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Some Problems with First Batch otherwise Very Good.
on 7 August 2007
First the problems: Some owners have reported problems with the microphone and speaker on the 720.
The handsfree can produce a loud buzzing noise, which means nobody can hear what you are saying.
Owners that have returned them have said their replacement 720 works perfectly, so I guess some of this first batch were rushed through quality control.
I have sent my own unit back, as it has this fault.
Now onto the good stuff! : The 720 feels a nice solid unit, and has a large widescreen display.
It comes supplied with a USB Cradle to connect it to your PC, a car charger, and windscreen mount.
Maps included are Western Europe and Canary Islands.
The GPS signal is picked up very fast after the first install.
My car has one of those heat reflecting windscreens which normally blocks most radio signals, but the 720 picked up good satellite signals anywhere it was mounted in the car.
Initial setup only takes a few minutes.
You can create a 'quick menu' which allows you to have 5 of your most used functions available at one touch of the main navigation display.
There is about 200MB of space left on the built in memory to store MP3's and photos, and you can also purchase an SD memory card if you need more room.
The 720 has a built in FM radio transmitter, so you can play your MP3's via any FM car radio that's tuned into a clear channel. The quality of MP3 playback in my car was very good, and I was impressed with that on it's own. Navigation directions can also be routed via the FM radio, and spoken directions will interrupt the MP3 player so you never miss a turning.
The handsfree phone facility is very good and easy to use.
It has features such as last number and recent dialled numbers, but not all handsets will be able to read incoming text messages.
There is a basic list on TomToms website but it's not complete.
Some users have reported the Nokia 6233 and N73 do read incoming texts, and the 720 can also read these out to you via it's text to speech function.
The Nokia 6680,6630,N95,N70,N80 are a few that do NOT read text messages.
Text to speech means that with the 720, it reads out road names,numbers, and place names when you change direction, so you don't have to look at the display to check if you are taking the correct turning.
The 720 comes supplied with a 'safety camera' database built in, and you get one free update.
The supplied database found all the cameras, but it's not as flexible as the 'pocketgpsworld' database as you can't change the warning distance or sound efects.
There are many built in points of interest such as shopping centres and parking, and you can also add your own.
TomTom have decided not to release a traffic (TMC) receiver in this country as most of the time it will not work due to the low signal sent by the UK transmitters.
I subscribe to TomTom's traffic service which updates via your phones GPRS connection.It costs about £25/year if you need it, and usually works quite well.
Battery life is about 5 hours if the 720 is not linked to your phone.
Could be a lot less if you use the FM transmitter, handsfree or traffic services.
Probably best to use the included car charger on longer journeys.
Charging takes about 2 hours via the USB cradle connected to a computer.
An optional mains charger is available.
I have ordered a Brodit mount for my 720 so that I can mount it on the centre console of my car.
Windscreen mounts generally tend to fall off, and make your car more attractive to thieves. Also it means no trailing wires all around the dashboard.
Summary: Very Good, but some early ones could have a microphone/speaker fault.
If you don't need all the extra functions such as handsfree, then get a TomTom One or XL.