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If you need a SatNav you are probably thinking TomTom, and they have a GO 500 that will probably be just what you need, and we got our hands on for a review.

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Specifications

Specs

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the GO 500, a windscreen mount, a USB cable and car charger and paperwork.

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A Closer Look

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Using the TomTom GO 500

The first thing you need to do is charge up the 500, which you can easily do either in your car or from a computer – all the cables and connectors you need are provided. Once you have registered the 500 and you are ready to use it, place the mount against the windscreen and twist to lock it into place. Then you just slot the 500 into the windscreen mount, which is very secure, then you just have to position the 500 into a comfortable viewing angle. To remove the 500 you just lift it out – although for security reasons you may want to not leave the mount on the windscreen!

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Final Thoughts

Out the box the TomTom GO 500 is about the size of a smartphone and is fairly lightweight. It is easy to setup and configure and you will be using it in no time at all.

The TomTom GO 500 also comes with both lifetime maps and lifetime traffic. The maps part alone will save you a significant amount of money over the life of the device. You can have four updates a year to the maps so I would highly recommend updating each time so you are on the latest maps. Traffic is a really useful addition – the number of times my route was diverted because of traffic problems and I didn’t need to do anything, was greatly appreciated! You also get 3 months worth of speed camera locations, so it’s up to you if you want to continue with that feature or not.

Unlike some other satnav’s, the GO 500 has an interactive map which makes it very easy to make changes and selections by just tapping somewhere on the screen. For example, if you are looking at the map and you decide you want to go to a different location show, just long-press the location and choose to add to your current route. It’s as simple as that! And because the screen has a beautiful 5 inch display, it is very clear and easy to use, which is obviously something you want on a satnav.

And talking of maps, the cities on the maps are in 3D. Now this isn’t exactly a new feature for satnavs, but the GO 500 tries to make the landmarks and locations as easy to spot as possible, and thus help you drive around those locations, and it does it very well, for example, around those locations, the roads are shown a little wider on the screen to help navigation. It may not seem like much, but it makes a lot of difference.

There is also a route bar displayed on the screen which is an aid to seeing what is coming up on the route, so for example if there were a problem later on your route, it would be displayed so that it gives you a chance to look at alternative options. This is a very useful feature as well and you will wonder how you ever drove without it!

Adding in a location is very simple as well – just start typing a location and the GO 500 starts making suggestions that could help.

All in all, I was very impressed with the TomTom GO 500 and highly recommend it as a useful addition to any car.

The TomTom GO 500 retails for around £179 but as usual look for a good deal before purchasing. And keep an eye on CDW as we will be giving this one away soon.

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TomTom have just updated their TomTom App for iOS to version 1.14, bringing an updated map and other updates.

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What’s New in Version 1.14

– LATEST, UPDATED TOMTOM MAP: because roads are constantly changing, on average 15% of roads change every year, your TomTom App update comes with the latest and most up-to-date map.

– ADVANCED PLANNING UPDATE: change your pre-planned route without having to start from scratch. You can now change the starting point, destination, or departure time – and see how it affects your drive and arrival time.

– KEEP YOUR SETTINGS: If you are using the iCloud backup feature you can now delete the app to free up space when updating. Make sure that iCloud is enabled on your device, then open and close the TomTom app to make a backup. Now delete the app to free up space and download the update from the App Store.

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TomTom have just updated their TomTom App for iOS to version 1.13, bringing an update map and iPad mini support.

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What’s New in Version 1.13

– LATEST, UPDATED TOMTOM MAP: because roads are constantly changing, on average 15% of roads change every year, your TomTom App update comes with the latest and most up-to-date map.

– SETTINGS BACKUP AND RESTORE: this feature saves your settings and stored destinations on your iCloud, via 3G or Wi-Fi. Push the app to the background and it will automatically backup once a day.

– COMPATIBLE WITH iPad mini

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TomTom are running a great online competition – TomTom Gives You More – and we’ve teamed up with the sat nav firm to give you an even better chance of winning and we also gave you a chance to win a Via 135, and here is the winner!

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The game gives players the chance to “unwrap the world” and win one of six unforgettable driving adventures, including the Grand Alpine Tour and the South African Garden route.  Plus, there are thousands of other prizes to be won every hour.

Just visit www.tomtom.com/more to play.  Enter the special code: digitalworld_tomtom     which will enable you to claim 250 virtual credit coins in the game.

You then pick a route to follow and help Christopher unwrap presents along the way.  Once you’ve successfully unwrapped an entire route, you’ll be asked to create and upload a file that explains why you think you should win the holiday. It could be a video, a song, a short story or even a short poem.  The most original and fun entry will win the route you just unwrapped.

TomTom has also created a special video for the campaign: watch it here

Win a TomTom Via 135 with us…!

The thousands of runner up prizes up for grabs as you put your virtual unwrapping skills to the test include the TomTom Via 135 Europe sat nav device.  And we gave our readers an extra opportunity to win one!

The Via 135 has a “Speak & Go” function so you can control it with your voice – just say an address or ‘take me home’ and it plans the route straight away.  Bluetooth enables you to make and answer calls safely whilst driving, and advance lane guidance gives clear directions when navigating difficult junctions.  It uses travel info shared by millions of drivers to get the best routes and most accurate arrival times, whatever the time of day.

And in a special Christmas promotion, TomTom is offering free maps for the lifetime of the product – worth £79.99.  You’ll be able to download four brand new maps every year, totally free, meaning you receive all the latest updates to the road network, addresses and points of interest.  Redemption is online with proof of purchase and the promotion runs until 24 December on all TomTom Via models.

And the winner is……

Laura from Bristol

Congratulations Laura, your new TomTom Via 135 will be winging its way to you very soon.

We have more giveaways coming up soon so keep checking CDW.

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TomTom are running a great online competition – TomTom Gives You More – and we’ve teamed up with the sat nav firm to give you an even better chance of winning!

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The game gives players the chance to “unwrap the world” and win one of six unforgettable driving adventures, including the Grand Alpine Tour and the South African Garden route.  Plus, there are thousands of other prizes to be won every hour.

Just visit www.tomtom.com/more to play.  Enter the special code: digitalworld_tomtom     which will enable you to claim 250 virtual credit coins in the game.

You then pick a route to follow and help Christopher unwrap presents along the way.  Once you’ve successfully unwrapped an entire route, you’ll be asked to create and upload a file that explains why you think you should win the holiday. It could be a video, a song, a short story or even a short poem.  The most original and fun entry will win the route you just unwrapped.

TomTom has also created a special video for the campaign: watch it here

Win a TomTom Via 135 with us…!

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The thousands of runner up prizes up for grabs as you put your virtual unwrapping skills to the test include the TomTom Via 135 Europe sat nav device.  And we’re giving our readers an extra opportunity to win one!

The Via 135 has a “Speak & Go” function so you can control it with your voice – just say an address or ‘take me home’ and it plans the route straight away.  Bluetooth enables you to make and answer calls safely whilst driving, and advance lane guidance gives clear directions when navigating difficult junctions.  It uses travel info shared by millions of drivers to get the best routes and most accurate arrival times, whatever the time of day.

And in a special Christmas promotion, TomTom is offering free maps for the lifetime of the product – worth £79.99.  You’ll be able to download four brand new maps every year, totally free, meaning you receive all the latest updates to the road network, addresses and points of interest.  Redemption is online with proof of purchase and the promotion runs until 24 December on all TomTom Via models.

For your extra chance to win the TomTom Via 135, just answer the question below:

What is the name of the guy who unwraps the presents in the TomTom Gives You More campaign?

To enter, click on the Contact Us button at the top of each page in the header and let us know the answer by 31st December 2012.

This contest is only open to residents of the United Kingdom – sorry to everyone else.

First correct entry selected at random wins the prize.  The editor’s decision is final.  No cash alternatives offered.

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TomTom has released a new update to the app that makes it available to more Android owners. The latest version is optimised for use with the latest and most popular smartphone handsets including the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and Google Nexus 4.

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As well as supporting more than 200 of the newest Android devices, the update brings other improvements.  The download manager has been improved and maps are now stored on the phone’s SD card (if available) to save valuable phone memory. The Driving View has also been updated, making the journey information clearer at a glance.  In addition, postcode entry is more flexible and the app can find locations from the phone address book more reliably.

TomTom Navigation for Android v1.1 is available to download now from the Google Play Store.

Back at IFA we spoke with Charlotte Saayman from TomTom who gave us a demo of the app:

Do you have an Android device and want the TomTom app? Let us know what you think of it by leaving a comment below.

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Last year we reviewed the TomTom app for the iPhone. Today saw and update that included iOS6 support.

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What’s New in Version 1.12

– WORKS WITH iOS6: Don’t worry if you have already upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS6. This app is fully tested with iOS6 so you can update with confidence.
– OPTIMISED FOR iPhone 5
– LATEST, UPDATED TOMTOM MAP: because roads are constantly changing, on average 15% of roads change every year, your TomTom App update comes with the latest and most up-to-date map.
– MORE TOMTOM PLACES – now available in more countries: Tap into TomTom Places, search results designed for drivers. Helping you find anything from a local petrol station to a supermarket, wherever you are. Type in your search word, find matching locations and let your app take you there. NOTE: When used, these features need to share your location in order to work. Full details can be found in the about screen of the app.
– WORKS WITH APPLE MAPS: When you find a place to visit using the Apple Maps app, TomTom can guide you there. Simply select TomTom as the routing app and enjoy world-class car navigation. (requires iOS6).
– HD TRAFFIC: Receive more accurate traffic jam locations, road closures and roadworks. The improved HD Traffic service helps you to get to your destination even faster.
– GOOGLE LOCAL SEARCH: due to the discontinuation of the Google Local Search service, TomTom has decided to remove the feature. You can still search for locations using TomTom Places. Alternatively you can search Google in your browser and use the Copied Address feature to plan routes to these locations.

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This week TomTom announced that their Navigation app was coming to Android, and yesterday at IFA we got a closer look at it.

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The Android version works in both portrait and landscape modes.

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There is also a special mount coming for use with Android devices. And don’t worry about the size of your device because the mount has moveable holders. It also has a built in charger for the phone or device and a microphone on a cable that can be placed anywhere in the car for better and clearer speech.

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And here talk to Charlotte Saayman from TomTom who gives us a demo of the app:

Do you have an Android device and want the TomTom app? Let us know what you think of it by leaving a comment below.

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Today at IFA TomTom has finally announced their navigation app is coming for Android.

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TomTom’s on-board maps, IQ Routes and HD Traffic will give Android users the freshest map, the fastest routes and the most accurate arrival times. The application is set for release in October 2012.

“We aim to make TomTom content and services available to as many devices and platforms as we can,” says Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director at TomTom. “Bringing TomTom navigation to Android smartphones is, therefore, a significant milestone for us.”

This announcement follows the recent release of the TomTom Hands-free Car Kit for Smartphones. The kit allows users to charge their phone and mount it in clear view. An in-built speaker then delivers the highest quality audio for loud and clear navigation instructions and calls.

 

More details, pricing and availability will be announced closer to the launch date.

The TomTom Navigation app for Android will offer drivers:

 

  • World-class navigation – The latest, most accurate TomTom maps available – with no need for a mobile signal or data plan.
  • Lifetime maps – Free updates that ensure access to the latest maps and fastest routes.
  • IQ Routes – Arrival times that drivers can rely on – at all times of day.
  • Advanced lane guidance – Gives drivers extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions.
  • Spoken street names – Makes turnings even clearer.
  • 2D / 3D driving view – The clearest display for the safest driving.
  • TomTom HD Traffic – Available as an in-app purchase. It’s the quickest way through traffic. Proven.
  • TomTom Speed Cameras – Available as an in-app purchase. Save money and drive safely with real-time mobile and fixed camera alerts.

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Last year we reviewed the TomTom app for the iPhone. Today saw and update that included Foursquare integration.

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What’s New in Version 1.11

– LATEST, UPDATED TOMTOM MAP: because roads are constantly changing, on average 15% of roads change every year, your TomTom App update comes with the latest and most up-to-date map.
– NAVIGATE TO CONTACTS: users were unable to select addresses from their address book without agreeing to share information with TomTom. With this update you can select contact addresses without needing to agree to information sharing. Please note that the app never has and never will share any of your contact details with TomTom or anyone else.
– AUDIO OUTPUT SWITCH: easily stream all iPhone audio to the powerful speaker of the TomTom Hands-free car kit (or any other Bluetooth A2DP device).
– FOURSQUARE‚ PLACES SEARCH: Find millions of exciting places to visit by searching with Foursquare, even if you are not a Foursquare user. Log into Foursquare and you can also check in at your destination so you dont miss any points on your way to becoming its new mayor.
– NAVIGATE TO COPIED ADDRESSES: easily select locations you found on websites or other apps by copying their address and pasting into the TomTom Navigation app. The app will automatically work out the location and navigate you there ‚ no typing needed!
– CHANGE ROUTE TYPE: plan a route using your default route type setting and quickly recalculate it using a different type with this new Route Option.
– CUSTOMIZABLE MENU: reorder the items in the main menu and location selectors to your personal preference. If you use your address book frequently as destination choice, you can even place the ‚ Contact‚  item back into the Navigate To‚ menu.
– CLOSING THE MENU ON IPAD: on iPad you can now choose to close the menu only when double tapping outside it. This stops the menu from closing if you accidentally miss a button.

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TomTom yesterday launched the TomTom Hands Free Car Kit for smartphones with the highest quality audio for loud, clear hands-free calling and navigation. The new Car Kit features an advanced noise and echocancellation system, which dramatically reduces background noise for the caller and removes ambient noise for the driver.

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New mounting options make smartphone use on the move safer and more convenient.  The newly designed Car Kit has an adjustable grip to fit any smartphone with or without its cover. An extendable microphone can be clipped to the sun visor to ensure conversations are louder and clearer.

 

The TomTom Hands Free Car Kit comes in two versions to support iPhone and micro USB compatible smartphones such as Android phones. Two iPhones and/or smartphones can automatically pair simultaneously. When connected via Bluetooth®, voice recognition functionality can be activated – enabling drivers to navigate and dial without taking their hands off the wheel.

The hands-free car kit offers drivers:

Sound boost – An in-built 2 watt speaker means that drivers can hear hands-free calls and navigation instructions loud and clear.

Extendable microphone – The microphone can be brought closer to the driver for clearer conversations.

Noise and echo cancellation – Cancels out background noise so drivers can have even clearer conversations.

Dual phone connection – Connects two phones simultaneously.

Fast charging – Fast charges the driver’s phone on the go.

Dual mounting system – Drivers can choose to mount their device on the dashboard or the windscreen. It includes a self-adhesive disc that allows use of the suction mount on the dash or centre console.

Voice menu and spoken instructions – Drivers can connect their phone easily using the voice menu and spoken instructions.

  • Easy-reach answer and reject buttons – Answer and reject calls, even when the phone isn’t mounted

The TomTom Hands-Free Car Kit for iPhone or Smartphone is available in selected retail stores and from www.tomtom.com\smartphone priced £79.95.

The TomTom Hands-Free Car Kit for iPhone with Western EU navigation app is priced at £129.95

TomTom yesterday releases its Summer map.  This latest map update includes road changes and Points of Interest (POI) related to major events across Europe this Summer.

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New stadiums, temporary and permanent event venues and park & rides across the UK, Poland and the Ukraine are included.  Surrounding areas have been checked and surveyed to ensure complete mapping accuracy around important events.

In total, 1.5 million km of new roads have been added to TomTom’s global map between May 2011 and May 2012.  Major map changes include adding 107,000 km of new road networks in Brazil, and updating 12,000 km of motorways in Spain.  Maps have been extended to cover greater areas of Mexico, Malaysia and Indonesia.  Southern Africa maps now include more unpaved roads in rural areas for better routing and more accurate estimatedtimes of arrival.

“At TomTom, we know how important it is for the maps we provide to our customers to be as accurate as possible and include the latest road network updates,” says Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director of TomTom. “Roads are always changing and this Summer is no exception.  TomTom’s latest map update will give the best routes and most accurate directions wherever you are driving.”

TomTom Summer maps are available on all new TomTom devices through the latest map guarantee, or to existing customers through Map Update Service.

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