Summary: I bought this product because it advertised Live services. I didn't read the fine print that after 3 months you had to subscribe to get live services. I let it lapse and decided to purchase one month of service since we were traveling to the Dallas, TX area. AGAIN, I didn't read the fine print that if you signed up for one month - you had to CANCEL the service one month before you wanted it to expire.
Summary: I bought this unit after the one I had purchased for my parents was so good. The one issue I have with this 740, and it's a big one, is that the unit can't run directly off the car battery. Why? Magellen and Garmin do just fine. Also, the unit doesn't turn off automatically when the engine is turned off. Again, why?
Summary: I'll vouch for the reviewers who say Tomtom has muddy looking screen, mushy touch, horrid UI that takes 5 clicks to get anywhere, the unit resets itself on occasion, etc. I was formerly a owner of a Tomtom Go 720 which I updated to enable IQ Routes and absolutely loved it, it was like driving with a local that knew all the shortcuts around heavy traffic areas.
Summary: Pros: The routes and calculations are generally precise and accurate. Compared to previous GPS units I have owned the rerouting is very fast. The Live features are handy and well implemented, I particularly like the Google Local Search. The touchscreen is accurate. The Human Voices are a great novelty, I enjoy getting my instructions from Yoda. Cons: While the screen is readable in direct sunlight it does get a bit more washed out than other GPS units I have used.
Summary: This unit has very impressive features but is a nightmare if you are not technically inclined. My unit came with the wrong computer docking station from the factory. When I called Tom Tom they seemed unconcerned. They stated I should take it back to the store. When I informed them that this was purchased from amazon.com they stated it will take two weeks to mail me the correct dock. Meanwhile, I attempted to use the unit without the updates.
Summary: I've had 2 vehicles with in-dash navigation systems (2001 Honda Odyssey, 2004 Toyota Sienna) and 1 vehicle with an added GPS (Garmin Nuvi 760). So I'm not an expert, but I have a good deal of experience. Both the current generation of Garmin and TomTom systems are far superior to the old in-dash navigation systems, so I'll focus on comparing the Nuvi to the TomTom. Both products have a nice "chase car" map view that allows you to easily see where you are going.
Summary: This is our first navigation system, so we're new to car navigation devices. However, we're savy at other technology, so this should of been a no brainer. Back in August 09 when we started the research, Tom Tom seemed to be our choice. We liked the reviews, features, etc. and even today, still like the Live Services Tom Tom offers. However, this is the down side of the GO 740 Live: The voice command software has a flaw in the module.
Summary: I am not kidding. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. I just switched from my OLD Nuvi Garmin. I had it a few years and it worked perfectly. The only thing is that visually I did not like it and also the suction cup started to come off the window all the time. Very annoying. I thought I would try TOM TOM because they looked really cool and I liked the design. Boy, I was in for a surprise.