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Garmin Nuvi 1490TIs bigger the same as better? Garmin hopes so with its 5-inch Nuvi 1490T.
Five years ago the average GPS device features a 3.5-inch screen. These days' 4.7 inches is more the norm. But if the wave of freakishly large unit that we've bee recently getting is any indicator that average could be rising. The Garmin Nuvi 1490T is one of those big screen monsters. At first glance, the 1490T is as fairly average-looking GPS device until you put it next to a 4.7-inch model. That's when the extra real estate afforded by the unit 5-inch screen is brought into focus. Screen, this size, puts the Garmin in the same league of the TomTom Double Excel series of 5-inch units. And just above the screen size of all with the most massive of today's Smart phones. Along the top edge is a power button. Along the left is a micro SD card slot. And on the back is a mini USB for charging and syncing. That's it. Keep it simple, right? Fired up and you will find the latest iteration of Garmin's upgrading system with large buttons for whereto and GMap. The unit also features Bluetooth connectivity for hand's free calling and as indicated by the TNS model name, free lifetime FM traffic, add supportive, of course. The unit also boosts compatibility with Garmin's ecoRoute software for a greener driving and the ability to interface with Garmin's upcoming ecoRoute HD vehicle connection kit. Check out the full review for more details, size comparisons, and on-the-road testing. Until then, I'm Antuan Goodwin with your first look at the Garmin Nuvi 1490T.