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Garmin Nuvi 680

by December 04, 2006
Filed under: Portables

In conjunction with the 2007 CES in Las Vegas, Garmin announced the Nuvi 680 - the first-ever personal navigation device that incorporates real-time traffic reports, gas prices, weather conditions, and movie times from Microsoft's MSN Direct network.

One of my favorite features of the device is it's ability to automatically change a route to avoid accidents. The nüvi 680 receives up-to-date traffic incident and flow information for major cities across the United States - time-saving information that drivers will find valuable even when they know how to find their destination. Once a motorist programs a destination into the device, MSN Direct traffic data helps select a route that avoids traffic accidents, road closures, and construction. If conditions change during the trip, the nüvi 680 will automatically alter the route to minimize trip time.

The unit also receives gas price data from over 100,000 gas stations across the nation. Drivers will always know where to get the best prices - and save time and fuel by using their unit to navigate directly to the station of their choice.

The nuvi also has Bluetooth capability, including speakerphone and hands-free dialing. The nüvi 680 with MSN Direct is expected to be available in early 2007 for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $999.99. For more information, visit www.garmin.com .

About the author:

Over the years J. has constantly found himself to be an "early-adopter," spending way too much money on "new" technologies such as Compact Disc, LaserDisc, and DVD. He is one of the few people who actually purchased (and still owns) a CORE programmable remote control (bonus points if you remember this product).

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