Even if you don't have bad eyesight or a huge vehicle, reviewers say the Garmin nuvi 1490T's big 5-inch screen is refreshingly easy to see. Like other recent Garmin nuvi models -- the 1200, 1300 and 1600 series -- the nuvi 1490T can also calculate walking and public-transit routes for major cities worldwide, if you download special maps (*Est. $10 to $18). Because it's very thin and light, testers say the nuvi 1490T is portable enough for pedestrian use in spite of its big screen. It includes many of the Garmin features testers find most helpful, such as multidestination routing (which automatically calculates the best route to hit several stops), lane assist and free traffic information for the life of the unit -- although those last two features are only available in certain metropolitan areas. Still, some owners complain that the nuvi 1490T and other newer-model Garmins -- including the top-rated Garmin nuLink 1695 (*Est. $320) -- don't create the best routes as quickly and reliably as older, simpler models that Garmin has recently discontinued.
GPSMagazine.com's exhaustive testing is unbeatable, but GPSTracklog.com and the U.K.'s TrustedReviews.com also conduct very good tests of the Garmin nuvi 1490T. User reviews at Amazon.com report problems that don't show up in professional tests.
Fletcher Previn conducts his typically thorough test of the Garmin nuvi 1490T and draws comparisons with other Garmin nuvi models. The 1490T's bigger screen, louder speaker and smooth, quick responses impress him so much that he plans to make it his new personal navigator.
Review: Garmin nuvi 1490T Review, Fletcher Previn, Aug. 8, 2009
2. GPS Tracklog
GPS blogger Rich Owings tests the new and advanced features of the Garmin nuvi 1490, with lots of screen shots to demonstrate how they work. However, besides the nuvi 1490's pedestrian navigation, he says you can get most of the same features on the earlier Garmin nuvi 765T.
Review: Garmin Nuvi 1490T Review, Rich Owings, June 16, 2009
The Garmin nuvi 1490T isn't revolutionary, tester James Morris says. Its big screen and pedestrian features are the only real advances, but Morris likes it well enough to make it a Recommended pick at this U.K. website.
Review: Garmin nuvi 1490T Sat-Nav Review, James Morris, Sept. 28, 2009
With more than 1,400 owner reviews posted, the Garmin nuvi 1490T averages 4 stars out of 5. Although most owners love the nuvi 1490T, almost one in 10 gives it the lowest 1-star rating; complaints include poor satellite lock and routing.
Review: Garmin nuvi 1490/1490T 5-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic, Contributors to Amazon.com