Many of the revisions made by TomTom to its line-up of Go Live GPS satnavs will barely raise the eyebrows of casual drivers. We looked at the TomTom Go 750 Live, middle of a series of three models that includes the £279 Go 950 Live and £199 550.
Features we've admired before are still present in the TomTom Go 750 Live, including IQ Routes, MapShare, Advanced Lane Guidance and a Help me menu. Together, these offer the fastest route at any time of day, the most accurate maps and the peace of mind of knowing where you should be at motorway junctions and what to do following an accident.
Help me, for instance, aids you in finding assistance by phone, car or on foot, and offers a selection of illustrated guides including First Aid.
So what else is new in the TomTom Go 750 Live? Besides a few interface tweaks, maps have been extended to cover to Turkey, Malta and Greece; speed-camera alerts are added for France and Holland; and fuel-price information for Germany.
A Frequent destinations option has been added to the TomTom Go 750 Live's planning menu for oft-travelled routes. While you're unlikely to need a navigation aid for such routes, the TomTom offers useful information on traffic incidents that may delay your journey and is worth plugging in nonetheless.
An Eco Route planning option for the cost-conscious is also new to the TomTom Go 750 Live, while Live snapshot adds a personalised overview to the Route Summary of traffic incidents, speed-camera locations and fuel prices along your journey.
Bluetooth calling and voice control are two more useful features, the latter letting you control the unit without touching the screen (although you must press the mic icon before to activate it). With 122 commands to commit to memory, it make take a little time to find voice control's full potential. An onscreen monitor helps you find the correct level for your voice to be best heard by the device.
The TomTom Go 750 Live proved an efficient navigator, although it lagged by about 10 metres on occasion. Route recalculation was often slow in such cases, with the Go 750 seemingly favouring the U-turn option. Admittedly, having already calculated our fastest route this probably was the best option.
More irritating was news that we'd need to pay £7.99 per month on top of the TomTom Go 750 Live's £229 asking price to continue using it to its full potential. If you want to use the speed-camera alerts, traffic reports, five-day weather forecasts, Google Local Search, fuel-price search or QuickGPSfix 'Live' services past the one-month free trial, you'll need to sign up and pay the premium.
HD Traffic is probably the most painful inclusion in this list, alerting you to any incidents en route, their distance from you and the delay they may place on your journey. This information is colour-coded depending on its age. Safety Alerts, meanwhile, includes not only mobile, average and fixed speed camera locations but accident blackspots that can help you better plan your route.
No protective carry case or mains charger are included in the box with the TomTom Go 750 Live, but can be bought separately for £19 and £29.
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