Garmin nuvi 1490T Automotive Mountable Reviews
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Garmin nuvi 1490T Automotive Mountable

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Kinf of Lost

Dec 25, 2009
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Pros:Integrates with a PC for online updates and upgrades.

Cons:Needs constant contact wtih satellites to work.

This unit has the largest screen and the highest price. Howewver, its light construction and shoddy execution bear scrutiny.

The screen does not automatically adjust to lighting conditions so it dazzles the driver at night. Setting it to 50% strength is a workable compromise but for the price, the unit should be smarter (like my five year old Pioneer AVIC).

The unit needs perfect contact with satellites to work properly. An evening drive through Manhattan revealed that this unit starts to drive over water, through buildings and around and around until it gets a perfect signal from a satellite.

The downloadable “cars” are silly: a beach ball, a shoe and a witch’s broom. There are no common vehicles with common colors: a green minivan or a gray passenger car.

The voice sounds like she’s sucking on rocks. Other downloadable voices are goofy: an Australian bushman.

The 12 volt charger is so long that it jabs the driver’s leg from the cigarette lighter.

The unit does connect to a PC and can have its firmware updated without much trouble. However, the shortcomings outweigh the price. I would be afraid to see how its accessories function after seeing this unit’s work.


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