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The Garmin nuvi 1490T is a high-end, automotive/handheld GPS navigation device.

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Pros

large 5" widescreen touchscreen display - same resolution on a larger display means details are easier to view with a glance from a distance

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upgradable firmware

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Junction View and Lane Assist functionality

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fast processing / display refresh

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great speaker - improved upon from previous generations

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refined user interface

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Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling

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features free (ad supported) traffic alerts

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beautiful design with good build quality

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support for MSN Direct

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touchscreen display is vibrant, bright and responsive

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new HotFix feature - acquires your position in seconds, rather than minutes

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Cons

extremely short battery life

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buggy

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heavy

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shows less map detail on your map than a previous generation unit - reduces clutter but also can become unnerving, you cannot be sure you're in the right place!

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annoying ads show up when you're idling

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on trip from Albany ny to DC had no lane assist screens

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delay warnings not accurate. Showed 1 or 2 minute delay when there were none

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Randomly freezes - very annoying as it requires manual restart.

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Randomly restarts

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Firmware updates do not solve some critical bugs

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Issues not fixed after many firmware upgrades.

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Turns off by itself

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Touchscreen does not work at all with finger on a map display, maps just jumps around. Something sharper helps, if you have it on you ...

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The Garmin nuvi 1490T is a high-end, automotive/handheld GPS navigation device. It features a 5", widescreen touch display. Advanced road navigation features include 3D terrain data, HotFix satellite prediction, and free traffic alerts. For pedestrian use, the 1490T supports cityXplorer public transit maps for dozens of North American and European cities, available for about $10 each. The nuvi 1490T also supports standard features like lane assist and spoken turn-by-turn directions. Preloaded points of interest number over 6 million. A microphone and speaker enable handsfree calling when paired with a compatible Bluetooth device. The nuvi 1490T can also calculate the most fuel-efficient route to a location.

Features
  • 5" widescreen touch display
  • Preloaded City Navigator NT street maps
  • 6 million POIs
  • Text-to-speech turn-by-turn directions
  • HotFix satellite prediction
  • Subscription-free traffic alerts
  • 2D/3D maps
  • Lane assist
  • Speed limit alerts
  • Navigation via geo-tagged photos
  • Downloadable public transit maps
  • Bluetooth handsfree calling
  • EcoRoute
  • Custom points of interest
  • Supports MSN Direct
  • MicroSD slot
  • Anti-theft technology
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