The Garmin nüvi 1490T is almost identical to the Garmin nüvi 1390T that we've already tested. We did test it and analyse it nevertheless so as to isolate any differences there may be between them. Our findings and photos below. Otherwise, the 1390T test is valid for the 1490T.
Technically, these 2 satnavs are based on the same hardware. The screen on the 1490T is however a little larger and you can programme the different stages of your journey in advance.
Hardware: a nice legible screen
With its 5-inch matte screen, the Garmin nüvi 1490T offers nice legibility, even in full sunlight. You gain in terms of comfort on the 4.3-inch 1390T screen.
Design and build: slim but wide
The 5-inch screen obviously makes this a bigger product. It is still pretty slim however at 16 mm. On the other hand the 1490T does weigh 60 grammes more than the 1390T.
Route guidance: clear and effective
In comparison to the 1390T, the 1490T adds programming of journey stages. This is very practical when you want to stop at certain places along the way or change over to another route recommended by the satnav.
You can also plan your itineraries in advance.
Extra features: Bluetooth for your mobile, without FM transmission
- Clear and effective navigation
- Good satellite reception
- Compact with nice finish
- Wide matte screen
- Bluetooth hands-free mode
- Predictive text and addresses impractical
- Suction mount too standard
- Not enough parameters for journey options
- No FM transmitter
Simple and effective, the Garmin nüvi 1490T offers good legibility with its large 5-inch screen. Programming journey stages is a plus. It however lacks a few additional features such as the FM transmitter which would have qualified it for a 4-star rating.