Last month, we had a look at Garmin Nuvi 885T GPS with awesome Speech Recognition capabilities. This gave a clear indication that Garmin is making deliberate efforts to innovate and make sure they continue to hold on to the tag of being the Best GPS product manufacturer.
Garmin has now announced its newest portable GPS system, named as nuvi 1690 with enhanced features, specifically designed for those that are looking more than just navigation feature while driving on the road. Garmin Nuvi 1690 comes with two free years of nüLink! service—a wireless data plan with local Google search, traffic, weather, fuel price, movie, flight, event, and telephone listing information plus a bit of Garmin’s proprietary Ciao social networking service thrown in. After two years, the service will cost you $5/month.
Garmin Nuvi 1690 Features and Specs
- Widescreen ultra-slim GPS design with 4.3-inch WQVGA touchscreen display and EDGE network connectivity
- Pre-loaded with City Navigtor NT maps for North America, including more than 6 million name-searchable points of interest
- Bluetooth wireless technology enables hands-free calling with a compatible phone; included traffic receiver provides North America traffic information
- Pedestrian navigation capability enabled through optional CityXplorer maps; public transit mode allows you to navigate using buses, tramway, metro, and suburban rail systems
- Enjoy access to Garmin’s nüLink services like weather forecasts, flight status, white pages, and more
The 1690 will also be packed with more practical features from the Nuvi lineup, including Bluetooth connectivity, a 4.3-inch color touch screen, text-to-speech, lane assist, and ecoRoutes. Interestingly, the SD card slot that we’ve come to expect from the Nuvi chassis has been downsized to a microSD slot.
Garmin Nuvi 1690 is available for Preorder on Amazon. It is attractively priced at $499 and the product will be released on October 20th 2009.