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Gets you out of a Jam!
on 8 December 2008
Had this a few days now after my TomTom Go 910 began failing to charge. Please to see they use a small USB which is more robust and the holder isn't the connector either which will make it more robust.
I've gone from the larger screen to the small one but it hasn't made any difference. Maybe it's because I also bought the vent mount which is a good option as there's no marks left on the screen and it brings the TomTom closer making it easier to use.
The Traffic option is good although not perfect. As soon as I got out of my road it gave me a 15 minute delay update and re-routed me. Great! Today it could only take me through the jam though as it didn't receive the update until I almost arrived at the queue. That's probably due to the broadcast being late though. If there's nothing you can do but go through the jam then you're no better off but it's nice to know how long the delay is likely to be which the device gladly informs you of along with the distance to the jam. If there's 2 jams it will tell you about both, although only give details on the first.
The mapshare is a great idea. It updated only when I used the option to trust many people who had made the same change but weren't confirmed by TomTom. From what I've found so far they are accurate. I've also done a couple of my own which is great.
As for tracking the satellites it does it very quickly. It takes seconds rather than the minutes it took on my Go 910. Great improvement.
I have noticed that if you put too many POIs in then the software does seem to slow down and your car can be ahead of TomTom where I missed a turn as a result. I removed some POIs that I really didn't need (still leaving a lot on there though) and it is fine now.
As a tip, remove the TomTom Speed cameras and download some from elsewhere. They are so out of date. I think it's worse to not have them mentioned and think the database is up to date. Better you know it's all up to date so you can be warned properly.
It differs from the Go 910 in the following ways
slows up with too many POIs
Fiddly Mount potentially damaging
slow to start
20 Gb disk with music player included
Have to pay a subscription for traffic
No map corrections, you're stuck with TomTom updates
In summary, a great unit, small, convenient, quick to start, great for traffic. Just make sure you don't overload it. I prefer it to my 910!