"I don't get what all the hype is about this GPS!"1.5 starson by turbochip62
Pros: Ok it has a very cool way to bring up the menu by voice that works well. But getting me to my destination is more important! Screen is clear and easy to read.
Cons: Power button had to be pushed down in just the right place for it to work. The directed voice is not very smooth. It took me out of my way more than once. Limited choices in the menu. AND HATE THE WORDS "Recalculating" if you miss a turn!
Summary: I have a TOMTOM GO LIVE 740 and had some problems that figured that I would go out and buy the latest version of Garmin's Nuvi 3790T. I open the box and was excited to test it out against the TOMTOM. It does have some cool features and the screen is very vivid. But in more that one occasion it either let me out of my way or was not able to figure out that I was on top of a bridge or on the road below. It takes forever to start navigating and leave you a little blind until it catches up.
Maybe its just me but the voice on the TOMTOM is clearer and just sounds less like a computer outputted want to be human voice!
I think that the whole process of the way the traffic is displayed on the TOMTOM is far better, you at least get an idea of where the traffic is going to be and offer suggestive alternatives. The Gamin just lets you drive with limited prompts to tell you that you are already in traffic.
I use a GPS at least 5 time a day going to different clients and I have a number of them saved as favorites which allows me to get from one location to the next a little faster especially if there is traffic. The Garmin really fell short of my expectations and I would rather pay for the traffic service from TOMTOM instead of the free traffic that the Garmin is offering.
One service that I was hoping that the Gamin would have is Google search, this is a great too when the normal location search is not giving you the results that you are looking for. Another is the weather either by current location or for your destination address. I just felt that the whole thought process in the way the route is displayed on screen was better on the TOMTOM.
And as far as lane assist goes again to the TOMTOM it shows the lanes in big green arrow that are easy to see and get the point across a lot better than the small arrows that the Garmin offer on the screen.
Look I am not trying to bash Garmin and I am sure that some people would like this product. But these are just some of my observations from a person that uses a GPS as a work tool and has had a chance to put the 2 units to the test at the same time and saw the results..