I tested the 1490lmt side by side with the 50LM for wacky routing:
during that test, i noticed that the 50LM's junction view stayed on the screen longer than the more expensive 1490lmt.
(new 50LM cost me ~$60 during xmas sale, 1490lmt was $130 refurb. both bought in last 7months.)
Doesn't the 1490 have other features the 50 doesn't?
Traffic, Bluetooth, Multi-Point Routing...
It would be nice if the JV time was configurable, but I find if you look when the garmin starts speaking, you get about a 5 second view (on my 1490) - which seems to be enough for me.
Another possible reason for the 50's Junction View staying up longer is that it displays views in split-screen, so there is no need to quickly revert to the map, unlike units with full-screen Junction View.
Sometimes price does not get better performance.
As an owner of a 40....HA!
Sometimes price is based as much on perceived value as actual value as you found out. People also have different needs and wants, so what makes it good for you might make a different model good for me. Since I got one last Christmas and I'm hoping this one lasts 5 years, I'll check back in in 2016 and see what's worth buying. Although by that time Google Glass will be out, so the GPS may be on a screen attached to my glasses.
Starting not to trust the 1490, maybe the 50 will make a good back up....thanks
I paid $100 for this unit and it's the best one since I started using GPS units. I don't need the other stuff in the better units but I love the Junction views in this system.
Can't go wrong with the 50.
The length of time the JV stays on the screen is exactly as you have commented here. The difference in display time between the 50 and the 1490 has nothing to do with performance and everything to do with the fact that the 50 displays split screen views.
Download the 700+MB full screen view file and place it on the 50 and it will only display the view for a short period of time, which I suspect will be exactly the same time as the 1490.
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