Summary: Love the GPS and the endless cool features it has(Have the nuvi 660 w/2009 map) Pros: The external antenna keeps reception indoors or outdoors, easy to use as with most Garmin GPS, The traffic function if set up is awesome (saved me from a couple jams), Bluetooth is fun (reads text messages to you) and so is audible book (reads books to you ex: bible, etc; free trials are givin but you pay afterwards). The sound on MP3 is good and fm transmitter is nice feature too.
Summary: I got my Nuvi 660 about a week ago and have been playing with it for the last few days. The unit is really easy to use with a big clear display that you can see well even in full sunlight. I will only highlight some of my observations/frustrations. Since I am in the Gatineau, Quebec area the 660 is really comical in the speech of French names when using it in English. Also, street names are preceded by rue(street), chemin(road), etc.
Summary: The latest Garmin is very impressive. However, I don't like the fact that finding some of the accessories is so challenging. For example, I purchased this GPS because I was taking a trip to California. Unfortunately, the laws in California prevent you from attaching the Nuvi directly to the windshild, so you've got to purchase a separate accessory, which I did, the Garmin Portable Friction Mount. It works great in terms of not sliding around the dash.
Summary: After searching for the perfect GPS, my wife and I settled on this one. We like the size of the screen. Also, being bluetooth, MP3, and JPEG equipped makes it that much better and give it an edge on the competition. For someone who is serious about buying this item, shop around. We looked all over:(on-line, retailers, etc) and saw that the prices ranged from $300(ebay)- $1200 (Dick's sporting goods). Luckily ebay had the right price.
Pros & Cons of 1 year, 10,000 miles, 2X cross-country
19 February 2008
Summary: I've owned a Garmin Nuvi 680 for 1 year and logged around 10,000 miles on it. I purchased it for 2 drives cross-country this past fall. The first being from VA to CO to WA, and the second from VA to NY to ND to WY and ending in WA. These were 2 very, very long drives and I must say I was exceedingly impressed with the performance of the Garmin. Here is a quick summary of my experience: Pros- 1 Easy to use. 2 Accurate GPS w/ quick start up.
My 3rd Garmin in a month, and I'm still missing that Nuvi 650
A. Santiago Jr., Amazon
12 February 2008
Summary: I recently received a 650 as a gift. It was a beautiful device. I then decided to get more bells and whistles and got a nuvi 750. Big mistake. The 750 was buggy so I returned it, too many updates to it, etc. POI's were missing. I then decided to return the 650 and get my wife and myself the Nuvi 680. It's has the same beautiful screen as the 650, all the POI names show up, parks, golf courses etc.
Summary: The Garmin 680 has proven an excellent navigation tool. I am in the business of field sales and the 680 has found every location I have thrown at it. The bonus, contrary to expectations of poor performance, has been using the 680 as a hands free phone interface via bluetooth. I have the 680 paired with a Blackberry Curve phone and the handsfree, contact lookup and voice dial features on the phone are nicely integrated into the 680 user interface.
Summary: I purchased the Nuvi 680 for my wife because she drives often to places she doesn't frequent. Inevitably, she'll get lost, pull over to the side of the road, because she drives a stick, and call me for directions at odd hours of the day. On her maiden voyage with her brand new Nuvi 680, I was awaken from a deep slumber at 5:48 a.m. to the sound of my wifes voice screaming with excitement, "Honey! Are you awake (I am now); this thing is so great!
Summary: This is a fantastic product. We have used it in multiple parts of the country and there is simply no better way to navigate unknown places. You can tell it where to go or you can search for a restaurant by name or type of food. My only complaint is the MSN service-- I am no convinced it is all it is cracked up to be. The accident notices are delayed, so you really can't avoid a traffic delays early, but it can't be perfect!
Summary: I do over the road trucking and must find many new addresses. This unit is very good at what it does, but does not replace good directions and common sense, it compliments them. Nice to know left exits, and distance to location, etc. I would recommend it to anyone as a tool to be used while driving. Haven't used many of the features yet but may later. Bluetooth, audiobooks, etc.