasses.
Summary: I have owned four various Garmin Nuvi GPS units. All have been near or at the top of the line. I purchased this on 3490LMT for my wife, so she would use the bludtooth feature, instead of playing cell phone roulette with the local police. The clincher for this unit was the advertised "Smart text" feature. When the unit arrived I set up the unit, my wife was mostly happy, but kept asking about the text feature.
Visually stunning, great features, but......traffic is poor
21 October 2011
Summary: The unit looks great, it has very vivid graphics with sharp detail. The navigation features seem good, although it does work a bit differently than other Garmin units I own, so I am working through a learning curve. The "Voice Command" feature is GREAT. It has lots of functionality, and recognizes my voice commands very nearly flawlessly, available commands and options are presented to you on each screen so you don't have to memorize options, it's a CLEAR winner of a...
Summary: I am on my second 3490LMT. The first GPS lasted about three days before the screen went black. The replacement is working fine (I'm only on day three with it.), but I can not connect to my Blackberry Curve 9330 using bluetooth. I did not have this problem with the first unit. The new unit did connect once on the way home, but after several attempts at pairing it up with my phone I will probably exchange it as well. Would I recommend this unit? On the software side yes.
Traffic is not working for me but all else is good.
Sheraz Hanif, Amazon
13 October 2011
Summary: I waited for this product for several weeks and once it was available, I did not wait much before ordering it from Amazon. The product arrived in a timely manner. I have been using it during my daily commute to work, which is a 54 mile round trip each day. The HD traffic is one of the main features I was interested in and made sure from Garmin's support page that is is available in Nashville, TN and surrounding areas.
Summary: The basic routing works pretty well, with the caveat that it has clearly been programmed by computer geeks who have not driven in Europe so it can't tell the difference between a French 90kph trunk road where the traffic maintains that speed and a back road where it does not. You need a map to overide hilarious routings.