TomTom GO 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator
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- Clear voice guided route instructions
- Crystal clear 3-D view even in direct sun
- Long-life rechargeable battery
- Includes cigarette lighter adapter and USB cable for PC connection
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Nowadays, people are constantly on the move. In an increasingly mobile world, people rely more and more on personal navigation products as a vital tool to facilitate mobility. With illuminated maps and voice-guidance systems, personal navigation products are a natural transition to paperless navigation. Getting directions has never been so stress-free. GPS (Global Positioning Systems) navigation systems give you spot-on navigation, wherever you are and are as easy to use as a mobile phone. And if you need to re route your journey - to avoid congestion, road work or traffic accidents - GPS navigation systems can do this for you automatically. TomTom GO is a stand-alone, portable and easy-to-use car navigation appliance that incorporates navigation software, maps and GPS receiver in one device. Navigation solutions are now accessible to everyone thanks to TomTom GO's ease-of-use, ease of installation and affordability. Complete car navigation solution in one box. Latest maps with millions points of interest Highly sensitive, integrated satellite receiver Simple touch-screen operation Unique Assisted Satellite Navigation system - Uninterrupted navigation - even in tunnels Modern and sleek design to fit your style Portable - easy to fit & remove in seconds Route maps provide extensive coverage throughout continental United States
Amazon.com Review TomTom's GO portable GPS navigation system integrates TomTom's award-winning personal-navigation software into a portable, cable-less design that fits in any briefcase, handbag, or backpack. The GO system works right out of the box, with nothing to load or install. You can readily move it from one car to another, and it fits easily into the supplied car mounting kit, perfect for your windshield or dashboard.
The 3D navigation helps you to get perspective in an unfamiliar environment.
GO's unique touch-screen activation avoids the hassle of multiple buttons or extra hardware when calculating your route. The touch screen is completely intuitive and you can plan your route with just a few taps.
Instant rerouting around construction or other obstacles, or you can just program it to avoid a particular street.
GO's built-in GPS receiver provides unprecedented levels of satellite navigation using the latest hardware and software. For the first time ever in such an affordable, all-in-one navigation device, the GO will feature Assisted Satellite Navigation, which provides virtually uninterrupted navigation in tunnels and urban canyons.
You'll enjoy up to 5 hours of continuous navigation from the unit's rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The GO's 3.5-inch "transflective" display offers clear visibility in any environment, from direct sunlight to low light. The GO also features TomTom's unique 3D and top-down views, which make navigation more true to life and interactive than many built-in car GPS systems. The intuitive interface is focused, extremely legible, and omits extraneous details.
A CD-quality voice prompt provides crystal clear sound that allows you to hear voice instructions above the noise of the engine.
What's in the Box
GPS device, vehicle power adapter, car mount, a rechargeable battery, AC/DC power adapter, a user's manual, and warranty information.
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First the Pro's:
1. Awesome display, very vibrant colors. Seemed to me be much better than the displays on comparable magellan, and garmin units. It was also the only unit that gave you a 100% 3D - what you are seeing as you are driving - view.
2. You can pick the voice that you want talking to you. I picked the british lady (Jane) - just something about the english accent that I love.
3. Quickly recalcutes directions in the event you miss a turn. Trust TomTom, it will get you where you need to go.
4. NO MORE MAPQUEST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1. Am yet to find a TomTom technical support/customer service number...not that I needed technical support involving my unit...I just had problems registering the thing with the enclosed card, and registration number that TomTom gave me. Said that my registration code was wrong...I tried re-entering it a half dozen times. Then to confirm that I wasnt crazy, I had somone else try on a different computer...same result. Needless to say, my unit is still not registered.
2. It can take upwards of 3 to 5 minutes to acquire a satellite hookup.
3. On only one occassion it gave me flawed directions. It seemed to me that the internal OS that controls the unit crashed. I had to restart it, and re-enter the address of where I was going, and then everything was fine.
Hope this review helps someone out there.
The TomTom Go arrives in a classy box... evidence of the manufacturer's zeal for producing a first-class device. Set-up was fairly easy and intuitive... and it started working right out of the box. A quick introductory "tour" is shown on the screen that gives a great overview of its capabilities.
If you purchase the U.S. model of the TomTom Go, the device is pre-loaded with "major highways of the United States." This provides general maps of most interstate highways, along with many state highways and major roads.
Also included, free-of-charge, is a stack of CD's that include more detailed maps of other regions of North America. To install them, you simply plug-in the TomTom Go to your PC (using the included USB cable.) Then install the maps that are important to you. The device comes with a 256mb SD card installed. I kept the "major highways of the U.S." map, and added the entire Northeast and California maps, with room on the SD card left to spare.
The GPS unit can operate by plugging into AC or DC power (both cables are included), or can operate using its built-in rechargeable battery. Most people will probably use the included cigarette-lighter adapter for continued, easy use. The battery fares quite well on its own; mine lasted 6 hours without needing a re-charge.
At this point it is worth mentioning: this device is ENTIRELY self-contained. While you can use the included hardware to mount it, along with the included power cable... there is no real installation required. You can quite literally pick up the device in the palm of your hand, carry it to another car, and be on your way with a fully-functional device.
As long as you've supplied power to the device (or given the battery an initial charge), you're ready to go. Within minutes, I was navigating to various destinations easily. You operate the TomTom Go by using intuitive menu options on its impressive touch screen... which offers a bright, crisp display. The 3D view is intuitive and fun. A slick zoom feature allows you to see a birds-eye view (or helicopter's eye view!) of the road... including geography and town names, for miles ahead!
At night, a very handy night-vision option can be used, which gives a low contrast view for safer driving.
(Note: When using the TomTom Go in a rented convertible, I must admit the display could get a little washed-out from the sun glare. This just depends on the angle of the sun, and was a problem only 20% of the time.)
The manufacturer's website offers additional accessories and installation options, but the kit comes with everything you need right out-of-the-box, including cigarette lighter adapter, AC adapter, USB cable, SD card and a certificate for a free carrying case (which you order online, apparently.) Other available options on their website include a professional mounting kit, supplemental antenna, and colored faceplates.
It is important to have a PC and internet access, so you can install the additional maps and register the unit online.
The manufacturer's website offers additional downloads, including supplemental narrator voices; some of them are definitely tongue-in-cheek ("Zappa" guides you with a Southern California valley girl accent!)
I was taken aback at the seemingly low price, compared to other GPS systems. I worried that I might be 'settling for less' by not purchasing a more expensive unit. But make no mistake: the features are comprehensive, and there is NOTHING cheap-feeling about this device.
That being said, I do have two complaints about the TomTom Go:
Complaint #1) When starting up, sometimes it takes up to 5 minutes to register the satellite signal... even on a clear day with no obstructions to the sky. This was a bit disappointing, as other GPS systems can usually register a signal in less than a minute. I'm not sure why this happens, as TomTom Go's computer itself has virtually no warm-up time. (Literally, it takes perhaps 2 seconds to power-up and then it's ready to use.) Once a satellite signal is established, it stays pretty solid.
Complaint #2) Listings for points-of-interest (such as restaurants and gas stations) didn't seem complete. In the Los Angeles area, for example, a search for restaurants produced numerous locally-owned establishments, but was nearly void of standard fast-food joints such as McDonald's. (This could simply be due to the overwhelmingly large number of restaurants in California though. Dunno.)
All-in-all though, I can't say these are major issues. They are minor tarnishes on a nearly-perfect little system.
One more quick note: make sure to purchase the correct device. This one I'm reviewing here is the "TomTom Go." There are other devices from TomTom, but they may be add-ons for PDA's and computers.
In summary, TomTom Go is a classy GPS device, reliable, easy-to-use, and offers a near-perfect balance of style, usability and value.
first of all, it looks great. unlike ANY other PDA nav systems, this one matches your car. i usually put it on the left side of the steering wheel, on the windshield. the display is really bright and clear. the speaker is amazingly loud too. the built quality of the accessories and tomtomgo itself is very solid and flexable, which does not make it feel "cheap". the battery can last for 4 hours that i consider very reasonable for such a good display.
it comes with a 256mb SD card for storing maps, which is more than enough for most people.
the OS, to my suprise, is very easy to use; even my friend, who is a computer idiot, know how to use it within 1 minute. the GUI is very simple and functional. in addition, the system is very stable, and i have never encountered any problem till now. the CPU is pretty fast too.
however, it sometimes does not show the shortest distance, and also doesn't speak out the name of a street or raod, which is the major con of this product. it does not support OSX either. ( but i think u can still download those maps from the CDs into the SD card by a card reader, but never tried). it should also comes with a display cover to avoide finger prints too.
it does provide an "eagle eye" map viewing function, but i still prefer the tradition 2D one more. at least, it works better for me.
to conclude, i recommand this nav system to anyone. you get more than what u paid; this is a very high quality product. even the box has some kind of design too (although it is copied from iPod's box..)
P.s. This is my first review on amazon.
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