Garmin Nuvi 1690

  • Garmin Nuvi 1690
77
Based on 21 scores, 32 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    3
  • Good:
    12
  • Average:
    4
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • More connected services than TomTom Go 740 Live.
  • Purchase price includes two years of service.
  • Features free access to Garmin's nuLink data service, which provides traffic data, fuel prices, Google Search for POIs.

Cons:

  • POI and Google Search could be better integrated.
  • The move to microSD media renders all old Garmin SD cards obsolete.

Expert reviews and ratings

By ConsumerSearch on -

The Internet-connected Garmin nuvi 1690 impresses top experts more than its Internet-connected competitors, the TomTom Go 740 Live (*Est. $305) and Motorola MotoNav TN765t (*Est. $250). Critics say these units' Internet connections make it...

By SmartComputing on -

The Nuvi 1690 offers a sturdy base, and the strong suction cup helped to keep the GPS device steady while driving. We also liked that the device was easy to connect and remove from the cradle. The Nuvi 1690’s speaker...

By CNET Australia on 72

Much as we love googling destinations and checking out fuel prices, Australia's first internet-connected GPS navigator demands far too hefty a price premium for its extra...

By Good Gear Guide on 90

Garmin’s nuvi 1690 is Australia’s first online GPS. The nuLink service adds to what already was an excellent overall navigational experience. If you’re in the market for a top-end GPS with all the latest features, this is a must-have....

By Electronicsme on 68

The widescreen visibility and lane assist technology do help make the Garmin Nuvi 1690 a worthwhile purchase for anyone new to GPS navigators. Free data subscription to NuLink services will mean that even if they are seldom used, no additional charges...

By T3 Magazine on 80

Packed with features, the nuvi 1690 is one of the most advanced satnav devices we've seen, with useful features for regular...

By eTech Reviews on -

Thumbs Up:Garmin Nuvi 1690 offers free, but ad-supported two-year access to Garmin NuLink data service that provides real-time Bluetooth hands-free calling, Google Search for POIs, fuel prices and traffic data.Thumbs Down:Touch screen display shows...

By Dev Hardware on -

The Garmin Nuvi 1690 is a GPS that comes with basic navigational tools and a whole lot more. Frequent travelers will definitely enjoy and appreciate what it has to offer, although its price may be too high for some. The Nuvi 1690 has a suggested...

By Pocket GPS World on -

If you do a lot of driving then it would be worth investing in. The fuel costs and traffic both work well and the battery life is very good for those times when you can't find your power lead. The gloss black and silver finish give the 1690 an air...

By PCWorld on 80

Garmin's first connected GPS device is a good start, but it has room for improvement....

By Trusted Reviews on 90

Just over a year ago, TomTom radically changed the nature of the personal navigation device. Previously, it had been an essentially passive system, receiving location signals from satellites and providing routing information accordingly....

By DigitalVersus on 80

Subscription a must? The live services on recent GPS’ are practical and useful, no doubt about that. Unfortunately, these services generally aren’t free for long. After a trial period of a few months (1 year for the Garmin 1690), you have to...

By GPS Information on -

The Garmin nuvi 1690, is the latest in the popular line of auto navigators by Garmin. Originally released in the fall of 2009, the 1690 is the first to offer real time two way data to a Garmin unit, using a cell phone type connection. It offers not...

By Macworld on 80

If you’re a fan of the Garmin navigation experience, the added NuLink connected services will only enhance the experience. The nüvi 1690 represents a very good effort from Garmin. See more like this: GPS, Mobile Mac Recommend? 0 YES 0 NO 0...

By cnet on 80

By itself, the Garmin Nuvi 1690 is merely a solidly performing GPS device, but it earns its keep through the free nuLink service, giving users easy access to up-to-the-minute data for safety, convenience, and entertainment. Read full review See all...

By PC Mag on 60

Garmin's impressive nüvi 1690 integrates connected services and offers plenty of routing options, but the high price and mandatory ads—even when you're not using said services—are...

By Dvice on -

Garmin jumps into the connected GPS game with its Nüvi 1690, a $500 portable that carries on the user-friendly tradition of the respected navigation pioneer. It connects with the EDGE network to wirelessly deliver real-time traffic info and lots...

By GPSmagazine on 80

Garmin's nuvi 1690 ships with the following items included in the box: The 4.3-inch WQVGA (480 x 272 Pixels) color touchscreen display is framed by a glossy black plastic border. The 1690's internal microphone can also be seen to the right of...

By PC Advisor on 70

If youre a fan of the Garmin navigation experience, the added NuLink connected services will only enhance the experience. As a first version of new technology for Garmin, the Garmin Nuvi 1690 represents a very good effort. Craig Ellison...

International Review By Magnus.de on 90

Das Garmin nüvi 1690 ist das erste Garmin-Navigationssystem mit einem Live-Dienst via Internet, hier „nüLink“ genannt. Hierzu ist ein Mobilfunk-Modem in das Gerät integriert, das neben Verkehrsmeldungen auch eine Google-Suche,...