January 3, 2008

CES 2008: Garmin Nuvi 780

UPDATE: For More Information read my Full Review on the Garmin Nuvi 780 with MSN Direct 2
Garmin announced the nuvi 780 -- the newest addition to the popular nuvi family and the most powerful in its acclaimed 700 series. This is not just a Nuvi 700 series with MSN Direct, as it represents some new features plowed into the MSN Direct service that is pretty cool and expands on their desirable offerings. I reviewed the Nuvi 680 with MSN Direct a year ago right after it was announced at CES 2007, and it was great just for the gas price functionality. Read my Full Review of the Nuvi 680. For more info on the Nuvi 700 series read my Full Review of the Nuvi 750/760/770.

Now You can also get Local events like festivals in the area, News and Stocks, and Send to GPS capability which allows you to plan trips from your computer and send the information to your Nuvi 780.

"The nuvi 780 brings vital information -- through dynamic updates -- to recreational and business travelers," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Whether you're doing your daily commute, on an extended business trip or relaxing on vacation, the nuvi 780 uses the second generation of MSN Direct to provide the most important details you need at a glance."

Travelers can test the new features out for themselves at Avis Rent A Car. Avis Where2, based on the nuvi 780, will be available for rent with any Avis vehicle.

The enhanced dynamic content from the second generation of the MSN Direct network, which is also included on Garmin's newly announced nuvi 880, includes:

-- Traffic conditions: receive up-to-date traffic incident and flow
information for most metropolitan areas across North America, and let
nuvi select a route that avoids traffic accidents, road closures, and
-- Fuel prices: receive 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.
-- Weather reports: features current weather conditions (including
high/low/current temperatures, chances of precipitation, humidity,
pressure, wind, and weather alerts) as well as three day weather
-- Enhanced movie listings: search for movies by title or by theater and
receive show times, 'star' ratings, genre, actors, and more -- and get
driving directions to the theater.
-- Local events: receive special notices on festivals, concerts, and
sporting events in your area, and navigate to them.
-- News and stocks: the latest news headlines and financial market updates
are always at your fingertips.
-- Send to GPS capability: plan trips and look up destinations from the
convenience of your computer, via Windows Live Local, and then
wirelessly send locations to your nuvi 780.

Three months of free MSN Direct service is included with the purchase of the nuvi 780. Owners can re-subscribe for $49.95 a year, or a one-time charge of $129.95. For more information on MSN Direct services and coverage areas, visit http://garmin.msndirect.com.

The nuvi 700 series has been widely praised for being the first to answer two common questions: "Where am I?" and "Where's my car?" At any time, with a single tap of the screen, drivers can display their exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and gas stations. And to help drivers find their car in an unfamiliar spot or vast parking lot, the nuvis in the 700 series automatically mark the position in which they were last removed from the mount.

The nuvi 780 comes preloaded with highly detailed City Navigator NT road maps for the entire United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The nuvi 780 is also compatible with audible.com, a subscription based audio book service.

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