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The TomTom GO 740·TM LIVE is ultimate widescreen navigation featuring Lifetime Traffic and Map Updates, and so much more. Real-time information saves you time, money and stress. The TomTom GO 740·TM LIVE automatically accesses live traffic feeds, updated fuel prices, Local Search powered by Google, Weather, and more--so you can stay in the know on the go. Real-time LIVE services work right out of the box via a built-in wireless data connection.* Three months of service included.
Complete widescreen navigation featuring Lifetime Traffic and Map Updates--and much more.
Save time, money and stress with real-time information from TomTom's LIVE service.
Speak instructions (over 130 commands) and make/receive calls with compatible Bluetooth phones.
You'll always outsmart traffic with Lifetime Traffic Updates. Based on incoming traffic events, your device will suggest alternate routes to minimize delays. And, with Lifetime Map Updates you'll always drive with the latest and most accurate maps. On average, 15% of the road network changes each year, so it is important to have the most up-to-date maps. With the GO 740·TM LIVE with Lifetime Traffic Updates and Maps, you'll always stay current.
Just enter your destination address with voice recognition or on the touchscreen and start driving anywhere in the US and Canada. The TomTom GO 740·TM LIVE guides you door to door with turn-by-turn spoken instructions, including street names.
Only TomTom has IQ Routes Technology which shaves time off even the shortest trips by calculating the fastest route based on the time of day you are traveling. You'll always drive the smartest, most efficient route. Advanced Lane Guidance* uses photorealistic images to show you exactly which lane to take in complex multi-lane exits so you can be more confident on the road.
With TomTom Map Share you can instantly modify street names, street direction, POIs, road speeds and turn restrictions on your own device. The "Help Me!" menu lets you easily access local emergency providers. And, the GO 740·TM LIVE makes driving even safer with Bluetooth handsfree calling***.
The TomTom GO 740·TM LIVE is the ultimate connected car navigator.
LIVE Services (3 months included)
Save time, money and stress with real-time information.
- TomTom Traffic--View live, real-time traffic information on your TomTom GO.
- Fuel Prices--Get the latest fuel prices on your route or in your area. Locate the lowest priced fuel and navigate directly to it.
- Local Search powered by Google--Find countless shops and businesses wherever you are and navigate directly there.
- Weather--Your TomTom GO receives local and five-day forecasts so you can make plans based on the latest weather.
- Safety Camera Alerts--Know where safety cameras are located for safer, more relaxed driving.
Lifetime Traffic & Map Updates
Enjoy a lifetime of easy driving with two great features from TomTom. LIFETIME Maps guarantees you receive four new editions of your TomTom map each year to ensure that you are always navigating with the industry's most up-to-date map. And, LIFETIME Traffic sends updates to your TomTom every three minutes, so you can always steer clear of traffic delays and take the fastest route possible to your destination.
Maps of US & Canada with TomTom Map Share
Preloaded with maps of the US and Canada. TomTom has the most accurate maps and with TomTom Map Share technology you can instantly modify street names, street direction, POIs, and more on your own device and receive daily verified updates from TomTom. Spoken turn-by-turn instructions and 3D graphics will guide you to any address in the US and Canada, worry free.
Speak instructions to your GO 740 LIVE with over 130 commands.
Spoken Street Names
Announces turn-by-turn directions aloud, including street and place names.
Bluetooth Handsfree Calling
Make and answer phone calls safely while driving, with your compatible Bluetooth mobile phone.
IQ Routes Technology
TomTom IQ Routes Technology puts the driving experience of millions of TomTom users into your maps to shave time off even the shortest trips. Calculates the fastest route possible based on time of day. With TomTom IQ Routes you'll always drive the smartest, most efficient route. IQ Routes saves you time, fuel and money.
Traffic isn't the same during Monday morning rush hour as it is on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Heavy traffic, rotaries, traffic lights, and even pedestrians can slow you down. The route you need changes depending on the day and time, so the shortest route isn't necessarily going to be the fastest. With TomTom IQ Routes you'll always drive the fastest route.
Advanced Lane Guidance*
TomTom Advanced Lane Guidance gives you extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions by showing you which lane to take, so you won't miss your turn or have to make sudden, dangerous lane crossings. Photorealistic images and a pulsing green arrow indicate exactly which lane to use, so you can go confidently.
*Feature only available in the US and Canada
**Feature available in the US only
***Compatible mobile phone required.
All TomToms Feature
Plug & Go--Works right out of the box.
30 Day Latest Map Guarantee--Up to date, off the shelf.
TomTom Map Share--Modify your own map and benefit from others' verified changes with TomTom Map Share.
Help Me! Emergency Menu--Easily access local emergency providers such as police, fire stations and hospitals.
TomTom HOME--Always up to date.
Fuel Price Service (optional)--Know more, pay less.
What's in the Box
GO 740TM live device, windshield mount, USB cable, adhesive disk, car charger with integrated traffic, and user guide with lifetime maps voucher
Founded in Amsterdam in 1991, TomTom has established itself as a global leader in navigation by being an innovative company with a strong brand, clear customer focus, and high quality products and services.
TomTom is the world's leading navigation solutions provider with navigation products sold in 30 countries and in over 20 languages. To further our commitment to car navigation, TomTom acquired Tele Atlas maps in 2008 so we can continually provide the most up-to-date maps and intelligent routing.
We have our own mapping company!
Did you know that every year roads change by up to 40% in high-growth areas? Tele Atlas manages this by using the world's most comprehensive systems to identify and incorporate these changes into our maps with unprecedented levels of speed and accuracy. All TomTom devices benefit from the Tele Atlas advantage--more coverage, more points of interest, and more freshness and accuracy.
At TomTom, we believe that personal navigation should be as easy and safe as possible. We develop smart technology that gives you straightforward solutions, innovations to make life easy.
Bought Three -- Kept One -- Returned Two
Over a period of about three months, we (my family and I) bought and used the following three GPS systems in various locations in Texas and under varying driving conditions:
1. Garmin nuvi 1690 nuLink
2. Garmin nuvi 3790T
3. TomTom Go 740TM Live
Here is what we observed:
1. The Garmin nuvi 1690 nuLink has the best POI/White Pages/Google search system and decent Traffic information (minus any I.Q. Route or nuRoute to take into consideration varying driving patterns by day of week or time of day). Menus are very easy to use. Includes paid cellular (nuLink) traffic capabilities.
2. The Garmin nuvi 3790T has a "Pretty Face". On looks alone, the 3790T will win any GPS beauty contest. However, over the course of about a month of driving, mostly in a high traffic metroplex locations, nothing stood out that would indicate that the nuRoute traffic feature was making any significant difference in routing. Searches are based on built-in POI only, no Google search, etc. No cellular traffic (nuLink) capability for traffic reporting in "off the beaten path" driving locations. Menus are very easy to use.
3. The TomTom Go 740TM Live is a real "Work horse" when it comes to traffic handling. Its I.Q. routes, combined with superior traffic handling software (what it can do with the traffic data it receives), make it stand out head and shoulders above the other GPS systems we tested. When it comes to "good looking" maps, the Garmin products have it beat, but not to the point of not letting you know exactly where you are at the moment, and where you are going next. Menus are a bit cumbersome, but the fine tuning capabilities that the system allows is superior to the other GPS systems we tested. Finally, the combined use of the "T" on the TomTom (free lifetime traffic) and the "Live" (paid cellular traffic) offers a very complete traffic coverage system. When one of the traffic systems (T or Live) loses its signal, the other takes over without missing a beat. None of the other GPS systems we tested (with nuLink or with T only) have this capability. The "M" on the TomTom (free lifetime Maps) is another plus.
We decided to keep the TomTom Go 740TM Live system. By the way, unlike the experiences reported by some, we compared the Customer Services of both TomTom and Garmin, and did not find any significant difference between the two. Thirty minute wait times on the phone were not uncommon on either, and usefulness of information seemed to depend on which agent answered the phone.
Close But No Cigar Due Live Service Failure & Awful Support
I've previously owned a lower end TomTom, and it worked very well with my Apple Macintosh Computers. The upgrade to the 740 with lifetime maps and Live Services was something I was really looking forward to. I got mine just before a trip to the East Cost so I had little time to sort things out. Other than the unit going into some kind of demo mode during the trip Live Services traffic update re-routed me and saved the day when going from Cape Cod to Logan Airport in Boston. It routed me through Quincy and the 43 minute delay from the initial route dropped to a 15 minute delay using the alternative route. Going into demo mode was by the way dangerous as I kept on having to poke the screen to get back to the navigation screen. Works out of the box, not.
When I got home I called TomTom to get rid of the demo mode, and it took several calls, with over 40 minute wait times, to fix the problem that turned out to be a simple solution. A pity the first tech. support person didn't know about the fix even though I referenced it as I had gotten some advice on a TomTom forum. One of the faulty fixes I got was to reinstall the application on the 740. I did and of course that didn't fix the problem. But what it did do was kill the Traffic update via Live Services. The TomTom tech. knew about this issue but failed to tell me until I called back. A call back confirmed that due to a issue with the latest version of their application and their servers, this problem was not going to be fixed for at least three or more weeks. When I asked if they would credit me for the lost time on this service (you get 3 free months) the TomTom tech said they could not. He referenced I could fall back on the F.M. based service as opposed to the cellular Live Services Traffic updates.
My only other issue was that the 740 has a dim screen no matter what you do when faced with bright sunlight. I did not have this problem with my older 130S. The feature set on the 740TM is fabulous. Too bad TomTom's out of the box experience was such a disappointment, and their tech. support is so uneven, and takes so long to access.
Good GPS - Problematic setup
When I recently setup a new different model TomTom on a Windows 7 PC, I encountered a few issues. I assumed these issues were Windows 7 related because I couldn't confirm in my included manual nor TomTom's web site that Windows 7 was supported, only Windows Vista. I decided to setup this TomTom 740 on my Mac. I downloaded the latest version of Home and connected the 740 to my Mac. I immediately encountered an error claiming I had the incorrect operating system on the device After re-connecting the device to the computer, it successfully detected the 740 and updated the device fairly quickly. There wasn't much room left after all of the updates but fortunately, the 740 has a microSD slot for expanding memory. I plan to add a 4GB card immediately. I then discovered that my activation code for lifetime maps would not work. I got an error screen and no further info. After several unsuccessful attempts to register the code, I decided to try installing the Home software on a different Windows 7 PC. After installing the software, the drivers for the GPS failed to install properly on the first attempt. After installing the drivers on a second attempt, I was finally able to successfully register the lifetime maps code.
I love the windshield mount. The charger plugs into the mount instead of the GPS and the GPS conveniently snaps onto a little cradle on the mount . After powering on, the GPS takes approximately one minute to acquire a signal. The touchscreen isn't responsive enough for my tastes. Sometimes I had to repeatedly push my selection in order for it to register. Other times I would push a selection and it would take a second or two to register. The touchscreen on my previous TomToms seemed a little better. The 740 has voice recognition as well. You press an icon on the touchscreen and speak your command. It works pretty good. You can use it to adjust views, request routes, change routes, and with the hands free calling. Routing with the IQ feature worked perfectly. I have a route that has a traffic light that gets pretty congested at certain times of the day. However, if you make a right turn at the intersection before the light, drive up to the next light and make a left, you can bypass the backlog. When I use the TomTom during that time of day, it routes me up the alternate street to avoid the backup at the light. If you weren't aware of the IQ feature, it would seem a little weird, as if the 740 was making you drive in circles. However, since I'm very familiar with that intersection and the traffic conditions, it was pretty impressive that it knew to do that. This location is in the suburbs of Philadelphia, so I imagine it would work even better on the major roadways in and around the city. Regular GPS mapping was pretty good and a lot more reliable than my former TomTom One-XL.
Some brief observations of some of the other features of the 740TM:
* I don't really find any usefulness in the lane guidance feature. I feel the GPS already does an adequate job of preparing you for turns and exits.
*The 740 has Bluetooth hands free connection for speaking on your phone. I already have a Bluetooth hands-free speaker in my car, so I likely won't use it, but it's a good option to have.
* The 740 offers TomTom's Live Services. I don't plan to use it because I just can't see paying $9.95 per month for information that I can already pull from my Droid smart phone. There is a free 90-day trial period if you're interested in trying the service. The Live service provides basic over the air info like weather, email, fuel prices, and more detailed traffic. (The lifetime traffic feature included with the 740 is sufficient unless you want to compare routes before departing. It only reports traffic conditions along your predetermined route. It also works through an RDS-TMC receiver embedded in the charging cable, not through the Live services).
* I elected to download safety camera updates onto my device. Safety cameras (red light, speeding, blocking the box, etc) are becoming more and more popular in the US, so it's good to know where they'll be popping up. This option is included under TomTom services (TomTom services are free and paid optional services available through the Home software. It's not the same as TomTom Live)
* The gas price comparison service costs $19.95 per year and will actually direct you to the service station. Once again, I have other options on my phone, but this one might be worth considering if you don't use a smart phone or have another mobile option for comparing gas prices. This could literally pay for itself over a year.
* In addition to the nice windshield mount, the 740 includes a cradle for connecting to your computer. It's much more practical and aesthetically pleasing than having a USB cord dangling from your PC.
In this age of smart phones, some of the Live features on the 740 can be a little redundant. If you haven't jumped on the smart phone wagon and would still like to access data on the go in your vehicle, the Live service provides another option. I think TomTom would have a lot more success with it if they dropped the price to something more realistic, like $5 per month or less. $10 is a lot to ask for basically the weather, more detailed traffic, and a few other data options in a device that isn't as portable as a cell phone. That's just my opinion on the value per dollar of the Live service. As a navigation device, the 740 performs well. The IQ routing works as advertised and the traffic, time estimates, and fastest available routes were all usually accurate. Pretty much the only minor cons I could find with this device were the goofy setup issues.