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5.0 out of 5 stars tomtom go 540 live, 7 Nov 2008
This review is from: TomTom GO 540 Satellite Navigation System - LIVE UK & ROI (Electronics)
TomTom GO 540 LIVE UK & ROI

purchased this unit from another website. mine came with a tomtom promotional £30 fuel voucher. i think this should be the case with most of the first lot of 540's. check before buying in any case!

this unit is slimmer than a 520 that i had briefly a couple of months ago.

main changes i can notice are the overall UI icons have changed...which doesnt really bother me too much. the IQ routes service is pretty good, it does take you to places via different routes depending on day and time of day which is pretty handy. the lane assist feature is good too if you have trouble getting into the correct lane at motorway junctions and the like. all 3 of these features are available on the 530 i believe.

one major addition to this unit is the addition of LIVE services. on previous units if u wanted weather or traffic services you would have to allow the unit to use the GPRS connection on your mobile phone via bluetooth. however now, the unit has a sim in it already so it can connect to the server itself and access weather and traffic information. the traffic information is also the new traffic HD service which is meant to be much more accurate and up to date than previous sources such as TMC etc etc. i have found this to be true, it is more accurate than the traffic i used to receive via GPRS on the 520 unit i had. note that these LIVE services are free for 3 months i think, after that there is a £7.99 MONTHLY charge.

the google search feature is also useful. you can be anywhere and just use the unit to search using google to find anything eg restaurants. then the unit will direct you to that place!

the change that i am most thankful for is the new windscreen dock. to stick it to the windscreen, you dont just slap it on the windscreen. there is a rubber bezel that you must twist, this then causes the suction cup to stick very well to the windscreen (or dashboard). the cigarette power cable then connects to the dock rather than the unit. i used to find the old docks fairly flimsy and it was always difficult to take the unit and the dock apart and put them back together with any kind of haste. with the 540 it is very simple to attach/detach the gps unit from the dock. the unit actually clicks into place so it feels a lot sturdier.

having a few problems getting the tomtom home software to run properly with my mac (10.5.5). it is unable to recognise some of the files that it downloads in order to update the unit and hence cant unzip them. so mac users be careful!

also note that it is only the 940 that now has an FM transmitter. this unit DOES NOT have an fm transmitter.

overall i think it is a very good unit. havent really got any major complaints about it (other than the mac problem). i am really pleased with the new dock and the fact that it doesnt need my phone to get the traffic info so i think it is worth the extra £'s!
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2008 20:51:00 GMT
I was considering the live range after spending every day for two weeks trying to establish the wireless data connection between my two week old Go 920T and my Sony Ericsson W910i mobile phone purchased to match this Tom Tom model.
Every one has been involved Tom Tom Orange and Sony Ericsson but still no joy. So much for phone / Sat / Nav comparison charts and the over simplified statement calling for Bluetooth compatability to access Tom Tom Services.

If I do not get performance satisfaction all round for accessing Tom Tom Services before the 28 day return policy expires I wil be returning this kit in favour of another make. Watch this space, they have one more week to provide what I paid for.

Don Seaman

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2008 11:07:54 GMT
S. Fergusson says:
Just to add, I own a TOM TOM Go 520 (not traffic version) which is not two models older than the model reviewed on this page.

My TOM TOM Go 520 has every feature that the newest model has except the live function, which requires the inbuilt sim into the unit. And the google search facility, again, needs intergrated sim card to connect to data services.

Apart from these 2 features, as far as I know. Are the only software differences, and the units look different.

But then it makes up for it as it does have an FM transmitter, which the new model does not.

So the oldest unit is still perfectly ok and not majorly out dated for those thinking the newest is always best.

Posted on 31 Jan 2009 10:04:08 GMT
Submariner says:
Just to respond to the Mac comments - I just bought a 740 and it worked faultlessly right out of the box with my Mac. Everything works as per the Windows version of TomTom Home. Paired with my iPhone in a snap too. Very impressive. TomToms have become very Mac-friendly since the last time I owned one!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2009 11:48:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Mar 2009 11:50:42 GMT
M. Bedi says:
thank you for your comment.

when i tried tomtom home on my mac it installed perfectly fine. however, when it came to updating my tomtom unit with latest map share/camera details etc etc it kept giving me an error message.

i think i might give it another try now that you say you have it working. maybe there is an updated version of tomtom home out or something. hopefully it works this time!

although my unit also paired seamlessly with my iphone 3g, grabbed the contacts list and everything. it doesnt support the text message feature, but that isnt really a big issue for me.

thanks once again
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