This must be about the best SatNav available in the UK.
It has pre-installed maps of Western Europe plus a memory card slot (SD) for storage of MP3s, photos etc. Route planning is very simple and intuitive as is every other function of the device.
The unit is quite thin, and has a large easy to see display that is in a widescreen format. Everything is done via the touch screen apart from the on/off button. Battery life (when not plugged in) seems to be about 4 to 5 hours, but it is usually charging either by the 12v car charger, or whilst it is in the USB dock connected to the computer.
Once the 'TomTom Home' software is installed on the computer, simply sit the 720 on the dock and switch it on and it checks for updates from the TomTom website and downloads/installs them automatically.
It has the capability to play MP3s (from the SD card) either outputting through the internal speaker, or via 'line out', Bluetooth or FM. The latter (FM) is very clever. It transmits on a user definable frequency that you can tune your car stereo to and your music comes out of the car speakers! I have a 2Gb card in mine and have put about 24 CDs of music on it, these can be played using a 'playlist', by 'artist', by 'genre' or by selecting each song.
The bluetooth part is probably the weakest point. It's OK, but could be better. Most phones I've tried can use 720s bluetooth handsfree feature but it's best to check the TomTom websites 'compatability list' as the 'data functions' only seem to work for a select list of phones. The data functions can get weather reports and check traffic alerts etc. Via a wireless data link you could also download extra maps at a cost), 'voices', 'points of interest', and strangely 'buddies' - this is where you can have a buddy list and see where other people you know are and communicate with them! - haven't tried that feature yet, so cannot comment about how well it works.
The 'T' on the end of 720T means that it comes with the Traffic module. This plugs in and tells you of problems on your route. Quite useful!
Routes can be set and saved prior to the start of the journey which is handy, and a feature that not too many other SatNavs seem to have. Routes can be downloaded also, these tend to be either famous, or scenic, or something.
When you first set up the 720 you can download the latest map from TomTom so you know you have the very latest regardless on how long the unit has sat on the shelf in the shop. There is also a feature called 'Map Share'. This gives you the ability to 'edit' maps/roads that are not accurate or have changed so that your map is correct. You can then elect to share this info with the TomTom community, and vice-versa. To stop bogus changes being applied you can select either 'changes checked by TomTom', 'Changes reported by many', or 'all changes'. The middle one seems right for me, and it has now made 74000 changes to the map! (Europe maps).
Other 'minor' features include...
Display photos in JPG format.
Change voices (computer ones also read out road names)
Change 'car' on the screen.
1000's of Points of Interest (plus more to download).
Change colour scheme, map colours, startup/shutdown screens.
Overall, a very impressive device, the 'new model' is due out, so some bargains can be found. The new one, the 730, has a couple of new features, nothing major, and is the same hardware btw.
If you need a SatNav I would recommend the 720.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
Built in FM transmitter and free traffic info for life
This is the replacement for the old 710, improvments include a much slimmer design, a 2GB internal memory instead of a SD card, a built in FM transmitter so you can use your car speakers for sound and free safety camera locations as well as on this model live traffic information for life (Was a subsciption before)
The 4.3" widescreen means you can navigate with the touch of a finger and you can store frequently visited places so you don't have to type in a location every time. Watch the screen or listen to the spoken instructions on where to go, couldn't be easier ! You can even select different voices, but I guarantee you'll go back to Jane in the end.
For me a huge bonus is the hands-free mobile phone calling via bluetooth. The unit even takes a copy of all your mobile numbers out of your phone automatically so you can dial people directly from your tomtom without picking up your phone! A remote control is sold separately also.
This model comes with all the speed camera locations loaded onto it, which could save you the price of the tomtom in speeding fines. Similarly railway stations, shopping centres etc, also you can load in grouped items like Tesco sites, congestion charge zones or BP petrol stations plus hundreds of others if you connect it to your PC every now and again. (Many free web-sites)
On the down side these are top of burglar Bill's Christmas list so never leave it in the car if you can help it, they might even see the window bracket or the mark it leaves on the window and break-in just to check the car for you. (Been there, done that!)
A sound investment if you do a lot of driving or can't find your way out of a paper bag, plus this unit saves you the price of a hands-free car kit for your phone. I could never go back to using maps again now, Get one you won't regret it !
Price at Comet 19-12-2007, £309.88 (Without free traffic updates £279.88)
PLEASE SEE MY GUIDE ALSO !
Tom Tom, Sat - Nav, Widescreen Models 510, 710 and 910
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
Tom Tom Go 720-The Future is Here
I've never owned a tom tom before but excitedly received my tom tom 720 yesterday. This item is unbelievable. Everything works seamlessly and it's features make this much more than a GPS device. You essentially have an mp3 player, digital photo frame, saftey camera device, hands free mobile phone kit, tourist information centre all in one amazing device. Additionally, i can always keep it up to date. It will take a bit revolution in gps devices to make me buy a new device in the few years.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Tomtom GO 720 T Handheld GPS Receiver
The best model yet that tom tom have introduced to the sat nav market! So easy to use even for the inexperienced young and old alike. I have had other makes of sat nav, but after trying the tom tom go 720t I just had to purchase one.
This model has so many features which are of great use and help to the motorist.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
tom tom 720
this is an excellent sat nav giving you detailed maps of england and europe, it has bluetooth so you can use your phone while driving and also will play your ipod or you can down load all your music onto a sd card and play it that way. all in all this has got to be the best value for money sat nav money can buy.