We’ve waited a long time for another manufacturer to put up some competition for TomTom’s LIVE, and finally Garmin has met the challenge and even upped the ante somewhat. It’s a shame that the traffic provision is not as powerful as TomTom’s HD Traffic, but otherwise the nuvi 1690 meets every TomTom LIVE feature with aplomb, and adds a few very useful extras on the top. Garmin also undercuts TomTom considerably on price. The subscription costs are still not exactly cheap, but you won’t have to pay them for a year. So if you can make do with Trafficmaster-based traffic, the Garmin nuvi 1690 is better value. Over to you, TomTom.