TomTom GO 920
Special Note! The 920 and 920T are identical products except for the traffic receiver. We wanted to keep separate pages to track the slightly different specification and to keep the pricing separate, however to check out our review you will want to view our 920T Review Page. Just ignore the traffic section and you will have the correct info about the 920. We won’t have a separate review here since they are otherwise identical products.
As we had predicted, the TomTom 920 was announced. Most of our predictions of features were accurate or close, with very few misses. So what does the 920 offer? As with the 910, the biggest attraction of the 920 will be map coverage. Pre-installed are maps of the USA, Canada, Western Europe, and Central Europe for a total of coverage in 41 countries. To hold all of those maps the GO 920 comes with 4 GB of internal memory.
Update: It looks like it will come in two versions in the USA. The 920T will include the traffic receiver and the 920 (no “T”) will make the RDS-TMC traffic receiver optional.
Unlike the 720 which offers an optional RDS-TMC Traffic receiver, the 920T will include it in the box. We wish it would have been built into the device itself, but we’ll be sure to let you know how well it performs (and how much of a pain the external antenna will be) once we get our hands on it.
Something else offered that is unique to the 920 is something they are calling “Enhanced Positioning Technology”. What this does is use gravity and movement sensors to help calculate your position if satellite signals become unreliable. For example if you drive into a tunnel, or on the bottom deck of a multi deck highway the Enhanced Positioning system will help the GPS figure out where it is.
We had also predicted that the 920 would come with a remote control, and that prediction has come through. While polling TomTom 910 owners we found many of them didn’t use the included remote control, so it will be interesting to see customer reaction to the remote control included with the 920.
Speech recognition is listed as an included feature. However it was listed in the 720, but due to linguistic challenges in the USA it was only offered in select European countries. We’re not sure yet if speech recognition will be enabled for folks in the USA, however I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t available.
Also included, similar to the 720, is the unique MapShare program which lets users make map corrections they find, and even share those map corrections with other users. It is good to see more devices being able to take advantage of MapShare to increase the size of the community.
An FM transmitter, text to speech, Bluetooth hands free calling, recording your own voice for voice prompts, and customizable car icons are also available on the 920, again similar to the 720.
No word quite yet on pricing, but we know we won’t see this device on store shelves until at least October, possibly as late as December.