TomTom Go 740 Live: Their Connected GPS

TomTom's Go 740 Live GPS is their first to have a phone connection built-in, used to download traffic weather and friend finder information.

Old TomTom's had phone data capabilities with very limited models, over bluetooth, through your mobile handset, but this model supports having the service built in, free for a year. The unit also records map data corrections in true Wikipedia style. And I really have been liking TomTom's advanced lane guidance, which draws a pretty nice illustration of complicated turn offs.

This TomTom also uses "IQ Route" tech to measure arrival times, based on time of day and weekend vs weekday traffic patterns, gathered from users who dock and sync their navs with software. But, unlike Dash, it can't upload in real time, so you're not getting real time data for traffic jams from other users. (You get it from other providers.)

The device works on a GPRS network, leading me to believe its on AT&T, since they've been very into providing service for devices lately.

You can't really preview a GPS while sitting in a show room, but this seems like a decent device, given TomTom's move towards connectivity in it, and the hardware design is stellar, with a twist grip for the compact suction cup, and speaker grill in the back.

I would like the device to perhaps get some live uploading of traffic, but as we saw with Dash, that is a hard thing to master.

Trending Stories Right Now