Pros Lane assist
Cons Traffic data worst of any traffic data provider (including other TomTom products)
Device randomly resets itself while driving
Bluetooth pairing with phone unreliable
POI search awkward
Non standard USB
Summary I've been using PDA/Cellphone GPS software for several years and the TomTom Navigator products I thought were the best in terms of UI, stability and general ease of use. I had resisted getting a dedicated GPS unit until I saw the Go 740 Live as I wanted as much as possible a stand-alone system that integrated traffic and extensive POI search.
Unfortunately the Go 740 Live has so far been a major dissapointment. First off I can't figure out the traffic service. I live in a major metropolitan area where I can get mobile traffic coverage from several sources (Google, LiveSearch, TeleNav, Sigalert, ...) and even TomTom Navigator 6 worked pretty well. As far as I can tell the service supported the Go 740 Live is probably missing half the traffic incidents reported by the other services, including the TomTom Navigator 6 software. Evidently they changed the data service provider for the Go 740 Live and it doesn't work.
The next issue is the constant reboots. About once a day (while driving of course), the device resets itself. This appears to be related to when the device is connecting to the TomTom Live network. If the device can't connect to the TomTom service it seems to resort to a reboot at some point (annoying and dangerous when driving, particularly in the dark as during reboot it flashes to full intensity).
The 740 Live is also supposed to pair with a cell phone to handle calls. However the binding only works half the time or so. When the Go 740 Live powers up it doesn't always connect automatically. Sometimes I have to manually reset the Go 740 Live before it will work again. There's also no way of activating the phone's built-in voice recognition from the TomTom UI.
While the Google search is a great feature, there's no easy categories to select from. E.g. you can't with a few clicks find all Pizza restaurants along the route. You'd have to type in "Pizza" on the small keyboard, which is not easy on the small keyboard when driving, so either pull over or do what I do and use the far better interface on Garmin XT that I'm now running on my phone :).
Finally, what's wrong with using standard USB connectors?
Pros There really are none
Cons Voice control is worthless and map's and routeing is way off
Summary I had this for about four day's until I had enough and took it back to sam's club. The voice contol never did work and all of the places I tried on the "where to" were off by as much as a half mile. I do not think that this thing could find it's way out of a cardboard box.
Since I heard that Magellan was purchased by Mitec international I purchased one of their new 4700 units and could not be happer, voice control is much better and the maps are spot on!!
The thing is this 740 replaced a Nuvi 785t that was garbage also, both were so buggy that I could not stand either one!!!
DO yourself a favor and pass on TomTom and Garmin they both are putting out junk, Garmin discontinued the 880 just after six weeks of release, makes you think WHY!!! They won't say I know that for a fact!!!
Pros Excellent device on the road
Cons home updates for the device are not always compatible with device
Summary I have had my Tom Tom for a short while. I found once I brought the GO home the "TOM TOM HOME" software needed updating. I did as directed on the web site and updated to the latest version of "HOME." Since then I have had difficulty in getting HOME to work properly. Parts of the software like backup or operate my GO do not function with the latest version. After five different emails and two calls to tech support, I find that this is a known problem with some units and the fix date is unknown. So here I sit with a unit that reports the maps are over a year old but I cannot update because that function is not allowed in the version of Home "2.5" that I am forced to use. If I try to update maps, the web site says I need to pay 49.95 for the base map update and another 49.95 for the latest map. Again, tech support has no answer as to when it will be fixed.
To use as is out of the box the unit functions well but if you get the series I have one of beware of trying to update and do not expect help as tech support has very basic knowledge at best.
Pros Mapping is great, recalculation is great. Non computer voices are MUCH better than any other manufacturer's product.
Cons No mention of Bluetooth in entire booklet. Only one sentence on the box . No hands free dialing. You have to take your eyes off the road to punch buttons on dash or windshield to make a call!! Computer voices are terrible compared to the Garmin
Summary It seems that in Nav units, you can have some features in one unit and other features in other units but never all features in one unit. If this unit had the hands free dialing that some of the Garmin units do, I would be all over this one...but again I wait for the manufactures to build the unit that I know is out there waiting to be built!
Pros Maps are decent
Lane guidance is good for an LA newbie
Cons Device randomly reboots then makes me accept the terms and conditions again
Bluetooth will not maintain a connection with my iPhone after power on/off over several days. No changes made during the time
UI is inconsistent and has gotten CRAPPY!
Summary I will be returning this unit due to the price and inability to maintain a bluetooth connection and random reboots. Steer clear