Garmin nuvi 1490T reviews

42 customer reviews

This sat nav is a good all rounder.

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8.0 out of 10 based on 42 reviews.
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Mike, Warwick Occasional user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Ease of use.
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Accuracy 8.0
Design 8.0
Size 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Jul 2011

Nick, B-o-T, Staffs Occasional user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Small but large screen, simple controls. Free traffic update was a bonus.
Bad points:
Sound quality not that good but usable.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Accuracy 9.0
Design 8.0
Size 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Mar 2013

Brian, Milngavie Occasional user

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Clear sound and good sized screen
Bad points:
Some of the directions come too late to take the turn! It automatically turns on each time the engine starts and if you don't need to use it, you have to physically turn it off. ( side effect of having it hard wired into the wiring)
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 10.0
Accuracy 8.0
Design 5.0
Size 10.0
Value for money 6.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Mar 2013

Dejan, london Always use sat nav

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
very good maps, updating is great
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Accuracy 9.0
Design 9.0
Size 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Jul 2011

JAMES, Norfolk

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Few
Bad points:
Many
Overall rating 4.0
Ease of use 3.0
Accuracy 4.0
Design 4.0
Size 6.0
Value for money 4.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Apr 2014

Saritha, Northolt Occasional user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to follow
Clear View and easy to understand directions
Battery lasts for long time
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Accuracy 8.0
Design 10.0
Size 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Aug 2011

Kevin, Occasional user

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
When it works, it works really well.

It's very easy to save favourite destinations and setup routes both by using built in functionality and sending location information from Google Maps to the sat nav.
Bad points:
Although using the latest available maps from Garmin they do not recognise new roads opened in the last 12 - 18 months in North East Spain. I haven't used the sat nav enough in the UK yet to know if the same problem applies here.

For no apparent reason, the sat nav will reboot. At it's worst, this happened 5 or 6 times when travelling around the east of Paris when returning from Spain.
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 8.0
Accuracy 6.0
Design 9.0
Size 9.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Aug 2011

Product Features

Map storage medium On board Memory Card
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Full voice control
Screen size (Inches) 4.4
Touchscreen Yes
Map Coverage Single continent
FM tuner No
Release date 2009-07-22

Also known as: nüvi 1490T, GARMIN NUVI 1490, Nuvi 1490T, GPS Nuvi 1490T

Satellite Navigation Buyers Guide  

Manufacturer's Description

The nüvi 1490T is a European navigator with an extra wide 5-inch screen. It has advanced multi-point route planning – ideal for longer journeys or trips with several stop-offs on the way. It has Lane Assist and Junction View for supreme route awareness. It includes Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free phone calls, pan-European premium traffic alerts and ecoRoute™ to calculate a more fuel-efficient route. It also comes with Garmin’s unique speed camera warning system to help you drive safely. An optional CityXplorer™ download it will even direct you via public transport (information varies between cities) or give you instructions for walking to your destination so you can use your sat-nav in and out of the car.

Simple navigation

The nüvi 1490T has a clear, intuitive menu so you can just turn it on and go. You simply need to touch the screen to look up addresses and get turn-by-turn directions. It announces street names before you turn so you always know where you are going, for example, “Turn right at Dell Road”.

Plan Ahead

The nüvi 1490T includes advanced navigation features to take the worry out of travelling. With route planning you can save 10 routes, specify via points and preview simulated turns on the 1490T’s large screen. In addition, nüvi 1490T automatically sorts multiple destinations to provide an efficient route for errands, deliveries or sales calls. A trip log provides an electronic bread crumb trail of up to 10,000 points, so you can see where you’ve been on the map. Lane Assist helps you get into the correct lane in plenty of time which is particularly useful near busy junctions. It illustrates lane options in the top left-hand corner of the main map screen, with the distance to the exit and which lanes to take. Junction View gives you an accurate preview of the road signs up ahead on the sat-nav screen together with an illustration of any lane changes required.

Traffic Alerts

Not every traffic service is equal. With Garmin you’ll always know what lies ahead. And it’s subscription-free, for life. The nüvi 1490T has pan-European traffic coverage. In the UK this is based on Trafficmaster data, which has extensive coverage of the road network (100% on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales). With traffic alerts from Garmin you’ll always know how long you’ll be held up and you can choose to be routed around the queues, with your sat-nav directing you all the way.

Great on the go – driving, walking or on public transport

You can take the nüvi 1490T is anywhere. Use to its full potential by downloading cityXplorer™ via www.Garmin.co.uk/cityXplorer to navigate like a local. The enhanced pedestrian mode gives you directions for walking including footpaths and shortcuts through parks – places you wouldn’t be accessing while in your car. It also tells you where to catch trains, buses and tubes (dependent on the city), and how long it will take to reach your destination. cityXplorer even has public transport timetables to ensure you arrive at the station on time and help avoid long waits (dependent on the city).

To make the most of your Garmin sat-nav when exploring a new city, whether on a day trip, a holiday or for business, you can also add an optional AA City Guide. It tells you everything you need to know about your chosen city from attractions and places to eat, hotels and shops.

Make hands free phone calls

Keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel with nüvi 1490T’s integrated Bluetooth® wireless technology, microphone and speaker. Just pair with your compatible mobile phone and talk hands-free through the nüvi. You can also search for a place of interest on your Garmin nüvi (such as a hotel or restaurant) and call it simply by pressing the telephone icon on your sat-nav’s screen. It means you can stow your phone in your glovebox, bag or pocket and let your sat-nav do the work. To see if your phone is compatible, go to www.garmin.com/bluetooth/phones.jsp

Speed cameras

Garmin has a unique, pan-European speed camera warning system, giving real-time, reliable, and accurate alerts. nüvi 1490T has the location of fixed, average speed, mobile and temporary cameras already built in. New or moved cameras are constantly tracked and the database is updated daily.

Where am I? safety feature

The Where am I? safety feature can be very helpful if you break down or need a certain service urgently. Just tap the car icon on your map screen for your exact coordinates, contact details for vehicle recovery services and directions to hospitals, police and petrol stations.

Anti-Theft feature

You can choose to activate The Garmin Lock™ anti-theft protection system to disable your Garmin sat-nav from performing any functions until a specific 4-digit PIN is typed in or the unit is taken to a predetermined location. Simply enter a 4-digit PIN and select a Security Location. Write down your PIN and keep it in a safe place. Each time you turn on the GPS, enter your PIN to unlock the GPS. If you forget your PIN, you can go to your Security Location. Note: If you forget your PIN, and your Security Location, Garmin cannot unlock your GPS over the phone; you must send your GPS to Garmin to get it unlocked.

Go Green and save fuel

The ecoRoute™ fuel-saver feature enables you to choose a fuel-efficient route which could save you fuel and money. Simply choose the “less fuel” option and nüvi 1490T will calculate the route which will use the least fuel. You can also see the estimated cost of your journey as you plan it and get scored for your driving performance with the Driving Challenge – good for identifying areas for improvement.

Extras for your Garmin

There are lots of extras you can add to your Garmin sat-nav. These include travel guides such as AA Days Out, The Good Pub Guide, historical audio tours and more. You can also have some fun by adding celebrity voices. If you’re a music fan you may want to download the locations festivals in the UK, or if you want to go on a shopping trip the locations of shopping centres. See www.garmin.co.uk/garminextras for more information.

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