Ready to buy a new model, but which one?

Discussion in 'Which TomTom Should I Buy?' started by Jim Reed, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. Jim Reed

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    The GPS world has changed a lot since my purchase of a TomTom many years ago and so has my needs.
    Listed below is what I'm currently looking for.

    Screen size: minimum 4.5 inches diagonally
    Voice
    Use for car and walking
    pinch screen zoom
    Mapping for USA, Canada & Europe

    Thanks for the help
     
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    TomTom can comply with your needs except for walking.

    The moderator canderson will offer an opinion as he has quite some experience.
    He gave me some advice but it was impractical for my technophobe SIL who likes to walk a couple of hours a day but promptly gets lost.

    Need something where she uses the on button and guides her home.

    Come to think of it, with our aging population and the preponderance of Alzheimers, a simple unit could become a business model.
     
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    As I'm sure you discovered with your older unit, 'walking' eats into a TomTom battery pretty quickly. What kind of walking excursion are we talking about? Give us an idea of how long (time) a walk at the outside. My own preference (as you can see in my signature line(s) for that is a purpose built handheld unit.

    Everything else you've asked for is easily available.
     
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    While in another country, I would use the device in the car for navigation of course and later during walks through town it would also help me get back to where the car or the ship is. I have used maps in the past, but I prefer the GPS. While in the USA, I only use my iPhone and the built in car GPS. I would like to use the iPhone in other countries, but the roaming charges are outrageous.
     
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    Looking at all these complaints on this site regarding TomTom satnav`s I wouldn`t bother buying a TomTom , go and buy some other make. Vote with your feet and run to another manufacturer
     
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    If you are OK with carrying a rather large device whose operating time on battery may not be much more than an hour, then any of the current models will suffice. When away from home, I carry one or the other of my handhelds - usually my Oregon 450 - onto which I will have loaded OSM (Open Street Maps) map(s) of the area before I leave home.

    The advantage of the handheld units is that they are waterproof and a good bit more rugged than any of the automotive units.

    If you think you're going to be OK with the larger 1 hour device, we should discuss what other features might be important to you. "Pinch to zoom" (sounds like you're really after a capacitive screen where your fingers can do some useful work in other ways as well) is part of the current GO x00 series. The GO 400 isn't being sold in North America, so the next size up is the 5" screen GO 500. One of the other benefits of that model will be Live traffic while you are at home IF you have a smart phone with a data plan. The data used by the GO for traffic isn't much and shouldn't hammer your data plan. The two tie together by Bluetooth using an App for the phone that TomTom provides. They have both Apple and Android versions. You don't say what model you used to own, but if it predates the old GO 740, you will not have had any experience with Live traffic before. In the Houston metro area, it works quite well, and heaven knows there's plenty of traffic there to worry over. These devices will route you around it for best possible time if that's how you've configured them.
     
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    That's what support boards are for, dumbblonde -- dealing with problems. I'm not familiar with sites like this where the typical owner comes only to rave about the product. That goes under 'reviews' at other sites. Here, we primarily solve problems.
     
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    Yes your right Canderson, I was a little bitter at having just bought a satnav and I couldn`t update it without the help on the Forum.
     
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    The folks back in NL definitely know they screwed up on this one, and I'm surprised we haven't heard about a fix already. Still, they should have known about this back on 16 April, and as far as I can tell, the fix to the compiler options to create the new code should not be very painful on their end.
     
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