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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.
Bluetooth hands-free calling help to keep the drive.
POI and Google Search could be better integrated.
The move to microSD media renders all old Garmin SD cards obsolete.
Touch screen exhibits weird flickering when the data connection is being accessed.
Bundled data subscription expires after two years.
Still requires extra-cost map updates like any other GPS.
Connected services not integrated with main POI database.
On-board EDGE radio caused GSM buzz in our car stereo.
By ConsumerSearch on November 01, 2010
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 May 21, 2010
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 April 30, 2010
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...72
By Good Gear Guide on April 22, 2010
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....90
By Electronicsme on March 29, 2010
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...68
By T3 Magazine on March 22, 2010
Packed with features, the nuvi 1690 is one of the most advanced satnav devices we've seen, with useful features for regular...80
By eTech Reviews on March 16, 2010
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 February 10, 2010
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 January 29, 2010
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 January 25, 2010
Garmin's first connected GPS device is a good start, but it has room for improvement....80