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#1 Premgenius

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 14:56

TomTom has been manufacturing GPS (Global Positioning System) since 1999, but were not popular due to cost and equipment, in 2003 TomTom stormed the GPS marked with the first TomTom GO a small, light weight, easy to use GPS device, popularity of having a GPS rocketed.

The new TomTom GO GPS unit were based on the predecessor [url="http://www.tomtom.com/products/product.php?ID=0&Language=1""]TomTom GO Classic[/url] but even better, much better display, TomTom Plus service ready, updated software and more.

The TomTom GO comes in three flavours [url="http://www.tomtom.com/products/product.php?ID=72&Language=1""]TomTom GO 300[/url] aimed at the entry/novice user. [url="http://www.tomtom.com/products/product.php?ID=73&Language=1""]TomTom GO 500[/url] aimed at the midstream user and [url="http://www.tomtom.com/products/product.php?ID=74&Language=1""]TomTom Go 700[/url] aimed at the professional user. Below is a table that compares all four TomTom GO units..

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I got a shrink wrapped box.

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Upon opening the box you are greeted by the TomTom GO 300 unit along with SD memory card and your product code.

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Underneath is the quick start guide, software and other papers.

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At the bottom of the box is a box containing the cables, car mounting kit and screen cloth

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A closer look at the TomTom GO 300 unit & SD memory card containing the map of Britain

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My TomTom GO 300 unit came with software version 5200, first thing I did was I popped the SD card into the TomTom GO 300 unit, switched on, connected it to my PC, backed up and updated the software to version 5201.

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ROAD TEST
Installation into the car was simple, we set out destination to my dad's friend house in Surrey, it quickly planned the route and off we went, the instructions were clearly spoken and the display was very accurate, we reached Surrey on return it was gloomy and dark thanks to rain, I switched the display to Night Mode which was perfect for viewing at night.

Set out destination for home, half way through the journey I took a wrong turn on purpose which was also having road works, TomTom GO 300 quickly recalculated the route and also informed me about the roadwork’s and traffic up ahead and also of speed cameras through my journey thanks to the TomTom Plus service.

I tested the unit in a tunnel where it did lose GPS connectivity but it did not lose the map and you are able to manually go through the map, coming out of the tunnel the GPS quickly located the car and we were back on track.CONCLUSIONb>
The TomTom GO 300 is very likely to replace the A to Z in a few years, the system is very accurate easy to learn and understand, can navigate you right through Europe once you have the maps.

The TomTom Plus is another excellent service, which takes your TomTom GO a bit more kick. The TomTom GO could make a few more updates for example it asked me to turn into a no entry zone a few times:blink:k: .

If you travel places a lot or just want to get rid of your A to Z then TomTom Go is well worth it.

If you are a biker don't be put of there is even a TomTom GO Rider[/url:D:DPROS:b>
Easy to configure
Accurate
Weather is not a proble:p:pCONS:b>
Pricey
Power cable provided would be nice

Source: [url="http://www.danilpremgi.com/blog/?p=803"]Dan's Dome

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#2 lunamonkey

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 14:59

Price? I'm too lazy to look around.

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 15:02

Nice review!
Is it purely designed for the car then? Or would it be possible to use as a handheld system?
Perhaps a bit too large for that?

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 15:05

How about a photo of it in the car? Nice review.

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 15:06

£363.89 off amazon.co.uk

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 15:22

Neat. I'm contemplating getting one for Australia here. Do the maps require activation like NavMan?

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 15:42

LOL, strange my dad was looking for this the other day on the internet. Thanks for the review. I know someone with a TomTom and got a chance to mess about with it. It's quite cool.

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 17:08

Price? I'm too lazy to look around.

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Prices started at £350 going up to £370

Nice review!
Is it purely designed for the car then? Or would it be possible to use as a handheld system?
Perhaps a bit too large for that?

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If I remember I think there is a walk mode, but of course it will be bulky to carry it your better of getting a TomTom Mobile 5 to use with your mobile**Check to see if you phone is supportedi>

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Orange SPV C500 , SPV E200
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How about a photo of it in the car? Nice review.

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Done:D:D


Neat. I'm contemplating getting one for Australia here. Do the maps require activation like NavMan?

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I have the Britain one which did not require.:unsure:e:

LOL, strange my dad was looking for this the other day on the internet. Thanks for the review. I know someone with a TomTom and got a chance to mess about with it. It's quite cool.

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I orignally got to play with my mates TomTom Navigator on this PDA but there too many wires apart from that last time I forgot the PDA in the car and the car was under the sun:pinch:h: and over heat the PDA and it kept giving me errors about battery:hmmm:m: and I drove by observation and I was on the right road and then it cooled down and it sprang back to life

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 16:56

How do you feel about the SD Card availble int he 300 and 500 versus the hard drive in the 700? I am amazed at the price for this unit in compariosn to indash units (its less than half in most cases). Thanx for the info.

#10 dt26

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 23:57

The SD card for the 300 and 500 is more than enough. The only reason the 700 has a harddrive is because it includes European street maps, whilst the other two don't. The 300 has just UK streets and the 500 has UK streets and Major European Roads.

#11 Pulaski

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 17:23

Have you found this to be worth the investment? The 700 also has the handsfree dialing... have you had any experience with it? Thanx for your help.

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 00:25

I am a new member at this site
and its glad with me to be 1 of yours frineds
nice photos & thanks alot :)

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 01:43

Are the maps for these GPS's downloadable/free or do you have to pay additional costs?

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 14:14

TomTom is really popular here in Germany...altough its so expensive...:(

#15 Syphonic

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 21:18

I'd get on in a flash if it wasn't for the price. Then again, I can read an A to Z so I don't really need one in fairness..