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TomTom announce TomTom Rider at CeBIT 2005.

 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 10:07 am    Post subject: TomTom announce TomTom Rider at CeBIT 2005. Reply with quote

TomTom announce TomTom RiderIf the new TomTom GO hardware range was one of the least well kept secrets of this year the best kept secret is the new TomTom Rider.

TomTom Rider is a new navigation system designed specifically for motorbikes. It shares a lot of the functionality of the new range of TomTom GOs but it is designed to withstand the rigours of the British weather.

Intended to be used on motorbikes and scooters TomTom have put a lot of effort into the styling of the new TomTom Rider to ensure that it matches and exceeds even the most stylish bike. It is a fully portable navigation system that can be switched from bike to bike with ease, you can of course put it in your pocket and use it where ever you need guidance.

Click here for our first impressions of TomTom Rider and TomTom's full press release.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lutz has just sent me some extras on TT Rider...

- The Rider has an internal battery (6hrs) and Bluetooth
- A BT headset is included in the box
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two issues with the TT Rider. First is battery life, when I tour I often spend 12hours on the bike and the last hour is probably the most important (as I'll be looking for a hotel). So an external power in (12v) is essential. The other issue is noise, I wear ear plugs so standard in-ear headsets are of no use. The solution I decided on was a QuietSpot Inline (www.shure.com ) because it combines an earplug and earpiece. Wired, but I don't want to go deaf, even in one ear.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Rider is like the GO in the respect that although it has a 6hour battery the docking station has a power connector, so you have your choice about how to power it.

I can't comment on the BT headset at the moment, we didn't see it.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Price indications here (in dutch)

http://www.pdashop.nl/merken/36

TomTom Rider NU INSCHRIJVEN: 899,- (600GBP approx inc VAT)
Prijs incl. 19% BTW en verzending

TomTom GO 700 NU INSCHRIJVEN: 899,-
Prijs incl. 19% BTW en verzending

TomTom GO: 699,-
Prijs incl. 19% BTW en verzending
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 9:13 pm    Post subject: TT Rider Reply with quote

HA,those fools at TomTom.
No external power {unless you fix the dock'n unit} and its not compatible with any intercom systems,just bluetooth.
TomTom,put an external power and headphone socket on it and this unit will sell big time.
I'll look elsewhere for a "compatible unit".
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why wouldn't you want to fit the docking unit? It's part of the mounting bracket.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First "real world" review I've seen

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/tomtom-rider/

Not the best review of the Rider.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, but not wholly accurate. When using the RIDER, if the battery gets low, a warning icon appears on the screen, so there is some warning to be had. Also, tapping the bottom right hand corner of the screen brings up the battery status, sat status and connection (to headset and mobile 'phone) status information.

I'm not sure that the On/Off switch is meant to be operated with a fingernail. Firstly, as the reviewer states, it would play havoc with the manicure but more importantly it will eventualyy degrade the rubber seal, which forms part of the waterprofing. I find that using the 'fingerprint' part of the finger is quite adequate, and the switch is also tactile.

The RIDER has a 20 channel receiver, although most places on the planet can only see a maximum of 12 at a time.

I have had no problem operating the menu with gloved fingers; perhaps I have thinner ones than the reviewer.
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