The TomTom Go 5200 is a new portable SatNav from probably one of the most trusted and recognised names in navigation. It boasts a five inch touch screen, voice activation, real time traffic updates and a host of new features.
The TomTom Go 5200 includes free world wide map updates for life, and these are now even easier to update as you no longer need to plug it in to your computer every few months to see if there is a download available. This is thanks to the built in WiFi support so all you’ve got to do is be in range of either your home network or a public hotspot to update. We are quite fortunate that despite not having our own driveway, we can normally park outside our house and still be in range of our home network. I don’t even need to take the TomTom Go 5200 out of the car to update it!
There is also a SIM card built in to the sat nav which allows for free ‘realtime’ traffic updates. A bonus to this is that it also works world wide with no data roaming charges to worry about for hassle free driving. This also keeps the speed camera database up to date which also includes ‘average speed zones’.
Another new feature is the integration with smartphones, both Android and iPhone. Once connected via Bluetooth, the TomTom Go 5200 will alert you to a text message from any number of apps on your phone that you let it have access to. What’s the point of that? You may ask. Well, it won’t just tell you that you have a message, it will also read that message out loud to you! You can then either use the sat nav to send a pre-writtten reply such as “I’m driving, I’ll be there at 7:09” or you can use voice control to call the person who just messaged you. Your phone doesn’t need to leave your pocket thanks to the high quality speaker and microphone built in to the sat nav system. You can even talk to “Siri” or “Google Now” by pressing a button on the sat nav screen.
The TomTom Go 5200 loads up a lot quicker than predecessors and completes route calculations faster due to a processor upgrade. This was very much evident on our first use and it was a lot quicker than our previous TomTom which we got in February of 2015. The 5200 also learns your preferred routes and will predict where you might be going based on past journeys. The more you use it the better these predictions will be!
There’s also now an app available for your phone, TomTom MyDrive. This allows you to set favourite destinations, plan entire journeys with stop offs etc before you even get in your car. Once your phone and the Go 5200 are paired, as soon as you get in range, MyDrive will send your plans to the main device and you will be ready to go instantly. This nifty feature has saved us time and effort when all you want to do is get in the car and start driving!
The magnetic mount is also included with the TomTom Go 5200 and allows easy removal or installation of the main unit so you can put it somewhere secure when you’re not in the car. We’ve loved driving with the TomTom Go 5200 and it makes busy family life so much easier – and safer.
The TomTom Go 5200 has an RRP of £299.99
Disclosure: We were sent the above product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.