TomTom GO 600 Portable Vehicle GPS
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- TomTom Traffic - Drive with world-class traffic information - Lifetime Via Smartphone
- 3D Maps - See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
- Internal memory - 8 GB; SD slot - microSD
- Interactive Maps - Put the world at your fingertips
- Lifetime North America Map Updates - Always drive with the latest map. 6.0" Capacitive Touch Screen. Please note: This product is battery operated.
- There are regular PND updates that the user needs to do by connecting the device to their computer. This is recommended once every three months. Upon purchase the customer should be registering their device, upon registration the user will then receive notifications on any and all updates and will be prompted to perform updates upon connecting to their PC. (Voice control instructions can be found in the user manual on page 78)
- 6 inch (15 cm) touch screen
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Make the smartest driving decisions by knowing precisely what is going on around you and what lies ahead. Experience a new world of navigation.
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TomTom GO 600
TOMTOM GETS YOU THERE FASTER
The all new TomTom GO has been completely re-designed to put you in control of your device. Make the smartest driving decisions by knowing precisely what is going on around you and what lies ahead with the world at your fingertips. The TomTom GO 600 comes with TomTom Traffic to get you to your destination faster and know exactly where you are with buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D.
Lifetime TomTom Traffic via Smartphone
TomTom traffic creates a vivid picture of traffic conditions as they evolve. Drive with world-class traffic information for the life of your device via your smartphone*. Get to your destination faster with precise and accurate, real-time information. TomTom Traffic covers more roads than any other GPS brand and pinpoints exactly where delays start and end so you always know your fastest route.
*Your smartphone needs to be compatible and come with a data plan. Extra costs may apply, check tomtom.com/connect for more information.
EXPERIENCE A NEW WORLD OF NAVIGATION — HIGHLIGHTS
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Lifetime TomTom Traffic —
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Simply zoom in and out to find and explore places on the map with your fingertips. Tap on the map to get an instant route to your destination.
Pinch to Zoom
Simply Pinch to Zoom on the interactive map to find places and explore more of the world around you. Zoom in to find a point of interest on the map and zoom out to see what lies up ahead.
Tap & Go
Use Tap & Go to instantly get a route to your destination. Save time and get moving faster.
See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D. With 3D Maps, you'll always know exactly where you are.
Essential traffic and travel information at a glance. The Route Bar shows precise traffic information on the road ahead.
Find your destination faster with intuitive search results. Quick Search starts to find your destination as soon you start typing.
See your favorite locations on the map. Personalize your map with My Places so you can easily find and navigate to your favorite locations again and again.
Lifetime TomTom Traffic — Smartphone Connected
Drive with world-class traffic information for the life of your device*. Get to your destination faster with precise and accurate, real-time information. TomTom Traffic pinpoints exactly where delays start and end so you always know your fastest route.
*Lifetime is the useful life of the device, so means the period of time that TomTom continues to support your device with software updates, services, content or accessories. A device will have reached the end of its life when none of these are available any more.
Map-making is in TomTom’s DNA; we’ve been making world-class maps for more than 25 years. We combine state-of-the-art technologies with real-time updates from the more than 21 million drivers in our Map Share community to create the most accurate and up-to-date maps available.
Our road network changes regularly. We work tirelessly to make sure you always have the most up-to-date map. With Lifetime Maps you can download the most recent map at least 4 times each year, for the life of your device.
Always drive with the latest map. Get to your destination faster with Lifetime Maps. For the life of your product, you can download 4 or more full updates of the map on your device every year. You receive all updates to the road network, addresses and Points of Interest.
The world’s largest database of real travel times gives you the fastest routes and the most accurate arrival times – it’s genius!
Benefit from free daily map changes, reported by the Map Share Community, and get to your destination without unwanted surprises.
DESIGNED FOR SMART NAVIGATION
6" Capacitive Touch Screen
See your next instruction better on our biggest and sharpest screen yet. With bigger menus and buttons on the extra-large 6″ screen, navigation is safe and easy.
Advanced Lane Guidance
Clearly shows which lane to take at junctions so you don't miss your turn. On the most difficult highway intersections, realistic 3D representation of the junction keeps you relaxed and safe.
Spoken Street Names
Helping you to keep your eyes on the road, spoken instructions now include street names, to make turns even clearer.
Click & Go Mount
Includes a USB car charger and cable. Magnetic mounting for fast and effortless one hand docking.
Find nearby parking with the aid of your TomTom device. Since Parking Assist is available throughout your journey, you can choose to navigate directly to the nearest parking garage when planning your route, or find parking en route — either near your destination or close to your current location.
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New use of iPhone and Android App for Traffic Data: This generally works flawlessly. When you first use the device you'll download the app from the app store. You'll then go through some steps to pair the device with your phone. The instructions aren't perfect for this but just know that on an iPhone you need to be in the Bluetooth settings menu to make it discoverable (I'm not sure about Android). The one flaw with the use of the app for the traffic data connection is that if you reset your phone or haven't used the app in a couple of days the app will be relegated to the deep background on your phone (i.e. out of active memory) and so when you start up the TomTom in your car it won't be able to connect to the traffic service. This shouldn't happen frequently (it's only happened to me a few times) and can be easily avoided by starting up the app before you start up the TomTom, but it is a small flaw in this approach of delivering traffic data to the device.
Physical Device and Mount: Wow. Best looking, best feeling GPS device I've ever owned. Sleek with curved edges and a refined finish. Excellent mount, by far the best I've ever used. It's what I call a 'permanent' mount where you can plug the cable into the back of the mount and just click the GPS device itself in and out as you need to (i.e. you can leave the mount on the windshield). When I say 'click' I mean it literally - TomTom uses a magnet in this mount that perfectly pulls the GPS into place and holds it firmly. At the same time it's easy to 'click' out when you want to put it away. Great speaker - TomTom has always excelled in this area - and great voice coming out of the speaker - again TomTom has always excelled here. The glass capacitive touch screen is great, just like a smartphone screen.
Map, User Interface and Navigation: You have the option of a 2d view or a true 3d view. The 3d view shows buildings in 3d. It replicates large buildings and landmarks as they actually look and uses a set of generic building types for other smaller buildings and houses. I've never been a huge fan of 3d building view (I also have it on a Garmin I own) but after 2 weeks of use on this device I'm a fan, mainly because it makes navigating through downtown areas much easier and in general makes it easier to know where you are and where the highlighted route is telling you to go. I do agree with another reviewer who mentioned that the map isn't high resolution and sharp looking. Don't get me wrong - it's fine and doesn't interfere with what you actually want from the device, but it isn't as sharp looking as the maps on some competing devices. My guess is that TomTom made this choice to reduce the burden on the graphics processor, especially in 3d building view, which likely relies on a lot of processing power. I think it was the right choice because the unit already feels like it's somewhat maxed out on processing power - it's not laggy, but it's not zippy fast with screen refreshes and moving through the menus. I really like the new screen layout. It shows more of the road and less clutter, but you still have all the information you'd want. The bottom shows the speed limit, your current speed and the name of the road you're on. The top shows info on the next driving instruction and the right hand side is occupied by TomTom's route overview pane, which I love. The route overview pane is a huge improvement over the competition and allows you to see a whole bunch of information without leaving the navigation screen. You can choose what POIs show up on the route overview - by default it shows gas stations. It also shows traffic and safety cameras on your route. At the top of this area is the estimated arrival time and distance to destination. At the bottom is the distance to the next item showing in the route overview. Jam packed with useful info but doesn't feel cluttered. On the left hand side you have a button to switch from 3d to 2d views and vice-versa, the zoom in and out controls and at the bottom a button to pull up the menu. The menu is more of an overlay than a menu and I've come to appreciate this change over the 2 weeks I've spent with the device. The menu selection items are large and you can scroll left on the menu with a swipe, making it easy to use the menu while driving (if you need to). My only criticism here is not having a 'clear route' selection pop up in the first menu screen - you have to go into the 'Current Route' selection to find this. That said, you can easily clear the route with your voice, so this isn't that much of an issue. I won't spend any time describing navigation because at this point in GPS development being good at navigation is an absolute must just to be in the game and in my view TomTom is as good or better than others at this core function. Advanced lane guidance is implemented so subtly and perfectly so that it gives you all the information you need when you need it but doesn't annoy you or negatively impact the navigational experience. Now for my criticisms: 1) POI searching. For some reason this device can't find a number of small businesses by name, while my Garmin can. This probably isn't an issue with restaurants and recreational destinations, but when using this for business to search for my destination (for a meeting with a prospect, etc.) I have trouble finding the business using POI search. This relates to my second point: 2) TomTom hasn't included Google live search on this device, a feature that is included in my Go Live 1535. I guess this was a feature that got sacrificed to keep the cost of the unit down, but it was very handy because it gave the user access to a much large database than TomTom's POI database. I miss this dearly, but can learn to live without it. My last criticism in this section is 3) the highway exit guidance view. I find this to be a downgrade from the Go Live 1535 and occasionally confusing because TomTom uses different labels than those on the actual highway signs. This is fine in your own city where you're likely to recognize the label they use, but might be challenging in other cities when travelling.
GPS Lock, Voice Command and Traffic: This device catches a GPS signal quicker than any other device I've owned and keeps it locked better than any other device I've owned. Surprisingly for TomTom, this device does a better job of maintaining a GPS lock downtown than my Garmin does, and Garmin has historically been better than TomTom at this (but still not that great). This is a huge benefit for many of us that end up using our devices in downtowns - prior to this I basically didn't bother using my GPS device in the downtown core, but with this device I can easily do this. Voice commands work seamlessly - I'm very impressed with how well the device recognizes the wake up phrase ("Hey TomTom") and responds to the commands that follow. My criticism with the voice was going to be the lack of navigation to an address using voice, as this is available on my Go Live 1535 and appeared to have been taken away on this device (I couldn't understand why because it worked great on my Go Live 1535), but TomTom has since updated the software to include this feature. I love the voice command capability for GPS devices (safer, easier) and am very glad to see it works well on this device. Traffic is excellent, but remember, no traffic service is perfect yet. While I believe TomTom's traffic service is the best out there, it still doesn't always capture a traffic event before I'm in it, and at that point I imagine I become one of the data points that feeds back to the traffic service that there is slow-moving traffic at my location. Nevertheless, it captures tons of traffic incidents and seamlessly factors them into the route calculation.
MyDrive Connect: This is the small piece of software you download that will allow you to upgrade the device firmware, maps, safety camera database and other items. This is a huge upgrade over the previous software (I think it was called MyTomTom but I can't remember the exact name) and frankly I can't understand the other reviewers who've said they have had problems with this. Granted, I can't speak for how the software worked prior to May 3, 2014, but it worked flawlessly for me on a Windows 8.1 computer and was so much better than my previous experiences with upgrading TomTom devices.
Overall a great GPS device and likely only to get better as TomTom improves it over time through software updates (as they have already proven they are motivated to do).
We are happy to announce our latest software update V. 13.057. Please connect your devices to MyDrive to get the latest features which include:
- Alternative route planning
After planning your route, select it to get a pop up menu button; open the menu and select Alternative route, then find Alternative route.
- Accent Colours
You can now customize the display of your device with different colour schemes.
- New map colours
You can change to new map colours with better contrast.
- Share changes to the map.
It is now possible to share changes to the map with the TomTom Map Share community.
You can read more on these and other changes here: http://bit.ly/1iAIqiN.
Some negatives (in my opinion): In map view (2D) there is no option that I've found to show you travelling "Up" on the screen. It's always in the direction of travel, North is always up. For example, if you're heading South, the arrow is going down screen. I can understand the logic but was used to the other way on my old Garmin. I'd like an option to change it. However, in 3D mode the arrow is always pointing up, which I like. So, I'll be using 3D all the time.
I also don't like having to say "Hello TomTom" to wake up the voice commands every time I want to tell it to do something like zoom in. I'd prefer the old wake up phrase, "Hey, TomTom" or something besides "Hello" which is annoying to other passengers.
I'd like more verbal warnings nearing a turn. A couple times I almost overshot the left hand turn lanes by the time she said "Turn Left." One has to pay close attention and not rely on TomTom.
It has less points of interest than my old Garmin. For example, I visit a favorite supper club while on vacation and TomTom can't find it by name. I must type in the exact address. It always popped up on my Garmin.
I reported an error to TomTom concerning the description of places considered "Night Life." All the points of interest listed as "Night Life" with the cocktail glass symbol were described as "Casino" when looking at the additional info on them. I know the places I visit aren't casinos and have no gambling whatsoever.
Now the good things:
The most important thing...all the driving directions have been exactly accurate.
The six inch screen is nice and big. I was able to increase the text size (a great option) and the map display is still plenty big.
I like the true touch screen functionality...just like a smartphone or tablet. It's great.
The advance lane guidance works like a charm. On a busy freeway the screen automatically switched to show all lanes in 3D with my correct lane indicated, nice and big. Very cool.
The TomTom announces the highway correctly. For example: "U.S. Route 20" instead of "Ulysses S Grant Memorial Highway" as the Garmin did which no one knew what it was talking about because no road signs say that. It made no sense unless you're a local.
I really like the voice commands. However, there are some functions voice can't do (unless I just haven't figured it out yet.) Being able to do everything via voice would be nice.
There are almost daily updates via computer which you access by plugging the device into a USB port. TomTom says it listens to its customers and makes updates based on feedback. In addition traffic cameras are also updated frequently.
I also like the fact the cable connects to the mount and not the unit itself. This makes it easier to remove the unit for concealment without messing with the cable too.
And last, but not least, I like Samantha's voice better than the old Garmin's.