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TomTom Go 300 CNET Review

Oct
11
2005

c|net has reviewed the TomTom Go 300 GPS and gives it a 7.0 out of 10 rating.

Design:

The TomTom GO 300 comes with everything you’ll need to start navigating, including a cigarette-lighter adapter, an AC adapter, a USB cable, mounting hardware, a quick-start guide, and an installation CD with an online user guide. You even get a cloth to keep the touch screen clean. Our only complaint is that the GO 300 does not accept an optional remote control, although the more expensive TomTom GO 700 comes with one.


Features:

The TomTom GO 300 provides the usual array of vehicle-navigation features, including a 12-channel GPS receiver and integrated antenna, voice-guided driving directions, a huge points-of-interest (POI) database, an address book, and detailed maps of the entire United States, which come preloaded on a 1GB SD card; you can also upload Canadian maps from the included CD. TomTom sells additional maps for Western Europe for $170.

Performance:

The first time we initialized the TomTom GO 300, it took more than 10 minutes to acquire a 3D fix. Subsequent start-up times varied from 20 seconds to an excruciating 15 minutes, but long wait times were the exception rather than the rule. Once locked in, the unit performed flawlessly, pinpointing our position on the map and tracking our progress with great accuracy. Route calculations were among the fastest we’ve seen, as was the auto-rerouting feature. We rarely lost our satellite signals while driving through New York City, and when we did, it happened in areas that are notoriously tough on GPS receivers. Turn-by-turn voice guidance also worked quite well, and the alternative-route function helped us avoid an expressway traffic jam by rerouting us through a series of side streets and service roads. Pedestrians and hikers will like that the unit’s internal lithium-ion battery lasted five hours before requiring a recharge.

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