The satnav is fine, nice picture, etc. , but getting garmin to respond to my email messages appears a lost cause – five sent with no replies. A couple of telephone calls did help – one point to note is that the map update only works once and in my case i made the mistake of using it when i purchased the unit and then within the week garmin had a new update and i was not eligible. For prospective purchasers i suggest you leave your update to as close to the end of the 60 day eligible period.
Much better now with version 3. 60 software. I have had this unit from november 2009, and all things considered it’s a great unit. Like most users of the 1490t i have experienced all too frequently random power downs, but i am happy to report with the release of version 3. 60 21/01/2010 these appear to be a thing of the past. My first sat nav i purchased in 2000, and i have used many system both built in and stand alone since, for me the 1490t is the best i have ever used. The directions are clear, but not to frequent, one audi unit i had ‘verbal diarrhoea’. The display is clear and bright and almost the same size of some high end built in units, a real plus point. The big display also means bigger buttons to press, so it’s less fiddly to use. I like the ‘auto’ day night function, which uses the world clock to determine when to switch to night mode; i often see tom tom users driving down the road at night with their screens glaring. I am not sure of the merits of the ‘ecoroute’ stuff, the routes if comes up with, i suspect would in fact cost more in fuel than the standard ‘fastest’ route option.
Garmin Nuvi 1490T 5″ Sat Nav with Europe Maps and Lifetime Traffic Alerts (discountinued by manufacturer)
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Eventually selected this garmin after looking at a lot of other gps units. I’ve used tomtom for years, so my main decision was whether i stuck with them – or finally bit the bullet and tried out another manufacturer. I’m used to tomtom’s ui – but every extra feature seems to cost a fortune and i loathe their customer service. Quick summary – i’m glad i changed. Power lead for the unit is a thick cable that’s like having a boa sprawled over your dashboard. I’ve absolutely no idea why they’ve made it so chunky. On the bright side though, i’ve got no worries that it’s going to snag or break, i’m quite convinced it’s going to outlast me. It’s crashed a couple of times.
Having owned two garmin streetpilot’s in the past i have been using a road angle for just over 2 years, mostly happily unless i had to contact the road angle technical department. The repeated negative response from that department encouraged me to walk away and i headed back to the make i had before. I purchased the unit and used the map update facility straight away (allow a couple of hours for this update) and have been impressed with nuvi 1490. The maps are clear with easy to follow directions and the audio has good pronunciation. The touch screen responds well and the menus are easy to follow. I have been using the unit for 10 weeks now and my only criticism would be that on two occasions in the countryside looking for farmhouses, the unit has failed to recognise existing lanes and instructed me to drive across a field telling me to go offroad. On the first occasion, the farm owner told me that many satnav’s gave that instruction to get to his farmhouse, so not a fault with garmin alone. On several other occasions i have been in a position where i have been able to compare it side by side with other makes of satnav’s (sad) and on all occasions this nuvi has been more accurate. This includes town and country roads, motorways and private roads when navigating by postcode.
Garmin Nuvi 1490T 5″ Sat Nav with Europe Maps and Lifetime Traffic Alerts (discountinued by manufacturer) : I purchased the nuvi as a present to replace a travel master that was quite out of date and kept loosing signal all the time. This unit is clear, finds a signal quickly and doesn’t keep loosing it. However i find that sometimes near really close turnings/ busy intersections it doesn’t give its instructions early enough for you to be clear where you need to go. Also i used to like the fact that on my old machine i could have half the screen taken up by the “map type” instruction so at a glance you could see what was coming up. The nuvi has this feature but it is takes up just a small square in the top left hand corner which when driving you can not glance at with ease. The only other thing i don’t like too much is the size of the in car charger, it keeps getting in the way, but you can get around this by buying the travel charger kit and charging up the internal battery when at home and using the unit without the in car charger connection.