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Garmin nuvi 1490TV 5" Sat Nav with UK and Full Europe Maps, Digital TV and Radio and Bluetooth

by Garmin

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  • Freeview television and DVB radio with DVB-T digital tuner
  • Integrated aerial plus two magnetic dipole aerials
  • High-quality stereo sound for AV, Bluetooth® and navigation plus 3.5mm headphone output
  • 5-inch bright widescreen provides clear visibility in and out of the car
  • Works with optional external reverse camera for improved visibility

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Model: 1490TV
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13.7 x 8.6 cm ; 259 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 1490TV
  • ASIN: B003A2JJH0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Feb 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,132 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


Model: 1490TV
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Product Description

Model: 1490TV

Manufacturer's Description

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1490TV - Don't miss a game

Advanced navigation plus your favourite Freeview stations

Navigate turn-by-turn in 44 countries across Europe with this premium Garmin sat nav with built-in DVB-T digital tuner for Freeview television and radio. This feature-packed navigator has a bright, super-wide 5-inch screen for clear visibility of the maps and Freeview content in and out of the car. With premium pan-European traffic, Bluetooth hands-free calling and advanced navigation features including Lane Assist with Junction View, nuvi 1490TV is your ideal travel partner, both on the road and at your destination.

Big-screen entertainment

The large screen, slim-line nuvi 1490TV is a cutting-edge navigator with built-in DVB-T digital tuner for Freeview television and radio content from across Europe. Broadcasting more than 50 TV channels and 24 radio stations in the UK alone, 1490TV has space to house up to 200 stations, so you'll never be stuck for something to watch!

With an integrated telescopic aerial and two dipole aerials (magnetic bases), nuvi 1490TV is designed for optimum signal reception, with stereo speakers and 3.5mm headphone output for high-quality AV, Bluetooth and navigation audio.

Once at your destination, you can even connect it up to your home TV aerial system (with optional accessory) - ideal when holidaying in a caravan or cooking in the kitchen.

If you're driving a larger vehicle or driving tricky routes, you can even connect up a reverse camera (not included) for improved visibility of what's behind your vehicle screened live on the sat nav display.

Comes with Lane Assist
Comes with Lane Assist
Advanced navigation

Beyond DVB-T Freeview content, nuvi 1490TV provides premium navigation features found in Garmin's top-of-the-range sat navs. See what's up ahead with Lane Assist and Junction View for a clear illustration of your correct lane choice, with accurate signs for enhanced guidance at junctions and motorway exits.

Cyclops speed cameras

nüvi 1490TV is preloaded with the unique Cyclops speed camera database for accurate advance warning of fixed, average speed, mobile and temporary cameras. These audible alerts are relevant to your direction of travel, speed and route and also display speed limits.

Premium lifetime traffic across Europe

Drive across Europe confident in the knowledge Garmin can handle traffic problems up ahead. Subscription-free for the lifetime of your sat nav, these premium pan-European updates work with nuvi 1490TV's included FM traffic cable to report on traffic delays and roadworks and detour around the problem.

Make hands-free phone calls

nuvi 1490TV's integrated Bluetooth wireless technology means you can sync it with your compatible mobile phone to make hands-free calls through the sat nav's built-in microphone and speaker. Simply dial the number on Garmin's touchscreen or take incoming calls by tapping the display. Enjoy convenient one-touch dialling of your phone book contacts and points of interest and keep in touch safely while on the road.

On-hand in an emergency

If you need to know your position in an instant, simply tap the car icon to access "Where Am I?" This safety feature gives your exact coordinates and nearest junction and address to help pinpoint your location. It also finds the closest hospitals, police and petrol stations as well as contact details for local vehicle recovery services.

Pedestrian navigation

With enhanced pedestrian capabilities, nuvi 1490TV is your perfect travel companion for navigation on foot. Download optional cityXplorer™ maps to plan your whole day's travel complete with pedestrian routes and public transport across Europe.

Go beyond navigation

nuvi 1490TV is packed with features to enhance your navigation - whether travelling by car or foot and even once you have reached your destination. The ecoRoute fuel-saving feature helps you save money and fuel and reduce your carbon footprint by calculating the most efficient route and tracking fuel usage.

Export your trip data from nuvi 1490TV to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet for accurate expense reporting and experience Garmin's travel tools including JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter and calculator. Enhance your travel further with optional plug-in AA City Guides and other downloadable Garmin Extras including tour guides, pedestrian maps, games and audiobooks.

Traffic alerts
Traffic alerts
Manufacturer's Description

Pan-European sat nav with bright, super-wide 5-inch screen and DVB-T digital tuner for Freeview television and radio. With premium pan-European traffic and Bluetooth hands-free calling, advanced navigation features include Lane Assist with Junction View for an illustration of the correct lane choice and accurate preview of upcoming junctions. ecoRoute helps you save money and fuel by finding the less-fuel route to your destination with spoken street names, speed camera alerts and speed limits to travel alert, safe and legally. Download optional CityXplorer mapping to plan your whole journey including navigation on foot and public transport.

In the Box

nuvi 1490TV sat nav with 5-inch super-wide touchscreen, preloaded street maps for Europe (full coverage of 44 countries) with 60-day nuviMaps latest maps guarantee, pan-European premium lifetime traffic, FM traffic receiver with vehicle power cable, AC adapter, external TV antennas, vehicle suction cup mount, USB cable, dashboard disc and quick start manual.

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Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

913 of 919 people found the following review helpful By James on 7 Jan 2010
Model: nuvi 1490t
Eventually selected this Garmin after looking at a lot of other GPS units.
I've used TomTom for years, so my main decision was whether I stuck with them - or finally bit the bullet and tried out another manufacturer.
I'm used to TomTom's UI - but every extra feature seems to cost a fortune and I loathe their customer service.
Quick summary - I'm glad I changed.

Bad things:
The Power Lead. Power lead for the unit is a thick cable that's like having a boa sprawled over your dashboard. I've absolutely no idea why they've made it so chunky. On the bright side though, I've got no worries that it's going to snag or break, I'm quite convinced it's going to outlast me.
It's crashed a couple of times. When it does crash it restarts and you with one button push you're back on your route. Not good it crashed, but at least it's a reasonably pain-free crash.
Manuals. Useless. Traffic was flakey on my first trip and I'd no idea why. I'd used the power lead, but kept on losing signal. Only when I got home and noticed another lead in the box, I realized that there was a separate FM antenna you have to plug into the power lead.

Good things:
Build Quality. It feels well made. Big sold slab of nice rubberized plastic, with a lovely bright massive screen on the front.
UI. Didn't take me long to realize I preferred it to TomTom.
Full Post-code recognition. Many units have this now, but it was lovely to get it.
Bluetooth Handsfree. Works beautifully. I turn on my GPS and it now automatically routes all calls to it - can just leave your phone in your pocket.
Traffic. Not a lot to say. It works, and it comes free with the unit (yes I'm talking to you TomTom with your overpriced optional FM aerials).
Road Names.
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By bannnedwaggin on 16 Jan 2010
Model: nuvi 1490t Verified Purchase
This is my second satnav, bought to replace a very good one produced by Sony, who have now ceased to produce satnavs, so that getting map updates was a problem. I went for the Garmin 1490 because it came out top in a very exhaustive review carried out by a respected consumer magazine - and I haven't been disappointed. It's even better than the Sony, getting me to my destination correctly each time I've used it. And it's quick in "translating" the satellite info to my actual position - for example, when I go under a railway bridge, the screen shows that (the Sony sometimes showed this a little too late or early). Its estimate of arrival times is a bit optimistic, but, there again, I haven't connected the traffic info aerial yet, so maybe that can be excused. The maps appear to be very up-to-date - it was good to be able to get a free update just after purchase. (But they're not up to date for everywhere - our house in Spain doesn't apparently exist, although we moved in five years ago, and I've just been looking at it in a photo on Google Earth! On the other hand, it contains full details of a new housing development in Scotland that had its first occupants only last year!) I haven't found anything to moan about, although I would say that the manual is sometimes not as clear as it might be, but that will be sorted out by experience.
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205 of 206 people found the following review helpful By Derek Manley on 29 Oct 2009
Model: nuvi 1490t
Nearly caused a divorce the first time we used it but that's not the machine's fault! Worked O.K. out of the box, easy to set up - connect to computer to update firm ware (do this on a regular basis for ongoing updates). Maps clear,(although a few glaring errors)spoken instructions clear although female voice less distinct. Traffic jam updates good. Third party POIs plentiful but remember to upload everything at one go as previous inputs are overwritten. Works for me - a decent piece of kit.
Addendum to above - If you are updating maps make sure you have, a very fast internet connection, a fast CPU, plenty of time... and patience. Took me about nine attempts over three days to finally get everything sorted. If the downloader looks as if it is doing something, it probably is! It's just flaming slow. Also I hope the update is major otherwise it's a lot of effort for maybe very little.
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417 of 420 people found the following review helpful By M. Hammond on 15 Nov 2009
Model: nuvi 1490t
This seems to be a product that divides opinion. Yes, I recognise most of the criticisms that have been made by other reviewers, but I also believe they can be overcome to a large degree. For example:
1. Buy a dashboard mount: I find this invaluable, providing somewhere to tuck spare wiring, as well as making removal from the car that much easier.
2. True, the touchscreen can be frustrating at first, but with practice errors become much rarer.

Of course, the simplest way to use a SatNav is just to put your destination in and let the SatNav take you there, but we all know the difficulties that can create, when the SatNav thinks that impassable track is a great short cut, avoiding the need to take the main road miles further. The great advantage of the Nüvi 1490 is that you can use it away from the car to plan and simulate routes. If you think the SatNav is wrong you can always change the route by adding Waypoints.

As with human beings, it cannot be expected to respond to information it hasn't received, so if there is no FM signal or no information available, you may still be stuck in a queue. However, whilst driving from the North East to the Midlands recently, I twice had reason to be grateful for its ability to re-route in the face of traffic problems up ahead, so this is a useful feature, despite its limitations.

Finally, the Nüvi 1490 is not just a SatNav for the car. It's light-weight and its pedestrian mode means you can continue to us it when you have left the car, enabling you to avoid getting lost in town.

So, all in all, this SatNav may not yet be the answer to ALL our dreams, but it's still the best I have come across.
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