TomTom Car Sat Nav GO Essential, 6 Inch, with Traffic Congestion and Speed Cam Alert trial thanks to TomTom Traffic, EU Maps, Updates via WiFi, Handsfree Calling,…

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  • Top-Class TomTom Traffic: Time-saving traffic congestion avoidance, trusted arrival times backed by comprehensive traffic information and real-time updates, all via your TomTom GO Essential Sat Nav.
  • 6-month speed camera alerts: Stay updated, under the speed limit, and safer along the way. Keep going with live services on your sat nav by switching over to a subscription after your trial ends.
  • Hands-free calls via Bluetooth: Get the ease and convenience of hands-free calling and, with that, enhanced road safety. Simply connect your phone to your TomTom GO Essential Sat Nav via Bluetooth.
  • TomTom Europe map updates at no extra cost: See what is up ahead with your GO Essential Sat Nav! Effortless navigation, exceptional clarity, and routes around road closures and other traffic hassles.
  • Wireless Connectivity: Stay updated quickly and easily with the TomTom GO Essential GPS Sat Nav. Get regular software and Euro map updates with the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi. No computer needed.
  • Smartphone Messages: End the on-the-road distractions! To keep your focus on the road, opt to have your messages read out loud effortlessly via TomTom GO Essential GPS Sat Nav’s functionality.
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  1. 07

    by GS

    Used this now for about 5 or 6 longish journeys, both inner city and countryside/motorway. I bought it to replace my 10 year old TomTom IQ routes. I’ve read a number of previous reviews for this and they relate to problems syncing with phone etc. From what I’ve found (I have an android phone from about 4 years ago) it syncs up via Bluetooth or with my mobile data instantly, stays connected for the whole journey. You have to turn the mydrive app on to get it to sync I think, but as soon as you open it, it syncs. Once synced it works flawlessly. Reports traffic problems and accidents etc really quickly and offers alternative routes telling you how long they’ll shave off your journey. You can use this sat nav with voice control and that works really well, recognising addresses I say aloud to it, recognises commands like raising the volume etc. Works well for making hands free calls, with both the speaker sounding clear, and the person you’re calling hears you clearly. It also reads text messages out aloud for you from sms and WhatsApp. As for being a sat nav it works well with really clear mapping and it highlights the correct lane to go in really clearly. If you take a wrong turn it reroutes you instantly. Another feature I like is it will find parking for you near your destination or along your route, it will also highlight all the parking around you and you can click on them on the screen to go to them. I appreciate a mobile phone can do all of this for you, but I feel it does it less efficiently, and you need to go through more steps to get the above features, plus the inaccuracy and lag of mobile GPS’s at times. If you need a sat nav for regular use, then I think this one is well worth the money and has some great features.

  2. 07

    by nunes1337

    Tom Tom GO Essential 5” Touch Screen WiFi & Bluetooth Model. Which enables hands free calling, both displays & reads your messages as they automatically as you drive.

    Why buy this over cheaper models? Bluetooth, WiFi, Intelligent Voice command and controls etc etc. tell it where to go, change route even when driving and many other things.

    [ copied from my EBay ad ]

    • It’s actually a year since I’ve used this TomTom at all, so features like Bluetooth, Wifi etc are not discussed in here at all and this definitely not a truly extensive review, I literally got a bit carried away in the nostalgia having used this daily for two years and not really needing to all features. So see other reviews if you want that

    Why does anyone even decide pay £160-200+ for a TomTom Essential edition at all anyway? Is this thing even necessary if I have Google Maps or is it a cult?

    Yes and Maybe. Many years ago if you wanted to drive somewhere unknown it was first necessary to buy a road map, and then necessary to plan a route, then Navigate said route.
    Decades later and with GPs, then smart phones arrive doing everything automatically, simply an app called Google Maps on your phone is all that was necessary.

    However if you routinely drive to new destinations and want to save time, now today in 2022 the Tom Tom has arrived early, and in this particular edition, it navigates yet further still… Exceeding merely a necessity the Tom Tom becomes “Essential”. Yes, Google Maps still exists However all the inferior sat navs and the rudimentary phone apps are left scattered, between 30mins to 1hr behind. Google Maps is currently stuck at a set of temporary lights, Garmin was earlier caught speeding… 37mph on in 30mph and Waze died in a head on collision while looking at their phone, unfortunately killing themselves and a family of five.

    Nonetheless, is the TomTom really such an “Essential Necessity”? Is it even worth spending £160-£200+? See below:

    TomTom Car Sat Nav GO Essential, 5 Inch, with Traffic Congestion and Speed Cam Alert Trial Thanks to TomTom Traffic.

    I’d not be doing this justice if I didn’t write an extensive review. More like a goodbye, the box says “Congratulations on your new TomTom!”.

    The features and abilities on this thing are more of a challenge to describe or articulate to those who have not used one. With an empty passenger seat of my van TomTom becomes a real companion on long journeys.

    I do recall the many, many hours of use and as a bit of a tech geek and former traffic management op so I will attempt to describe the features.

    I know what you’re thinking… but isnt this sorta like a hands-free Google Maps iPhone stuck on the window?
    How dare you! No it’s not.

    Google has for the last decade been a great phone directions app. But with the design and with the UI limitations of a Smart Phone. So it’s not a fair comparison.

    TomTom has hands free calling, it automatically displays and reads your texts and has voice commands a bit like Siri.

    TomToms superior, unique, more dedicated and versatile features SHIT all over Google Maps. Even if you compare this directly or any phone app. It actually saves time, the routes will not be identical as it will disagree with Google maps on which routes and roads are quicker as it has real time traffic data that google does not. So especially during busy times, TomTom will navigate you around traffic, if it results in a quicker and shorter ETA. And this applies all the time, as if you tell it to ultimately save you time, it will do so.
    So even after setting a route that is 3 hours away, at any point during that time it may change its mind as the roads and many different options ahead of you are not static. For the user it’s a a matter of choosing or commanding (voice command) then hitting go.
    But to the TomTom each route and down to each road will change during those 3 hours, and more so between 8AM-5PM. But more specifically with live traffic data, your designated route will never be the fastest throughout a 3hr journey. If you ultimately select the fastest ETA, the routes are subject to changes and alterations, even if minor during that time.

    If there is 1-2 minutes to be saved by altering the route while driving it will give you plenty of warning (Usually up to 600 yards) as roads ahead get more or less busy. But it may change direction, always achieving the fastest route possible unless you tell it not to. Or you may want it to avoid unmarked roads, motorways, or the multitude of options.
    Warning: if you have OCD, and do not appreciate change, this option is not for you. There’s an OCD option i.e you can tell it to maintain the chosen routine. But especially on new routes and if Time itself is the only factor, it’s honestly more fun to select the go fast and dynamic route settings.
    In my 2 seater sports car I can appreciate and I’d prefer certain roads, but in my work van even if I know how to get there I drove to different destinations each day or week. Not caring how I get there I just want to achieve it in the shortest time to begin the job or go home to sleep.

    Regardless, TomTom works by saving the user time. And if you are somebody that regularly drives several hours a day, on the same route or not. It will always be 10-20 mins faster than Google Maps on a journey that’s over 1-2hrs. That’s 20 minutes you could spend uploading a Tik or a Tok. Or maybe even both…

    I drove for a living 60hrs a week to various new locations. So I can’t even imagine how much time this has saved me. That translates to getting a job done quicker, getting home earlier and subsequently more TikToks routines. Plus I followed some new Instagram bitches who I don’t know and decided to become They/Them on my Twitter.

    I’m quite a confident driver, having driven all over the UK and also across Europe. And a bit of time as a Traffic op so I have extra appreciation for this. But I wasn’t always confident and I think the primary objective of a Sat Nav is driver confidence. Even subtly in the background it’s there.

    I have also been in busy areas or motorways and missed a turning or exit entirely, a bit of panic used to set in. But it’s good to see that unlike my old Nissans Sat Nav, it doesn’t shit the bed when you make a mistake. Tom Tom instantly reroutes, either by sending you back around the next round about or if on a suitable road it asks you to turn around if possible and if this is optimal.

    • Live Traffic Updates (Congestion avoidance and omnipotence)

    Where TomTom shines most is of course on longer journeys. The more commuting the more you will appreciate this time saving feature. Especially if you have new destinations, I used to spend 3 hours a day commuting and then a further 10 hours doing Traffic Management on motorways and a mix of A/B roads. Sometimes my ETA would be 5hrs* and without TomToms unique and genius system a crappy Sat Nav could be near 6 hours.
    The main ability is actual live congestion avoidance and avoiding queues and slower roads not the route planning itself. Knowing which road is busy at which time, where there are minor road works, temporary traffic lights, roads or motorways closed entirely. All of which are displayed on the route bar as soon as it is generated.

    So as soon as the route is generated you can see how many roadworks, traffic lights, speed cameras etc you have in front of you as all are displayed with icons. In addition to voice warnings TomTom has display icons for every road hazard or sign you can think of, not just the main ones.
    I don’t know who gets all that information from all the Traffic Management companies and contractors across the UK, ahead of time to report it to TomTom and it’s user base. But that’s how it must work.

    TomTom isn’t only worthwhile on long journeys. Whilst it has the potential to save more time on longer drives, literally 10-20 mins minutes is realistic off a 1-2hr trip. Again compared to google maps which at best has a limited function and awareness of actual live traffic/time. During rush hour I have watched TomTom Navigate magically locally, sometimes appearing to go entirely in the wrong direction or indifferent to my own ideas only to surprise me being a bit quicker. When its rush hour and just not possible avoid some sort of delay delay and traffic ahead, TomTom is omnipotent. Don’t be fooled by Serenas sexy British voice as this is what she was designed to do. There’s also Samantha, a few Irish chicks etc and some men. But they care less about you than making calculations to the nearest second, where potential routes are many and options complex.

    I am speculating but I think it could use its own client data to measure average times your own vehicle has taken on different roads and routes. And thus giving a more accurate representation of live traffic ahead for its other clients that are not far behind. If it doesn’t do that, it should. But I struggle to explain even to my family, why the TomTom is so damn good and not like several other Sat Navs I’ve used, some of which I thought were impressive at the time.
    It’s just one of those things you have to see working yourself, and If I did not know road directions at all, I might not ever realise what’s going on and I might think magic was involved. P

    I would lying if I said Serena and I haven’t bonded over the years, in fact it’s an understatement.
    I can’t believe I’m even saying this but TomTom made my journeys more interactive, engaging even when I didn’t need the sound on. And dare I say it, it was a little bit enjoyable, and exciting loading a new destination and seeing if I’d beat my colleagues in my nippy Ford transit turbo connect.
    So for a Sat Nav I think this is high praise

    Another example of how smart/considerate this AI is, each morning she doesn’t wait for me to search my favourite/saved destinations for work. As soon as I turn her on she asks me if I’d like to drive to work. And the same after starting her her up at the end of a shift, as TomTom learns your driving habits in addition to any recent or saved routes. So you can just use voice command or click yes to drive to work/
    home each day.

    • Speed Cameras, Subscriptions & Speeding.

    There’s nothing Serena and I hate more than speed cameras. She displays them all in red on the journey/route bar and warns me 600 yards beforehand. You can tell TomTom to tell you “The speed limit on this road is 40mph”. That’s another way of her saying “You’re going almost 45 in a 40 etc”.

    You can tell it to avoid things like motorways, speed cameras, toll roads and various things entirely, regardless of the delay. Which I think is kinda defeating the purpose of a Sat Nav but drivers with families may want to prioritise safety and comfort over time.

    Anyway, Speed Cameras are actually the reason I bought TomTom. And although NEWLY INSTALLED cameras requires a subscription, TomTom never stops displaying or warning of speed cameras. And whilst it may be worthwhile, they do not install thousands of Cameras per year.
    So it’s entirely optional, you only need to pay the subscription if you benefit from knowing of every new one installed. If you stick to speed limits all the time it’s not even necessary. But I also used this in my 370Z Nismo which had different ideas. The subscription only affects Cameras , not the regular map updates, meaning live traffic or any other feature is not paffected.

    They also have Camera hot spots I.e mobile cameras are user reported but surprisingly numerous if you go to new places a lot. I’d usually ignore these as I never saw any but then once as I was 1 mile from home I got caught doing 35 in a 30. Luckily I just got a letter telling me off, but I don’t think I’d have got away with it if I wasn’t in full high vis and what was TSCO van.

    So anyway

    It can be shown working, returns accepted but only if it suddenly died on the way home or something, heaven forbid.

    But unfortunately, and as you can see very on my recent destination, I’ve had no car for over a year now and will not any time soon.

    Thanks for reading!

  3. 07

    by Wjwealleans

    Very easy to set up and link with my phone.

  4. 07

    by ian5951

    Bought to replace an old Garmin that was giving problems. A great improvement but a much newer machine.
    Was surprised to find live traffic depends on linking to a mobile phone with data rather than the dab link in the power cable. I expect that is now the norm, I should have checked, but as we are roaming while in the UK it is a bit of a pain for us. This could also apply to those traveling in the EU as roaming charges seem to be creeping back in now the UK is outside. Generally happy with the purchase clear vocal instructions and display.

  5. 07

    by Mistress

    Arrived well packaged and in working order. The device has a nice big screen which can easily be seen. My dash is really deep and if I mounted it on the windscreen, it would be too far away to tap when driving, and obscure my vision. The lead was long enough to tuck up under the steering wheel and over to the little quarter light window at the hinge side of my drivers door. The suction cup is very good and simply twists to tighten. I really liked the way the device clicked magnetically onto the holder and stayed put, (even when I opened and shut the door) but easy enough to unclip.
    The screen is clear and easy to keep track, the menu is simple enough to use the search bit at least, I’ve not delved into connecting it to my phone/bluetooth yet!) Nor have I tried to update the software though I’m aware others have said it takes a while.
    All in all, for the price, compared to others, this does what I need it to, so I’m happy with my purchase.

  6. 07

    by George

    Just what I need for the holiday

  7. 07

    by Paul Ellis

    Ease of use

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