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TomTom Go 740 Live review

£277.08 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Tom Tom

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The TomTom Go 740 Live is the first GPS device from TomTom to have a built-in cellular radio.

The TomTom Go 740 Live is the first GPS device from TomTom to have a built-in cellular radio.

This wireless data connection allows the TomTom Go 740 Live to download information relevant to your journey, such as traffic, weather and fuel prices. While these connected services are a useful addition, they didn't always make my commute easier - and the services' costs add up over time.

The TomTom Go 740 Live shares many of the physical attributes of the company's excellent Go 930 navigation device. You get a big, bright 4.3in touchscreen and a slim form factor (it's less than an inch thick). The Go 740 Live includes a car cradle, through which you connect the GPS to its car charger, as well as a desk cradle.

The TomTom Go 740 Live delivered accurate and sensible routes. It announced turns well ahead of time, and we found street names clear and easy to understand. The device uses the IQ Routes technology that impressed us on the Go 930. This feature takes into account historical data (collected from anonymous users), such as real-world speeds at certain times of the day, when calculating your route. we found that the TomTom Go 740 Live - like the Go 930 - consistently delivered accurate, sensible routes. The device also supports TomTom's Map Share feature, which allows you to share map updates and corrections with other users.

We hoped that the connected features would make the unit's excellent routing features that much better, but we were disappointed. The TomTom Go 740 Live did warn us about upcoming traffic incidents, but consistently told us that we were "still on the fastest route" rather than presenting us with alternatives. We appreciated knowing about upcoming slowdowns, but would rather be able to avoid them instead of simply anticipating them.

The other connected services, such as the included Google Local Search, weather forecasts, and fuel prices, were more impressive, though still not worth the extra that you'll have to pay for them. You can use the Local Search feature to browse through information (such as restaurant reviews) about local points of interest - it's like a POI database on steroids.

The TomTom Go 740 Live's convenient touches include lane guidance (which tells you which lane you should be driving in) and realistic views of complex intersections. Unfortunately, these images only appear when TomTom has them available, and we found them scarce in our travels. We also wish it was easier to clear a route or to add a waypoint to an existing route you're traveling; both actions take far more clicks than necessary.

The TomTom Go 740 Live also includes voice recognition, which allows you to talk to the device instead of entering information on its touchscreen. However, we found this feature a mixed bag; it often failed to understand us, forcing us to enter information manually. You also get support for Bluetooth hands-free calling and the ability to view photos on the device.

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TomTom Go 740 Live UK & W. Europe reviews verified by Reevoo

TomTom Go 740 Live UK & W. EuropeScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 70 reviews
Flash Memory (RAM): 2048MB
4.3in display
80 x 272 Pixels WQVGA TFT
UK Street Level Sat Nav
microSD Supported
GPS Receiver Type: High Sensitivity
36 Languages supported
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The TomTom Go 740 Live lists for £279 inc VAT, and the connected services are £10 per month, though you get three months free when you buy the device. If the traffic services were better, they might be worth that price. As they stand, though, we'd opt for the less-expensive TomTom Go 930 and put the savings in the bank.

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