TomTom GO 730 GPS Car Navigator

TomTom Updated: 2008-11-17 RSS
TomTom GO 730 GPS Car Navigator

TomTom's 2008 730 model brings their newest community-based navigation advancements together with thei plug and play ease of use, rock-solid navigation, and sleek designs we've come to expect from them.

For a couple of years now, TomTom's been building a foundation for some powerful community-driven navigation features, and this is the year they really start to harness that power. They began by introducing with Map Share, which lets you instantly modify street names, street direction, and custom locations called points of interest (POIs) on your own device, then upload them to TomTom's HOME network and download changes made by all of the other users. When you do this, TomTom gets to find out what routes your device has been taking. The data is anonymous, but it's given TomTom an enormous pile of route and speed data, which they've used to tie community data to routing with their new IQ Routes™ feature, which calculates routes using the actual recorded  average speeds of travel to calculate your trip rather than posted speed limits, giving you an extremely accurate prediction of how long any given route will actually take at any given time. There are a host of other interesting features, and you can read about them here.

As last year, the difference between the 730 and the 930 models is the "Enhanced Positioning Technology". The 930 contains some onboard accelerometers and gravity sensors that help it figure out where it's going even if you lose satellite signal for a few minutes, which can be incredibly useful in cities with a lot of tunnels or "urban canyons" of tall buildings, so if you live in an area where that is an issue, you may want to consider bumping up to the 930. Otherwise, this is a superb navigator that will give you everything you need and expect, and then surprise you a bit.

Key Features and Benefits

* NEW--IQ Routes always the smartest route based on actual average road speeds (Learn more)
* NEW--Advanced Lane Guidance makes difficult junctions easy to navigate (Learn more)
* Easy to Use right out of the box (Learn more)
* Latest Map Guarantee means if a new map is released within 30 days of purchase, you can download it for free from TomTom HOME (Learn more)
* Voice Address Input lets you speak your destination, and TomTom will do the rest (Learn more)
* TomTom Map Share lets you instantly modify street names, street direction and POIs on your own device and benefit from others' corrections (Learn more)
* "Help Me!" Emergency Menu gives one-touch access to local emergency providers such as police, fire stations and hospitals
* Bluetooth lets you use your TomTom as a hands-free phone kit with your compatible Bluetooth phone.(Learn more)
* FM Transmitter lets you get navigation instructions or play MP3s through your TomTom over your car stereo
* Preloaded Complete Maps of the US and Canada with TeleAtlas data
* Branded Location Icons help you easily find your favorite gas station, restaurant, hotel and more
* Traffic-Capable for two services, TomTom Traffic with a compatible bluetooth cell phone and data plan, or RDS-TMC with optional receiver (Learn more)
* Daily Fuel Prices (Optional Service) to find the lowest priced gas on your route

Step Up Features

* 730T -- Included RDS-TMC traffic information receiver and 1-year subscription to TMC traffic information service
* 930 -- "Enhanced Positioning Technology": Onboard sensors that help it figure out where it's going even if you lose satellite signal for a few minutes, which can be incredibly useful in cities with a lot of tunnels or "urban canyons" of tall buildings.

Product Features

* Touch-screen: 4.3 inch full TFT color LCD (480 x 272 pixels, supports 64K colors)
* Spoken directions & street names
* Maps: Pre-loaded maps of USA & Canada from TeleAtlas
* Advanced Lane Guidance
* Bluetooth: for Hands-Free calling, PLUS services and audio output

Technical Details

* Brand Name: TomTom
* Model: GO 730
* Receiver Description: Unknown
* Connectivity Technology: Bluetooth
* Display Size: 4.3 inches
* Native Resolution: 480 x 272
* Battery Average Life: 5 Hours
* MP3 player: Y