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 retail price of $499.99, but as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.”
The Nuvi 1690 comes loaded with City Navigator North America NT software that covers the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The software provides you with approximately six million points of interest (POIs) so that you can search for local hotspots and businesses when you are in unknown territory. Whether you are looking for a place to eat, a hotel, or somewhere to shop, the Nuvi 1690 can help you out.
Besides the touristy info, the 1690 will also provide you with more practical data such as the nearest gas stations and places where to park. This comes in particularly handy when you are running on empty, stuck out in the middle of nowhere and every mile counts. It also helps if you are in a heavily populated area like New York City, where parking is at a premium and difficult to understand at times.
The Nuvi 1690 does not suffer from large periods of down time in regards to acquiring a satellite signal, which is a hassle common with many GPS devices on the market. After all, you want your directions immediately, without having to wait five minutes to get a signal to finally get moving.
This quick signal acquisition of the 1690 is due to its HotFix Satellite Prediction technology, which memorizes previously used satellites up to three days at a time. By memorizing the satellites' locations, it can predict their movements, causing the GPS to use less time to find them the next time you crank it up.
The 1690's directions are voice-guided so you won't have to stare down at the screen to get your next turn. The actual names of roads and exits will be pronounced to provide you with some familiarity as you travel.
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