An improved user interface for the GO 2405 and 2505 means drivers will spend less time pressing the screen, and more time with their hands on the driving wheel. Saying that, however, it now supports the familiar pinch-to-zoom interaction.
Voice recognition can still be used, of course, but not everyone is au fait with that. As well as improving the UI, TomTom has also increased the brightness of the screen, added Bluetooth for hands-free calling and made sure the satnav can’t possibly topple out and hit you on the head by changing the click and lock mechanism when docked.
On sale soon at Amazon, Best Buy and TomTom’s website (and then other stores in about eight months’ time), the 4.3-inch 2405 will cost $US300, and the 5-inch 2505 will cost $US319. [TomTom]
CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—TomTom, the world’s leading provider of location and navigation solutions, announced today the launch of its newest generation of navigation devices in the United States. The new TomTom GO 2405 TM and GO 2505 TM devices will offer consumers a powerful navigation experience with faster routing, an enhanced software platform, and a new look and feel.
“At TomTom, we are continuously working to deliver innovative navigation solutions for our consumers,” said Tom Murray, senior vice president of market development, TomTom. “The GO Series combines new software architecture and enhanced routing to provide our consumers with superior driving intelligence.”
Smarter, Faster Routing
TomTom is committed to providing drivers with a world-class navigation experience and now has created a patented, high-speed algorithm that allows for instant route planning. The GO 2405 TM and GO 2505 TM utilise this innovative technology to conduct continuous routing. By regularly monitoring traffic information, these models will recommend the best current route to drivers.
Intuitive User Experience
The GO 2405 TM and GO 2505 TM are the first TomTom products to include a new, enhanced user interface. With more-intuitive software, users will be routed to any destination within a few taps. Additionally, drivers will experience seamless routing with voice recognition navigation commands.
Complete New Look and Feel
The new devices also feature capacitive touch screen technology and a brighter display. Drivers will be able to navigate through menu screens with just a swipe of the finger and can pinch and zoom for easy map viewing. Furthermore, the device will be secured with a new click and lock magnetic mount that can easily be docked and un-docked with one hand.
The devices offer exciting new features that enhance drivers’ user experience, including:
* Instant and continuous routing
* Crisp, sharp graphics and intuitive user menus
* Pinch-to-zoom and swipe from screen-to-screen using gestures
* Bluetooth® hands free calling* to maximize safety
* Voice recognition to operate the device with verbal commands
* A click & lock mount to keep the device securely mounted while driving
* Expanded driving view on 4.3″ (GO 2405 TM) or 5″ (GO 2505 TM) glass touch screens
In addition to the new features, drivers will continue to benefit from TomTom’s most popular offerings, which include:
* Lifetime Traffic & Map Updates**
* Announces Street Names
* Advanced Lane Guidance
Availability and Pricing
The TomTom GO Series is initially available at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and TomTom.com in the United States. The devices will be available at retail stores in mid-2011. Prices begin at $US299.