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TomTom Go 2505TM Review

By Guy Verona - Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Since the release of the first commercial TomTom GPS navigation unit back in 2002, the name TomTom has become synonymous with automative navigation systems. Making it so that drivers no longer need the assistance of a passenger navigator to help direct them to unknown distant places, instead making exploratory drives as simple as listening for the calm electronic voice telling you when to turn left.

Traditional Car Navigation Scene

Which is why when the new TomTom GO 2505TM came out I decided to get one for my parents (who love their old TomTom) and in the process take the 2505TM out for a test drive of my own.

TomTom GO 2505TM Features

Allows for location to location realtime GPS based autovehicular navigation.
Touchscreen controls
Limited voice activated commands
Bluetooth integration to allow synching with Bluetooth phones for making and receiving calls.
Realtime traffic updates.

TomTom Go 2505TM

The very first thing that I noticed about the TomTom Go 2505TM is that the screen is much clearer than previous models of TomTom I’ve seen. Unfortunately that doesn’t mean it’s easier to read the information you get presented with, as the new UI does have some basic design faults which can make it difficult to see what streets are coming up whilst driving down a road.

Depending on how you tend to use your SatNav that doesn’t necessarily have to be a problem. Personally I just listen to what the voice tells me and don’t worry about looking at the map unless something has gone horribly wrong. However for my parents (who like having one of them look up local information whilst the other is driving) it is an issue.

More worrying is the fact that if you start playing around with the map whilst the car is driving, you can look around but the navigation system stops updating. Meaning no more helpful directions to the driver until the system is reset. Again given that my parents like to scout around for local points of interest and alternative routes, this is a huge flaw in the TomTom Go 2505TM’s design.

Another big issue is that the TomTom GO 2505TM isn’t customizable (at the moment) and doesn’t come with a memory expansion slot. One of the best features of the old TomTom system is the ability to upload new voices and extended maps (with additional information on them), but for some reason with the latest model TomTom decided to take a huge step back by not making any of that possible. Hopefully they’ll eventually change their minds, however that’s how things stand at the moment.

All that said, there are a few things the 2505TM does very well. It’s realtime traffic updates are excellent (in areas which have a compatible traffic update system), plus its routing and GPS updates are much more accurate than older models. As a result when it comes to working out alternative (potentially faster) routes, the TomTom GO 2505TM is actually much improved over other versions of the TomTom SatNav system.

As a basic getting around Sat Nav system the TomTom GO 2505TM is pretty good, most of my complaints are based around having used other more flexible TomTom’s in the past. If you are looking for a reliable, simple, no frills system, it’s probably still worth checking out.

Device Review Rating
3 out of 5 (if they add customizable options I’ll give it a 4).

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