TomTom GO 500 EU – 5″ Sat Nav : Well pleased with this easy to use product

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Having read other reviews i was a bit sceptical of buying this. After trying garmin and getting hacked off with its constant alerts, i’m back with tomtom. I really like the new styling. The interface is simple and easy. What more do you need it to do, it does everything i ask. I don’t often write reviews but felt this was getting a bad press. I buy a new gps every year and this is the one i’ve been waiting for. It feels modern and a refreshing change.

I previously owned a tom tom live and thought the traffic on it was great when it worked but the service on it was very unreliable and often would not connect. After a year the gps was broken and kept disconnecting even after an update so i had to get another, i was also reluctant to renew my traffic for £50 when it did not allways connect anyway. I use the device every day and all day and despite those issues i do like tom tom. I decided to look at the garmin stuff and the new line tom tom stuff (as despite my previous one i do prefere them to garmin) and i have to say the slick look of the go 500 drew me too it, it looks very nice and the screen is very well done. I no longer need to pay for traffic updates as its all free through my mobile tethering. The traffic does not really use up much phone data so no worries there and the service connection has also been much more reliable than my live one was. I was also not bothered about it not working as a hands free phone speaker as i never find them to work very well anyway and always hard to hear and for people to understand you. Its a satnav not a hands free unit, that’s how i see it. I have heard some negative reviews regarding its lack of options and configuration capabilities but for me you dont need your satnav to be a laptop or a smart phone, you just want it to do its job and do it well.

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. Here are the specifications for the TomTom GO 500 EU – 5″ Sat Nav:

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  • NEW-Interactive Maps
  • Lifetime TomTom Traffic via Smartphone
  • Lifetime Maps
  • 3D Maps

A good sat nav but there are still a few improvements to be made. . As others have noted the tom tom 500 is a step back in terms of features if you stick with the stock software. An upgrade improves things greatly but this is not ideal for less technically minded users. I really like the new interface and find the uncluttered approach a real step forward. Points of interest (poi) are better integrated and easy to search, the parking nearby feature is also a really welcome addition. I have found the software much more stable than on previous tom tom models and it gets a satellite fix quicker than my old 7xx series. The 5′ capacitive screen with seem less night mode transitions is a real ‘jewel-in-the-crown’ for this model (even in a monde the 600/6000 seemed too big). The live traffic via smartphone is very simple to set up and uses very little data – the ‘always on’ traffic of the 5000 just wasn’t worth the premium to me (though, as others have noted, your phone and network must support tethering). Overall i feel this is an upgrade and i look forward to taking it on a few long trips to really stretch it. One downside is that the battery is fixed and you’d have to tear down the unit to replace it.

So there seems to be a lot of negativity about this device, and the main reason i can see for this is people hate change. The software is totally new, yes, but change doesn’t mean worse. With free updates, traffic, speed cameras and and active cradle (i really wasn’t expecting this) it’s a great deal. The device looks great, the cradle is solid, and the fact you can keep the cable plugged into the cradle and just remove the device is a massive plus for me. I like the new menu, it’s very different to the tomtom of old but once you find your way round it’s good. People complain that you can’t select a house number after entering the postcode. Simply by putting a space after the postcode then entering the house number will take you to the door. Different, yes, easier, yes. Syncs perfectly with my iphone and finds its way around traffic jams. I like the display on the right that shows how far the next speed camera or petrol station is. You can search it’s built in list of poi’s and you can add your own points on the map and save them. I have previously used a slightly older tomtom and the only negative over the older model is some of the directions at motorway junctions don’t seem quite so clear, but again it’s just a case of getting used to it. All-in-all a great looking, well built, functional device.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Good device, shame about the software
  • Tomtom Go 500 EU
  • Accurate sat nav that does what it’s supposed to!

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.

While there are missing features, as mentioned in the other reviews, my personal preference is to have a device which works well and i never used the features which are currently missing. I connect the device using my iphone 4s and the connetion is instant and i believe a lot faster than the ‘always connected’ x000 devices. Traffic magically seems to appear within seconds and is updated regularly. The new search features are excellent and the routing, as with past tomtoms, seems to use the best algorithm i’ve come across. The screen is just about the right size, being bigger than my previous tomtoms and not too big, which is what i feared the 600/6000 would be. It does what it says on the tin.

This review is from : TomTom GO 500 EU – 5″ Sat Nav with Full European Lifetime Maps, Lifetime Traffic Updates, Smartphone Connected and Interactive Screen

Good device, shame about the software. Software is crap on this, had to do multiple resets and battery life is terrible.
Good device, shame about the software. Software is crap on this, had to do multiple resets and battery life is terrible.
Bought this to replace my navman. It’s pretty reliable but nowadays i use the waze (navigation) app on my phone.
Bought this to replace my navman. It’s pretty reliable but nowadays i use the waze (navigation) app on my phone.
Hey, it’s actually pretty good. Very different to older system. You just need to get use to it i’m afraid. The main thing is it is very good at avoiding traffic, comes up with some really sneaky routes (i’m london based)some really cool things went missing but are gradually coming back, that’s goodthey are updating features all the time. Updating maps takes forever, sometimes doesn’t work, just had to call tomtom as i had no maps (corrupted) on the 400 but they sorted it. You get people moaning about little things that it doesn’t do any more, but i think it’s a better system. What is a real pain is that this model does not have a built in sim, so you must link every time to a smart phone. Did i just moan about a little thing?. Oh and also you have to use your finger rather than a pen to touch the screen.
Hey, it’s actually pretty good. Very different to older system. You just need to get use to it i’m afraid. The main thing is it is very good at avoiding traffic, comes up with some really sneaky routes (i’m london based)some really cool things went missing but are gradually coming back, that’s goodthey are updating features all the time. Updating maps takes forever, sometimes doesn’t work, just had to call tomtom as i had no maps (corrupted) on the 400 but they sorted it. You get people moaning about little things that it doesn’t do any more, but i think it’s a better system. What is a real pain is that this model does not have a built in sim, so you must link every time to a smart phone. Did i just moan about a little thing?. Oh and also you have to use your finger rather than a pen to touch the screen.

This review is from : TomTom GO 500 EU – 5″ Sat Nav with Full European Lifetime Maps, Lifetime Traffic Updates, Smartphone Connected and Interactive Screen

Receeded and the back up from tom tom is poor to say the least they charge almost what the. The female connector within the tom tom very quickly receeded and the back up from tom tom is poor to say the least they charge almost what the sat nav cost to repair it and contacting tom tom i s a nightmare. I will consider other makes in future.

This review is from : TomTom GO 500 EU – 5″ Sat Nav with Full European Lifetime Maps, Lifetime Traffic Updates, Smartphone Connected and Interactive Screen

Receeded and the back up from tom tom is poor to say the least they charge almost what the. The female connector within the tom tom very quickly receeded and the back up from tom tom is poor to say the least they charge almost what the sat nav cost to repair it and contacting tom tom i s a nightmare. I will consider other makes in future.
Great value for money, this was an upgrade from an old tomtomone and it’s great. Essential for me when adventuring around britain, free updates are also a great feature.

This review is from : TomTom GO 500 EU – 5″ Sat Nav with Full European Lifetime Maps, Lifetime Traffic Updates, Smartphone Connected and Interactive Screen

Great value for money, this was an upgrade from an old tomtomone and it’s great. Essential for me when adventuring around britain, free updates are also a great feature.
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