Larger screens and user customisable mapping.
Following the launch of the ONE XL TomTom has now updated the rest of its line.
The new TomTom GO 720 (above) and GO 520 are the result and they bring a selection of new features into play without really doing any that progressive which suggests ONE XL owners should feel short changed (”yes, that’s you mum”).
Like the ONE XL, for example, the 720 and 520 now have enlarged 4.3in wide touchscreen displays, zippy 400MHz CPUs (I remember when I had a 400MHz PC and was stunned by the power!), 64MB RAM, an integrated FM transmitter, the lottery that is voice recognition, Bluetooth and a compatible RDS-TMC traffic information receiver – should you wish to subscribe to this optional extra.
Despite the enlarged LCD, both models have also cut down their dimensions to a more svelte 118 x 83 x 24mm and reduced their weights to 220g.
So all nice and dandy but hardly mind blowing. In fact, the biggest change with the new GOs is on the software side with the introduction of TomTom’s ‘MapShare’ technology and ‘Help Me’ safety information. The former enables users to customise their own maps and share these changes with other TomTom owners: useful for keeping road layouts more up-to-date (as long as you are good at editing maps or, conversely, trust whoever you are downloading from…).
As for ‘Help Me!’, this is a new icon to the menu system. Selecting it offers fast access to the nearest hospitals, car maintenance information based on your GPS position and even offers first aid instructions (expect the first “TomTom saved my life” story any minute).
Differences between the 720 and 520 are map related since the 720 has maps of Western Europe pre-installed while the 520 only features maps of the country you live in (four-for-one if you’re British – but do you really want to visit Wales? (”Which of course was meant as a jest and picked randomly from the four nations. It could just have easily been… …no, I’m not even going to go there ;)”)). Touch down for the two will be in Q3 with anticipated RRPs of 500 and 400 euros respectively.