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Recent reviews for this item:
Travler, November 9, 2011 When I first purchased this 1490T I thought Garmin was
supposed to be a good product (WRONG)I have had and
continue to have problems such as(1) battery will not hold
a charge even while new(2) unit turns off often while on
trips andI have to start over again while traveling.(3)I
purchased this unit for a number of reasons,one being the
lifetime maps,however it keeps on telling me to purchase
newer maps,I could go on but I don`t want to exceed the
4547 word limit.I had phoned Garmin with the problems
within 2 weeks of purchase,they told me to update the unit
online,I said "this a new unit why should I have to update?
The answer was to just do it,I did so but the problems
still go on.This is my first AND LAST GARMIN,I hear Tom Tom
is better...I will try Tom Tom for my next gps!!!
David, May 12, 2011 My 1490T GPS has turned out to be extremely useful. I used
it on a recent trip to Ireland and was very glad that I did.
While the modern freeways are as good as any anywhere, many
of the roads and streets were never designed for cars...or
in some cases even horses. In addition, one is apt to find
that there are no street signs or that they have been
covered in ivy since the 17th century. It is then that one
is extremely glad to have a GPS...without it I'd still be
lost over there. The large screen was a definite plus but I
would strongly suggest running the system off the car's
electrical system. There were a few minor glitches and the
computer's attempts at saying Irish street names with an
Americanized accent were interesting, but on the whole, I
would have no hesitation in recommending this model.
paul gee, April 9, 2011 Bought this while abroad and tested over a month. First
impression is screen size noticeably larger than my old
unit. The screen redraw is quick enough whereas on models a
couple years old they lag too much.
I quite liked the traffic feature. A couple times it alerted
traffic ahead and when I went to avoid claimed that the
track was already the quickest. However I think the traffic
reporting is suspect at times where Severe traffic
mysteriously disappears when you get there.
One thing I liked was one morning traveling from A-B the
unit routed me in the opposite direction. I cautiously
followed directions and figure it was routing me around bad
traffic without making a fuss about it. This is ideal
provided the traffic report is accurate.
Arrival times were quite accurate in general as these factor
in traffic delays. I liked the way this shows traffic
graphically, particularly when you're already in it and not
moving. Seeing that traffic disperses soon and just out of
sight is comforting and was generally accurate.
The screen is very much brighter than my older unit. However
I found the touch screen a little glitchy at times where I
scroll on the map and it seems to get stuck.
The QWERTY entry worked ok but not quite as responsive as my
A few times while driving in urban environments it routed me
a long way around for what should have been a shorter
journey. On arrival I discovered that it might have thought
there was no left turn when in fact there was. I would
recommend not using it for shorter journeys where you can
navigate easily on your own.
Also it has a preference for major routes where at times in
a built up environment using minor routes save lots of time,
not least avoiding waiting at traffic signals.
The eco route summary gives estimated fuel use for each
journey. This was good for awareness and could be useful for
business where a quick summary of costs is sufficient.
The text to speech algorithm is really bad on this unit as
it was on my old unit. Many street names don't sound
anything like the actual name, when pronounced by the unit.
Intonation is also not at all natural.
Junction view was one key difference between this and my
previous model. This is extremely useful when you get used
to it but a bit of a hindrance until that point. For
example, a few times it showed I had to move over 5 lanes
but in say 2.2 miles. A few times I'd hastily move over only
to end up exiting prematurely. However once I got used to
checking distances I could estimate the point at which
moving out of a pool lane, for example.
I also liked the fact that if there was a junction where I
had to turn left and then immediately right, it would choose
the best left turn lane for this. How many times have you
been told to turn left where there are 3 left turn lanes to
then be told in 100 feet turn right and ended up missing the
turn or upsetting other drivers by traversing 2 lanes. This
feature helps avoid this issue.
Not sure if it's because the unit I bought was from the US,
but there was an extremely limited number of English voices.
I like to choose UK English and this unit only gives US
English male or female.
I liked using this unit but I felt that there were enough
glitches to avoid keeping it. I also found that the battery
didn't hold a charge for long and in the end seemed to hold
no charge (meaning after 28 days use). I would consider
buying another 5" unit and may have had a lemon. I might
tend toward the LMT version with map updates because even
with doing an update I found the unit I had occasionally
came unstuck on newer routes, often seriously
Jerry, October 27, 2010 This GPS saved our marriage during a 30 day New England
trip. My wife and I do not get along very well with her
reading road maps and me doing the driving. It proved
especially usefull in Newport, RI with all the one-way
streets. I entered all intended locations we planned on
visiting before we left home. I ended up manually entering
most locations to be visited as I could not get all
locations to download directly from the Internet to my PC
via the attached USB cable.