The Garmin nuvi 1490LMT is one of the newer Garmin nuvi devices offered to people that want to make their car navigation a lot easier. It has a lot to prove considering the fact that Garmin has released many successful Garmin nuvi products. It is likely that consumers will purchase those because older models tend to get cheaper when newer models are introduced. But Garmin hopes to make size as the main reason to buy this particular device.
The Garmin nuvi 1490LMT is one of the many Garmin GPS devices with a 5-inch display. At the same time, it maintains its thin profile so it is still a portable device that is quite easy to handle. It is best used while mounted on the windshield or dashboard because the screen is large enough to see the graphics and interface from a distance. Compared to some of the budget 5-inch GPS devices, the nuvi 1490LMT is packed with tons of features.
Garmin continues the tradition of implementing simple interfaces on their Garmin products. The nuvi 1490LMT receives that same treatment making it very easy to plan your first route. Through the 'Where to?' icon on the home screen, all you need to do is follow the instructions and you will have your first route. If you need to see other information like the map, the 'View Map' icon can bring you there quickly.
Many of the features revolve around the map. It shows your current location in 2-D view so you can get a bird s eye view of the various points of interest ranging from banks to hospitals and other important landmarks. The touchscreen display is highly responsive making it easy to zoom and finger swipe through different areas of the map. There are millions of points of interest scattered around the US and there is an option to add custom points of interest or update existing areas of the map for free through Garmin s free lifetime maps service. The maps are also highly detailed and the text-to-speech engine is able to pronounce the street names so you can drive safely without needing to glance at the screen when a turn is necessary.
When the route involves a highway, the Garmin nuvi 1490LMT can properly guide you to the right lane so the upcoming exit can be made. It shows the proper lane in 3-D view which looks good in the 5-inch display. It is also possible for multiple routes to be planned just by specifying the key destinations. The Garmin nuvi 1490LMT knows how to calculate a good route based on a number of factors including the traffic conditions. The traffic conditions update in real-time thanks to the lifetime traffic updates so there is no subscription needed. The ecoRoute feature can also be used so you can get the most efficient route to save you lots of money. If the route leads to a remote city, the cityXplorer feature can optionally be used to figure out where the public transportation areas are.
Because the Garmin nuvi 1490LMT has Bluetooth functionality, the device can wirelessly connect to any mobile phone with Bluetooth support. Once a device pairing is made, any calls that are made to the phone will reflect on the Garmin nuvi 1490LMT. This means you can use the Garmin nuvi 1490LMT as a hands-free device for communicating with others. The GPS unit features a touchscreen keypad so you can make calls. Answering an incoming call is also as easy as tapping the screen.
In addition to the Bluetooth feature, the Garmin nuvi 1490LMT also lets you view JPEG images through its viewer as well as convert currency and measurement values. The world clock lets you track different time zones which is nice for long land trips. Finally, the Garmin Connection Photos feature provides photo navigation once you download pictures using the service. Content can be stored in the MicroSD since the nuvi Garmin 1490LMT has an microSD slot for expanded storage.
The Garmin nuvi 1490LMT has a lot of heavy features including full lifetime features. This is great for a large GPS device and the Bluetooth feature is a nice bonus for people that do not wish to get a Bluetooth headset just for driving.