Pros What is wrong with Garmin? Once the leader in GPS technology, it fails miserably these days. See below in CONS...
Cons For your $500.00 investment, be prepared for POP-UP AD CONTENT that takes over your screen with a small insert ad. You have no way of being able to disable it.
Summary It's INTRUSIVE that Garmin would charge more than Magellan or Tom Tom for their GPS units and then slam us with POP-UP ADS to subsidize even greater profit.In fairness to Garmin, I did get a reply to my email in which a Garmin rep said I could go into the SETTINGS menu and disable the data/traffic features which would then cease the pop-up ads. While I appreciate the response from Garmin, if I disable the features of the 1690, why spend the $500 when a lesser featured GPS unit will do the same thing for $300 less?
I emailed them and they said it was to offset the traffic alerts that they call free ($500.00 is free???). PLEASE charge me or allow me the option to diabale or pay instead of forcing me to watch your ad content from retailers like Puma or Wal-Mart.
These generated FORCED ADS must drain not only the battery but also the speed of accessing and following satelite connections.
My Garmin 1690 is being returned because I bought a GPS unit for a hefty price and not a 4.3 inch screen to watch advertising on.
Avoid any Garmin product that forces you to watch inflicted ad content.
Updated on Dec 1, 2009
Garmin is still wrong on this one.
Pros All the postivies of the excellent Nuvi 880 - clear instructions, intuitive, nice screen, good multi-lingual support. But I implore do not to buy this device. I loved my Nuvi 880 but Garmin products are now unusable due to intrusive advertising.
Cons The annoying, intrusive advertisements are incessant and guaranteed to melt your brain, rendering you a lethal hazard. My blood pressure rose 10 - 20 points every time I turned this machine on. What imbecile at Garmn thought this was acceptable?
Summary Garmin have lost the plot in terms of their business model (charging us once for a big ticket top-of-the-range item they have already sold once to advertisers). Don't buy this product and be suckered. Not only will you have a product you hate as you are force fed intrusive advertisements but you will hate yourself for being ripped off for buying a product that has already been sold to the advertisers. I was a loyal Garmin customer but now I hate them with all my heart. Do not be a sucker. Don't buy this product.
"In love with it"on by raj1926
Pros Sensational product.With my old Nuvi 350 (which was good by the way), I would look up the address via google on my blackberry and then type it in the nuvi. With 1690, Google is already there and its so much easier to use.
Cons Hell no, this is great
Summary Love the little features like it tells you how much gas you used for the trip and how much it actually cost you. Bluetooth didnt work well with my Blackberry Tour. I called Verizon and they asked me to download the latest patch for the tour which fixed it, I dont know how this will be after a year or so but at the moment I look for every opportunity to jump into the car and use my new nuvi 1690.
Pros Great maps. Especially like how it displays "pictures" of road signs at highway junctions and splits. The ability to google from the unit is terriffic.
Cons Technically, it is junk. Resets itself all the time. I was on a trip and it lost all but the base maps. Shows less than 50Mb free space.able to load/upgrade maps. Won't recognize a 2Gb Micro SD. E-mails to Garmin go unanswered.
Summary Garmin has dropped the ball on this one. Firmware upgrades don't correct the reset problems, and I can't get a response from them via messages sent from their My Garmin web site. This is my family's seventh (at least) Garmin unit, and may be our last.
Pros Nu Link, Interface (navgation) Traffic Seems to be more accurate, I like the fact if I type in a phone number or business name if it's listed it will take me to the house, look up gas prices in area, also events, flight statas and a whole lot more
Cons When you look up for gas prices or local business on google it does not come back in any organized order, pop up adds annoying but it doesn't cause me a heart attack, like some people reviews I read
Summary Well Well I think I'm going to get in trouble with mom. I'm writing this on c-ent and facebook and mom is listed as my friend. oh well I brought a birthday present for me when I went to hide my 765T from the car wash people and the screen cracked. I know I could of gotten a 265wt for a $100.00 but whatever
Well this machine costed about 459.00, I guess I could have gotton it for 399.00 but I needed it fast due to the fact my screen cracked and I needed it for business. But I guess it's better than $499.00
So do I like the machine? It's a little low for my standards but it's really awsum for what you can expect in todays world.Since I started buying GPS's I had to lower my standards or I'd be on Anti depressants for the rest of my life LOL.
To start with all the nuvi products route you the same. They get you where you are going. Do they always use the best route? No way. I've had tom tom and I did not like the interface but the 740 live ether had the most rational routes due to iq or historacal routes the offer at other times it was horrable, the megallans froze up. So I went with the Garmins. The Garmins are more consitant. Garmin's don't take you the back way (like I'd like to avoid traffic) and even somtimes a slower way then I'd know (for example I'd use a highway to connect with another highway) the Garmin would tell me take a main road to connect to the 2nd highway. Does it take you in circles yeah sometimes. But they all do Most of the time the routes were good, even when they were not that good they were ok. . So I knew when I was buying this unit I was not buying a unit that I would build for this price but the best available as far as it being balanced in fuctions, efficientcy and Bells and whisles. Just to recap when I speak of routing I am speaking for all garmins including this one.
Selling points I like the screen it's bright and the letters are big, I love the traffic that you get Via built in celluar band, I love the Google search, I havan't tried blue tooth but I will in a few years when I'm board, Theh speaker quality is good. What I wish Garmin did was put the Gas prices and resturant searches in distant order. They are in order in there own poi's but not in the Google search POI. but you know what Garmin's private poi's were always outdated so I guess you can't ask for everything.
Personally Do I think for $500.00 that the google searches should be in order yes, Do I think for $500.00 the routing should be perfect yes. but as much screaming I've done it get's me nowhere. All I have to say is the american companies have no pride in there production anymore. Does this make this a bad unit ? no it doesn't I like it - I just wish they fine tuned odds and ends a bit.
As far as the Ad's Yes I've heard complaints about it and to be perfectly honest the ad's are paying or the 2 year free service. They are not putting the ad's on to subisdize the unit. Do I like the ad's no. but I can live with it. I'd rather have the Ad;s which subidizes the service than have the monthly fee. They don't show up when you are driving anyway so I don't know the big deal. Let me ask should you be looking at the road while driving or at the unit.
Would I recomend this product yeah it's cool. If you are not a toy buff then just get yourself the cheap one they all route you the same.