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TomTom Go 5000 Review

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TomTom Go 5000 represents one of the newest models in the revamped TomTom range.  Compared to older models (e.g. the TomTom Go 530) it’s a huge upgrade, from the interface to the time taken to calculate routes.

The new TomTom range all carry the same software, the difference is if the unit is always connected to TomTom’s traffic service or not and the screen size.  The TomTom Go 5000 is the connected 5″ unit, meaning you don’t need to pair a mobile phone for traffic updates.  If you’re happy to run the data connection through your mobile the 500 or 400 would be just as good, they would just require a little more setting up and wouldn’t be as easy a unit to share between friends/family.

If you’re use to a previous generation TomTom then the TomTom Go 5000 interface will be totally unfamiliar to you, it’s been massively redesigned compared to previous units and I think it’s better for it; even after owning it for years I could never find what I wanted in menus of the 530.  The new design means the options you’re most likely to use most often are available far quicker than before.

Setup of the TomTom Go 5000 was very easy.  After a couple of trips, both short and long, I liked:

  • Automatic traffic updates
  • Fast route calculation / recalculation if you make a wrong turn
  • Pinch to zoom
  • Stripped back interface
  • Voice reads out names better than any other I’ve tried
  • Quick and easy to find parking and petrol

 

Unfortunately it’s not all brilliant:

  • Search sometimes feels a bit slow to pull up results
  • Can be slow in giving instructions sometimes, asking me to turn after I’ve passed the junction
  • Even with the traffic information I’ve not actually been shown alternative routes on the small number of trips I’ve taken
  • Updating took hours and the first time it failed (using Chrome) and wiped all maps from the unit, after looking online I installed Java and used Firefox and the unit was correctly updated

 

The TomTom Go 5000 comes with an always on connection so you don’t need to worry about setting the time or getting traffic updates via your mobile. I opted for this as a few different (non technical) people will be using the unit and it makes it much easier than having to explain Bluetooth to each person. If you are interested in traffic updates but don’t want to pay for the always on connection I’m sure you’ll be happy with the 500 or 400 which come in much cheaper than the TomTom Go 5000.

The search function can take a bit of getting use to, rather than wading through menus to select streets/towns/postcodes/points of interest you now have a simple search box in which you type whatever information you have (e.g. house number and postcode or point of interest name).  The results speed can feel a little slow and if you only enter limited information it’s worth keeping in mind you can end up with search matches from Europe.

This is a good all round dedicated sat nav, throw in free life time map updates and traffic information and TomTom have suddenly made themselves relevant again to those drivers thinking about ditching a dedicated unit for a mobile app.

 

TomTom GO 5000 5-inch Sat Nav with European Maps and Lifetime Map and Traffic Updates - Black/Grey

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Features

  • 5 inch touch screen - Fully Interactive Screen, Pinch, zoom and swipe
  • Lifetime TomTom Traffic - Award winning Traffic information, pins points exactly where a jam starts and finishes, Alerts you when you approach a jam too fast, provides you an overview of the traffic in your area
  • Lifetime Maps of full Europe (45 countries) - Always drive with the latest map, you can download at least four full map updates on your device every year

TomTom Car Sat Nav GO 6200, 6 Inch with Handsfree Calling, Siri, Google Now, Updates via WiFi, Lifetime Traffic via SIM Card and World Maps, Smartphone Messages, Capacitive Screen, Black

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Features

  • World lifetime maps: Get the latest maps by connecting your TomTom GO to your Wi-Fi network; we issue free new updates seasonally for the life of your device
  • Lifetime TomTom traffic: Insanely accurate traffic information enables your TomTom GO to intelligently plan routes around traffic
  • Updates Via Wi-Fi: Get the latest maps and software for your TomTom VIA built-in Wi-Fi; no computer needed. Battery lifetime - Up to 1 hour
  • Compatible with Siri and Google now: Get full access to your personal assistant with your phone safely away in your glove compartment; TomTom road trips - available to download for free at TomTom website
  • Hands-free calling and smartphone messaging: So you can keep your hands on the wheel and your phone safely away in your glove compartment

TomTom Active Magnetic Mount and Charger for All TomTom 5-Inch and 6-Inch GO and GO Professional Sat Navs (See Compatibility List Below)

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Features

  • Avoid on-the-road hassle: Enjoy a safer, more convenient drive with the TomTom Click-and-Drive Mount - preventing your sat nav from coming loose even on bumpy roads
  • Designed for windscreens: Affix your TomTom Sat Nav Click-and-Drive Mount to any spot on your windscreen, quickly and easily, thanks to the sat nav mount's integrated suction cup
  • Smart magnetic mounting: Docking and undocking your sat nav is quick and effortless - even with one hand - with the TomTom Sat Nav Windscreen Mount Click-and-Drive
  • Adjust your sat nav mount as you drive: Conveniently change the angle of your TomTom Click and GO Windscreen Mount to enjoy a ideal view, no remounting required, USB car charger and cable included
  • Dashboard compatability: Rather your sat nav mount be affixed to your dashboard, No problem - thanks to TomTom Sat Nav Adhesive Dashboard Mount Disks, available separately

Mark J Draper is a self-confessed gadget lover who forged a career in the telecommunication and utility industry while maintaining a hobby of writing and filming reviews that are published on YouTube and Reviewify.co.uk.

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