Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT: Review

The Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT is the last arrived in the house Garmin and is also the more technological, thin and elegant. In just 1.3 mm of thickness this navigator incorporates the best of the feature’s techniques Garmin as the cartography road City Navigator NT in 45 European countries and a database of over 3 million of POI, including hotels, restaurants and service stations.

In addition, thanks to the use of 3D technology Terrain the lessee will have the a realistic idea of ​​how it is the surrounding environment, aspect not from the least, especially when you face unexplored territories. This navigator, among the many features at its disposal, also uses the voice recognition technology, which allows the motorist to not to look away and the attention from the road also in phase of guide.

Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT: Design 

One of the definitely the most interesting design of the Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT is the thickness of only 1.3 mm and the extreme attention to detail that Garmin has put into this latest generation browser. This extremely thin allows a transportation absolutely comfortable and not bulky appearance that will appeal to all users.

Even the display of the Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT is beautiful thanks to a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, Capacitive screen multi-touch and active matrix, which makes possible for a good view from any angle. Furthermore, this fantastic display is able to automatically orientate the image on the screen (horizontal or vertical) depending on the position of the device.

Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT: Features and Functionality

The Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT is a concentrate of technology in all respects. We can start talking about the exceptional 3D graphics technology Terrain (my favorite) which allows you to view your surroundings in an extremely realistic and effective: we will have a 3D representation of all that surrounds us, starting from the mountains to get to the lakes.

Thanks to this new graph, the motorist will be able to see and feel in advance climbs, descents, turns, and this representation is therefore, an excellent tool for the assessment of possible difficulties awaiting the motorist in the stretches of the road that will be front.

We can continue talking about the advanced navigation features offered by images of interchanges Photoreal and BirdsEye or 3.0 Gudance new technology that provides awesome speed of calculation (InstaRoute) and destination search easier and more effective (InstaSearch). The Garmin nuvi 3490LT also provides navigation at the highest level through, for example, the voice directions (TTS speech synthesis can pronounce street names) and a search menu extremely quickly and efficiently.

Another aspect not to be underestimated is definitely the sales package: the package includes the new Garmin is included as standard with the TMC receiver ” Premium ” that allows direct access to info-traffic in major European countries, all without subscription’s payment or maturity of any kind.

Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT
Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT

To help in the fight against trafficking, Garmin also provides the user with the trafficTrends feature that allows the navigator to calculate the shortest path based on past data traffic. Also personalizing the navigation is pushed to the maximum by Garmin and you can customize the voice (through the site or through the Voice Studio will be able to make your own voices played back. In the case in which the themes of our maps are not to our liking, we can change them through the Settings menu, so how can we change the way the map display from horizontal to vertical.

Moreover, thanks to myTrends you can add a personal touch to navigation: Based on the voyages made earlier and taking into account the time of day and day of the week, the navigator will be able to automatically suggest the most likely destination (office, gym or supermarket) providing all possible alternatives also based on the existing traffic.

This is not over, this technological jewel, thanks to the reduced size and thickness, can also be used in the pedestrian area, thanks to new horizontal cityXplorer maps that will allow us an advanced pedestrian navigation: Detailed walkways (streets, pedestrian zones, parks, subways) displaying the route in advance and indicating the POI in the vicinity. The pedestrian navigation is usable even when the GPS signal is not available, such as in the subway: in essence, the navigator can work offline.


The Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT is a concentrate of technology that can be used in both automotive and pedestrian thanks to technology and the size of the same. The user-experience of the end user will be excellent, Garmin has focused on the user, building a user-based browser that will not leave unhappy even the most demanding users. The only downside perhaps is the price, but for all that allows you to do this navigator, I would say that it is not too high.

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PROS : Voice Recognition; thickness and design, multi-touch capacitive screen; Technology Photoreal and BirdsEye; 3D Technology Terrain, Technology Guidance 3.0; Can be used horizontally or vertically.

CONS : Price.

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