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Garmin nuvi 1490TV

Product Code: GAR1490TV

The large screen yet ultra-thin Garmin nuvi 1490TV is a cutting-edge pan-European navigator with DVB-T digital terrestrial television and radio. An in-built digital tuner gives you access to Freeview digital TV and radio content from across Europe, including more than 50 TV channels and 24 radio stations in the UK. Garmin nuvi 1490TV also features Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calls, pan-European premium traffic avoidance and ecoRoute to calculate a more fuel-efficient route.

Garmin nuvi 1490TV is also compatible with the optional cityXplorer download to get you around on foot or public transport, and you can even add City Guides to make the most of your time in town.



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The large screen yet ultra-thin Garmin nuvi1490TV offers multiple-point routing to make your journey - anywhere in Europe - as easy as possible. It has Lane Guidance and Junction View for supreme route awareness. It includes Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free phone calls, pan-European premium traffic avoidance and ecoRoute™ to calculate a more fuel-efficient route. It is also compatible with the optional cityXplorer download to get you around on foot or public transport, and you can even add City Guides to make the most of your time in town.

Garmin nuMaps Guarantee - simply register your new Garmin nuvi 1490TV within 90 days of first using your sat-nav to see if a free map update is available. See map coverage below for more details.

Great on the go - driving, walking or on public transport

Garmin nuvi 1490TV’s pocket design means you can take it anywhere. Use to its full potential by downloading cityXplorer to navigate selected cities via trains, tubes or buses* as well as on foot. Add an AA City Guide for your chosen city to find out about all attractions and places to eat, stay and shop.

* Note: Public transport data may vary between cities.

Traffic Alerts

Not every traffic service is equal. With Garmin you’ll always know what lies ahead. And it’s subscription-free, for life. Based on Trafficmaster data, there is extensive coverage of the road network (100% on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales). Know how long you’ll be held up, and choose to be routed around the queues.

Make hands free phone calls

Keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel with Garmin nuvi 1490TV’s integrated Bluetooth® wireless technology, microphone and speaker. Just pair with your compatible mobile phone and talk hands-free through the Garmin nuvi 1490TV.

Go Green and save fuel

The ecoRoute fuel-saver feature enables you to choose a fuel-efficient route which could even save you money as well as fuel. See the cost of the journey as you plan it and get scored for your performance with the Driving Challenge - good for identifying areas for improvement.

Cyclops Speed Camera Alerts

The Garmin nuvi 1490TV, like all Garmin sat nav's, gets its speed camera data from the Cyclops speed camera database. The database provides advanced alerts to fixed, average speed, mobile, variable, temporary roadwork, red light and red light speed cameras. As you approach a camera, your device sounds an alert. Subscription charges apply. Click here to read more about the Cyclops speed trap database.

Garmin nuvi 1490TV Features

‣Large 5-inch wide touchscreen display, sleek and ultra-slim design
‣Street-level mapping for the UK, Ireland, Western and Eastern Europe (42 countries) with 90 day nuMaps Guarantee
‣DVB-T digital tuner for Freeview television and radio
‣Stereo speakers and 3.5mm headphone output
‣Lane Assist/Junction View - illustrates the correct lane choice for upcoming turns and exits
‣Turn-by-turn guidance with voice prompts
‣Text to speech calls out the names of upcoming road names on the route
‣8-digit postcode - navigate using full UK postcode search
‣Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation)
‣Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road)
‣Route avoidance (avoid motorways, tolls etc.)
‣Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling through your Garmin sat-nav
‣Award winning free premium lifetime traffic subscription for the UK and other European countries
‣Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest)
‣Record a new voice with Garmin VoiceStudio software
‣World travel clock, currency and measurement converter, calculator
‣Public Transport and Pedestrian mode with optional cityXplorer download
‣Optional Garmin Travel Guides (sold separately)
‣Rechargeable Li-ion battery (up to 3 hours)
‣Built-in Cyclops speed camera database (includes fixed camera locations and mobile hot-spots)
‣Only 15mm thick - ideal for use in and out of the car
‣Garmin Lock (anti-theft feature)
‣1 Year manufacturers guarantee


The Garmin nuvi 1490TV has been designed to be plug and play, and as such can be transferred from vehicle to vehicle with ease. The Garmin nuvi 1490TV is powered via the supplied vehicle power cable. The Garmin nuvi 1490TV then attaches to your vehicles windscreen via the Garmin nuvi 1490TV suction cup mount. Alternatively using the supplied dashboard disk you can mount the suction cup mount on top of your dashboard instead.

Map Coverage

Garmin nuvi 1490TV comes preloaded with detailed City Navigator street maps for the UK, Ireland, Western and Eastern Europe (42 countries) provided from map supplier NAVTEQ. Rolling screen transition, accelerated map redraw and routing capabilities make screen zooming even smoother and ensure the navigation always matches your pace.

Further Garmin nuvi 1490TV maps are available microSD card which insert directly into the Garmin nuvi 1490TV. Available Garmin nuvi 1490 maps include USA and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Garmin nuvi 1490TV maps.

Garmin nuvi 1490TV Maps

Looking for sat nav maps for the Garmin nuvi 1490TV? All mapping comes on microSD card with SD card adaptor and is genuine Garmin product and specifically designed for use with the nuvi 1490TV. Countries available to buy include: UK and Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa, North America (USA and Canada), Australia and New Zealand. View all of the nuvi 1490TV compatible maps here.

What's in the box? (when purchased from

‣Garmin nuvi 1490TV
‣FM TMC Traffic Receiver/12 volt Vehicle Power Cable
‣Vehicle Suction Cup Mount
‣Dashboard Disc
‣AC Adapter and USB Cable Kit
‣External TV antennas
‣USB Cable
‣Quick Start Manual

Garmin nuvi 1490TV Accessories

Looking for accessories and spares for the Garmin nuvi 1490TV Accessories available to purchase include a carrying case, AC mains adapter and air vent mount. Along with these accessories, it is also possible to buy replacement parts such as suction cup mount and vehicle charger.

Garmin nuvi 1490TV External TV Antenna


‣Want to watch television on your Garmin nuvi 1490TV sat nav? You'll need to buy and install this external TV antenna.

Garmin nuvi 1490TV GTM 36 Traffic Receiver


‣Power and charge your nuvi 1490TV and add traffic information too via the GTM 36.

Garmin nuvi 1490TV Suction Cup Mount


‣Mount your Garmin nuvi 1490TV on your vehicle windscreen with this replacement.

Garmin nuvi 1490TV Technical Specification

‣Technology: GPS
‣Display: 5-inch WQVGA colour TFT with white backlight
‣Power: 12 volt, cigarette lighter
‣Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion up to 3 hours (depending on use)
‣Installation: Plug and play
‣Dimensions: Width - 137mm, Height - 86mm, Depth - 16mm
‣Weight: 221.1g
‣Guarantee: 1-year
Garmin nuvi 1490TV manual

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This product is a sophisticated electronic device which requires that you read, understand, and act upon the information given in the instruction manual (usually available via the above 'manual' link). You will need internet access and, in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations, regularly seek out and accept all firmware or software updates offered by the manufacturer. All GPS devices need to ‘see’ the satellites in the sky. Therefore you will need to know that your vehicle does not have glass that will block or impede the GPS signal.

Updates to this product are via the internet. At this product page we state compatibility with specific versions of current internet connection devices, for example: PC, laptop, MAC, smartphone etc. The Consumer Contract Regulations allow you 14 days, from receipt of purchase, to check compatibility with your internet connection device/s. If you choose to replace or update your PC, MAC etc. neither we nor the manufacturer will be responsible if the new/replacement Operating System (OS) is not compatible with the purchased product.

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We are official Authorised Internet Retailers for Garmin. We sell genuine Garmin products, accessories and maps. We purchase from assigned Garmin UK distributors. We do not buy on the grey market and we do not sell counterfeit products. You can rest assured that by purchasing from ActiveGPS you will receive the full support of Garmin.

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