Overview: The nuvi 1690 is a portable GPS navigator
and personal travel assistant that provides automatic routing, turn-by-turn
voice directions, and touch screen control. The 1690 is equipped with Garmin
nuLink! Services with real-time content delivered wirelessly to the unit. In addition, the nuvi
1690 has built-in Bluetooth technology,
lane assist with junction view, and can display JPEG photos.
The nuvi 1690 comes loaded with City Navigator North America NT 2010.20 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 attractions.
microSD Memory Slot: The nuvi 1690
has a microSD memory slot for additional map data from optional microSD memory cards. The
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, 4.3" (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 nuvi 1690 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 alphabetical layout.
Text-to-Speech Voice Commands: The unit routes you to your
destination using voice prompts. Male and female voices in over 60 different
languages and dialects are available to choose from. Many of the language
choices include text-to-speech, which pronounces the street names when giving
directions. Additional voices are available for download in the Garmin Garage
Information Pages: The
information provided by the nuvi 1690 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
- 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 final destination
- Current Route:
- Displays a list of
turn-by-turn instructions for your entire route as well as arrival
- Shows direction of each turn
- 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
nuvi 1690 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 nuvi 1690 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
- 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 nuvi 1690 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 display. In addition, a
trip log provides an electronic breadcrumb trail of up to 10,000 points, so you
can see where you've traveled on the map.
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.
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 nuvi 1690 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:
can convert area, distance, speed, temperature, volume, and
- 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 nuvi 1690 is powered on, you must enter the
PIN, or drive to your security location.
Garmin nuLink! Services: You can get accurate real-time information
about the area you're traveling in delivered directly to your nuvi 1690 via a
built-in wireless module. For a limited time, the nuvi 1690 comes with a 2-year
trial subscription. Garmin nuLink! Services include the following applications:
- Google Local Search: access up-to-date information for the local
area using the power of Internet-enabled local search and navigate directly
from the search results.
- Gas Prices: Garmin nuLink! services show you where you can find
the best prices for any grade of fuel in your area.
- Weather: Tap the weather icon and receive current and 5-day
forecasts for major cities around the world.
- Local Events: Find out what's going on in town by searching for
concerts, theater performances, sports, and art, and navigate to the venue.
- Flight Status: Get quick access to flight departure/arrival times
and gate information from airports around the world with the closest major
airports displayed first.
- White Pages: Find addresses by name or phone number using the
White Pages application. After the address is found, you can immediately
navigate to the location.
- Real-time Traffic: You can receive current traffic data for your
route so your nuvi 1690 can automatically optimize a route for the shortest
- Ciao!: Keep up with what your friends are doing. Ciao! integrates
multiple third-party location-centric social network applications, such as
GyPSii, with more networks to be added in the future.
- Movie Times: Use Garmin nuLink! services to find an area movie
theater, along with titles and showtimes.
- Send to GPS: Build a list of destinations online and send them
wirelessly to your nuvi 1690.
- Money Converter: Convert up-to-date currency evaluations, plus
measurements, distances, speed, and temperatures.
- myGarmin: When updates are available, you'll receive alerts via
Garmin nuLink!, so you can download them automatically.
Picture Viewer: The nuvi 1690 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
nuvi 1690 or microSD memory card, and the unit can route you to the location.
Bluetooth Communication: Many Bluetooth-capable cellular phones are compatible with the nuvi
1690 allowing you to use the nuvi as a hands-free car kit. The nuvi 1690 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 or to the dash (using the plastic mounting
disk). Once the nuvi 1690 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.
Optional Pro.Fit G3 Vehicle Specific Mounts: The Garmin nuvi
GPS units are directly compatible with the optional Pro.Fit G3 series of Vehicle
Specific Mounts (VSMs). The G3 Series mounts have a ball-and-socket mechanism
that perfectly fits the nuvi mounting cradles, giving you a custom mount
designed for your vehicle. Please check the Crutchfield vehicle selector to see
if a G3 Series VSM is available for your vehicle. If the original or Legend
series Pro.Fit VSM is the only available option for your vehicle, the Garmin
nuvi adapter (042TT39) can be purchased and attached to the VSM.
Rechargeable Battery: The nuvi 1690 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. 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 nuvi 1690
comes with an internal memory for storage of supplemental
maps and photos. When the unit is connected to your
computer, the nuvi 1690 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.