Keeping GPS maps and POIs (points of interest) up to date is a gargantuan task. TomTom tries to alleviate this problem with its innovative Map Share technology, along with a little help from drivers like you.
When you first power up the TomTom GO 720, you notice a new Map Corrections icon in the main menu. From here, you can make edits such as reversing traffic direction, changing a street name, and adding or augmenting POIs. You can also specify which types of changes you’d like to download: yours, those verified by TomTom, or ones from “trusted sources.” The included USB dock makes it simple to connect to your PC for updates.
The 7.8-ounce GO 720 sports a sleek new design, too: a 4.3-inch WQVGA touch screen display and a Bluetooth speakerphone interface. Its GPS receiver performed on a par with those of other devices using the ubiquitous SiRFstarIII, and there were no surprises in my road tests.
The TomTom Jukebox media player is the best I’ve seen in a PND, offering a variety of search options and audio book support. Furthermore, the GO 720 includes text-to-speech conversion, with the option to purchase celebrity voices.
There’s a lot to like about the TomTom GO 720, not least of which is the promise of easy map updates, as well as communitybased road and POI fixes.Price TomTom GO 720: $499.95 list Check This Out: Netropa Intellinav 3: GPS That’s Priced to Move Navigon 7100: Zagat for the Road Magellan Maestro 4050: Speak and it obeys