Product Type: Tomtom in GPS Navigation
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Tomtom GO 520
TomTom Go 520
Member Name: aksram
TomTom Go 520
Date: 09/11/11, updated on 09/11/11 (38 review reads)
Advantages: Good quick GPS fix
Disadvantages: Lane assist not that useful specially in London
This unit replaced my other tomtom software that I used on a HP iPaq. Boy was it a difference - The feel when you take it out of the box was so great that you feel immediately that this has to cost more. The colour the feel and finish were just amazing. The screen size was BIG I mean real BIIIIG- it is about 4.3 inches
The box also come with a car charger and windscreen mount , very handy. The battery life a full charge was about 3-4 hrs.
This was enough generally over a day if used judiciously. Also the maps were rich and colourful, the lane assist was OK (not that great).
The maps are clearer and sharper. They are clearly visible while driving- both in day mode and night mode. If you miss out a road, it recalculates new roads immediately.
Also the box comes with a code that allows you to update your maps to the latest available at the time you buy it. So basically it may be really old hardware but you can update it for free with the latest compatible software for free (within 2 weeks of buying it).
You can download various voices including Homer Simpson. It has a voice recognition feature- so just say out loud where you want to go and it will direct you.
It has bluetooth connection, and you can transfer or receive information via bluetooth. If you connect your mobile phone via bluetooth, then you can answer phone calls or read messages via this. The speech recognition even reads out messages if needed.
The GPS fix time was greatly reduced in comparison with the older models I used. It was particularly quick even in the narrow London streets with tall buildings so it doesn't spend ages to get a fix and you do not end up waiting or driving in circles!!
Summary: good unit to have if you do travel regularly