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You should be OK using that method on the 1490 as it does not have any other feature files other than JCV.
That is correct. It appears that Garmin is moving away from the conventional (FM based) traffic receivers in favor of Smartphone Link which is a superior (IMO) traffic reporting system. The 51/61 series will support traffic receivers, but it is an add-on (additional purchase) item where on the 50/60, it was built in or bundled with the device. Smartphone Link is now a free app and works on the 50/60 and 51/61 models that have Bluetooth support.
My nuvi 3597 has the HD traffic receiver, but I have quit using it as there is no FM coverage in my local driving area, but SmartPhone Link does very good traffic reporting in the same area.
Speed cam POI alerts can be installed on most Garmin automotive devices including both the Drive x0 (2016 models) and x1 (2017 models). If you are in North America, POI Factory has comprehensive speed and red light camera files that are free for contributing forum members or available for a small fee for non-contributing members.
It looks like Garmin has introduced the 2017 models: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/cOnTheRoad-cAutomotive-p1.html
I have not figured out what all the changes are, but one thing I see on the DriveLuxe and DriveAssist and DriveSmart is this: "Built-in Wi-Fi® for easy map and software updates". Also looks like they integrate with the Garmin Smart watches. And they have apparently dropped the LMT and LMTHD designations now showing as DriveLuxe 51-S.
Don't know if this will help or not on the "Event saved" issue, but I suspect the message is related to the dash cam functions. I found this in the user manual, but I am not familiar with this model, so I don't know what you can or can't turn off:
I would probably try turning some alerts off one at a time to figure out which one is causing the frequent Event Saved alerts.Enabling or Disabling Advanced Driving Assistance Features
You can enable or disable advanced driving assistance features in the camera settings (Camera Settings).
Select Settings > Camera.
Select or clear the check box next to each warning or alert.
I haven't seen much said about it lately, but a few years ago the forums contained some active discussions comparing TomTom's IQ Routes to what Garmin had to offer with their Traffic Services and the "Trends" (TrafficTrends and MyTrends). It seemed to me that there was a general consensus that the IQ Routes was superior to Garmin's methods.