The Bottom Line
- Solid high-end feature set with some fun extras.
- TomTom MapShare and HOME software / online link help keep maps current.
- Options such as an iPod connect cable and a remote control.
- Do you want or need a photo viewer in your GPS? Probably not.
- Price: $380 - $450.
- 4.3" widescreen, touchscreen LCD, 480x272 pixels.
- CPU 400 MHz, 64MB RAM.
- 2GB internal flash memory.
- SD card slot compatible with SD and MMC cards (cards not included).
- High sensitivity GPS receiver.
- RDS-TMC traffic compatible.
- Integrated FM transmitter.
Guide Review - TomTom GO 720 Review
The TomTom GO 720 has the features you expect in a higher-end in-car GPS, including a wide screen (4.3" diagonal), text-to-speech directions, top-quality pre-loaded maps of all of North America and Canada (or all of Europe for the European version), Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone calling, a robust points-of-interest database, and available traffic tracking and avoidance. An adjustable auto-night dimmer is another nice touch.
Like other TomTom models, the 720 allows you to keep your maps and other features up to date via included (on a CD) TomTom HOME software for your personal computer (PC or Mac). HOME is your link to TomTom's Map Share technology, which lets you make small edits (such as noting a closed road) on your own device and share them with other TomTom users. In turn, your device will download and install others' TomTom-verified map updates.
Beyond the basics, the GO 720 has a "music and media" menu including an iPod compatible iPod controller. You will need the TomTom iPod connect cable ($29.95) in order to connect your iPod. With an iPod connection, you may play your music over your car's sound system via the TomTom's local FM transmitter capability. Unused FM channels are scarce in urban areas, so determine if you can locate a free channel (you'll only hear steady static) before you buy.
The GO 720 will also accept an optional remote control, a feature I found surprisingly useful and addictive in my GO 920 review.
The ability to record your own navigation instructions is another neat item in the GO 720 toy box. You (or a friend with a great voice) simply select the "record your own instructions" menu item and then read and record 50 commonly used words and phrases. These are stored and used by the unit. Finally, I like the optional compass display that puts a small live compass icon in the lower left corner.