TomTom GO 520 Satellite Navigation System With UK & Ireland Mapping, Too many gadgets

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Although tomtom updates web-site is not as reliable as it should be.

Let down by windscreen mount ***update***. I have changed the star rating from 4 to 1 as this unit is no longer a good buy at the current prices. You can now get a later model tom tom for far less money and even european maps. I would get one with the new windscreen mount. I have left in my original review below which would still stand if the price was drammatically reduced. I bought the go 520 after reading about the latest map guarantee. The update was simple so now, for just under £110 inc delivery (amazon market place – gps deals), i have a 520 with the latest maps, speed camera update, iq routes and lane assist. Plays audio (books or music) through the inbuilt fm transmitter and an offer to down 2 audio books for free (details after listening to the samples provided).

TomTom GO 520 Satellite Navigation System With UK & Ireland Mapping

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  • Product Description: TomTom GO 520 – GPS receiver
  • Product Type: GPS receiver
  • Recommended Use: Automotive
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 11.8 cm x 8.3 cm x 2.4 cm
  • Weight: 220 g
  • Maps Included: Ireland, United Kingdom
  • Included GPS Software: TomTom HOME
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Traffic Services: TMC – Traffic Message Channel (Optional)
  • Built-in Display: LCD – widescreen – 480 x 272 – colour
  • Built-in Memory: 64 MB
  • Removable Memory: Yes (memory card not included)
  • Slots: SD Memory Card

The unit itself is quite robust and is good when it works. But, tomtom’s software, especially updates, is riddled with bugs leading to very real frustration when things that did work do not after any firmware, software, map update.

I’ve just read some of these reviews and am surprised at some of the views and problems – i love minenot had it long and decided to treat myself as my old satnav was well past it’s sell by date. I spent a lot of time prior to my purchase researching the various brands and models, i wanted one that would allow me to use my phone handsfree and play mp3s/audiobooks and decided to go for this one. My mobile phone was easy to set up and works well via bluetooth (model: samsung) but i’d suggest anyone thinking of buying this, check on the tomtom website for compatibility as others seem to have problems. Fm receiver – set up was a doddle (once i’d worked out how to get my standard renault cd/radio to manually search step by step rather than automatically find the next fm station – and believe me that took some doing) the sound is clear as a bell with no interference which is great as i love playing mp3 audiobooks on long journeys. Using additional sd card for mp3’s did have me foxed for a while – but soon found the answer on google and created a folder called ‘mp3′ on my sd card and dragged them into there. Individual albums/audiobooks are placed in their own folder within this folder. Voice recognition – works instantly for me every time and must admit i use it all the time. Satnav itself hasn’t taken me wrong yet – map correction worked for the closed off road just round the corner from my house and no longer routes me that way. 3’ screen gives a clear view of the road ahead and the lane guidance at motorway merges is really good. Plenty of warning is given for speedcameras and usefully also indicates the speed limit. It’s not fallen off the windscreen yet – though looking at the other posts, i’ll expect that to happen in the future. (thinking about buying the airvent holder) update: bought one – definitely recommended, no more tell-tale suction marks on the windscreenno problems with the tomtom home software – just connected it up to my pc and automatically installed the latest software and updated my maps and speedcameras. Another great feature is the backup facility and that was one of the first things i did – very handy should i mess up.

Help save your money, obtain some thing else. I bought a single of these for the new characteristics like mapshare and voice recognition. Even so bluetooth on my unit like numerous some others is ineffective with man or woman you are calling only listening to a buzzing sounds. At 1st tomtom admitted the problem and reported an enhance would resolve. Now, two months afterwards they will exchange for mend but extensive delays owing to no units that in fact get the job done correctly. Mapsharenice plan but only certain modifications surface quickly on your machine. Onlyblock/unblock streetreverse targeted traffic directionchange street namesmissing poichanged poiare claimed to perform and no poi corrections i have at any time manufactured have appeared. So spherical-abouts, no still left turns, no ideal turns only seem some time in the future or probably when you invest in a map upgrade. Certainly you even now have to get maps every year to keep map share functioning. Also dash mount has no power or knowledge link so you have to plug these into the foundation of the unit.

TomTom GO 520 Satellite Navigation System With UK & Ireland Mapping : This new design has all of the great feature you expect from tomtom but coupled with a more usable mounting system and a great widescreen display. Both myself and my wife spent a large amount of time investigating the various models on the market and found the features and ease of use of the tomtom go 520/720 were clearly the best available. Coupled with the ipod cable i can now use both my tomtom and ipod through my car radio and not have difficulty hearing instructions over the music. On the downside my mobile phone, an orange spv3100, does not want to work with the hands free option provided; this is a bit of a disappointment to an otherwise perfect solution.

Buyer beware: tom tom have withdrawn support for this. Buyer beware: tom tom have withdrawn support for this model as its old. You won’t be able to update the maps & they won’t service it if there’s a problem.
Buyer beware: tom tom have withdrawn support for this. Buyer beware: tom tom have withdrawn support for this model as its old. You won’t be able to update the maps & they won’t service it if there’s a problem.
Its something we need but difficult to update as latest. Its something we need but difficult to update as latest computer doesn’t recognize it when its connected. Not much help from tom tom either.

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Its something we need but difficult to update as latest. Its something we need but difficult to update as latest computer doesn’t recognize it when its connected. Not much help from tom tom either.

This review is from : TomTom GO 520 Satellite Navigation System With UK & Ireland Mapping

The latest maps installed but this item is used great price many thanks. Fast delivery not the latest maps installedbut this item is used great pricemany thanks.
The latest maps installed but this item is used great price many thanks. Fast delivery not the latest maps installedbut this item is used great pricemany thanks.

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This unit has been used virtually every day for private use and also at work some instructions were a bit confusing until i got used to it but otherwise can’t fault it.

This review is from : TomTom GO 520 Satellite Navigation System With UK & Ireland Mapping

This unit has been used virtually every day for private use and also at work some instructions were a bit confusing until i got used to it but otherwise can’t fault it.

This review is from : TomTom GO 520 Satellite Navigation System With UK & Ireland Mapping

Had it several years without a problem. I get regular map and traffic updates from tomtom that i have to pay for. I see most modern units seem to have lifetime updates that are subscription free.
Had it several years without a problem. I get regular map and traffic updates from tomtom that i have to pay for. I see most modern units seem to have lifetime updates that are subscription free.
Good product and still works. This tomtom has been a helpful companion, especially when i downloaded the french maps for last summer’s holiday. It is very useful on a number of fronts. Its one glitch is its tendency to take a direct route through b class roads, even when the setting is at 85% motorway use. That said, it has always got us there. On busy motorway intersections it is a blessing, giving confidence and lowering blood-pressure.

This review is from : TomTom GO 520 Satellite Navigation System With UK & Ireland Mapping

Good product and still works. This tomtom has been a helpful companion, especially when i downloaded the french maps for last summer’s holiday. It is very useful on a number of fronts. Its one glitch is its tendency to take a direct route through b class roads, even when the setting is at 85% motorway use. That said, it has always got us there. On busy motorway intersections it is a blessing, giving confidence and lowering blood-pressure.

This review is from : TomTom GO 520 Satellite Navigation System With UK & Ireland Mapping

Worked well for several years. Used this for a few years now, has served me well. The additional fm traffic aerial has saved my bacon a few times too. The battery is tired now, but i might replace it for a few pounds, and hope to get a few more years out of the tomtom.

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Worked well for several years. Used this for a few years now, has served me well. The additional fm traffic aerial has saved my bacon a few times too. The battery is tired now, but i might replace it for a few pounds, and hope to get a few more years out of the tomtom.
Having perused many reviews and much information regarding satnav systems, i eventually decided upon the tomtom go 520 as my first ever unit. I was more than satisfied with the unit, and was less than gruntled when – due to my own carelessness – it was stolen. I looked at the newer models that had become available since my original purchase, but saw nothing that was an improvement on the go 520, so i promptly purchased another. It is so easy to use, and driving in unfamiliar areas to unfamiliar destinations is now rather a pleasure than a chore; now i can’t imagine life without itthere has been much made of the newer tomtom models 3d “lane assistance”, but it only comes into play on motorway junctions, and in any case, one of the features i like about the go520 is that it is very clear about what lane you should be in in good time. In reality, “lane assistance” was already an active part of the way the tomtom system works. It fixes position and works out routes very quickly, and if one deviates from the suggested route for any reason, it very swiftly recalculates on the basis of your new position and direction. It has an excellent favourites facility to store regular routes in, a great poi (points of interest) list – i ran low on petrol at night in the lancashire countryside 200 miles from home, but i just asked it to locate the nearest petrol station, and hey resto, no problemwhile it is so intuitive, you can operate it straight out of the box, it is worthwhile going through the various menus even if you are an assiduous avoider of manuals; there are so many features and customisable options – and you can even simplify the menu if you don’t want or don’t usually use all the options available. An advantage it has over both the less and more expensive tomtoms is that despite an excellent wide screen it is remarkably slim, considerably more so than other models, and even in it’s protective case it is genuinely pocket sized. The fm transmitter which enables one to use the car stereo instead of the 520’s own speaker – and to play mp3’s – is a great asset, and will pause any music when it is giving instructions, info or using the bluetooth ‘phone.
Having perused many reviews and much information regarding satnav systems, i eventually decided upon the tomtom go 520 as my first ever unit. I was more than satisfied with the unit, and was less than gruntled when – due to my own carelessness – it was stolen. I looked at the newer models that had become available since my original purchase, but saw nothing that was an improvement on the go 520, so i promptly purchased another. It is so easy to use, and driving in unfamiliar areas to unfamiliar destinations is now rather a pleasure than a chore; now i can’t imagine life without itthere has been much made of the newer tomtom models 3d “lane assistance”, but it only comes into play on motorway junctions, and in any case, one of the features i like about the go520 is that it is very clear about what lane you should be in in good time. In reality, “lane assistance” was already an active part of the way the tomtom system works. It fixes position and works out routes very quickly, and if one deviates from the suggested route for any reason, it very swiftly recalculates on the basis of your new position and direction. It has an excellent favourites facility to store regular routes in, a great poi (points of interest) list – i ran low on petrol at night in the lancashire countryside 200 miles from home, but i just asked it to locate the nearest petrol station, and hey resto, no problemwhile it is so intuitive, you can operate it straight out of the box, it is worthwhile going through the various menus even if you are an assiduous avoider of manuals; there are so many features and customisable options – and you can even simplify the menu if you don’t want or don’t usually use all the options available. An advantage it has over both the less and more expensive tomtoms is that despite an excellent wide screen it is remarkably slim, considerably more so than other models, and even in it’s protective case it is genuinely pocket sized. The fm transmitter which enables one to use the car stereo instead of the 520’s own speaker – and to play mp3’s – is a great asset, and will pause any music when it is giving instructions, info or using the bluetooth ‘phone.
System lock-ups and slow response. I had a pefectly good go 520-t and when it was stolen from my car i had little hesitation replacing it with exactly the same model. The new device is a disapointment. Often when i switch it on it locks up requiring a pin in the reset hole to get it going again. And the display update seems slower than the old device. On roundabouts for example, my old device was able to visually indicate the right exit.

This review is from : TomTom GO 520 Satellite Navigation System With UK & Ireland Mapping

System lock-ups and slow response. I had a pefectly good go 520-t and when it was stolen from my car i had little hesitation replacing it with exactly the same model. The new device is a disapointment. Often when i switch it on it locks up requiring a pin in the reset hole to get it going again. And the display update seems slower than the old device. On roundabouts for example, my old device was able to visually indicate the right exit.

This review is from : TomTom GO 520 Satellite Navigation System With UK & Ireland Mapping

Excellent navigator,but watch the road signs- it may not be aware of `no entry` or `one way`.
Saves me so much time and hassle, excellent device. . Excellent build quality, very well designed menu layout and packed with customization options. The touch screen is also very responsive and doesn’t make you feel like you have sausage fingers (even if you don’t). Compared to my previous medion sat nav, this one wins hands down in all areas. After purchasing, i connected to tomtom home on my laptop and updated to the latest map (for free). This included iq routes, which i thought was only available on newer models. Why spend another hundred pounds on a newer model, when this can be updated to do the same job. It also has an sd slot for future updates/maps. I have used everyday for the last month or so and it has never let me down, so i cannot fault this device.
Saves me so much time and hassle, excellent device. . Excellent build quality, very well designed menu layout and packed with customization options. The touch screen is also very responsive and doesn’t make you feel like you have sausage fingers (even if you don’t). Compared to my previous medion sat nav, this one wins hands down in all areas. After purchasing, i connected to tomtom home on my laptop and updated to the latest map (for free). This included iq routes, which i thought was only available on newer models. Why spend another hundred pounds on a newer model, when this can be updated to do the same job. It also has an sd slot for future updates/maps. I have used everyday for the last month or so and it has never let me down, so i cannot fault this device.

This review is from : TomTom GO 520 Satellite Navigation System With UK & Ireland Mapping

Tom tom go 520 this is the second tom tom i have bought as i have a small taxi firm, very good quality with blue tooth hands free very easy to use.

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Tom tom go 520 this is the second tom tom i have bought as i have a small taxi firm, very good quality with blue tooth hands free very easy to use.
I have never used a satnav before so i can’t compare it with itsrivals but it is easy to use, i have hardly looked at the manual. And it is very impressive the way it calculates a new route so quicklywhen you turn off the suggested route. And as someone who doesn’t get on with microsoft windows there was anunexpected bonus: the software that comes with it can be run on alinux computer under the wine emulator.

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I have never used a satnav before so i can’t compare it with itsrivals but it is easy to use, i have hardly looked at the manual. And it is very impressive the way it calculates a new route so quicklywhen you turn off the suggested route. And as someone who doesn’t get on with microsoft windows there was anunexpected bonus: the software that comes with it can be run on alinux computer under the wine emulator.
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