TomTom Go 720 review

£183
Price when reviewed

The TomTom Go has sat on the PC Pro A List for what seems like an age now, but we’ve seen little evidence this month that its position is under any serious threat, which is some going given that it was first launched last summer.

In our tests, the Go 720 simply wiped the floor with the opposition. A long route from London to north Wales was calculated in five seconds – three times faster than its closest rival – and the Go also fixed on a satellite in just 35 seconds from off, a full 20 seconds quicker than most devices on test.

The maps themselves and the main map display aren’t the most modern, but they do the job, and the screen refresh makes it far and away the smoothest here. Voice instructions are clear and timely, and there’s full text-to-speech, too – the 720 is the only satnav here that will read urban street names out to you as well as major A-roads and motorways. Ease of use is outstanding, with all the important functions a click or two away and pre-trip route planning simple to get to grips with.

TomTom is also the only manufacturer to include map-correction tools, which is a great feature that allows you to highlight errors in the map, upload them to an online database and share others’ corrections to keep your device up to date. Other useful innovations include a light sensor that dims the screen automatically when it’s dark or overcast, and dynamic volume that’s based on the volume level in the car’s cabin, not simply the speed you’re driving at.

It complements these innovations with a solid core of features. You get Bluetooth hands-free features (it will even read out text messages as they arrive); speed-camera data is preloaded; and PC connectivity is superb, with a docking cradle included along with the excellent TomTom Home software. The only major omission is traffic information – TMC or traffic info over your phone’s GPRS connection are optional extras.

But the price more than makes up for it: what was once a satnav at the top of the price spectrum has now dropped into the bargain basement. Its £159 price tag means the Go 720 isn’t only the best all-round product in this month’s Labs, but also among the cheapest. It’s the clear winner.

Details

GPS recommended use In-car

Mapping

Maps supplied Western Europe
Map data provider Tele Atlas
Navigation software TomTom Navigator

Hardware

Screen size 4.3in
Resolution 480 x 272
GPS chipset make/model SiRFstarIII
In-car mount type Windscreen
External GPS antenna included? yes
Bluetooth support yes
Front panel memory card reader yes
Headphone output yes
Sync via cable? yes
Sync via cradle? yes
FM transmitter? yes

Other functions

Traffic information Via TMC receiver or GPRS
Speed-camera warning yes
Postcode search 7-digit
Tracklog export yes

PC Software

Software supplied TomTom Home

Dimensions

Dimensions 118 x 24 x 83mm (WDH)

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