Once you get to the menu, you are faced with a simple line of icons. This scrolls left to right, but everything you will generally need is on the first page. Your first port of call will generally be Search, which unifies address and points of interest into one. You can use a keyword to search for a street address without specifying the city it is in, or for a POI in the current map, near your location, within a town, along a route or near your destination.
The Current Route icon combines the ability to change the route type between fastest or shortest with choosing between walking or bicycle journeys. You can also choose to avoid blockages on the journey or add waypoints, which you can use as an advanced journey planner. Sadly, this is otherwise missing from the new menu system. The My Places icon takes you to a listing that combines Home and Favourite locations alongside a recent destination history for convenient journey repetition.
There are also icons specifically to find nearby parking lots and petrol stations from the POI database, so you can get to these quickly without having to use the keyword search system. But there is no facility to change these categories or add to the choices, which we feel is taking simplicity a little too far. Overall, though, the new menu is a very good example of user interface design.
The navigational map has been considerably overhauled compared to previous TomToms, too. Colour has been used quite sparingly, with the main route in blue and everything else in shades of grey, but it's still very clear. Your next turning is detailed at the top as usual, with your current road name, speed, and the limit on the bottom. However, the rest of the journey information is now on the right, with ETA and distance to destination above the traffic bar, which now also shows upcoming speed cameras.
TomTom has finally followed the trend among other sat-nav manufacturers, and added 3D models of major landmarks, to help you get your bearings, although we don't usually find this a tremendously useful feature. But you still get useful lane advice at junctions, including full-screen graphics for the most complex interchanges. There are some pleasing subtle improvements, too, like the speed with which the device turns off and on.
If you are a regular rush-hour commuter, the TomTom GO 6000 will be a godsend. As we have mentioned many times before, TomTom Traffic is the best of its kind, and can save you huge amounts of time you would have spent in gridlock. TomTom may have taken out some features compared to previous generations with its new models, but what remains - and has been added - makes this a supreme sat-nav for frequent drivers.
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The TomTom GO 6000 is a powerful premium sat-nav, with lifetime maps and traffic, making it a device that will be supremely useful for years to come.