TomTom GO 730T Satellite Navigation System
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The ultimate car navigator including free traffic updates for life. 4.3' wide touchscreen, Full European mapping (31 countries), IQ Routes for fastest possible routing, voice address input, Bluetooth with hands free calling and many other great features. Product comes complete with safety camera locations, TomTom latest map guarantee and TomTom Mapshare.
- TomTom GO 730 device
- Windscreen mount
- Desk dock
- Car charger
- CD-ROM & documentation
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However there is one point where the Nuvi beats the 730 hands down (and probably all Tomtom`s), and that is in the screen brightness. The Nuvi, even with full sunlight streaming on it remained perfectly clear and bright, and that was with the backlight only set to 80%. It was quite a disappointment going back to an "old tech" screen, having to hold a hand over it to shield it from the sun to be able to see it. A few smudgy finger marks only adds to the problem. Sunlight readable screens are mainstream now, not just the preserve of the marine and aviation markets, so there is little excuse in my opinion!
Apart from this issue (which Tomtom must address if they want to hold on to my custom in future!) it is a very impressive satnav, with a wealth of well thought out useful features.
So come on Tomtom, sort out the screen brightness and make a very good unit a superb one!
It is certainly superior to the GO 700 and the additional features - lane guidance, Q route, MP3 facility etc are all very useful. The only feature I haven't used yet is the RDS traffic which I believe can be quite patchy but this is not unique to TomTom. GPS reception is superb, locating my position almost instantly.
I only have one major criticism (hence the 4 stars)and that is the screen brightness, which as in all previous TomToms, is pretty pathetic considering the screen technology available these days. In bright sunshine the screen is very difficult or impossible to see. Another more minor fault is the short screen mount which on modern cars leaves the TomTom almost out of reach. I intend to get round this by purchasing dashboard mounting discs and this in fact may assist screen visibility as well by bringing the device further into the car. Despite these niggles I am very pleased with this bit of kit.
I'm really glad I went for the 730. To me, the killer new feature is the display which shows which lane you need to be in on a motorway. As you approach a complex motorway junction (which is almost all of them), the screen shows a static image of the road with all the lanes in, and green flashing arrows showing where you want to be. This makes navigating motorways absolutely as straight forward as it could be. Although I wasn't at all impressed by the sound of this feature when reading up on the 730, I have to say it is fantastic and the screen appears just when you are wondering if you are in the right lane.
There are a lot of details in the device that are really handy - for example if you have a lot of turns to make one after another, it combines the instructions in a way that is very natural sounding such as 'turn right at the roundabout and then turn right at the next roundabout'. It seems to know a lot of speed limits which is also unexpectedly handy. I had a go with the traffic sensor and amazingly it knew exactly where the roadworks were in France. Astonishingly we didn't get stuck in traffic anywhere so couldn't report on if it knew about traffic jams (it reported that there were none). However the antenna you have to plug in to get the traffic information is annoying and I'm unlikely to use it day to day.
It has been spot on at predicting the arrival time, but I haven't had much experience with previous TomToms to know if this is improved. It just works fine on this device.
When I was looking at the Garmin, I was very tempted by the better looking map displays, but decided to go with the TomTom because the screen refresh rate appears faster. I was expecting the 730's maps to be smoother (they mention a better graphics system) but unfortunately they aren't - it's the same tomtom jaggy map, however the benefit of this is that it does update the display very quickly and the device is very quick and responsive to use. Don't get me wrong - the map is fine, it just doesn't look as pretty as other devices.
I have been able to connect the device and update it using my mac which I didn't expect - it appears fully compatible with OSX via software I downloaded from the TT website. I've had no problems updating it and will routinely plug it in to keep it up to date as the process appears painless.
I have some minor niggles: The most obvious is that the screen doesn't have sensor to automatically set the brightness according to the ambient light, so to see it in bright sunlight you have to set it to 100%, which means in the evening it's distractingly bright. Honestly that's pretty much it at the moment. It did have some out of date map data regarding the roads within the Disneyland park itself, but I can forgive it for that because if you drive where you want it recalculates the route silently after about 20-30s. So it is easy to drive by road signs when you know where you are going and using the TomTom for directions when you don't know where you are going. It also appears to have a bit of an issue with turning itself on again after turning it off after using it for a couple of hours, but I'm guessing this is a glitch that will be fixed by a software update.
So in all I'm very happy and look forward to getting the hang of all the fancy features.
[update - a few weeks later...] After a few weeks using the device, I've found it actually does have (I think) some sort of ambient light sensor to switch between day and night views which does address my only niggle. However I've found the issue of it turning itself on again when you turn it off really quite annoying - it means the battery is pretty much always flat when I go to use it, so I have to use the car charger all the time. Also it's not very good at allowing you to input destinations in any other means than postcode or house number + street - so if you need to look something up like 'legoland' or 'Gildredge Park, Eastbourne' it just doesn't know what you mean, which has meant we've not been able to use it to go to either of those places. However, as far as I can tell this is something that all satnavs have a problem with (I guess we are just spoilt by google). If amazon let me change my star rating I'd change it to 4 stars. It's still excellent at motorway navigation, but if you need to go regularly to places for which you don't know the postcode, or good battery life is important I'd say look elsewhere.
It is remarkably easy to use and to upload map corrections and POIs which I have done a few times. There is something satisfying about uploading your own POIs!!! The voices are clear and the directions are said well in advance of you needing to execute them. I love the fact that music can be played via the FM transmitter on Tom Tom through my car radio and the music will stop when the next instruction is being read. I haven't had a problem with it crashing as the previous reviewer has had. It also has a desktop application so you san upload and download map corrections, new voices, images etc and be a part of the Tomtom community.
All in all i love it and I am so glad I paid the money for it instead of forking out for a cheap £60 model where the maps can't be updated.
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10/10 would not fear driving again.
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