TomTom GO 500 EU - 5" Sat Nav with Full European Lifetime Maps, Lifetime Traffic Updates, Smartphone Connected and Interactive Screen
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TomTom GO 500 Europe
FEEL ON TOP OF YOUR JOURNEY LIKE NEVER BEFORE
The all new TomTom GO has been completely re-designed to put you in control of your drive. Make the smartest driving decisions by knowing precisely what is going on around you and what lies ahead. Put the world at your fingertips with a brand new Interactive Map. Drive with world-class traffic information with Lifetime TomTom Traffic. Know exactly where you are with buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D.
EXPERIENCE A NEW WORLD OF NAVIGATION — HIGHLIGHTS
Pinch to Zoom
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Lifetime TomTom Traffic —
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Simply zoom in and out to find and explore places on the map with your fingertips. Tap on the map to get an instant route to your destination.
Pinch to Zoom
Simply Pinch to Zoom on the interactive map to find places and explore more of the world around you. Zoom in to find a point of interest on the map and zoom out to see what lies up ahead.
Tap & Go
Use Tap & Go to instantly get a route to your destination. Save time and get moving faster.
Lifetime TomTom Traffic — Smartphone Connected
Drive with world-class traffic information for the life of your device*. Get to your destination faster with precise and accurate, real-time information. TomTom Traffic pinpoints exactly where delays start and end so you always know your fastest route.
*Lifetime is the useful life of the device, so means the period of time that TomTom continues to support your device with software updates, services, content or accessories. A device will have reached the end of its life when none of these are available any more.
See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D. With 3D Maps, you'll always know exactly where you are.
Essential traffic and travel information at a glance. The Route Bar shows precise traffic and speed camera information on the road ahead.
Find your destination faster with intuitive search results. Quick Search starts to find your destination as soon you start typing.
See your favourite locations on the map. Personalise your map with My Places so you can easily find and navigate to your favourite locations again and again.
Lifetime TomTom Traffic via Smartphone
Drive with world-class traffic information for the life of your device via your smartphone*. Get to your destination faster with precise and accurate, real-time information. TomTom Traffic covers more roads than any other sat nav brand and pinpoints exactly where delays start and end so you always know your fastest route.
*Your smartphone needs to be compatible and come with a data plan. Extra costs may apply, check tomtom.com/connect for more information.
|TomTom Traffic Coverage|
|Portugal||San Marino||Spain (incl. Canary Islands)||Sweden|
|Switzerland||Vatican City||U.K. (incl. Channel Islands)|
Map-making is in TomTom’s DNA; we’ve been making world-class maps for more than 25 years. We combine state-of-the-art technologies with real-time updates from the more than 21 million drivers in our Map Share community to create the most accurate and up-to-date maps available.
Europe’s road network changes regularly. We work tirelessly to make sure you always have the most up-to-date map. With Lifetime Maps you can download the most recent map at least 4 times each year, for the life of your device.
Always drive with the latest map. Get to your destination faster with Lifetime Maps. For the life of your product, you can download 4 or more full updates of the map on your device every year. You receive all updates to the road network, addresses and Points of Interest.
The world’s largest database of real travel times gives you the fastest routes and the most accurate arrival times – it’s genius!
Benefit from free daily map changes, reported by the Map Share Community, and get to your destination without unwanted surprises.
Pre-Installed Mapping of 45 Countries
|San Marino||Slovakia||Slovenia||Spain (incl. Canary Islands)|
|Sweden||Switzerland||Turkey||U.K. (incl. Channel Islands)|
DESIGNED FOR SMART NAVIGATION
3 Months Speed Cameras
Drive more relaxed with alerts for speed cameras ahead. These timely warnings increase your awareness of local speed limits and help you save money on speeding fines. As part of our global driving community you'll benefit from an advanced and highly accurate warning service across Europe.
5″ (13CM) Capacitive Touch Screen
See more and drive easy. Better view of instructions. Bigger menus and buttons. Easier input.
Advanced Lane Guidance
Clearly shows which lane to take at junctions so you don't miss your turning. On the most difficult highway intersections, realistic 3D representation of the junction keeps you relaxed and safe.
Spoken Street Names
Helping you to keep your eyes on the road, spoken instructions now include street names, to make turnings even clearer.
Click & Go Mount
Includes a USB car charger and cable. Magnetic mounting for fast and effortless one hand docking.
Find nearby parking with the aid of your TomTom device. Since Parking Assist is available throughout your journey, you can choose to navigate directly to the nearest car park when planning your route, or find parking en route – either near your destination or close to your current location.
|Screen Size||3.5″, 4.3″ or 5″||5″ or 6″||4.3″, 5″ or 6″||6″||5″||5″|
|Mapping||UK/ROI or Western Europe||UK/ROI||UK/ROI or Europe||Europe||Europe||World-Wide|
|Advanced Lane Guidance|
|Lifetime Map Updates|
|Spoken Street Names|
|Traffic Updates|| |
Lifetime TomTom Traffic — Smartphone Connected
Lifetime TomTom Traffic — Always Connected
3 Year Traffic Updates
1 Year Traffic Updates
|Bluetooth Handfree Calling|
TomTom GO 500 Device
Click & GO Mount
Car Charger & USB Cable
Top customer reviews
The first major shock to overcome is the realization that this is a very stripped-down device which delivers navigation in one way only - and if you don't like it, that's tough. There is a notable absence of the many customisations that have made TomToms deliver what you want the way you want it, visually and functionally. I would guess that 90% (I joke not) of the menus you'd have found on say a TomTom Go Live 1005, are simply nowhere to be seen on the new Go 500, not even in some other incarnation. Of course that's a double-edge sword because I suspect even the TomTom officiando will admit there were many more menus than they could find the time to use and these could make the device seem a little complicated, but in TomTom's attempt to strip this SatNav down to basics, I think they've gone way too far and now omitted frequent customisations that previously made TomToms stand out above their rivals. I think TomTom are trying to appeal to the less demanding, vanilla ice cream, perhaps even slightly techno-phobic user.
Let's start with the "road view" (perspective) map display. An unusual choice of colours you'll probably think. So you'll try to change it to something more familiar. Tough! I'm afraid the default colour scheme is the ONLY colour scheme. And it's a pretty rubbish scheme at that. In "road view" practically every road which is not on your blue selected route is a dark grey colour, be that a motorway, an A, B or C-road (it seems only minor roads have the privilege of being white). So at a glance, especially when you come up to a complex junction, your screen becomes a mess of dark lines making it very hard to identify that A-road that you know must be somewhere off to the right. And as for those fancy pseudo-3D rendered buildings appearing in all of the marketing shots that give you the "Ooooo" feeling when you first set eyes upon them... Well, unless you happen to live in a major city you'll really not see a single 3D building anywhere.
Another simple but subtle change: Speed cameras no longer appear alongside the road where they were so easy to spot. Now they're off to the right of the screen in the traffic info area forcing you to follow the countdown distance to work out where they might be. Doh! Why-o-why make this silly change?
Then there's the automatic route scaling (which I had disabled on my previous device because I found it very annoying) - this is forced ON with no option to change it.
Overall, regarding the "road view" display, it now seems dull, simple an uninspiring which is really such a shame. You spend 90%+ of your time in the main "road view" display and now it really looks bad - nothing like the shots that grab your attention in the marketing photos and which probably lure the prospective customer to hit "Buy". A deliberate tactic? I don't know but I personally find it at best misleading of TomTom not to include a normal "road view" in their marketing photos because that's what you'll see most of the time.
Another item I liked on my old TomTom was to be asked whether I preferred to take the fastest route, shortest route or to avoid motorways (etc) each time I plotted a route. And now? No, that's tough. You will get the fastest route which you must then change once the route is plotted. Seems clunky.
In an earlier version of this review I had complained at the poor implementation of POIs, as others had also noted. Following some feedback from TomTom I can see that these do exist via a slightly different concept. I don't prefer it but I'll accept that I can't be quite as negative as I was before. Nevertheless, I still had the issue that the way POIs are displayed, especially regarding my local petrol stations and car parks, were misleading.
Unfortunately there are so many examples of change, big and small, that I now barely recognize it as a TomTom at all.
The other potentially very big "gotcha" that is nowhere mentioned in TomTom's marketing blurb is the precise requirements necessary to get your live traffic updates - a brilliant feature of the Live series TomToms and far superior to competitor offerings. With this SatNav these live services are obtained only by connecting to a data service through your mobile phone. But that's OK you think (as I did) because most mobiles these days come with a data contract and most have Bluetooth connectivity. However what they fail to spell out is that your SatNav needs to be "tethered" to your mobile and use it as a hotspot. For me, I have now discovered that my iPhone has had this feature disabled by the provider who is unable to change that arrangement due to some politics between BT and Vodafone. So having bought the SatNav 95% on the availability of free live traffic via my mobile (I was OK with this concept), I am now unable to use it unless I buy a separate mobile phone with a different contract. Of course if your phone does support tethering you are fine, so this need not be a problem for all. But for me, I now have a £200 SatNav that looks very pretty, has up to date maps (that's good), but no traffic. BE CAREFUL.
Despite my disappointment, there are definitely SOME positives of the device. The 2D map and route planning view is extremely nicely rendered. The pinching, scrolling and tapping are intuitive and reliable. And the operation of all the menus is much faster than I've had on any TomTom previously. The routing is quick as well and the overview clear. But these niceties sadly fail to make up for some simple but very important shortcomings. After 5 days of frustrated use, I decided to return mine to TomTom.
Overall, for many reasons I cannot give the new TomTom Go 500 more than a 2 star. But that's me - I am a TomTom lover. Well, I was. I am all for TomTom trying to make things a bit more simple but I am really disappointed with some of the radical decisions TomTom have taken with this stripped-down device which will likely take other TomTom enthusiasts by surprise in the wrong direction. Ironic.
The first things I noticed are the map is more interactive, the touch screen is much more responsive and it's so much faster and easier to scroll around the map. One thing I found annoying about my old XL was if you zoomed in or out while on a journey it would reset back to the default position after a few seconds, also if you wanted to look at a different part of the route or map you had to mess about going through a number of pages to find the browse map option. Both these issues have thankfully been resolved, if you zoom in or out the view stays where you leave it (although I think if you go into the option screen it will reset back to its default position) and to scroll around the map all you have to do is touch the arrow icon on the screen. Instead of pages of icons there is now a row of 7 icons and a settings icon with sub menus but I can't say I've noticed any options or features missing that I've ever used, to me it just appears to have a more simplified layout so everything you need is easy to access.
It feels very solid and good quality, the mount is a big improvement in every way, the touch screen is very responsive, it's easier to operate and navigate, the graphics are a bit of an improvement but it's how much smoother they are that is really impressive. There is hardly any processing delay when scrolling around the map, calculating routes probably never takes any more than about 10 seconds, the sound is also much better thanks to a better speaker and improved spoken voices with the additional feature of being able to say names (streets, towns, city's etc.). My only criticisms are that the map updates are very slow to make it from real world to TomTom's system. There have been two roundabouts added to a very busy road near where I live and it took at least 4 months until the update was available and they aren't even the correct size and shape, whereas a free sat nav app I have on my phone updated the alteration within a couple of weeks. The other problem is the updates take forever to download, I update fairly regularly, about every month or two and I'm not kidding it takes most of the day for it to download and install. On the whole though it is a brilliant sat nav and I would highly recommend it.
The 3D maps is a bit of a gimmick, I haven't bothered with it to be honest. I like the fact that you can download 4 or more updates per year to keep the maps up to date, although most other sat nav's offer this nowadays. You also get lifetime traffic updates, but this requires connecting the sat nav to a smartphone via bluetooth. A handy feature though if you regularly use congested routes.
All in all, an easy to use and accurate sat nav. If you're after a simple sat nav that has lifetime map updates, it's a really good option.
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