The TomTom Go 950 is here and if you’re looking for a fully functional
GPS with all the latest features, than this model may be for you. Priced
between $549 to $649AUD (August 2010), the TomTom Go 950 not only
supports maps in Australia but also New Zealand, Europe, USA and the
Canada, making it the perfect travel accessory. To be more specific, it
supports maps of 49 countries!
||Up to 3 hours
sensitive GPS chipset
socket compatible with microSD cards
||4.3" (11 cm)
||480 x 272
||127 x 85 x 23
The design of the TomTom Go 950 is relatively quite light and contains a
great windshield mount, although it only fell off once during our
testing but bare in mind that this was a review unit and may have lost a
little of its suction. The unit comes with an 11cm screen with a
resolution of 480x262 that boasts clear images and text that can be read
at a glance. The bottom of the unit contains a docking port, micro SD
card slot with the top of the unit containing the on and off button.
There is also a large speaker on the back of the unit which can be quite
loud and a microphone and light sensor on the front of the unit.
Overall, it's a well designed GPS.
Go 950 satnav device
USB connect cable for charging
and computer connection
The device also comes
with a car kit charger and compared to some other GPS units, the battery
life is relatively quite long for a satnav system (3 hours of ongoing
use). In terms of GPS reception, the TomTom Go
950 had a great reception and we had no issues with poor reception while
using this device. As mentioned, the screen supports a resolution
of 480x272 with an 11cm touch screen which supported a good
resolution but in terms of navigating the unit, we found it a little
clunky to use and its responsiveness wasn’t the best.
did find the onscreen QWERTY keyboard quite well designed and large which is ideal for those who may have some vision impairment.
Boot-up time of the device took about one minute to successfully turn
on. When turning the unit on for the first time, you need to select which side of the
road you drive on, which country you are on and of course what voice you
would like to listen to plus a few other tweaks. There is even a brief demo of the demo for
first time users which is recommended to those who have never used one
of these before.
The menu of TomTom Go 950 contained the following;
navigate to a destination, simply push Navigate To and type in the City,
Suburb, Street and number. The TomTom Go 950 will then do the rest.
did attempt to visit a country town called Bannockburn, however were
unable to find the street but when we asked the unit to take us to
Bannockburn, it actually took us to the correct street. More
impressively, it found an alternative route that was considerably faster
and with less traffic. Apart from that, we had no issues in navigating
around Melbourne or the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria Australia.
For safety, the unit comes with an
anti-glare screen, hands free for mobile phones (provided they have
Bluetooth), Help Me feature such as hospitals or roadside assistance and
notifications of fixed speed cameras and red light cameras. Add in
advanced lane guidance and voice control and your driving experience
should be quite flawless with this device. Lastly, it does support IQ
Routes technology that links various information from other users to
highlight issues on the road such as traffic jams or even crowds.
Perfect for Christmas shopping!
Compared to some other TomTom units, some users may be a little upset to
discover that it does not contain an FM transmitter nor an MP3 player
but nonetheless, it is still a fully functional and powerful satnav
It detected all fixed speed and red light cameras in our area, detected
tolls, calculated alternative routes and featured some great map
correction. This unit contains a variety of voices, although no Yoda nor
Darth Vader (additional downloads required). All kidding aside, another great
aspect of the Go 950 is the RDS-TMC Traffic tool which alerts the driver
to real-time traffic jams and accidents.
The voice commands on the Go 950 works
well and is definitely a must have recommended feature for driving. We
only had a few issues using the voice commands on the Go 950 but
considering for what it's worth, it done a good job. The unit will
display the vehicle speed on the unit (thanks to GPS) and the maximum
speed limit in the current street you are driving. If you do miss a
street or become distracted, the unit will calculate an alternative
route to fix your error and is relatively quite fast.
In conclusion, the TomTom Go 950 is a
sturdy satnav system that we would recommend to most users who require
the features of this device on a permanent basis. Best of all, it's
ideal for people travelling overseas and it comes with great support
from TomTom. It may not have an FM transmitter nor MP3 playback but most
people already have a phone that supports these systems or addons,
Definitely one to investigate if
you're in the market for a new satnav system, especially for those