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TomTom Features

Updated on August 18, 2013

TomTom Feature List

When choosing a GPS unit it can be so confusing. Many of the features sound good but just exactly what do they do? Are the same features available on other GPS units? How much will I use the features that cost the most? These are the features found on the TomTom GPS units with a description of what they are and what they do for you.

Voice Input - Voice Recognition

  • TomTom GO 520
  • TomTom GO 720
  • TomTom GO 720T
  • TomTom GO 920T
  • TomTom GO 920

This is a great safety feature and a cool one as well. Use your own voice to enter a destination address. No need to tough the TomTom at all.

TomTom GO 930 (NEW!)

TomTom GO 930 with IQ Routes

Recordable Voices

  • TomTom 920T
  • TomTom 920
  • TomTom 720

A variety of voices can be downloaded to make your trip more fun and comfortable

Text-to-Speech

  • TomTom ONE XL - S
  • TomTom GO 720
  • TomTom GO 920
  • TomTom GO 920T

Text-to-speech gives you the advantage of hearing the names of streets rather than just the direction to turn.

Enhanced Positioning Technology

  • TomTom GO 920T
  • TomTom GO 920

I have not seen this feature on other GPS units. This feature keeps track of your location even when you are in an area without good reception. If you travel through a tunnel or through a big city with tall buildings you will not loose your directions.

Extensive traffic information/options

  • TomTom GO 920T
  • TomTom GO 920
  • TomTom GO 720
  • TomTom GO 720T (free lifetime traffic updates)
  • TomTom GO 520
  • TomTom GO 520T (free lifetime traffic updates
  • TomTom GO 520 Music edition
  • TomTom ONE T Regional Traffic (free lifetime traffic updates)
  • TomTom ONE 3rd Edition

Select TomTom GPS units work with the RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver. This will require a one year subscription. The cable and one year subscription are included with the TomTom Go 920T

Maps of US, Canada and Europe

  • TomTom GO 920 T
  • TomTom GO 920

Maps available out of the box

TomTom Map Share technology

  • TomTom GO 920 T
  • TomTom GO 920
  • TomTom GO 720
  • TomTom ONE XLS
  • TomTom ONE XL
  • TomTom ONE

When a user knows of an updated route or a new housing addition they can share the information with other TomTom users. TomTom offers a service that lets these users update the maps for everyone.

Built-in FM Transmitter

  • TomTom GO 920 T
  • TomTom GO 920
  • TomTom GO 720

The FM transmitter allows you to listen to music and navigation instructions through your car stereo.

Bluetooth (cell phones vary)

  • TomTom GO 920 T
  • TomTom GO 920
  • TomTom GO 720
  • TomTom GO ONE XL - S
  • TomTom XL

This feature provides hands-free calling for your cell phone. Compatible cell phones vary. This list includes several models. Nokia 3660, 6103, 6230, 6600, 6620, 7610, E62, - HTC P3300, TyTn - Sony Ericsson T610, T637, Z520a. Z525a, - Motorola L2, V330, V360, V551, MPX220, RAZR 3, RAZR V3, PEBL U6, RAZR V6, RIZR Z3, ROZR E1, SLVR L7 - iMate JasJam, Audiovox SMT 5600

Bluetooth remote control included

  • TomTom GO 920 T
  • TomTom GO 920

Allows the user to control the TomTom from anywhere in the car. No need to touch the Unit.

Help Me Menu

  • TomTom GO 920T
  • TomTom GO 920
  • TomTom GO 720
  • TomTom ONE XL S
  • TomTom ONE XL
  • TomTom ONE

Gives drivers access to emergency services and available roadside assistance

TomTom HOME software

  • All TomTom ONE units
  • TomTom GO units

Software resides on your home PC that helps to manage and update your TomTom GPS unit. Purchase and install maps, download updates and back up your navigation data

Wide Screen 4.3 inch

  • TomTom GO 920T
  • TomTom GO 920
  • TomTom GO 720
  • TomTom ONE XLS
  • TomTom ONE XL

Larger viewing surface to read maps and menus

 

As of April 2008 there are a few new additions that will be added to the TomTom lineup. The TomTom 930 and the TomTom 730 will also include a new technology called IQ Routes, Advanced Lane Guidance as well as all of the previous features available on other TomTom GPS units.

What is IQ Routes? TomTom has taken the average speeds that have been actually driven on roads instead of the posted speeds. This enables the fastest routes to be shown to drivers.

What is Advanced Lane Guidance? On large highways and interstates the correct lane is very important for accurate directions. You will see improved map navigation for individual lanes. Road signs on the TomTom will match those on the road so that visually you will recognize your surroundings compared to the TomTom view.

While researching this Hub I realized how extremely difficult it is to keep all of this information accurate. Sometimes features are called similar yet different names. If I have made given any inaccurate information - please leave a comment and I will correct it. Also, I'd love to hear about your favorite feature.

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    • Debbie Cook profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Cook 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thank you. I think that is a great idea and I will get to work on it.

    • viralmusicvideos profile image

      viralmusicvideos 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great review. I wish you would do one on handheld GPS devices. I'm an avide hiker and I need to get one for the field, but I am overwhelmed by all the different features across the various brands.

    • Debbie Cook profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Cook 

      9 years ago from USA

      Try these sites. Hopefully they will help you. Thanks for reading my hub!

      https://hubpages.com/technology/TomTom-Features-Li

      https://hubpages.com/technology/Garmin-Nuvi-GPS-So...

    • Debbie Cook profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Cook 

      10 years ago from USA

      Donald,

      This is a link that may tell you what you want to know. No guarantees but good luck. Please Let me know if it worked.

      http://www.gpsreview.net/get-iq-routes-on-tomtom-7...

      Thanks for reading my hub!

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      Donald 

      10 years ago

      Do you know if the Go 920 can be updated to include ALG and IQ Route.

      If yes would it need a traffic receiver or external entanna

    • Dumbledore profile image

      This Old Guy 

      10 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

      It also looks like some of the features could be used to implement device tracking.

    • Jason Stanley profile image

      Jason Stanley 

      10 years ago

      I appreciate the help, and the above comment on the Mio.

      I am headed back to Southeast Asia, mostly Vietnam, but some Cambodia and Laos, in the fall. Do any of these cover those areas?

      Thanks.

    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Very interesting. We bought a mio, which we were told is the top of the range.

      It gets lost, and sends us in the wrong direction. Would not reccommend them thats for sure the Mio I mean

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