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TomTom Go 520 Satellite Navigation System - Traffic Edition

by TomTom

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  • Beat the traffic with TomTom - All the great features of the TomTom GO 520, including the RDS-TMC-receiver and receive FREE traffic updates for life!
  • Latest Maps guaranteed of the UK and Republic of Ireland
  • Easiest to use: Speech recognition for fast address input
  • Large 4.3inch screen
  • Best Maps:Latest Maps guaranteed and TomTom Map Share
  • Future proof via TomTom Home
  • Best Traffic:RDS-TMC included
  • receive free traffic updates for life!
  • Safe and Efficient Driving:Pre Installed Safety Camera Database
  • Hands free car kit via Bluetooth, Help me! menu
  • Fun and smart extras:Record your own navigation voice
  • Built in FM Transmitter

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Product details

  • Item Weight: 921 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: 1M00.561
  • ASIN: B000W3FL0E
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,839 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Box Contains

  • The TomTom GO 520 device
  • Windscreen Mount
  • Desk Dock
  • Car Charger
  • Documentation
  • TomTom HOME software and manual
  • Product Description

    TomTom Map Share is a proprietary map improvement technology unique to TomTom, which enables users to easily and instantly improve maps. TomTom users can respond in real time to changes in the road network and correct the maps on their TomTom devices accordingly. Thanks to the smart user interface, it is easy to make improvements, such as blocked or unblocked streets, reversed one way traffic or new street names, which will instantly take effect. TomTom has the world's largest satellite navigation community

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    50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By John Nunn VINE VOICE on 28 Dec 2007
    This is just the GO 520 with an RDS receiver, the RDS signal is generally not strong enough to be of much use, as far as free traffic updates for life this is not technically true as RDS is free once you have the receiver/ariel it is not a subscription based system. The unit is self is just the same GO 520.
    This new design has all of the great feature you expect from TomTom but coupled with a more usable mounting system and a great widescreen display. Both myself and my wife spent a large amount of time investigating the various models on the market and found the features and ease of use of the TomTom Go 520/720 were clearly the best available. Coupled with the iPod cable I can now use both my TomTom and iPod through my car radio and not have difficulty hearing instructions over the music. On the downside my Mobile phone, an orange SPV3100, does not want to work with the hands free option provided; this is a bit of a disappointment to an otherwise perfect solution.
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    135 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. P. Ford on 18 Dec 2007
    I'm often the most critical of badly thought out design and software, but I have to say that the Tom Tom 520T surpassed my expectations. There are one or two niggles, of course, but overall it's a great package.

    Firstly, as another reviewer pointed out, this does not come with free traffic for life, at least not in the form of the subscription service.It does come with the RDS receiving aerial which would otherwise be a £50ish accessory for the standard 520. While I'm on the subject, it doesn't work too badly. I do find it takes a while to lock up to a station in auto mode. I haven't tried it in manual mode yet. I guess it might lock in faster that way, but if you're on a 15 minute trip to work I doubt it's going to help you much. On longer journeys I've found it' worked ok, bu some of the expected delays need taking with a pinch of salt; one example was an area of roadworks that is a bit slow flowing and it was suggesting 47 mins delay when realistically there was no more than 1-2 mins.

    As a sat nav it does work very well. Address input is easy and can be done by voice (although it does require a couple of button presses to get there) I found this works very well, taking you through a process of City, street then number, providing options along the way. eg You say London and it might bring up 4 numbered options of words it thinks you said and you simply call out the number that is correct. Clever and effective. Postcode entry etc is all as you might expect.

    Navigation instructions are available in two flavours; computer generated and spoken. The spoken ones are samples of real voices, there are a few that come with the system, and more that you can download/buy eg John Cleese etc. Additionally you can even record your own.
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    118 of 127 people found the following review helpful By C Betts on 13 Dec 2007
    This product is a perfectly good TomTom but it does not include Free Traffic for Life as advertised.

    Having had a lengthy conversation with the TomTom helpdesk, they have stipulated that they NEVER offer free traffic and what this actually contains is the ability to connect to their traffic information system (or similar), at an annual fee. PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS IF YOU ARE EXPECTING FREE TRAFFIC INFORMATION as this is a mistake I made.

    The TomTom helpdesk says as follows:

    "The GO520T comes with a RDS-TMC receiver which is a key component to help pick up Traffic Services. To access this Plus Service you must purchase the year subscription via our webshop. We do not offer such free services."
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    23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By DrEvil on 13 Jan 2008
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    As with the previous reviews, this unit is easy to use both in terms of planning a trip and the actual guidance. It locates you very quickly via the built-in quick-fix software.

    The only misleading part is that you are under the impression that "Free Traffic Updates For Life" means you get automatic subscription to the PLUS Traffic service (saving ~£30/yr). This isn't the case, in the TomTom 520T box you also get a RDS-TMC traffic signal reciever. The RDS-TMC will pick up traffic information from radiostations and convert them onto the TomTom. This is the "Free Traffic Updates For Life" you're actually getting. With that said the RDS-TMC is actually fairly useful (only tried in London so-far) and highlighted several delays which the TomTom then navigated me around. How this rates against the PLUS Traffic service I don't know.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. Collins on 14 Jan 2009
    I've had the TomTom Go 520T for about a month now and I've been very impressed by it. Works very well and has managed to shave impressive amounts of time off journeys I take regularly.

    The 520 can be upgraded when you connect it to TomTom Home (the software is included) to the latest onboard software as well as the latest maps. This gives it all the features of the later version TomTom 530, but for £100 less! The added features include advanced lane management, which creates a nice 3D graphical picture of motorway junctions as you approach them and shows you clearly which lane to be in, which is very handy. Another feature is IQ Routes which determines the most efficient route for you to take depending on the time of day and day of the year, based on other TomTom user's experiences. This can mean on a return journey you end up travelling home a different way to the way you travelled out, but it can save a lot of time.

    Instructions are very clear, although I found the computerised voices occasionally garbled words at high volumes, this may be an intermittant thing.

    My mobile phone (Samsung F490) was not listed as compatible but works well with the Bluetooth hands free function, although I cannot send or receive texts, but that is a small niggle.

    I found the RDS Traffic receiver worked well - and locked onto the station quickly. Although items listed as 'Traffic' can be minor inconveniences such as narrow lanes so should be taken with a pinch of salt.

    Maps are good - although I have found a few roundabouts which aren't displayed on the map, a bit of common sense needs to be used!

    There are many more benefits to this device - I won't go into them all, just recommend you buy the TomTom 520T and find out for yourself! All in all I'm very satisfied with my purchase.
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