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August 8, 2009

Garmin nuvi 1490T Review

Verdict: Bigger, Brighter, Louder, Faster...Better

Garmin nuvi 1490T Review

What's in the Box 3D Junction View Measuring Screen Brightness

REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

  • Noticeably faster to use than previous nuvi models
  • Large, bright 5-inch screen makes things easy to see while driving
  • Internal speaker is 35% louder than other Garmin nuvis
  • Virtually identical to the nuvi 1390T, but with a larger screen and support for Routes (multi-destination trips)

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August 2, 2009

How to Manually Extract & Install Garmin's Map Update

How to Manually Extract & Install Garmin's Map Update

Anyone who's installed a Garmin downloadable map update knows that one of the most annoying aspects of the update is dealing with the 2 GB update file. If you follow Garmin's instructions, and double-click the single 2 GB update executable, you're then forced to wait 10-20 minutes while your computer tries to open the file. For some inexcusable reason, no progress is shown while all this is happening in the background, and many users simply give up, falsely concluding that the update won't install on their computer.

There is a better way. Read on to see step-by-step instructions on how to extract the 2 GB update file and manually launch the updater.

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Garmin Releases Downloadable Map Update - North America NT 2010.20

Garmin Releases Downloadable Map Update - North America NT 2010.20

Garmin has released its second US map update this year. Available as an electronic download, North America NT 2010.20 is available now via Garmin's website. nuMaps subscribers can download the update for free, as can anyone who purchased a qualifying nuvi within the past 30 days. For everyone else, the update will cost you $69.99. Visit Garmin's map update page for more details and purchasing options.