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TomTom 730 Review,
This review is from: TomTom GO 730 4.3-Inch Portable Bluetooth GPS Navigator (Electronics)Since this is a newer TomTom model and I haven't found much of anything in regards to reviews I will post some of my findings about what I liked and disliked with the unit thus far.
- Helio: "Ocean" users can connect to this unit via Blue Tooth even though Helio was not listed as a vendor. I would imagine that means that most if not all Helio phones with blue tooth can connect. I am able to only do Hands-Free calling from the unit which is fine and the calls were very clear from the 730's speakers. I didn't remembers seing Helio listed as compatible so this is verification for all of you Helio "Ocean" owners.
- Voices: My wife and I thorougly enjoyed the free voice downloads, some really good ones from the TomTom community. My wife likes British voices and we found some excellent ones for her including some funny community driven/created for me, the geek, like C3P0, Daleks from Dr. Who and Stephen Hawking :) Keep in mind most of these voices are Free and I wasn't expecting that much. The voices you do need to pay for were very good if not somewhat cheesy and didn't cost too much $6-13 US. I did like the John Cleese voice, maybe I'll splurge.
- IQ Routing: My first thought was "Yeah right, bull@#$&" it won't know my local short-cuts, no other GPS I have used was able to. I entered and locked in my home address and the machine began to route. It recognized I was deep inside the parking lot(No Mans Land) of the store from where I purchased the unit so I was surprised to see the unit pick up my location within about 5-10 seconds(very fast) then navigate me to the parking lot exit via a dotted line to show me that in about 200 feet I would hit the road it wanted me to be on.
Being a local in my area, I know all of the back roads and short cuts which have the least amount traffic lights, stop signs and traffic in general in my area and I was very happy to see the unit did as well. It totally detoured me around those typical boondoggles that plague drivers in the town I'm in. Keep in mind it knew the "entire" short-cut I was going to take like it read my mind, not just part of it. What it didn't know, out-of-the-box, was that they were fixing a overpass on the route and workers had blocked the road. Since this GPS has input to note road blockages, I decided to use it when I got within 200 feet of the blockage. I clicked the appropriate road blockage icon, and the machine immediately noted the blockage and re-routed me around it. I'm assuming now that when I take this route again, should it route me this way in the future it will route me around that blockage, at least that's what is claimed. I like the fact I can remove that blockage which I know in a few months time won't be there anymore.
I'll give it a few more weeks then come back to this review, just in case that was an anomaly with the short-cut. I know other short-cuts to other places I visit, we'll see if this unit has the IQ.
- Text to Speech: Is not turned on out of the box, I read so many complaints from users who were not getting Text to Speech and realized it must just be their stupidity. You need to turn it on! I'm not sure why TomTom doesn't just default it, I guess that's just life. Text to speech worked great, and worked as well as any of the competing GPS models.
- Voice Address Input: Surprisingly, it actually works pretty well, though I'm not sure how much I'll actually use it.
- Default Language(out of the box)on US Model: I don't know if this was just me but I'm going to note this to users who purchase this unit(early adopters). My units default language out of the box was in German! Thankfully I knew a little German so my wife and I fumbled our way through the introductory screens and eventually got screen that listed a bunch of countries. Someone with less aptitude with the German language might be extremely annoyed by this and could be frustrated. Was this a fluke? I hope TomTom notes this review and double checks their US machines are defaulting as English.
As I use the GPS more over the coming weeks I'll add more findings, especially once I start using it on the highway.
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Initial post: May 16, 2008 10:23:28 AM PDT
K. McCrum says:
Very good review...thanks! I'm looking at the Nuvi 660 also and your insights have been very helpful.
Posted on Jul 12, 2008 10:55:30 PM PDT
Daniel P Miller says:
Great review. I'm buying one for my Mom and your review really makes me think this Tomtom is the one to get...
Posted on Nov 30, 2008 6:56:33 AM PST
I also have a Helio Ocean. I just bought the TomTom730 GO (upgrading from TomTom One 130-S) and I am waiting for it in the mail. I am glad to see that I can at least have hands-free calling available, but it stinks to not have the traffic feature. I really wanted that feature! Especially since I have the unlimited data plan. In addition, that means I am going to miss being able to send/receive SMS messages, see the weather and sync the phone book with my future TomTom GO 730.
I wonder if TomTom or Helio can update the software to make it compatible. The Ocean 2 will hopefully have this feature. If anyone can help get this message to Helio to make it compatible it would be great.
Posted on Mar 11, 2009 8:32:04 PM PDT
C. COLLINS says:
Shoppers: TomTom's no longer offer FM transmitting of voice instruction but TomTom and its retailers continue to FALSELY ADVERTISE the feature.
Existing TomTom users: If you update firmware above 8.01 you LOSE the feature also. TomTom has disabled this feature for the entire world. That means if you want to update a map you WILL lose FM Transmitting. What's worse, TomTom will NOT warn you! They simply remove it when you perform the update. Garmin, took a much more logical approach & only disabled the FM transmitter in 2 European countries that ban FM tranmission not the ENTIRE WORLD like TomTom.
BUY THE GARMIN - better maps and no tricky updates or false advertising.
*****TOMTOM'S CANNED RESPONSE ON THIS ISSUE*****
Response (ST Jamie Mc) 03/07/2009 11:16 AM
Thank you for taking the time to contact TomTom Customer Support regarding the FM transmitter no longer working. My name is Jamie. We are always happy to help.
We understand that you are concerned about the recent change to the TomTom application which has disabled FM Transmission of navigation instructions. We deeply regret that it has become necessary for us to implement this change, as our FM Transmission technology was a unique innovation at the time of its release.
TomTom products can be used for travel in many different countries around the world. In an effort to comply with the laws of these countries, we have removed this feature from the product. We are currently working to reinstitute this feature in compliance with these regulations. At this time a date of release is not available. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
Thank you for choosing TomTom for your navigation needs. If you have any further questions or comments, please email or call us at 866-486-6866 Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM until 7:00 PM EST or Saturday, 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM EST. Thanks again for writing. At TomTom we believe in showing you the way the easy way.
With Best Regards,
TomTom Customer Support
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