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Review of the TomTom GO 60 SatNav
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MikeB
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 3:35 pm    Post subject: Review of the TomTom GO 60 SatNav Reply with quote

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TomTom have a new range of connected SatNavs that are reverting to the original concept of using your phone data to provide a connection to the TomTom servers to get up to date information.

The new GO x0 devices are differentiated by size. The GO 40 has a 4.3" screen, the GO 50 has a 5" screen and the GO 60 has, you guessed it, a 6" screen. All of the models come with lifetime TomTom Traffic information and also lifetime Map updates.

As I am advancing in years I decided to opt for the TomTom GO 60 with the large 6" screen. The idea was that the larger the screen the better I would be able to read what is on it.

Click here to read our TomTom GO60 satnav review and see what we think about it...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:54 pm    Post subject: 3rd party POI Reply with quote

I would have replaced my XL long ago if the new TomToms would allow 3rd party POIs. They have been stringing this line about maybe in the future for at least a couple of years. Maybe time to switch brands!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:50 am    Post subject: Re: 3rd party POI Reply with quote

larry17 wrote:
I would have replaced my XL long ago if the new TomToms would allow 3rd party POIs. They have been stringing this line about maybe in the future for at least a couple of years. Maybe time to switch brands!


Totally agree, 3rd party POI and itinerary planning essential for me. Until then I will keep my Go, or change brands.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the third party power adapter, it may just be that it needs more than the old USB adapters give out. I was using my iPhone as satnav with a little adapter, but when I changed to the 6+ I found it wasn't giving enough power, but a 2A charger worked fine. Given the tech has upgraded, the TT 60 probably needs more too.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:05 am    Post subject: Not a new UI unfortunately Reply with quote

Shame that the User Interface doesnt appear to have been updated.

I have an iPhone Tom Tom App while the wife has a more recent Go.

For me the iPhone app just has a more touch friendly UI. Having to hit the bottom left to start a new route on Go seems ludicrous when chances of hitting the screen randomly in a car are so low.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really great review and it all looks great - I would like to replace my old One XL but if I can't use TYRE to plan routes then I'm not buying it. I'm disappointed with this release.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:13 am    Post subject: Personal hotspot Reply with quote

The need for a mobile plan which allows tethering - which my current Three one does for free but which I lose if I change plans - is a major and potentially expensive limitation.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:16 am    Post subject: 3rd party poi Reply with quote

Unbelievable that they are still stringing along this aging promise that they will support 3rd party pois.

Perfect example of corporate contempt for their user base.

I will never ever buy a TomTom product.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:05 am    Post subject: TomTom 60 user comments Reply with quote

Very interesting comments re the TT60 I used one last year to travel to an event at CCIB Barcelona, this is a very large convention centre, it has been there for a good many years and I can say without doubt that TT on an Ipad will get you there but in November TT60 managed to tie me up in knots as I explored what must be an alternative route, I eventually pulled over and used TT on the Ipad to get me there, this is troubling as I now have my doubts about every other route it plans, I ran it alongside the Ipad and it continually told me to turn around when possible and never ever really got to grips with where it was going - yes, I double checked, the address details were identical.

I am delivering to Fira Barcelona next week with several deliveries to the MWC event - it will be interesting to see if the 60 can get me there.

The traffic routing is great, the POIs are poor and the lack of third party support is lamentable, in the early days I thought that TT was a great company who strived to give you their best, we operate four vans, all of the drivers use TT on Iphones (too small a screen for me) because we suffered years of dreadful hardware failures (we are not hard on our kit) and at least the Apple kit is reliable.
Touch sensitivity of the 60 screen is poor, voice commands a waste of time - they don't work, I like the low profile windscreen mount - it stops me reaching the screen when I am driving which is probably a good thing, the 60 will get used in the UK where the traffic feature is brilliant and for long European runs but when I get close and have to navigate in cities outside the UK back to the Ipad even if it does cover half the radio.
I wonder if TT ever ask their users or consult forums like this or are they making so much money from casual users that they can stick their two fingers up to heavier users.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:55 pm    Post subject: Lat/Long Reply with quote

Can the device use Lat and Long including 1/100 of a second?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:50 pm    Post subject: Re: 3rd party POI Reply with quote

larry17 wrote:
I would have replaced my XL long ago if the new TomToms would allow 3rd party POIs. They have been stringing this line about maybe in the future for at least a couple of years. Maybe time to switch brands!


Me too !. I have looked at the 6000 now for a good 12 months but while TomTom fail to produce a sat nav that is at least the equivalent of my current 720 in accepting 3rd party POI's then I wont buy. And yes they have definitely been stringing customers along with promises they are not keeping. Just look at the dissatisfied chatter on their forum.

My 720 does everything I want except traffic info but I have never had it so I can live without it. Iíve been a loyal TomTom customer for 12 or 15 years but if a rival pnd comes out that ticks my boxes I shall switch immediately.

Seems to me that something has happened with TomTom RnD staff. Key staff must have left the company for the popularity of the new breed of navigators to be such a dismal failure and unpopular with customers to a degree that I cant say I have ever seen before in what was a quality product.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Lat/Long Reply with quote

timsim wrote:
Can the device use Lat and Long including 1/100 of a second?
100th of a second Shocked ? That's about 1 foot. Your GPS will not be that accurate.
1 min of arc = 1nm=about 6000 ft.
so 1 sec of arc = 6000/60 and 100th sec = about 1 foot.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:48 pm    Post subject: Why change a winning formula Reply with quote

My TT 720 has worked well until last year when I decided to update European Map at a cost of £48.00, disaster then struck the POI I had set up for France suddenly were all in different locations, if I switched back to the old map they were correct. In the UK my home address changed completely. Discussions with TomTom were a total waste of time, in the end I gave up, and decided to go for a new unit and chose the TT40, in my opinion a total waste of design time, the onscreen information on the TT40 is so small from a drivers seat its just about impossible to read, as for setting it up that's not much better, final straw was that I had to creat a new E MAil account as TT Home does not work with the new range it has to be TT Direct, so it went back to H_____ds and replaced by a Garmin nuvi2569. Not that easy to set up either, but sorry TomTom, you have lost a long standing customer
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:29 am    Post subject: Why a PND ? Reply with quote

What is the point in separate non connected Gps devices where I need a phone in my pocket to connect to traffic info?why was the smartphone invented?Do we still use outside toilets or copper baths in the kitchen?By all means spent over £1000 and beyond for your cars manufacturer Satnav or hundreds on a a PND ( only to be stolen while you leave it behind in the car),but the smartphone can give you Music and Satnav if you invest in Bluetooth just as well for hundreds if not thousands less.Spend the money on more speakers in your car to make iTunes or Spotify sound better!
Smartphones and their apps are doing a better job and can be had in all sizes and prices.Free and therefore Internet connected Maps or paid for and Maps working in remote areas without Internet connection.Google Maps,Apple Maps,Navfree,Waze all free but require an Internet connection(3G,4G).Tomtom,copilot,sygic charge for their maps and update them,but if you lose 3G -no problems you still know where you are and you do not need to connect your phone to computer to get the maps in the first place.
So the PND Is dead long live the Smartphone app!It saves you money in the long term.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a thought though - many of us would like a 6" sat-nav screen but don't want to carry a 6" smartphone in our pocket all day.
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