Pros Great UI, Capacitive Touch Screen, Magnetic Docking System, Free Non Ad-based Traffic, Bluetooth, Lifetime Maps
Cons Lack of Integration with Software / on Website (for right now)
Summary I recently bought a new car and was looking for an upgrade to both GPS and provide bluetooth connectivity to my phone. I live in a state that prohibits use of a cell phone in the car while driving unless its hands-free. I debated between an aftermarket stereo with those features or a standalone GPS. From everything I heard, GPS on aftermarket units was abysmal or poorly implemented and would have cost at least twice as much as a stand-alone gps. I found this unit with an amazon discount for 240 and haven't regretted the purchase since.
The GPS is great. High quality graphics, text-to-speech road names and pretty much most of the features you would expect from a high-end GPS unit. I also enjoy the magnetic docking station and charging unit. Makes for extremely easy mounting. The UI is intuitive, routes are calculated extremely fast and the touch screen is very accurate. The form factor on this unit is also extremely nice.
One thing to note. I shied away from Garmin because of numerous reviews of ad-based traffic support. Ads to location specific places come up while you are driving and as reviewers have noted, unless you disable the traffic, you get them and it obstructs the view while navigating. The highly touted Garmin Nuvi 3790T sounds like a great unit but at almost $100 more and ad-based traffic, I couldn't justify the purchase. Why am I paying additional money to have ads while I drive?
Bluetooth integration is great, speakerphone works great, contacts synced and I can get texts read to me while driving.
One detractor for me from giving it 5 stars is the lack of software/web support at the moment. As many people know, Tomtom has a number of voices that you can download from the web as well as logging POI's and uploading them to the unit. Unfortunately, they have yet to implement this. Its not a deal breaker for me because those were more luxury features than required features for me and I felt like many people were making a huge deal over something that doesn't really relate to how it performs as a GPS.
Additionally, the concern of a lack of SD card slot and using up all the memory on updates seems unfounded. Map updates, in my experience, overwrite previous ones and do not take up additional space. I found that the maps barely take up 1/2 of the 4GB on the unit. Though for someone looking for a more multimedia GPS unit that plays mp3's or transmits via FM to your stereo, you should look elsewhere. I have a line in and USB on my car and find FM transmitters to sound like garbage comparatively, so I really have no use for such features.
Overall, great product for what I needed and at a great price!
Pros Nice set of features and more detailed information to take you where you need to go.
Cons None of the common features found on Tomtom Home are available yet.
Tech support is inadequate.
Updates are a risky process that could lead to a non-functioning device.
Summary The most troublesome point of this device is the unreliable update process. As soon as the unit is plugged to the computer, it needs internet access to check for updates. As soon as an update is available, it will install them without your consent for the most part.
Some major updates will require you to agree to the install, map updates are one of them.
In the event something goes wrong with the map update (ie: the GPS gets disconnected from the computer during install), which by the way can take hours to complete, will cause the map to become corrupted, hence rendering the GPS dead.
The only solution so far is to have the unit RMA'd.
I am getting conflicting information from tech support about the Lifetime map update availability on the replacement unit. It would seem Lifetime map update cannot be transferred to the replacement device.
In short, a perfectly good working unit can become a useless piece of hardware if you come to experience update issues.
"No support yet"on by bigjake392
Pros Touch screen and user interface are updated. New menu. Glass screen is very sensitive but once you get used to it its great. Graphics are very clear through the glass.New menu and software is very nice and a bit more user friendly except --- see cons
Cons Absolutely no help from TomTom at this point. Cannot connect to home computers and have been told software problems. No accessories available yet either. The off/on button is right on top and raised and any cases out there turn the thing on !
Summary Very nice product if they finally get all the bugs worked out. Released this product way to early to get the Christmas sales and its turning into a nightmare. I'd wait for a couple of months before buying to see if things get fixed.If things don't get better in a couple of months - mine is going back. Need case and extra mount and antennae/power cord , all of which are not available. Can't tell me if they'll make a adapter for the long mount I have. Just way to early of a release. TomTom has the best customer service and tech support out there at this time so its a shame they tarnised it with this early release !!!
Pros Good graphic & crispy layout, Short satellite lock time, Customizable POI's, Ability to make map corrections and share them.
Cons Lack of memory expansion. No SD or micro SD card slots for furture map updates.
Summary Buyer beware! I have a few questions about TomTom's new Go 2405TM & 2505TM. I noticed that both are limited to 4GB of internal memory with no SD or micro SD card slot for expandable memory. What happends when you update the maps? Won't the units eventually run out of memory? Map updates will require more memory in the future. Are the lifetime map updates deemed useless up to a certain point once the memory gets used up completely?
What if I want to add an additional map; such as Europe? Do I have to temporarily remove an existing map to install a map of Europe? What if the map of Europe is a larger memory required map than the map I removed temporarily?
I'd rather go with the Garmin Nuvi 3790LMT. That's the best stand alone GPS unit in the market for now. And Garmins have memory slots for expandable memory in their units. But I'd whate until the price came down. $449.99 is the lowest I've seen the Nuvi 3790LMT go for at Costco. Hopfully the price will come down to $399.99. Then I'd buy.
Pros So many menus and settings, lifetime map and traffic updates, ability to do map corrections. traffic ability worked well in Toronto GTA area, not sure in other places. Easy interface when you play with it for few hours. voice command is not bad.
Cons Lack Picture viewer, mp3 player, audio jack ,radio transmitter,and memory card slot. old fashion voice instructions.
hiway image is confusing, the screen just mixes both bounds into one large road it looks like as if you are driving on giant tree.
Summary Great over all GPS, even with few missing options, on the bright side, all those additional features that lacks might have an affect on the performance of the GPS. But I do like to see a fix to the view of the Hiway problem I stated in Cons.
All updates are done automatically through the website when you connect it to your PC.