January 10, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
GPS has saved us many man-hours in U-turns and drawing out directions, but there’s no denying that it’s distracting when clutching the wheel, a Big Gulp and trying to change the DVD for the kids.
The Garmin nüvi 880 allows you to keep your hands on the wheel (or whatever else) and exercise some in-vehicle road rage, giving you an interface to bark commands out to. Push the button mounted on the steering wheel, and you can call out any info, including the need to find the nearest Taco Bell.
It’s also got a connection to MSN Direct, which provides traffic, news, movie listings, and advice on fuel prices. The service costs $50 a year, or you can pay a one-time charge of $129.95.
Other features include a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, an FM transmitter, a picture viewer, an MP3 player, and Bluetooth support for hands-free calling.
The nüvi 880 is $999, which includes a three-month trial of the MSN Direct service; expect it to be available in time for your summer road trip.
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