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TomTom GO 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 182 reviews of TomTom GO 500. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviews about the design and size are generally positive. The performance and screen also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the price, while there are some mixed comments about the maps.

usability, screen, performance, size, design

price

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 95/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 182 reviews)

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TomTom GO 500 review

 

Reliable maps, Excellent traffic information, Quick response times

Smaller icons make interface trickier, Smart phone required for traffic info

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TomTom Go 500 review

 

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.

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.

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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

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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

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TomTom Go 500

 

Superb guidance and hardware with lifetime traffic alerts, but the search facility is average

Consumer review by:

Nice Product

 

This was a replacement for a very old and well used TomTom GO 1000, great step forward in terms of technology and extremely easy to use. Well made product and 3D screens are brilliant. Definitely worth going for.

ease of use, screen layout, traffic

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Simply the best

 

Easily the best sat nav on the market at this price. I have an older version and things have certainly improved over the last few years. It picks up signals much faster and adjusts routes on the go quicker. Have had a little difficulty linking for blue...

Product Specifications

Configuration

FM Transmitter: No
FM Tuner: No
Head up Display: No
Telephone Included:Handsfree Function via External Device / No
TV-Tuner: No

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
Internet Connectivity:No / Yes
iPod Control: No
USB:No / Yes

Display

Display Technology:FL Display
Monitor Format:16:9 / 4:3
Monitor Type:Fixed Monitor
Touchscreen:1-Point Touch / 2-Point Touch / One-Point Touch

General Features

Application:Car
Category:Portable Navigation Device
Size in DIN:Not Applicable

Navigation

3D Elevation Mode: No
3D Landmarks:No / Yes
Lane Assistant:No / Yes
Map Coverage:Single continent / Single countries / Single countries + Major continental roads
Map Provider:geosmart / Teleatlas / TomTom Maps
Map Sharing:No / Yes
Map Storage Medium:On board Memory Card
Pedestrian Mode: Yes
Reality View:No / Yes
Text-to-Speech:No / Yes
Traffic Message Channel:No / Traffic Info ready / Yes
Voice Control: No

Playback

CD Player / Recorder: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
MP3 Playback: No
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