June 5, 2007

TomTom GO 720 with MapShare

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TomTom announced the new TomTom GO 720 today with a lot of features that makes it a very attractive package. The biggest of which is related to map updates, called MapShare; an innovative way for users to update maps for the rest of us to use. By using your desktop computer and TomTom HOME, you can edit road features and then upload the information that the rest of us can use. This is a huge step forward for TomTom and TeleAtlas in striving for realtime map updates.

The new TomTom GO 720 is a flat form factor that has a widescreen, and some great 3-D graphics that show building footprints to improve the overall navigation experience. I am sure this is the first step to incorporating the 3-D urban mapping that TeleAtlas has been working on. Loads of fun extras that allow you to record and use your own voice sets so you can have friends, your belligerent spouse, or your kids offer you turn-by-turn directions. There is also a “Help Me” menu with shortcuts to get you to the police station or service station quickly.

Looking forward to getting a TomTom GO 720 in for review. There is also a GO 520 available in Europe.

The TomTom GO 720 will be available near the end of July in the US, for a list price of $499.

TomTom GO 720 at Amazon

  • Complete Information on the TomTom GO 720 here at GPSLodge.com


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  • May 23, 2007

    TomTom ONE XL Arrives for Review

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    UPDATE: I have posted my Review of the TomTom ONE XL

    So with the new wider TomTom ONE XL sporting a widescreen and the new TeleAtlas maps, I thought I had to give the unit a try, and try it right away. I liked the TomTom ONE when I reviewed it last year, and only had a few minor complaints besides the lack of accurate maps. The TeleAtlas map issue has been broadly fixed in my point of view, having used the Mio C220 for the last couple of weeks which is loaded with the new maps.

    The 4.3 inch screen should give a better overview of the road ahead with more streets and information on display. The TomTom ONE XL is also traffic ready and can receive traffic feeds via the TomTom PLUS services via your Bluetooth phone. It features QuickFix technology that allows it to find satellites fast (as long as you connect it to your computer once per week).

    I look forward to checking this unit out over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more impressions on the TomTom ONE XL.

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    May 18, 2007

    Engadget GPS of the Year

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    Engadget has awarded its GPS Gadget of the year to the TomTom GO 910. The unit won both the reader's choice and the editor's choice for GPS Gadget of the year. Congrats to the GO 910.

    See the entire list of winning devices at Engadget

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    May 10, 2007

    Background and History of TomTom

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    Coming to you from the TomTom blog, Club TomTom, we find a quick 5 minute discussion on the history of TomTom. It's an interesting start way back in 1991 when they were developing software for handhelds, and now they ship over a million units per quarter.

    Click the image above for the YouTube video.

    Via Club TomTom

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    May 8, 2007

    TomTom Shut Off While Driving?

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    Recently TomTom’s Blog, Club TomTom, offered a solution for some folks who are having issues with their TomTom units shutting off while driving. The problem goes back toa faeature that I happen to like in a GPS, the fact that the unit will shut off when it senses the power has shut off, like when you are shutting off the car. The issue is that when you might hit a bump in the road, a very brief power interruption occurs and the TomTom starts its shut down sequence, whoops.

    Here’s the solution:

    “A new application (version 6.11) has been made available. When this application is installed on your device, this issue is solved. We recommend that you always update to the latest application using TomTom HOME, so you always have the latest features and the best performance on your TomTom device.”

    Direct Link to the answers at TomTom.

    Via Club TomTom

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    May 1, 2007

    TomTom ONE XL

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    TomTom revealed the new TomTom ONE XL range with a super-sized 4.3 inch high-quality touch screen and a sleek new design. Looks like a sweet GPS at a good list price - $399. The 4.3 inch screen should give a better overview of the road ahead with more streets and information on display. The TomTom ONE XL is also traffic ready and can receive traffic feeds via the TomTom PLUS services via your Bluetooth phone. It features QuickFix technology that allows it to find satellites fast (as long as you connect it to your computer once per week).

    “We now have a great solution for everyone that would like to experience all benefits of the world’s best-selling navigation device TomTom ONE, combined with the ease of use of an extra large touch screen for added visibility and the possibility of receiving traffic information on the device. The TomTom ONE XL range has it all included and is a perfect addition to our product portfolio,” said Harold Goddijn, TomTom chief executive officer.”

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    April 27, 2007

    Garmin vs TomTom Patent Battle Round 3

    It appears that the Wisconsin patent lawsuit chapter is closing for Garmin vs TomTom. Winner = No one. So the short version is this: Garmin sues TomTom for using Garmin's patents. TomTom goes and buys the rights to some US Patents and sues Garmin for infringing on those. Ultimately the judge just ruled that no one gets nothing..... Garmin was not infringing against TomTom's licensed patents, and now the judge just ruled that Garmin's lawsuit against TomTom can't go forward. Sounds like that's a dead end too.

    Next up? Texas. There's a whole new round going there, and Garmin is suing TomTom for patent infringement there too.

    Stay tuned, more to come on this one.

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    April 26, 2007

    TomTom ONE XL Available for Pre-Order

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    The TomTom ONE XL is now available for pre-order. The newest addition to the TomTom line is sure to ignite some fires with its widescreen and is pretty darn good pricing. For a list price of $399, you are getting a lot of GPS at what is right in the middle of the pack as far as pricing goes. Ships with the newest TeleAtlas maps which are said to be very good.

    The TomTom ONE XL is expected to ship May 15.

    at Amazon

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    April 16, 2007

    TomTom announces the TomTom One XL

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    TomTom revealed the new TomTom ONE XL range with a super-sized 4.3 inch high-quality touch screen and a sleek new design. Looks like a sweet GPS at a good list price - $399. The unit was leaked on the FCC site earlier this year, but we welcome the news just the same. Should be interesting to see what happens here; at $399, that's an incredible deal for a high quality widescreen.

    The 4.3 inch screen guarantees drivers a clear view of the screen, while ensuring a stress free and safer journey on the road. Thanks to the enlarged screen drivers will have a better overview of the road ahead with more streets and information on display. The TomTom ONE XL is also traffic ready.

    “We now have a great solution for everyone that would like to experience all benefits of the world’s best-selling navigation device TomTom ONE, combined with the ease of use of an extra large touch screen for added visibility and the possibility of receiving traffic information on the device. The TomTom ONE XL range has it all included and is a perfect addition to our product portfolio,” said Harold Goddijn, TomTom chief executive officer.”


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    April 12, 2007

    Gary Busey on TomTom

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    So on top of Mr T and Curt Schilling from the Red Sox, you can now get Gary Busey on your TomTom GPS. Navtones now has his voice in inventory along with others for download. I mean who could forget Gary Busey's Mr Joshua in Lethal Weapon?


    More at Navtones

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