My FT-60 meets your first two criteria (although it does do weather alerts if needed). There are times when GPS is handy (SAR); or APRS (for weather and location information). A little used feature of APRS is text messaging. Handy for when cell service is non existent. Air and Marine bands are sometimes more interesting than local news. Wires-X lets you really reach out and touch people. In the end though, you're right, it's all about RX and TX; just different data on the RF.