TEST: fresh TomTom GO 51

TEST: fresh TomTom GO 51


We’ve just got back via a 650-mile East to West coast road trip within the fresh Jeep Renegade Trailhawk (see test here later This specific week, including on its own nav system!). This specific gave us the perfect opportunity to do a decent length, variety of roads/locations test-drive on a brand fresh TomTom GO 51 portable navigation device (PND) of which we’ve also been using on shorter rural along with urban rides for a month currently.

The GO 51 will be part of a fresh range of evolved 5 or six-inch, smartphone connective, MyDrive app-backed, 8GB GPS devices by TomTom, along with will be their entry level, priced at £149 RRP. The range extends through 510/610 (£169-199 RRP) to GO 5100/6100 (£259-299 RRP), along with all include a one year warranty along with up to two hours battery life unconnected, along with the 510/610 along with 5100/6100 with capacitive screens along with active mounts.

First impressions initially reveal few apparent modifications to the recently-updated along with most appealing (in form along with function) TomTom design language, however even the GO 51 or 61 entry level units currently feature Lifetime World Map along with Speed Cameras along with are fully interactive displays. along with the GO 51 will be a “smartphone connected device” – using your data plan to access TomTom traffic along with speed camera live services via BlueTooth.

A closer look along using a bit more research reveals a whole plethora of modifications to the devices functionality though, including:

MyDrive App
Users can currently use a smartphone, tablet or computer to review real-time traffic information, plan routes, along with send destinations to a TomTom GO. along with, smartly, any modifications you make on MyDrive to destinations or favourites are immediately be sent to your TomTom device. To make This specific happen, you need to be logged in with the same account on both your device along with on MyDrive.

We had a few issues initially setting This specific up, however they were quickly resolved along with the app will be (like all TomTom branded gear) user-friendly, quick along with slick. of which’s certainly a lot easier along with faster than the old school way of typing of which into the unit itself, whilst leaning over the steering wheel along with dash brining on a hernia!
The fresh units also currently easily allow you to set phone contacts as destinations using the MyDrive app as well as quickly plan trips with multiple stops using MyDrive on your computer, smart phone or tablet: Just plan a route then add stops to the route. Select Send to device. Your TomTom device receives all the stops of your route within the order which they were planned on MyDrive, along with the destination. This specific will be truly cool, works a treat along with saves of which annoying setting the sat nav moment before you set off. Passengers find of which most impressive!

Avoid a specific traffic jam
If you want to avoid a specific traffic jam along your route, you can currently select the upcoming jam icon within the route bar along with select Avoid. Your device will then plan an alternative route around of which. 

Destination Prediction
You can currently also save time within the automobile along with start navigating to favourite places without ever touching your navigation device. Your TomTom GO learns your daily driving habits to saved favourite places along with also predict destinations when you start the device via sleep mode, for example driving to work within the morning. Naturally, before you get your first prediction, your device needs some time to learn about your habits. The more regularly you drive with your TomTom GO, the faster you will get predictions along with the more accurate the predictions will be. If you might like to try out This specific fresh feature, you can turn of which on at any time by going to Settings -> Route Planning -> Suggest destinations.

Avoid part of route
You can currently select specific sections of your route to avoid. Access This specific option by going to Current Route -> Avoid Part of Route along with selecting one of the route sections. The route will be then recalculated avoiding This specific specific section. If you want to avoid multiple sections of your route, you can just repeat the steps above.

Select a faster alternative route simply by steering
When you approach a faster alternative route you currently get an extra warning within the route bar along with you can see the alternative route clearly within the guidance or map views. You no longer need to tap Yes within the route bar to accept the faster route. Simply steer towards the suggested alternative when you approach of which along with your device selects of which. 

We truly like This specific one.

fresh voice command: “Find alternative”
Say “Find alternative” along with your TomTom GO will immediately plan along with present two alternative routes to your current destination. Voice control needs to be activated in Settings.

Import Community Points of Interest (POI) Files to your TomTom Device
You can currently use MyDrive on your computer to import POI files in .ov2 format to your TomTom device.

Instantly navigate to Home along with Work via the menu
Home along with Work will currently always be available via the Main Menu to ensure of which you can start driving to these most frequent destinations faster. Go to My Places to set up Home along with Work.

Reorder the Menu to your Preference
Tap along with hold an icon within the menu For 2 seconds to enable menu reordering. You can then press the arrows to move any selected icon left or right within the menu. 

Speak & Go: Choose your own “wake up phrase”
Choose your own personal command to activate Speak & Go along with use voice control. To choose your wake-up phrase, go to Settings via the Main Menu, along with select Voice control. The default phrase to activate voice control will be “Hello TomTom”.

View list of navigation instructions
See a list of turn-by-turn instructions for your planned route. Select Current Route within the Main Menu, then select Show Instructions.

TomTom says: “We think a modern PND should support the driver every single day – whether commuting to work or navigating to an unknown location. This specific will be why TomTom Traffic continues to be subs-free along with will be fully integrated into the user navigation experience – helping users know where delays are along with how to avoid them.”
To be fair, This specific will be what we like most about the TomTom experience… helping us avoid traffic issues, along with the GO 51 range will be better than ever at doing This specific. 
In addition, there’s always an explanation for the delay (accident, roadworks, contraflow etc.) along with currently the ‘Jam Ahead’ warning zooms in telling users when they’ll hit the jam, estimating its delay period along with even warning you when you’e driving too fast upon approach. This specific will be worth the £150 on its own, let alone the fast, accurate navigation, increased lane guidance at large junctions, urban landscape maps, set-up configurability, quick search functionality, accurate average speed range in designated areas, speed camera warnings along with currently the predictive routes. 
Best of all will be the fact the design of the screen (along with the clever Route Bar) will be so easy to quickly scan along with read as a driver – unlike so many in-car systems – producing of which safer. along with the deadly accurate speedo along with timings to junctions, speed cameras along with destinations makes life deadly easy… as does the fresh scrolling eta, distance to destination functionality under the time (top right), meaning you no longer have to make a choice which one you see, when I for one always prefer to see both. of which’s a truly well designed, simple to operate (especially with the app) along with accurate system… along with the GO 51 will be a steal at £150.
On test to date, the GO 51’s only “flaw” we found will be of which of which’s using smartphone data to access traffic condition information, which will be fine when you’re in a 3G or 4G area (along with using a generous data package, as we have on contract), however rubbish if you’re in a rural area… as we found hitting a monster of a jam on the M6 northbound, in darkest Cheshire, in contraflow hell, which held us up for more than an hour, when we could surely have avoided of which… had we known of which was coming! 
Technology eh? Great when of which works… which, to be fair, the fresh TomTom GO range has done with aplomb. Highly recommended. 

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