Jan 3, 2014 -
TomTom has done it again. As a straight navigation device, it doesn't come any better.
The new interface is fantastic. It looks great. It gets you access to the things you actually need quickly and easily. We like that the data feature has been simplified for both use and maintenance. It's there simply for traffic and speed cameras and you don't have to worry about maintaining a data contract. It works for the life of the unit. We like the responsive new capacitive touchscreen, too.
Very, very little, in truth. The screen could be higher resolution, purely for pretties. But it doesn't actually impinge on functionality. Of course, we'd love if it was cheaper. But that's always the case.
Dedicated navigation devices have gone through something of a crisis of confidence. That's thanks to the rise of the smartphone. With almost everyone now toting smartphones with navigation ability, who needs a TomTom?
For a while, it seemed like the answer was every more complex nav devices that mirrored the functionality of smartphones. But TomTom's latest have proved what a dead end that idea is. The real answer is to makes navs so good at actually being navigation devices, they're worth having as well as a smartphone.
The TomTom Go 5000 does just that. It's very probably our favourite navigation device.