Windshield mount is dependable and easy to attach
Most TomTom fans will be quite happy with the new VIA series. The core functionality (navigation) performed very well for me, and while the new interface is a bit rough around the edges in places, the overall experience was very good. I'm happy to recommend this model, although I would suggest you investigate the My TomTom update manager a bit more if you're a Mac owner, as I could not get it to function properly with my MacBook Air.
The ball-and-socket joint on the windshield mount makes it easy to adjust the nuvi's viewing angle with one hand, and without having to turn any knobs or slip any levers.
Equipped with free lifetime traffic, lane assist with junction view, Bluetooth, text-to-speech (it speaks actual street names), and a 4.3-inch widescreen display, the nuvi 1390T offers many of the same features found on Garmin's other nuvi models, including the higher-end 7x5 models
Clear voice instructions
Simple but effective maps, clear voice instructions, fantastic lane guidance and a speedy GPS receiver make for an excellent navigational experience on the whole. The Garmin Nuvi 1390T may not be as flashy as some competitors, but it more than makes up for the lack of bling.
No-hassle, free lifetime traffic detection and avoidance.
The Garmin Nuvi 1390T ($380 - $399) is part of a new generation of Garmins that is 25 percent slimmer than previous models, and bundles a number of innovative features, including pedestrian-friendly directions. The Nuvi 1390T also includes lifetime, real-time traffic detection and avoidance with no monthly fee.
Free searching of address and POI databases and the cityXplorer compatibility
There's nothing particularly revolutionary about the Garmin 1490T. Aside from the free searching of address and POI databases and the cityXplorer compatibility, its features can be found in any number of alternatives. However, at Â£215 it's already good value. Factor in the larger screen, and the 1490T looks like a bargain. If you do happen to find regular 4.3in sat-nav widescreens too cramped for comfort, the Garmin 1490T could really expand your horizons.
2D and 3D mapping
Garmin now produce a number of different GPS navigation systems that cater for any situation, with each model offering something slightly different. For a first time user, there are some features here that will never be used, but as an upgrade from an older model, there are plenty of useable features. Shop around before committing to ensure you get the features which are suited to your needs.
Easy to use interface
The Nuvi 1490T is one of the latest GPS navigation devices from Garmin. It features a large 5-inch LCD touch screen, free lifetime FM traffic data, Bluetooth calling, and much more. For those interested in saving fuel and the environment, this Garmin unit includes advanced economy features.
Not Ready For Prime Time Yet
If I'd known better, I would have stuck with my TomTom One car GPS. It was more reliable and not nearly as expensive. If Garmin would fix the map truck data and add a couple of features like navigate via and turning off the car stuff, it wouldn't be too bad. But as it stands now, you should save your money and wait for something better. This is a very disappointing product.
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