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TomTom GO 700

Simply tap the GO screen to accept a call or to make one and talk through the GO while you drive. TomTom GO 700 features door-to-door planning in Euro...

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Review of "TomTom GO 700"

published 30/07/2005 | CraigBruce
Member since : 12/03/2001
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Pro Portable, Responsive, Instant results, Intuitive interface, Traffic info., Remote Control, Handsfree phonecalls
Cons Some aspects of map wrong/out of date, Reasonably expensive
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"GO and buy one!"

What do you want a satellite navigation system for ?

I used to ask myself that question, and at the time I could only reply - to find my way to places I'm unfamiliar with. Now, however, I would list a lot more - especially if you look at the additional functions provided by the TomTom GO700.

You can, for example:
- Find the nearest cashpoint/petrol station/hotel/restaurant....
- Receive traffic updates and re-route accordingly
- Be warned when approaching speed cameras

And to save additional expense, while keeping you road-legal, the TomTom GO700 even links to bluetooth mobile phones and allows handsfree whatever car you choose to take it into (the GO700 is completely portable)

But what about the basic stuff ?

Take the GO700 from it's box, mount it on your winscreen with the practical suction cup mount, turn it on and you'll be using it immediately. Tap the touch sensitive screen once (or use the remote), then select 'Navigate to' and you can proceed to enter a destination via a number of options:
- UK or Netherlands postcode
- Address
- By pointing at a spot on the map
- By selecting one of the pre-programmed 'points of interest', e.g. the Eiffel Tower

The GO700 will then plan an appropriate route (if you want to get picky you can ask it to avoid motorways, take the shortest route or take the fastest route) and immediately start giving route advice both verbally and via a graphical display of the route. You can then set off and needn't touch the unit again until you arrive and switch it off. Quick and easy.

Pardon ? Didn't you hear that last direction ? A single tap of the screen will repeat it.

Miss your turn ? The GO700 immediately replans - either requesting that you make a U-turn, or more usually selecting an alternative turning.

Worried about traffic enroute ? A subscription service is available which will connect to TomTom via your mobile phone and download traffic updates - the GO700 can then ask whether you want to reroute, or automatically take you via the best route.

I've found this to be a great feature, as long as you appreciate that there is no substitute for local knowledge. Small local routes do not tend to have traffic information available and so may either be congested or offer a better/faster route to your destination. I use this feature to commute daily into London from the west, where I have a choice between the M40 or M4 - I now let the GO700 decide for me.

Having sung the praises of the great features present in the GO700 (I upgraded to a GO700 from a TomTom GO Classic after suggesting one to my father in law, his GO700 was an immediate success with him, and I decided that an upgrade was fully justified for me), some downsides:

- as noted already, the traffic service is not foolproof and is subscription only
- the map data is at least 2 years old in some areas, meaning some new roads are omitted and others have changed traffic rules (e.g. now one-way). This is a relatively rare occurence though.
- although a GO700 is MUCH cheaper than a factory fitted, fully installed satnav, it is still quite pricey. The bluetooth phone function makes up for this to some extent.

There are, however, a number of reasons why I am still recommending the TomTom GO to all and sundry:
- the design and ease of use cant be beat
- you can take it from car to car
- you can update and customise many features via your PC
- if you choose to use traffic, it will save a lot of frustration

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  • liana3030 published 25/07/2007
    Great Review--I'm on the lookout for one. Any advice on where to mget the best bargain?
  • Vheissu published 05/04/2006
    never seen the fascination with these to be honest - my dad wants one along these lines, but having just read something about a SatNav sending drivers up a 100ft cliff in Yorkshire, I seriously doubt whether it's a good idea or not. Alex
  • awooga published 22/03/2006
    Thanks for the review - I'm in the market at the moment so it's great getting a proper user perspective.
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Product Information : TomTom GO 700

Manufacturer's product description

Simply tap the GO screen to accept a call or to make one and talk through the GO while you drive. TomTom GO 700 features door-to-door planning in Europe: connected maps of any detailed address in whole Europe on a hard disc drive. For maximum driver and passenger convenience the GO 700 comes with an ergonomically designed, easy to use remote control. It uses radio frequency so you won't need to point it. Mount it anywhere you want, and do away with the need to touch the screen.

Product Details

Manufacturer: TomTom

USB: Yes

Monitor Type: Fixed Monitor

Monitor Size in Inches: 4

Monitor Format: 4:3 Monitor

Traffic Message Channel (TMC): without Traffic Message Channel

Category: Portable Devices Dedicated For Navigation, Portable Navigation Device

Bluetooth: Yes

MP3 Playback: No

Touchscreen: with Touchscreen, 1-Point Touch

Map Storage Medium: On Board Harddisc

Voice Control: without Voice Control

Telephone Included: Via External Device, Handsfree Function via External Device

Internet Connectivity: Via External Device, No

CD Player / Recorder: without CD Player / Recorder

MD Player / Recorder: No

Type of Memory Card: without

Hard Disk Capacity in GB: 3, 2

FM Tuner: No

Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No

Memory Stick: No

Multimedia Card: No

Secure Digital Card: No

Smart Media Card: No

Compact Flash Card: No

On Demand Map Access: No

TV-Tuner: No

DVD Player / Recorder: without DVD Player

Product Description: TomTom GO 700 - GPS receiver

Product Type: GPS receiver

Receiver: 12 channel

Voice: Navigation instructions

Included Software: TomTom Go Western Europe

Internal Memory: 2.5 GB HDD

Interface: USB

Preloaded Maps: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Benelux, Great Britain, Andorra, Czech Republic, Poland

Touch Screen: Yes

Display: 3.5" colour - 320 x 240

Dimensions (WxDxH): 11.4 cm x 5.8 cm x 9.1 cm

Recommended Use: Automotive

Weight: 310 g

MPN: 1D00.760 ARGOS

Reality View: No

3D Elevation Mode: No

Screen Size in Inches: 3.5

Map Sharing: No

Map Coverage: Single continent

Map Provider: Teleatlas

iPod Control: No

Traffic Message Channel: Traffic Info ready

EAN: 0636926007559

Application: Car

Lane Assistant: No

Text-to-Speech: No

3D Landmarks: No


Trip Computer: Quickest route, avoid toll roads, fast/short route


MPN: 1D00.760, 1D00.780

Product Type: GPS receiver

Features: Optional external GPS aerial connection, built-in HDD, internal angular rate sensor, TomTom PLUS ready, hands-free calling via Bluetooth, TomTom PLUS ready (via Bluetooth)

Internal Memory: 2.5 GB HDD

Aerial: Built-in

Included Software: TomTom Go Western Europe

Voice: Navigation instructions

Interface: USB

Receiver: 12 channel

Preloaded Maps: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Benelux, Great Britain, Andorra, Czech Republic, Poland

Recommended Use: Automotive


Included Accessories: PC cable, car power adapter, mounting bracket, carrying case, AC power adaptor, remote control


Run Time (Up To): 4 hours

Type: Lithium Ion


Interfaces: Antenna


Resolution: 320 x 240

Diagonal Size: 3.5"

Type: LCD - colour - touch screen

Dimensions & Weight

Height: 9.1 cm

Depth: 5.8 cm

Width: 11.4 cm

Weight: 310 g


Listed on Ciao since: 30/09/2005