Despite these new tomtom go’s not getting the best feedback i decided to get one because the things people complain about are not really an issue for me. I previously had a tomtom xl which i had for 5 years and the maps were really in need of updating so i wanted a sat nav with lifetime map updates and looks and performs more modern and slicker. The first things i noticed are the map is more interactive, the touch screen is much more responsive and it’s so much faster and easier to scroll around the map. One thing i found annoying about my old xl was if you zoomed in or out while on a journey it would reset back to the default position after a few seconds, also if you wanted to look at a different part of the route or map you had to mess about going through a number of pages to find the browse map option. Both these issues have thankfully been resolved, if you zoom in or out the view stays where you leave it (although i think if you go into the option screen it will reset back to its default position) and to scroll around the map all you have to do is touch the arrow icon on the screen. Instead of pages of icons there is now a row of 7 icons and a settings icon with sub menus but i can’t say i’ve noticed any options or features missing that i’ve ever used, to me it just appears to have a more simplified layout so everything you need is easy to access. It feels very solid and good quality, the mount is a big improvement in every way, the touch screen is very responsive, it’s easier to operate and navigate, the graphics are a bit of an improvement but it’s how much smoother they are that is really impressive. There is hardly any processing delay when scrolling around the map, calculating routes probably never takes any more than about 10 seconds, the sound is also much better thanks to a better speaker and improved spoken voices with the additional feature of being able to say names (streets, towns, city’s etc. My only criticisms are that the map updates are very slow to make it from real world to tomtom’s system. There have been two roundabouts added to a very busy road near where i live and it took at least 4 months until the update was available and they aren’t even the correct size and shape, whereas a free sat nav app i have on my phone updated the alteration within a couple of weeks. The other problem is the updates take forever to download, i update fairly regularly, about every month or two and i’m not kidding it takes most of the day for it to download and install. On the whole though it is a brilliant sat nav and i would highly recommend it.
I have an xl version which works fine in the uk. Unfortunately, european countries were split between central and southern. Southern includes france, spain and italy but not germany and scandinavian countries. I had problems after downloading central countries. I think the data is too large to incorporate all european countries. Also, i could not get tomtom to work after downloading central countries which includes germany. (maybe a ploy to entice the buyer to buy a later version). I decided to buy this go 400 version which includes the whole of europe. When compared with the xl version, the signals come through almost immediately.
After getting rid of my dreadful garmin this is like a breath of fresh air. The mapping is amazing and when you get into a large city centre like manchester the mapping zooms right in meaning that navigating complicated junctions become really easy. Dump that old sat nav and get one of these today.
I just used it for a 900 km trip through ireland, from belfast to dingle and back. The tomtom was ok, we didn’t get lost or anything, but the info on gas stations and public parkings is poor. Before starting we downloaded the last version of the maps from tomtom, but in small towns (dingle, killarney, etc) the parkings were simply not there. We were standing in one and the device directed us to the nearest one. Apart from that, the thing is ok. Although they have eliminated some useful options from the older version of the program, like to show how many satellites are online, and a few others.
I read all of the latest reviews before buying this tom tom. Let me say that, mostly it does the job, and i accept the fact that the graphics are not quite the same as my old tom tom. So why have i not rated it higher?.Some pluses: i like the mounting for my car screen (a lot) – it is so much better than the old one, the screen is big and clear, and once you get used to where the information is, everything is there that i need, the sound is crystal clear, and it has 100 per cent got me to my destination. I also like the automatic transition from a day time screen to a night screen in the same way that my car dash board does – very sensible. Well last week, i was driving down a dual carriage way (a34) and thought that i was likely to need to come off at the next junction, but tom tom told me to go straight on. Oh, i thought, it must know a quicker route. When i was up to the junction on the right hand lane with no way of moving over, it told me to go right on the roundabout as if i had come off at the junction.
TOMTOM 1FA6.002.04 GO 600 EU IN – (SatNav GPS Devices) (discountinued by manufacturer) : Generally a good satnav and comes with all the support and camera network information available to tomtom as a powerhouse brand in the world of gps devices. The one shortcoming i would mention is that the new software, whilst quite slick and neat, is still evolving a little at the moment (march 2014) and there are some features like ‘road ahead closed’ missing from this version of the software which can lead to some annoying moments whilst the device is constantly trying to turn you around to go back at the closed street. The lifetime maps and tomtom live (assuming this offer is still on the product when you read this – it should be clearly stated if it is) has been a massive boost however. The ‘lifetime’ is for the ‘lifetime of the device’ however this is going to be several years away, so assuming you were interested in keeping your maps up-to-date it is quite a cost saver. Please note: the traffic cameras are not included in the lifetime tomtom live (which i thought they were at first). It’s not an expensive add on and you do get some free use of it for a while after buying the device. Personally the other lifetime benefits mean i’m not too worried about this one – but i wanted to make sure you were aware of it before buying in case this mattered to you.