Pros Like the screen size, the ability to instantly change from compass to altimeter or clock. This is the first unit I have had that could find my home in the country. Most lead you down dead end roads.
Cons Like everything about it at this time.
Summary An overall good GPS unit. Only time will tell if it will lead me astray in the future.
Pros extremely intuitive, screen is easy to read and bright, accuracy is very good overall, fast start-up and shut-down, comes with a nice mounting bracket, fit and finish is very good, updates for 60 days.
Cons will likely need a micro-sd card immediately for updates as there is very little built-in memory available. Battery life is minimal. (neither of these are deal breakers).
Summary I broke down and finally bought a Garmin for my recent trip to NC (775 mi. to a new destination for me). I was immediately impressed with the 1490T as a user friendly and fast device. I have never owned a GPS unit before and just grabbed one that looked like it would probably work for me. I recommend it. Starts up quickly, acquires position quickly, and processes route quickly. Also recalculates a new route quickly when you miss a turn due to construction or if you take a detour for Starbucks or a rest stop. All excellent features for an auto-based navigation unit. Battery life is low as expected but the chances of not having an available 12v outlet available in a car nowadays is negligible.
I have no gripes with the resolution. It is perfectly acceptable to me. Very easy to read information on the screen and the voice that comes with the unit is clear and understandable (if not perfectly pronounced). You can, if you wish, load different icons for your car and/or different pre-recorded voices, or use your own voice with software available at the Garmin website.
All in all, a great purchase. Worked perfectly for me. $199 at WalMart on 9/2/2010.
Pros Very easy to use and easy to understand. Great features like eco-driving (wich I started to use this week), traffic (wich is accurate in the Montreal area). Bleutooth has many features with POI. Easy to find and call anywhere you're going...
Cons Doesn't have an FM transmiter, the first firmware and map update is a bit long but it's only done once. An mp3 player would have been nice to have as well like the Nuvi 765WT.
Summary I tried the Nuvi 250W, 265WT and 765WT but I prefer the 1490T with the new features like Lane assist for example. Even though it doesn't have the FM transmiter and the MP3 player, I still prefer the 1490T. I also tried the Tomtom 540XXL but it doesn't come close to ease of use of the 1490T. GO FOR IT... It's a great buy and I haven't had any of the problems mentionned in other reviews!
Pros Size, screen quality and size, ease of use, intuitive, multiple capabilities
Cons None so far
Summary This is my first GPS and I am thrilled with the 1490T. I resisted buying one only because I thought Google maps would get me anywhere - was I wrong! After misinformation on a trip (due to construction, which would have been avoided if I had the Garmin) I bought this for an amazing $139 at Costco. I was up and running in no time after the 4 hour charge and updates via the excellent website. The PDF manual is excellent. All the usual GPS features are easy to use from the screen menus. The BlueTooth capabilities are a real bonus. I found the favorites menu easy to use, the transfer of my address book from my phone to the nuvi slick, and the hands free communication feature very handy and clear.
I have not experienced any of the problems a few reviewers mentioned. All in all, this is a great product! I highly recommend it.
Pros Nice large, bright display, fairly easy to use, very good maps. Bluetooth is very timely and handy. The lifetime map updates is a great feature. FM speed and traffic updates and display are a great idea.
Cons Eco-Route is a joke, only one vehicle profile, the touch screen should have better resolution & crisper graphics. The update process takes far too long; see below for more.
Summary I acquired my Garmin 1490T as a Father's Day present in June, 2011 and I was thrilled.
After using it almost daily for a year and a half (for work, family trips both short and long, general driving around for errands, etc.), there are some features I really like and there are others that have been disappointing. It's my only GPS experience so I maybe I expected too much. OK so it sounds like I have a "relationship" with my Garmin and yeah I do - it's part of my daily life so I interact with it alot. So this is my "therapy session" and you have a couch-side seat; let's roll.
I've enjoyed having the Garmin 1490T with me through my daily travels, family outings and as a tool to track my mileage for work. Once you get used to what it does, its quirks and what is "not-as-advertized" it's a very good tool and at times a useful distraction. Hmm, this is sounding more and more like a therapy session...
I think alot of reviewers have fallen for what turns out to be not-as-advertized glitter on the 1490T and the Eco-route feature is front and center as an example. Once you start using it, you realize that even though it could be something so much more, it's really a large farce: its mileage algorithm will for example report that at 45MPH/70KPH you're getting 99% fuel efficiency - but you're stuck in second gear so your engine is revving at 3500RPM! Or you can be slipping along smoothly in overdrive at 70MPH/100KPH with the engine at a reasonable 1900-2000 RPM and it reports that your efficiency is only 72%. Really?? 3500RPM going 70KPH is more gas-efficient than 100KPH at 2000RPM? Please explain the math...
Add on the optional doo-dad that plugs into your OBD2 connector and you can get actual readings from your engine's computer: intake temp, oil & coolant temps, engine RPM, etc. I bought it (at a hefty $100) because I thought it might improve the Eco-route's functions, give me more insight into my engine's operation and integrate it more with my driving experience. The gauges it now displays are very customizable and really cool - BUT the Eco-Route doesn't actually USE the info from your auto's computer!! It STILL sticks to its useless algorithm!!
The Eco-route feature could have been so much more if Garmin had made it actually useful instead of the marketing tinsel that so many reviewers have fallen for without actually using it.
Some of other let-downs:
- One vehicle profile. Really Garmin, you think I'm going to buy a separate unit for each vehicle?? CLUE: you made it portable, so it's gonna "port" with me between my two family cars. They are very different: one's a Sprinter and the other is a Sedona. It would be a REALLY nice touch to be able to have the unit support more than one vehicle. This would also confirm that Garmin gave some thought to how the buying public will actually use it.
- The "Routes" feature is great, enabling selecting common runs you might use often but allows for only 10 Routes. Maybe my life's a little more complicated than Garmin imagined but only 10 really cramps me.
- the input screen for addresses is at times slow and sometimes doesn't pick up your selection. This can be frustrating when you need to input an address on the fly (DON'T do this while driving!!)
- trying to move around the map by dragging your finger across the touch screen is a frustrating experience.
- I should be able to set my city/locality as a "default" somewhere so that I don't have to include that with each address I have to enter.
- Sometimes I get home but on the GPS map I'm still a block and a half away, or in the green space behind my neighborhood. Not sure why, as there are times when it shows me actually parked in my drive way.
- The SD card can actually only be used to display pictures, not store data. Uhh... this is a *GPS* Garmin, used when in motion - when will I show *pictures* while I'm driving - and to whom?? Fellow commuters?? I do like that I can have pics with me yes, BUT to limit the GPS capability to use the SD storage ONLY for pictures is a travesty.
- the Battery SUCKS!! At the beginning it was useful for about 3-4 hours but quickly dwindled to barely last an hour and a half, sometimes even less. Sure you can plug it in - if you remembered to bring the adaptor with you!!
- there is a known issue with the USB connector; it will fail internally and then your GPS will get stuck in a "data connection" mode when plugged in to your laptop (for charging while on the road) and therefore be useless as a GPS. Per Murphy's law, his will happen at the most inconvenient time.
In closing, Garmin has made a very nice GPS with the 1490T model. I use it daily for work and family life and is both a useful tool for work and play, and a fun gadget to have. It keeps the kiddo's from asking "Are we there yet?" - ok, asking it less often, on long trips and they enjoy telling me where to turn next ("258 Km from now Dad, take the exit... and you're 3 KM's over the speed limit.."). Yup, I'm a good Dad. My wife now has another source of confirmation that not only did I miss the turn but I'm also not following its directions.
The Eco-Route farce and the list of let-downs put a damper on my overall GPS experience. I haven't gone looking at the market so I can't say how it compares but all the online reviews say I've got the best navigation gadget on the market.
Open up this model to the Open Source community, let the geeks create enhancements and this unit would absolutely take off and Garmin would be several notches up in its market.
I know, I know, I hear it coming: "The next model will have...". Since I have what I have and it does what I need, I'll not be "upgrading". But I will entertain improvements, from Garmin and the Open Source community as well!