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Garmin Nuvi 1490T 5" Sat Nav with Europe Maps and Lifetime Traffic Alerts (discountinued by manufacturer)

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  • Street-level mapping for UK&ROI, Western & Eastern Europe (42 countries) with 60-Day nüMaps™ Guarantee
  • Lane Assist/Junction View - illustrates the correct lane choice for upcoming turns and exits
  • Award winning free Premium Lifetime traffic subscription for the UK and other European countries
  • Built-in Cyclops™ speed camera database (includes fixed camera locations and mobile hot-spots)
  • Large 5 inch wide touchscreen display, sleek and ultra-slim design.
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  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 1.6 x 7.5 cm ; 163 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 662 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: nuvi 1490t
  • ASIN: B002AEZYVY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 28 May 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,135 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Garmin Nuvi 1490 T UK and Europe portable sat nav with bluetooth

Manafacturer's Description

The large screen nüvi 1490T comes with FREE lifetime traffic and offers multiple-point routing and lane assist with junction view to help you manage busy highway interchanges. The Nuvi 1490T has been Satnaveasy's best selling Car SatNav for the last 2 years. Includes lifetime traffic- A combination power cable/traffic receiver in the box gives you traffic services for the life of your device. You'll avoid traffic jams and keep moving when your nüvi alerts you and offers detours. No additional purchases are necessary - it's 100% subscription-free traffic. Know the lane before its too late - No more guessing which lane you need to be in to make an upcoming turn. Lane assist with junction view guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate. It realistically displays road signs and junctions on your route along with arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation. Lane assist with junction view is available in select metropolitan cities. Turn-by-turn directions- nüvi 1490T has an intuitive interface that greets you with 2 simple questions: "Where To?" and "View Map." Touch the color screen to easily look up addresses and services and get voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names to your destination. It comes preloaded with detailed City Navigator NT street maps, nearly 6 million points of interest (POIs), 2-D or 3-D maps and the speed limit for most major roads in the U.S. and Europe. And with HotFix satellite prediction, nüvi calculates your position faster to get you there quicker.

Manufacturer's Description

Garmin nüvi 1490T

The Garmin nüvi 1490T is a European sat nav with an extra wide 5-inch screen. It includes pan-European premium traffic alerts, Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free phone calls and ecoRoute™ to calculate a more fuel-efficient route. The nüvi 1490T has advanced multi-point route planning – ideal for longer journeys or trips with several stop-offs on the way.

For supreme route awareness it features PhotoReal™ Junction View which displays images of junctions that look so real they even show the pylons and landscaping.

Lifetime traffic alerts

Get traffic alerts, subscription-free, for life with the nüvi 1490T. Garmin's traffic alert service tells you where the congestion is, how long you'll be held up, and suggests alternative routes so you can choose to avoid the tailbacks.

Not every traffic service is equal. With Garmin, you'll always know what lies ahead. And it's subscription-free, for life.
After you tap on the traffic icon on the display, you will see a map detailing the traffic problem and how far ahead it is from your current location.

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 nüvi 1490T's large screen. In addition, nüvi 1490T automatically sorts multiple destinations to provide an efficient route for errands, multi-drop deliveries or sales calls. A trip log provides an electronic bread-crumb trail of up to 10,000 points, so you can see exactly where you've been on the map.

See ahead

Navigating tricky junctions has never been easier. Garmin's exclusive PhotoReal Junction View shows actual junctions that have been digitised to display incredible detail, even down to trees and pylons. Lane Assist shows the correct lane choice for upcoming junctions and motorway exits – so there's no need to make last-minute lane changes, even on unfamiliar routes.

Navigate tricky junctions with PhotoReal™ Junction View for accurate images of upcoming exits and junctions on your route.
PhotoReal Junction View provides realistic images of junctions and signage as you approach to help you navigate through major interchanges.

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 sat nav. Moreover, the text-to-speech feature provides clearly spoken driving instructions so you can give all your attention to road conditions.

Speed cameras

Garmin has a unique, pan-European speed camera warning system, giving real-time, reliable, and accurate alerts. The 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 regularly.

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 your vehicle icon on the map screen for your exact coordinates, and get contact details for vehicle recovery services or directions to hospitals, police and petrol stations.

Simply tap the car icon on the map screen to get your exact coordinates, address and junction, contact details for vehicle recovery services and directions to your nearest hospitals, police and petrol stations.
The Where am I? feature can be used in an emergency to get you to the nearest hospital, petrol station or police station.

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.

Refresh your maps

When you register your new Garmin nüvi 1490T at myGarmin.com within 90 days of purchase, you will benefit from our nüMaps Guarantee, which entitles you to a map update completely free of charge. This ensures you have the very latest map data showing new roads, businesses and points of interest as soon as you begin using the product.

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Model Number: 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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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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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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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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