TomTom GO 910 - US, Canada and Europe Automotive Mountable GPS Receiver Reviews
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TomTom GO 910 - US, Canada and Europe Automotive Mountable GPS Receiver

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It's hard to go right with the G0 910

Dec 22, 2007 (Updated Dec 22, 2007)
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Pros:Great feature set, nice screen, bluetooth, MP3, etc.

Cons:Doesn't do the primary job: Optimal routes are a hit or miss proposition

The Bottom Line: All the hardware elements are here for a beautiful system, but as implemented this unit consistently leads me the wrong way.


The below is a note sent to TomTom tech support. It summarizes a number of issues which you should be aware of before buying this unit. It's a gorgeous unit, but it just doesn't do a very good job of getting you from point A to point B, which for a GPS is a major problem:

Several questions: When I power on, frequently I can hear a clicking sound as if the hard drive has a bad sector. Other times, boots right up. This began within a few weeks of me getting the unit. Next, although I can use my Blackberry Pearl to reach the Internet through a computer using bluetooth, I cannot do the same on the TomTom. And finally. I'm consistently being led down the garden path with routes that literally send me in a circle to get across the street. It's so bad, it even says I have to walk 400 yards to get to my own house when I'm in my house. In Hawaii, it guided me back to the hotel from the same route seven different ways, none of them optimal. In Phoenix, it took me in a horseshoe shaped route to a destination, adding several miles. It did the same round about routing when I was in the Boston area. And ditto on several other trips in metropolitan areas such as Denver, Minneapolis and so forth . This is regardless of whether I use shortest or fastest route. I very rarely find the correct route unless I consult a map.
As a consequence, I am wasting time and gas. Also, because of this, I've given my Go 910 a pet name. I call her "Leading", as in "Miss Leading." I am constantly being driven to distraction by Miss Leading. I'd say driven to drink, but she can't get me to the bar.
Oh, another thing: She consistently comes up a good 100 yards or so short of addresses and she also NEVER says whether the destination is on the left or the right.
I've heard about your new map corrections program, but you are requiring me to purchase new maps to participate in that system. I consider the mapping flawed and I think I should get new maps for free. Can I load another company's maps into this unit? I had a very cheap unit OEM-d to Belkin for use via bluetooth on a PDA or laptop. It was very basic, but VERY accurate. It even displayed altitude. All I get from Miss Leading is attitude!


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