Garmin is expanding their ever-growing Nuvi lineup with 2 new additions. These are the Garmin Nuvi 1690 and the Garmin Nuvi 1860. Recently not only has information leaked regarding the hardware details, but also a few photos of their user interface and web browser have also cropped up.
The Garmin Nuvi 1690, ETA some time after September 2009, features a 4.3 inch WVGA display and supports such technologies as text-to-speech, hands-free calling with Bluetooth connectivity, and the new EDGE function.
Edge data, similar to the MSN Direct receiver on current units, allows you to receive information such as weather forecasts, flight statuses, fuel prices and traffic updates. The feature also enables you to use search using to find local points of interest.
The Garmin Nuvi 1860 has a 4.8 inch WVGA display, a Linux Operating System, like the Nuvi 8xx and 5xxx predecessors, built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as this it has lane assist, a traffic receiver and text-to-speech.
One of the best attributes of the 1860 is that it has a web browser supporting YouTube. It also offers a multimedia player, allows access to email and can also stream radio and video. These online options are dependant on an active Internet connect, which you have to supply. As a standard feature the 1860 also comes with a 3-megapixel camera, to allow users to dive into the world of geo-tagging.