Summary: The visual part of the Tom Tom is OK, the audio part especially in Canada is terrible. It sound s as if someone has marbles. The auto adapter keeps falling out. It is nearly impossible to palce it on the dash because of a such short mount. I have a Garmin Nuvi that is much easier to use. Too many steps to cnacel route you have to spend too much time viewing the screen.I listen to audiobooks and the MP3 player keeps skipping around and losing it's place.
Things to know about TomTom map update service plan
Alex Lee "AlexPARLee", Amazon
25 May 2009
Summary: I bought this unit about a year ago. This equipment is okay but their service sucks. The handsfree calling is almost useless.. I tried to use it but the party I called says they cannot hear me well.. so I stopped using it and bought a separate hands free device. I think other users covered the hardware very well.. but I want to WARN other users about their 1 year map update service. TomTom just rolled out new map update subscription service (1 year for $39.99).
Summary: Screen rendition of the map and location is fine. Once you get a destination into the unit, the routes seem fine, and directions are easy enough to follow. That much works well. Pronunciation of streets and cities is not very good. For example highway 101 is `highway one west one.' Even with this, I'd rather have the mispronunciation than just saying `make next left,' so this is a useful feature even though it's not implemented well.
Summary: I bought the tomtom because of the user map updates, but returned it for several reasons: 1. you can only have 48 favorites. I travel a lot - it's not enough 2. when you download the user updated maps, it erases your favorites 3. the voice reccognition does not work at all for me or my wife - no idea why, we have never had a single hit. 4. the on-screen interface does not support capital letters when you are entering your favorites (minor, but annoying) 5.
Summary: Beware! If you buy this unit now, do not upgrade the application software to 8.300. Here's why, I ordered it on 9/12/09 and received it the next morning:) The directions said to connect to Tomtom through the Tomtom software that automatically installs when you plug it into your PC. The software took care of all the updates that my 730 needed. My first test trip with the 730 was to 2 different destinations and then back home.
Liked it better than Garmin Nuvi But it DID NOT last!
Discerning Shopper, Amazon
15 July 2008
Summary: I have used a PPC related GPS software program as well as the Garmin Nuvi which my daughter owns. This product is by far more superior in comparison to the PPC program. Routing is very reliable and more accurate than that of Garmin, though Garmin's attachment to the windscreen works better. This GPS locks on almost instantly ... my PPC has taken up to 10 mins! Very convenient and user friendly.
Summary: Initially I was well pleased with this product, but in the longer term it has proved too unreliable. Maps -good Route calculation - amazingly fast Routing - initially excellent, but becoming increasingly eccentric Satellite discovery - very slow, even after downloading latest positions Battery life - abysmal New maps - too large for unit's memory; a real pain as had to delete individual components.
Summary: Bought the 730 to replace one that was stolen, but had worked very well. My first thought was to protect it with a password. Oh dear, I tell you that I have not succeeded yet. You cannot do it direct onto the device, but must use Operate My Go in TT home. Unfortunately this function will not work despite requesting on line help. Now, one of the other functions does not work either.
Summary: I bought my Go 730 recently and have not got around to using it yet as I'm still trying to load the latest European maps. Home software is poor. Latest version of the map is almost 2Gb and the device has only a 2Gb memory which also has to accomodate the operating software and voices, etc. Consequently the update doesn't fit on the device! How do TomTom get away with selling something not fit for purpose?
Summary: If you have the full european maps on the devive then there is not enough memory to also load a computer voice. How can TT get away with selling it as having the ability to add computer voices if this is not possible?