Our review of the Garmin Nuvi 680 finds it to be a highly capable, but quite costly, GPS device. Still, it's worth a look.

Feature list

  • Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Claimed battery life: up to 7 hour
  • Waterproofing: no
  • High-sensitivity receiver: yes
  • RoHS version available: yes
  • Basemap: yes
  • Preloaded maps: yes
  • Ability to add maps: yes
  • Built-in memory: internal solid state
  • Accepts data cards: SD card (not included)
  • Waypoints: 500
  • Routes: 0
  • Voice prompts (e.g. "Turn right in 500ft"): yes (internal speaker)
  • Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON GRAY'S INN ROAD in 500ft"): yes
  • 3D map view: yes
  • Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route): no
  • Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation): yes
  • Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road): yes
  • Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc): yes
  • Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest): yes
  • Hands-free calling with Bluetooth wireless technology: yes
  • FM traffic compatible: yes
  • MP3 player: yes
  • Audio book player: yes
  • Picture viewer: yes
  • Configurable vehicle icons (select car-shaped icons for map navigation): yes
  • World travel clock, currency & measurement converter, calculator: yes
  • Touchscreen: yes
  • Remote control: no
  • FM transmitter: yes
  • Headphone jack/audio line-out: yes
  • Dead reckoning: no
  • Garmin Lock (anti-theft feature): yes
  • Motorcycle-friendly: no

OUR VERDICT

It's neither cheap now without flaws, but the Garmin Nuvi 680 is worth a look for those seeking a full-featured GPS satnav device and media player.