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TomTom GO 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2128 reviews of TomTom GO 500. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and screen. The size and performance are also appreciated. There are some negative opinions about the memory and reliability.

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reliability, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the TomTom GO 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for TomTom GO 500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 114 user reviews of TomTom GO 500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the screen and size are overall positive. The design and performance are also mentioned favorably.

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72% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: TomTom GO 500 EU - 5" Sat Nav with Full European Lifetime Maps, Lifetime Traffic Updates, Smartphone Connected and Interactive ScreenTomTom GO 500 EU - 5" Sat Nav with Full European Lifetime Maps, Lifetime Traffic Updates, Smartphone Connected and Interactive Screen

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for TomTom GO 500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 149 user reviews of TomTom GO 500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com. Opinions about the maps and design are generally positive. The screen and performance are also appreciated. There are some less positive comments about the reliability. There are some mixed views about the durability.

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68% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: TomTom GO 500 Portable Vehicle GPSTomTom GO 500 Portable Vehicle GPS

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: John R. Quain (digitaltrends.com)

TomTom GO 500 review

 

TomTom has the edge in terms of map accuracy and traffic information repeatedly besting Waze and other services. But many drivers will turn to free smartphones alternatives anyway.

Aug, 2014

TopTenREVIEWS - Excellence Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Expert review by: Suzanne Humphries (toptenreviews.com)

TomTom GO 500 Review

 

The TomTom GO 500 has voice recognition and lifetime map updates, and it comes preloaded with maps of North America. Though it's dependent on your smartphone to provide up-to-the-minute traffic alerts, and it doesn't have the most intuitive interface....

It has built-in voice command software, so you can command the device verbally and keep your focus on the road.

It has to be paired with your smartphone in order to receive traffic information.

Voice recognition and a smart design make this one of the top navigation GPS units on the market.

Nov, 2014

TopTenREVIEWS - Silver Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set TopTenREVIEWS - Excellence Award - Awarded for excellence i

Expert review by: Dan Tennant (toptenreviews.com_old)

TomTom Go 500 Review

 

The TomTom Go 500 has voice recognition and lifetime map updates, and it comes preloaded with maps of North America. It also has excellent lifetime traffic, although you'll have to pair it with your smartphone for the traffic updates to work. However,...

It has voice recognition software, so you can command the device verbally.

It needs to be paired with your smartphone to get traffic information.

Voice recognition and a smart design make this one of the top navigation GPS units on the market.

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

TomTom Go 500

 

With a totally new user interface and a re-thinking of exactly how it delivers connected services, the latest TomTom personal navigation devices feel like something of a rebirth. Overall we're impressed with the refreshes that TomTom has brought with...

Simplified interface, sleek design, great navigation, Traffic is available to all

It feels a little pricey, glossy display could be a problem

Overall we're impressed with the refreshes that TomTom has brought with the Go 500. The size might be a little larger than you actually need, in which case opt for the smaller TomTom Go 400 with it's 4.3-inch display and £40 cheaper asking price.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

The TomTom GO 500 adds handsfree capabilities to an already impressive set of GP features.

Touchscreen LCD, excellent mapping software, Bluetooth capabilities, extremely customisable

Address searching could be improved, no speed camera or safety warnings, no external volume control

Jun, 2012

Expert review by: Ross Catanzariti (goodgearguide.com.au)

TomTom GO 500 GPS unit

 

The TomTom GO 500 isn't perfect, but remains one of the best GPS units we've ever used

Excellent search functionality ; Responsive screen ; Good overall navigation experience

Safety alerts require yearly subscription ; Live traffic requires smartphone tethering ; Map Share not available, yet

The TomTom GO 500 has a new user interface that strips away the traditional address entry search process, and its capacitive touch screen is responsive. Safety camera alerts are an optional extra and you'll need to tether your smartphone to get live...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Nigel Freitas (goodgearguide.com.au)

Tom Tom Go 500

 

Boasting a bright 3.5" touchscreen LCD, easy to use software and Bluetooth capabilities, the TomTom GO 300 is one of the most impressive GPS units we ...

Touchscreen LCD, excellent mapping software, Bluetooth capabilities, extremely customisable

Address searching can be improved, no speed camera or safety warnings, no external volume control

With an excellent map display, easy-to-use interface and clear audio instructions, the TomTom GO 300 has nearly all the features drivers need in a GPS system.

Oct, 2005

Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

TomTom GO 500

 

TomTom's radical redesign is a huge success

Lifetime TomTom traffic ; Lifetime European map updates ; Redesigned menu interface

Traffic updates require smartphone tethering ; LIVE services only include traffic and speed camera updates

However, it's worth noting that although TomTom claims the data consumption is minimal – just 7MB per month for an hour's usage a day during peak traffic times – you will need to ensure your smartphone has enough power to maintain the connection for...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla (canadianreviewer.com)

Review: TomTom Go 500 GPS

 

Because I use my smartphone's various navigation features, my standalone GPS device has sat unused in my glove compartment for the past few years. The smartphone's constant data connection plus the variety of mapping apps and turn-by-turn direction...

For anyone who is considering upgrading from an outdated GPS or who want to give their smartphones a break, the TomTom Go 500 is certainly worth checking out.

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: New Zealand PC World (pcworld.co.nz)

TomTom GO 500 GPS unit

 

The TomTom GO 500 has a new user interface that strips away the traditional address entry search process, and its capacitive touch screen is...

Excellent search functionality, Responsive screen, Good overall navigation experience

Safety alerts require yearly subscription, Live traffic requires smartphone tethering, Map Share not available, yet

Aug, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Camera

Built-in camera: No

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Grey
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld/Fixed

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:5
Display Resolution:240 x 320 / 480 x 272
Display size (HxV):3.5
Display size (HxV) (imperial):3.5
Native Aspect Ratio:16:9
Placement supported:Horizontal
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y
Widescreen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):2
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:Battery, Cigar lighter

GPS Performance

Antenna:Internal
Channels quantity:12
WAAS capability: No

GPS Type

Auto: Yes
Aviation: No
Bike/Scooter: No
Camper/Caravan:No / Yes
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): No
Golf: No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking):No / Yes
Sport (fitness, running): No
Truck:No / Yes

GPS type

Bicycle:N
Motorcycle:N

Map

Lifetime map updates: Yes
Map coverage:All Europe / Australia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden / Australia, New Zealand / Canada, Mexico, USA / Southern Africa
Map view options:2D, 3D / 3D
Maps included: Yes

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:8
Storage media type:Flash

Navigation

3D landmarks: Yes
Barometric altimeter:No / Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
Lane guidance: Yes
Lifetime TomTom Traffic:Y
Live service:No / Yes
Live Traffic Message Channel (TMC):N
Number of voices:1000
Quick search:Y
Road signs: Yes
Speed limits: Yes
Tap & Go:Y
TomTom HD Traffic: Yes
Traffic Message Channel (TMC):No / Yes
Voice commands: Yes

Networking

Bluetooth:No / Yes

Other Features

Antenna Type:Internal
Basemap: Yes
GPS receiver:12 channel ‘All-in-View’ / Y
I/O ports:USB 1.1
Internal memory:32

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:USB
Car power adapter included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Window mount holder included:Y

Packaging Data

Package dimensions (WxDxH):5.31 x 3.15 x 8.27
Package weight:21.1

Power

Battery life (max):2
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:Battery, Cigar lighter

Processor

Built-in processor:ARM920T
Processor:ARM920T
Processor model:ARM920T

Radio

Supported bands: No
Supported radio bands:Not supported

Software

Bundled software:SD-card: Maps of Benelux + Major roads of Europe.\nInstallation CD: PC connection software & manual.

Technical Details

5.0" Touch Screen: Yes
5" touch screen (13 cm):Y
Advanced Lane Guidance: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Grey
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld/Fixed
Interface Type:Touch Screen
IQ Routes: Yes
IQ Routes technology:Y
Languages support:BUL, CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, LAV, LIT, NOR, POL, POR, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR / BUL, CZE, DAN, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, LAV, LIT, NOR, POL, POR, SCR, SER, SLK, SLV, SRP, SWE, TUR / Multi
Lifetime map updates: Yes
Number of Waypoints:N
QuickGPSfix: Yes
Speak & Go: Yes
TomTom Speed Cameras: Yes
TomTom Traffic: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.787 / 0.803 / 0.874 / 3.56 / 3.62
Height:0.874 / 2.28 / 3.54 / 3.55 / 3.56
Weight:10.9 / 8.08 / 8.29
Width:4.53 / 5.59 / 5.67 / 5.69 / 5.71 / 5.75