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I've been using my TomTom Go Live 950 for around a year now so I've had plenty of opportunity to thoroughly test it out.
What sets it apart from other sat navs I've used is TomTom's HD traffic service. The traffic services on other sat navs I've used have tended to be of limited use - I found that information updated erratically and only showed problems on motorways and trunk roads. By contrast, the HD traffic service uses a different system gathered from TomTom devices and anonymous information from the Vodafone network which allows traffic jams to show up even on smaller roads.
In my experience this works well, with the device more often than not identifying standing traffic on most roads pretty accurately. It isn't perfect - it failed to notice a 30 min delay on my main commuting route one morning despite the fact that it normally picks up much shorter delays on the same road every day - but it certainly seems to pick up most problems. The HD traffic information is also available on TomTom's website so you can get a good idea before you buy.
Journey prediction times are usually very accurate, even when using country lines - I have found that some other sat navs assume that any country lane can be taken at 60mph the whole way and have a tendency to include them in the route as a result. By contrast, the TomTom is usually more realistic, only recommending country lanes where they are a genuinely quicker alternative.
It isn't perfect. It can be buggy at times and it could do with more memory storage. It has a tendency to crash and reboot more than it should. Also the HD traffic service seems to disconnect itself too often.
But despite all of that, as a high mileage driver, I would still recommend the device and have found myself using it despite my new company car having an (inferior) inbuilt system.
TomTom GO 950 LIVE combines TomTom's leading IQ Routes technology with a fully optimized user interface. In addition, the TomTom GO 950 LIVE comes with an expanded LIVE services offering, completely integrated in the device to deliver the ultimate navigation package on the market today.
Full attention has been paid to the integration of TomTom's routing technologies into the user interface of the device. This makes it more intuitive and easier to operate; giving drivers all the information they need about their journey before they set off, at a glance. HD Traffic, safety alerts and fuel prices are all clearly displayed on the screen via the LIVE snapshot. Once on the road, drivers automatically receive real-time updates on what's ahead, so they remain informed throughout their journey.
The TomTom GO 950 LIVE features more maps than ever before, including Malta, Greece and Turkey for the first time. In addition, it offers TomTom's unique Map Share technology which allows users to make instant changes to the map and share these with others through TomTom HOME, TomTom's free desktop application.
|Product Description:||TomTom GO 950 - Live - GPS receiver|
|Product Type:||GPS receiver|
|Display:||4.3" colour - 480 x 272 - widescreen|
|Preloaded Maps:||Canada, USA, Europe, United Kingdom|
|Internal Memory:||4 GB flash|
|Speed Camera Warning:||Yes|
|Voice:||Navigation instructions, street name announcement, voice command recognition|
|Functions & Services:||Speed|
|Included Software:||TomTom HOME|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||12.7 cm x 2.5 cm x 8.5 cm|