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Garmin nuvi 1690

Product Code: GAR1690

Garmin nuvi 1690 is more than a sat nav. It’s an online social navigator that gives you real-time information on the go. From fuel prices to Google Local Search, you can find out what you want to know instantly thanks to Garmin nuLink Services.

The Garmin nuvi 1690 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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Garmin nuvi 1690 features preloaded steet level maps for Western and Eastern Europe, including the UK and Ireland and has a simple, intuitive menu. Just touch the screen to look up addresses and get turn-by-turn directions. Garmin nuvi 1690 then announces street names before you make a turning - e.g. “Turn right into Dell Road” so you can keep your eyes on the road at all times. Garmin nuvi 1690 also allows you to avoid last-minute panics and lane changes with Lane Assist. Garmin nuvi 1690 shows you the correct lane to be in for upcoming junctions, giving you supreme route awareness.

Garmin nuMaps Guarantee - simply register your new Garmin nuvi 1690 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.

Instant Everything with Online nuLink Services

Hot Traffic - Instant traffic updates so you can avoid the queues

Advanced Speed cameras - Speed cameras are continually updated so there are no surprises on route

Fuel Prices - Accurate, comprehensive fuel prices you can rely on to save fuel costs

Google Local Search & Telephone Directory - Need an address? Find it on Google or the Directory and navigate there.

Pan-European Roaming - Get traffic, speed cameras, fuel and more in 15 countries (services may vary between countries)

Ciao!™ friend finder - Track your friends and navigate to them with this social navigation feature

Weather forecast - Always know the weather along your route

Flight Status - Get up-to-the minute arrival/departure information while on route to the airport

Currency Exchange - Keep up-to-date with current exchange rates while travelling abroad

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

Garmin nuvi 1690’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.

Plan Ahead

Garmin nuvi 1690 includes advanced navigation features so you can save 10 routes, specify via points and preview simulated turns. In addition, nuvi 1690 automatically sorts multiple destinations to provide an efficient route for errands, deliveries or sales calls. It also displays speed limits for major roads. A trip log provides an electronic breadcrumb trail so you can see where you've been on the map.

Make hands free phone calls

Keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel with Garmin nuvi 1690’s integrated Bluetooth® wireless technology, microphone and speaker. Just pair with your compatible mobile phone and talk hands-free through the Garmin nuvi 1690.

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 1690, 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 1690 Features

‣4.3-inch wide touchscreen display, sleek, ultra-slim design that fits easily in your pocket
‣Street-level mapping for the UK, Ireland, Western and Eastern Europe (42 countries) with 90 day nuMaps Guarantee
‣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
‣1 year free subcription to the Garmin nuLink real-time services
‣nuLink service include: Fuel prices, hot traffic, Google Local Search, Ciao Friend Finder (17 countries)
‣Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest)
‣World travel clock, currency and measurement converter, calculator
‣Public Transport and Pedestrian mode with optional cityXplorer download
‣Park Position Recall – nüvi will remember where you're parked and direct you back there
‣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


Garmin nuvi 1690 has been designed to be plug and play, and as such can be transferred from vehicle to vehicle with ease. The Garmin nuvi 1690 is powered via the supplied vehicle power cable. The Garmin nuvi 1690 then attaches to your vehicles windscreen via the Garmin nuvi 1690 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 1690 comes preloaded with detailed City Navigator street maps for UK, Western and Eastern Europe 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.

What's in the box? (when purchased from

‣Garmin nuvi 1690
‣Free 1-year data subscription to Garmin nuLink Services
‣Vehicle Power Cable
‣Vehicle Suction Cup Mount
‣Dashboard Disc
‣USB Cable
‣Quick Start Manual

Garmin nuvi 1690 Accessories

Looking for accessories and spares for the Garmin nuvi 1690? All parts are genuine Garmin product and specifically designed for use with the nuvi 1690.

Accessories available to purchase include 5-inch carry case, vehicle power charger, a weighted dashboard mount and an air vent mount kit. Along with these accessories, it's also possible to buy replacement parts such as suction cup mount and vehicle charger. View all of the nuvi 1690 accessories here.

Garmin nuvi 1690 Maps

Looking for sat nav maps for the Garmin nuvi 1690? All mapping comes on microSD card with SD card adaptor and is genuine Garmin product and specifically designed for use with the nuvi 1690 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 1690 compatible maps here.

Garmin nuvi 1690 Technical Specification

‣Technology: GPS
‣Display: 4.3-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 - 125mm, Height - 79mm, Depth - 19mm
‣Weight: 174.7g
‣Guarantee: 1-year
Garmin nuvi 1690 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.

Why buy from us?

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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