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Garmin Nuvi 1690 Traffic Satellite Navigation System with UK & European Mapping

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  • Street-level mapping for UK&ROI, Western & Eastern Europe (42 countries) with 60-Day nüMaps™ Guarantee
  • 1 Year free subscription to the Garmin nüLink! ™ real-time services
  • Premium traffic as part of 1 year free nüLink!™ Services (optional monthly subscription thereafter)
  • Services include: Fuel Prices, Hot Traffic, Google Local Search, Ciao™ Friend Finder (17 countries)
  • 4.3 inch wide touchscreen display, sleek, ultra-slim design that fits easily in your pocket.
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 13.7 x 8.6 cm ; 222 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 558 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 010-00822-10
  • ASIN: B002NPC0P8
  • Date first available at 1 Sept. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,977 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The nüvi® 1690 sat nav is the new online social navigator that gives you real-time information on the go. It comes with a range of nüLink!™ services including instant traffic updates so you can avoid the queues, advanced speed cameras, up-to-date fuel prices, Google™ Local Search and Pan-European roaming*. If you want to keep in touch with friends, nüvi 1690 offers social networking and interactive navigation with Ciao! Friend Finder. And you can stay connected with instant business and phone listings too.

Includes Google Search

Includes Google Search

nüLink! Services

Hot Traffic Alerts: Instant traffic updates so you can avoid the queues.

Google™ Local Search: Need an address? Find it on Google and navigate to it.

Ciao!™ Friend Finder: Track your friends and navigate to them with social navigation.

Fuel Prices: Accurate, comprehensive fuel prices you can rely on to save fuel costs.

International Telephone Directory: Online telephone directory for addresses and numbers when you need them.

Includes Friend Finder

Includes Friend Finder

Advanced Speed Cameras: Speed cameras are continually updated so there are no surprises on route.

Weather Forecast: Always know the weather along your route and elsewhere.

Flight Status: Get up-to-the minute arrival and departure information whilst on route.

Currency Exchange: Keep up to date with current exchange rates while travelling abroad.

Send to GPS: Plan your journey remotely and "send" it to your sat nav.

Other nüvi 1690 features

nüvi 1690 offers everything you'd expect and more from a premium Garmin sat nav. It is ultra-slim but still has full European mapping. It announces the names of streets before you turn so you can be confident you're going the right way. It has GPS HotFix™ so it finds satellites quickly - and you can start driving without waiting for your sat nav to catch up.

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

Use the nüvi 1690 to its full potential by downloading cityXplorer™ via 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.

Advanced speed cameras

Advanced speed cameras

Lane Assist helps you get into the correct lane in plenty of time which is particularly useful near busy junctions. It illustrates the lanes 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.

Make hands free phone calls

Keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel with nüvi 1690'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

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 1690 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.

Park Position Recall

Your nüvi 1690 will remember where you've parked and direct you back there.

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.

Find the cheapest fuel

Find the cheapest fuel

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 for more information.

*Services available in 15 European countries, services vary between countries. Please see! for details.

nuLink! countries include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. The access to roaming depends on the service - speed cameras and telephone directory access will be limited to the region selected.

Box Contains

  • Garmin nuvi 1690T satellite navigation system
  • Free 1 year data subscription to Garmin nuLink! Services
  • Preloaded City Navigator NT for Europe
  • Mount
  • Vehicle power cable
  • USB cable
  • Dashboard disc
  • Quick Start manual

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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By Peppers #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2009
I bought this for my girlfriend who drives from West Sussex to Hemel Hempstead most days as an early Christmas present. I was slightly apprehensive as this satnav marks Garmin's first excursion into live update services - an area that Tom Tom have been in for some time. However, I need not have worried the live traffic and speedcam updates are excellent and save having to connect the satnav to the PC, and, obviously the updates take place in close to "real time" too. Traffic updates are swift but not instant. The unit also displays local speed limits and your current speed with the latter figure appearing in red if you are overspeed.

The 1690 satnav looks like a premium unit, although, the piano black surround to the screen is a magnet for fingerprints. The mounting hardware is good quality too with the electrical connection being made to the cradle rather than satnav itself, which, in my experience, is much easier to manage. Also, because the traffic update is received by the satnav unit rather than the usual "in line" traffic receiver the connection cable is slimmer and easier to store.

The 4.3 inch screen, software and ergonomics are up to Garmin's usual high standard, although, sometimes you still "discover" features that do not appear in the quick start guide or on-line PDF manual. Mapping appears good and you have up unitil 60 days after purchase to download an updated version. The only slight issue being sometimes the refresh can be a bit slow as can the switch off process - but these are marginal issues. I can recommend purchasing the Garmin dashtop friction mount to use with this unit.

The range of functions beside traffic etc. is amazing - live weather updates, flight arrivals, Google search etc. take this satnav into a new league.
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By TheProf TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Jan. 2010
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CAPSULE REVIEW: Read this for the quick low-down:-
+s: Good, large and clear display/screen; reception of traffic info is now more reliable due to nu-link service using mobile network instead of FM radio signals; useful new speed limit information; Google local search useful; simple, well-proven interface; generally good routing; Excellent form factor - feels good in the hand.
-s: traffic info now classed as a nu-link subscription service (will cost approx. £70 per year after first 12 months); limited nu-link services; no MP3 playback; no FM transmitter to connect to car stereo; still some screen lag/slow redraw issues; traffic service is still Traffic Master and no equivalent to TomTom HD traffic or IQ routes; some users report reliability issues.

INTRO: Garmin v TomTom
What are my Garmin 'credentials'? I've used their hiking units and avaiation units, and have 'graduated' from i3, to 200, 250, 265 and now Nuvi 1690 car units. I'm not a die-hard fan and open-minded about the whole Garmin v TomTom issue. Garmin have a long history in the satnav business, being well known for their excellent hiking, aviation and marine GPS products. When it comes to in-car sat navs they have become a bit of a niche choice in the UK and Europe, lagging behind TomTom when it comes to sales. This is not necessarily justified, since Garmin's experience in GPS design has meant that over the years they have released some excellent models (255W for example).

The 1690 is the latest model in the Garmin UK line-up, but despite it's fairly hefty current price, it does lack some 'top of the line' features that other Garmin in-car models possess.
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Bought this to replace a TomTom OneXL but was a little apprehensive because of some of the comments on Amazon and elsewhere. Then again most of the alternatives I was considering had equally worrying comments and I wanted the sort of features that the Garmin nuvi 1690 offered. I needn't have worried because the Garmin hasn't given me a moments trouble and I am very happy with it and all the features work very well.
I find the Garmin much better to use than the TomTom and certainly the Garmin website is way better but then it didn't have much to beat, in my view. That's not to say that the nuvi is perfect because there are a few minor failings - I have made a few journeys where the nuvi occasionally told me that I am in a national speed limit area, when the permanent marker posts at roadside clearly showed it was 40 mph and that suggests the data isn't as always up to date - but the important things are spot on.
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Garmin Nuvi 1690 Traffic Satellite Navigation System with UK & European Mapping

I bought a Garmin nuvi 1690T on 15 April having owned a very reliable Garmin 250W (widescreen European mapping) for a couple of years. My current mapping was a couple of years old and instead of paying Garmin £99 for map updates for life I thought I'd treat myself to an upgrade, to take on holiday for our road trip from Bristol to Cote D'Azur, France, about 1,000 miles each way.

I bought it from a well known supermarket chain which beat Amazon on value when the clubcard points were taken in to account!

The device seemed slightly less well built when taken out of the box than my 250W with fashionable plastic piano black casing - which, as other reviews have said, attracts finger prints. The unit just feels slightly less sturdy than my old one. This was the case when I updated my Sony camera with the newer (same) model a few years hence - I feel that manufacturers think they don't have to try as hard to flog the same models so they get more flimsy.

It took several hours on the Garmin website to update the maps to the current 2010 versions which I found frustrating since it should have had all the current maps on it. The data transfer seems to takes ages, a real pain. Not sure if you have to do this for every update in the future.

The nu-link services including google search, petrol prices and weather are all excellent, throughout the UK and France (and Italy) as long as you have a signal, which most of the time we did - even inside some buildings when the satellite signal is lost.
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