Map Software: The nüvi 1490-LMT comes
loaded with City Navigator North America NT 2011.10 software, which contains
mapping detail of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada,
Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The maps feature nearly 6-million
points of interest (POIs), such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and
Free Lifetime Map Updates: The Garmin nüvi 1490-LMT includes
free lifetime map updates which give you the most up-to-date maps for the life
of the Garmin GPS unit. You can activate your free lifetime map updates
service at www.mygarmin.com and download
up to four map updates per year as soon as they become available. It can only be
used for this Garmin GPS unit. Due to limited built-in memory and the possibly
increasing size of the map updates, an optional microSD card (2 GB or larger)
may be required.
Note: Free Lifetime Map Updates entitle you to receive
up to 4 map data updates per year, as updates are made
available on the Garmin website, for this specific Garmin product only until
this product's useful life expires or Garmin no longer receives map data
from its third party supplier, whichever is shorter. The updates you receive
will be updates to the geographic map data included with
your Garmin product when originally purchased.
microSD Memory Slot: The nüvi 1490-LMT
has a microSD memory slot for additional map data from optional microSD memory
cards. The unit can also display photo images from a microSD memory card.
Antenna: The unit has a built-in
antenna in its top panel. In order to obtain an optimal signal, the unit must
have a clear, unobstructed view of the sky. It the unit is mounted in a vehicle
with a coated windshield or an in-screen heating system, there may be difficulty
in obtaining a good signal.
Touch Screen Display: The unit
features a bright, 5" (diagonal) LCD with touch screen controls. The display has
a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels, with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and 64,000
colors. The screen has a manual brightness adjustment.
Keyboard Options: The nüvi 1490-LMT
gives you two options for keyboard layouts. When you are entering an address or
other data, you can choose between a standard QWERTY keyboard layout or an ABCDE
Information Pages: The information
provided by the nüvi 1490-LMT is found on various display screens called pages. The
pages give you the following information:
- Indicates real-time moving map illustrating your current position
and intended route
- Shows map scale and geographic details such as lakes, rivers,
highways and towns
- Allows you to zoom, pan, and point using the touch screen controls
- When you are following a route, your arrival time is displayed in
the lower left corner, your current speed is shown in the lower right
corner. The posted speed limit for most major roads is displayed near
the lower right corner as well.
- When you are simply driving while viewing the Map page (not
following a route), your speed is shown in the lower right corner (along
with the road's speed limit), the direction you are driving is shown in
the lower left corner
- Trip Information:
- Shows current compass heading while moving
- Indicates current speed, maximum speed, arrival time, distance and
time to next turn
- Calculates driving time, stopped time and total time
- Displays overall distance traveled (odometer) and distance to your
- Current Route:
- Displays a list of turn-by-turn instructions for your entire route
as well as arrival information
- Shows direction of each turn and distance
- Next Turn:
- Shows the next turn on the map and the distance and time left before
you reach the turn
Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?"
feature gives you instant access to important information in case of an
emergency. When you select "Where Am I?" from the menu, you get the coordinates
(including elevation) of your current position, plus the nearest address and
intersections. There are also buttons to help you locate the nearest hospitals,
police stations, gas stations, and roadside assistance. You can also save the
location for future reference.
Where To?: During navigation, you
can search for places by pressing "Menu", then "Where To?" You can select an
Address, Go Home, Points of Interest, Recently Found, Favorites, Extras,
Intersections, Cities, Browse Map, and Coordinates. You can also access Spell
Name for direct entry of your new destination, or browse the map. You can search
for locations near your present location (default), or select a different city,
your current route, or your destination.
Custom Points of Interest: The nüvi
1490-LMT will accept custom points of interest (POI) databases, available from
various companies on the Internet. Some custom POI databases contain alert
information for points such as safety cameras and school zones, and the unit can
notify you as you approach one of these points. To download custom POIs, you
will need the Garmin POI Loader software, available on Garmin's website.
Usage Modes: The nüvi 1490-LMT can be
used in any of three usage modes: automotive, pedestrian, and bicycle.
Vehicle Icons: The default
on-screen icon representing your vehicle is a blue sports car. In the menu, you
can select a blue 4WD pickup truck, a blue compact car, a blue 3D arrow, a pair
of boots, a large bird, or a rolling beach ball. You can also download other
vehicle icons from the "Garmin Garage" website.
Map Orientation: You can select one
of three map orientation displays:
- 2D Track Up: two-dimensional
map that constantly displays the route from top to bottom on the screen
- 2D North Up: two-dimensional
map that constantly displays North at the top of the screen
- 3D Track Up: three-dimensional
map that constantly displays the route from top to bottom on the screen
Screen Color Mode: You can select
one of three color modes for the display screen:
- Daytime: has a lighter,
- Nighttime: has a black
background, easier to see at night
- Auto: display automatically
switches between daytime and nighttime at sunrise and sunset
Route Preferences: When calculating
a route, you can select the following preferences: faster time, shorter
distance, less fuel, or off road.
Lane Assist with Junction View: As
you navigate your route, the unit will provide detailed diagrams of the proper
lane to travel when maneuvering a complex interchange. The Junction View page
will display what the actual approaching junction looks like, and arrows
indicating the lane in which you should be driving.
ecoRoute: The ecoRoute feature
calculates your vehicle's fuel economy, carbon footprint, and the fuel price of
navigating to a destination. It also offers tools for improving fuel efficiency.
Through ecoRoute's Fuel report and Mileage Report, you can track fuel usage and
gas mileage during each trip. There is also a driving challenge to help you
maximize your fuel economy by scoring your driving habits.
Avoidances: You can program the
unit to avoid certain things that may be undesirable on your route. Examples of
things that can be avoided include U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes,
Unpaved Roads, and Ferries.
Custom Routes: The nüvi 1490-LMT
allows you to create custom routes for errands, deliveries, or sales calls, and
automatically sort the destinations in the most efficient order. You can save up
to 10 routes, specify via points, and preview simulated turns on the unit's
Waypoints: You can manually mark
and name any map position as a waypoint for later recall. Up to 1000 waypoints
can be saved into memory.
Indoor Use: When indoors, you can
activate the built-in simulator and practice using the unit. This turns off the
GPS receiver so it's not searching for satellites.
Tools: The nüvi 1490-LMT offers
several tools you can use as you travel:
- World Clock: The world clock
allows you to display the current time for four locations throughout the
world. You can also display a map of the world showing which portions are in
daylight and which are in darkness.
- Currency Converter: This
feature allows you to update the currency rates manually so you are always
using the most current information.
- Unit Converter: You can
convert area, distance, speed, temperature, volume, and weight.
- Calculator: The calculator
allows you to perform simple arithmetic.
Garmin Lock: Garmin Lock is an
anti-theft feature. You can set a 4-digit PIN and a security location (such as
your home or office). Every time the nüvi 1490-LMT is powered on, you must enter
the PIN, or drive to your security location.
FM Traffic: The nüvi 1490-LMT can receive traffic information
broadcast over the FM Radio Data System (RDS), when connected to the supplied
Garmin GTM 25 FM TMC (Traffic Message Channel) receiver. When you are in a
coverage area, the traffic delays are rated by severity with color-coded icons.
If you encounter severe traffic along your route, the unit will automatically
recalculate the route for you to avoid traffic delays. The nüvi 1490-LMT includes a
product lifetime subscription to NAVTEQ Traffic. Traffic information is
available in approximately 50 North American cities.
Note: Free Lifetime Traffic Updates may not be
transferred to another person or another Garmin product. Lifetime traffic
extends for the useful life of your Garmin traffic receiver (as long as you
own a compatible Garmin GPS) or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from
its traffic supplier, whichever is shorter. Traffic content not available
for all areas.
Coupons: Location-relevant offers and pop-up coupons may appear on the
unit when the traffic receiver is connected to external power. These offers
include a coupon code which can be redeemed when presented at the advertised
location. (You should not attempt to write down coupon codes while driving.) The
offers and coupons can only be disabled by deactivating the traffic feature.
Picture Viewer: The nüvi 1490-LMT can
display photo images (JPEG files). The image files must be stored on an optional
microSD memory card or transferred to the internal memory.
Photo Navigation: The Panoramio (www.panoramio.com)
website provides photographs that include location information called geotags.
These photos can be downloaded into the nüvi 1490-LMT or microSD memory card, and
the unit can route you to the location.
Bluetooth Communication: Many Bluetooth-capable cellular
phones are compatible with the nüvi 1490-LMT allowing you to use the nüvi as a
hands-free car kit. The nüvi 1490-LMT has both a microphone and speaker, so no
additional equipment is necessary to integrate your Bluetooth phone. Available
options will vary by phone, however, generally these apply:
- accept or ignore incoming calls on the touch screen
- dial your home number
- enter a number manually
- call a POI (Point Of Interest)
- dial a number in your phone book
- call a recently dialed number
- dial a recent caller
- send or receive text messages
Bluetooth Compatibility: Visit
http://my.garmin.com/bluetooth/phones.faces for a complete list of Bluetooth
compatible mobile phones.
Mounting: The unit should
be securely installed when used in a vehicle. The unit comes with a mounting
bracket that includes a suction cup. The suction cup can be used to mount the
unit to the windshield. Once
the nüvi 1490-LMT is mounted, it can be adjusted on the ball-and-socket bracket for
best visibility. The unit must be installed where it has a relatively
unobstructed view of the sky.
Rechargeable Batter: The nüvi 1490-LMT
operates on your vehicle's battery using the included 12-volt cigarette lighter
power adapter, the built-in Lithium-Ion batteries, or household current using an
optional AC adapter (sold separately). The Lithium-Ion batteries provide up to 3 hours of use
after a 4-hour charge. Stored data, such as waypoints or unit settings, are not
lost when the unit is disconnected from a power source.
Internal Memory: The nüvi 1490-LMT
comes with an internal memory for storage of supplemental maps and photos. When
the unit is connected to your computer, the nüvi 1490-LMT is recognized as a USB
Mass Storage device.
Interface Capability: This unit can
be connected to a PC via USB cable (not included). This USB 2.0 full speed
interface allows you to download additional map information to the unit's flash
memory. The unit has a standard Mini-USB Version 2.0 jack. The unit is
compatible with Windows 2000 or later and Mac OS X 10.4 or later.