Sunday, March 18, 2012

UPDATED: Latest TomTom GO series coming to US

TomTom GO 2014 series

TomTom GO 2014 series

UPDATE: I’ve added the above image, plus several screen shots at the end of this post.

The US will finally get the new TomTom GO series, perhaps within a year of when they were announced for Europe. The company still hasn’t released model numbers, saying “more details, pricing and availability will be announced closer to the launch date late Q1 2014.” read more

Traffic: TomTom vs Garmin

TomTom vs Garmin traffic

Last week, TomTom announced the results of a University of Michigan study that “concluded that TomTom’s iPhone Navigation App and GO 2535 Portable Navigation Device provide the most accurate real-time traffic data, when compared to a number of competing products.” As I pointed out in my weekly link roundup, TomTom paid for the study (full PDF report available here), which raises questions of bias. Now we have Garmin’s take on it: read more

6″ TomTom VIA 1605 M RV hits US shores

TomTom VIA 1605 M RV

The TomTom VIA 1605 M RV

A Friday afternoon tweet is a low-key way to announce this, but it looks like the 6″ TomTom VIA 1605 M RV is now available in the US. Based on the 1605TM we reviewed, this new model has been available in Europe for several months as the GO LIVE Camper & Caravan. read more

New TomTom GO series announced

TomTom GO 50xx 2013 GPSTomTom has announced a new high-end TomTom GO series this morning, including 4.3″, 5″ and 6″ models. While the details aren’t entirely clear, it appears that all models will include a capacitive multi-touch display and 3D buildings. read more

TomTom to undercut Garmin in motorcycle market

Garmin zumo vs. TomTom RIDERBikers have long complained about the high-price of Garmin zumo units – the cheapest current model, the 3.5″ zumo 220 lists for $399.99. Want a 4.3″ screen? Those start at $649.99! read more

New TomTom RIDER for motorcycles

TomTom-RIDER-5The new fifth generation TomTom Rider for motorcycles is coming to the US. The most interesting new features are a larger 4.3″ glove-friendly screen, a “winding roads” feature to give you the curviest ride, and route management with Tyre or via a new “Upload Routes and Go” capability that will allow you to save online routes to the device. The Rider also includes Bluetooth for sending audio instructions to your helmet.  read more

TomTom START 45M

TomTom START 45M reviews

The TomTom START 45M is a new entry-level TomTom, with a 4.3″ screen and lifetime map updates. It comes with Advanced Lane Guidance, speed limit display and preloaded maps of the US and Canada.

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Motorcycle-friendly TomTom RIDER 5 clears FCC

TomTom RIDER 5

Sneak peek at the forthcoming TomTom RIDER 5 for motorcycles

After nearly three years, it looks like TomTom will be getting back into the motorcycle market with the TomTom RIDER 5. And if I’m not mistaken, it’s been even longer since the US saw a RIDER unit, with the last one being the RIDER 2, introduced in 2007. read more

Consumer Reports disses TomTom mounts

TomTom ring mount

Ouch! Consumer Reports has posted an article that is very critical of some of TomTom’s integrated mounts. I’m not sure they are being entirely fair though. With the exception of the START series, they are criticizing mounts from discontinued units. read more

TomTom VIA 1605TM review


Hands on review of the TomTom VIA 1605TM

The TomTom VIA 1605TM is an unusual size; it’s the first 6″ navigator that I’m aware of. TomTom seems to be investigating a new sweet spot, between the 5″ models which have come to dominate our rankings and the 7″ behemoths Magellan is hawking to the truck and RV crowd.  read more