The recently announced Garmin Nuvi 680 is a widescreen, bright, flat form factor GPS system that is based on one of the best GPS units out there, if not the best, the Nuvi 660.
The key difference is that the Nuvi 680 has the capability to get information updates from the MSN Direct service that provides data feeds over the FM band in many major cities across the US.
While these data feeds can be seen in gizmos like this Melitta Coffee Maker, these feeds can also be seen in other useful places like on a GPS on my dashboard!
For a full list of my own Full Reviews of GPS units; Click - Hands On Reviews MSN Direct - Movies The MSN Direct system will retrieve movie theater locations and what's playing at those theaters too, allowing you to search by movie or theater.
I actually thought that this was great; search for the movie you want to see, and it brings up the theaters that are playing it in a list starting with what's closest, and once you tap on that theater, you get the times for when that movie is showing.
Vastly better than scanning through the newspaper, or searching online.
Easy enough to change plans half way through dinner and pick a new movie, new theater and still get there with time to spare.
MSN Direct - Weather When you tap on the weather button you get a forecast for a city or town close to you.
As the unit pulls down more weather information, the display will show you the opportunity for a weather forecast at most cities and the option to browse other cities.You get a list of towns and cities near you and then as you continue to scroll you start to get a list of major cities near you.So here around Boston, I got a dozen or so local cities and towns listed and then got major cities down the east coast like NYC, Washington, Richmond, etc. Another thing that I like is that in many screens a small temperature readout comes up as you drive or search for locations.So, it's informing you about current temperatures here and places you go while navigating regular Nuvi menus.MSN Direct - Gas Prices MSN Direct covers about 100,000 gas stations across the country, and after doing a little research I found that the US has 121,000 gas stations, making for about 83% coverage of major gas stations (there are about another 10,000 outlets with no employees, making them, in my mind, so small they may not be worth considering; even if you add those, that's still an impressive coverage number - 75%).I found coverage to be good, and all the national brands in my area were represented, although not all of the gas stations near me were.