TomTom ships Go x40 satnav series
New road-savvy range released in UK
The TomTom Go x40 Live range consisting of the Go 540, 740 and the flagship 940 - first seen at IFA in August - has been officially launched in the UK.
All three models have a 4.3in, 480 x 272 pixel display, but while the 540 and 740 only have 1GB and 2GB, respectively, of on-board storage, the 940 has a meatier 4GB memory.
TomTom's Go 940 Live: 4GB of built-in memory
All three models rely on the firm’s IQ Routes technology, which is in essence a database of historical travel information recorded for every major road on every day of the week at five-minute intervals.
All three models have a 4.3in, 480 x 272 pixel display
Pricing for the UK has officially been confirmed as follows: the Go 540 Live - with UK/Ireland maps and promotional £30 fuel card - is set to cost £300, the Go 740 Live - with 32 European maps and promotional £40 fuel card - is priced at £350 and the Go 940 Live - with European and US maps and promotional £50 fuel card is priced at £450.
A three month trial with TomTom's Live service of traffic information updates is also included, which will then cost £8 per month thereafter.
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Ive seen the new range here http://www.mynewcheap.co.uk but with no prices does anyone know a cheap place to buy ?
'The first comment is yet another one from somebody who doesn't know how to program a satnav."
Oh, come on, give me a break. It's just a bit of electronics kit, of course I can program it. My VCR doesn't even blink 12:00 constantly!
I've used four of these things. I've TRIED to like 'em. I just find maps easier.
Program the Satnav Properly
The first comment is yet another one from somebody who doesn't know how to program a satnav. If you select the shortest route option that is exactly what you will get! Being a computer the satnav will ignore a motorway for a single track road that is 3 miles shorter, or route you up a farm track to save 100 yards.
If you select fastest route it will select motorways as highest priority, dual carriageway & A roads next down, then B roads and only go single track if that is physically the only way to cover the last 100 yards to the destination. Pretty much how many of us plan journeys I suspect. In local areas local knowledge will triumph every time, though it is amusing to use it anyway and listen to it get cross as you ignore its directions. Its also useful practice on how it will operate when the motorway is closed and you have to detour (when they can really come into their own)
Its also worth bearing in mind that most satnav maps are based on ordnance survey maps, as the name suggests these are intended for the military. They do not discriminate between metalled and unmetalled roads (for practical purposes neither do tanks & military 4WDs) Hence if you are in a area unknown to you using an Ordnance survey map it is perfectly possible to end up on a farm track without any electronics!
As Andy Parsons said 'Satnav is a gadget, you are supposed to use your brain'
Reading the manual can be pretty useful as well...