TomTom GO 930, 730 GPS: REVIEW

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TomTom GO 730 4.3-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator

In our reviews of TomTom’s popular entry-level ONE series, including the ONE 130 and 130S and the ONE XL 330 and 330S, we’ve praised TomTom’s "ongoing innovative spirit and clever approach to design of their highly-customizable GPS devices." We’re impressed to see TomTom offering strong innovations in its mid- and upper-range offerings, too, with the GO 730 and 930 series (which replace the highly-rated GO 720 and 920 respectively), which offer a range of useful new features at even greater value. Laptop Magazine states, "the GO 930 is one of the best GPS values we’ve seen in the mid-range space," while, as About.com says the 930, "combines highly competent navigation and fast signal acquisition and route calculations with all of the latest technical goodies TomTom has to offer."

 

 


Ratings Summary
Includes ratings for TomTom GO 730, 730T, 930, 930T
GO 730
Owner Reviews
GO 730T
Owner Reviews
GO 930
Owner Reviews
GO 930T
Owner Reviews
Our Rating: 4 Stars
Do you own it? Rate it!
[ratings]

Note: The 730T and 930T models include the RDS-TMC traffic information receiver and a 1-year subscription to the TMC traffic information service. The TomTom GO 730 and 930 are identical with the exception of the following features found only in the 930:

  1. Maps of Europe (in addition to maps of North America)
  2. 4 Gb of internal flash memory (versus 2 in the 730)
  3. Enhanced Positioning Technology" which can maintain your position using inertial sensors if you lose satellite reception
  4. Remote control.

The 730 and 930 distinguish themselves from their predecessors with the addition of advanced lane guidance, which helps you make sure you’re always in the right lane, along with its new IQ Routes feature which calculates routes based on actual average speeds rather than posted speed limits.

Until now, vehicle GPS units have done a superb job keeping you on the right road, but the GO 730 and 930 are the first to include advanced lane guidance, which helps guide you through complex, multi-lane intersections, highway divides and exit ramps by keeping you in the correct lane. A set of lane arrows appears in the lower left portion of the display and the display depicts the multiple lanes of the road you’re on. TomTom’s 3D and realistic images (see example below), which also shows road signs, makes the process easy and intuitive, with voice-guided instructions to match.

Also new on the 730 and 930 is TomTom’s IQ Routes feature, which calculates your fastest route based not on the posted speed limit, but on actual average driving times/speeds, a boon especially in congested suburban areas where persistent stoplights and traffic make the posted speed limit something of a cruel joke.

While the current generation of more sensitive GPS receivers has dramatically improved satellite reception, even around tall buildings and trees, it can be especially stressful to lose satellite reception in the middle of an urban area or in a tunnell as you navigate unfamiliar territory. Unique to the GO 930, TomTom’s Enhanced Positioning Technology (EPT) uses inertial sensors to track your car’s movements when no satellite reception is available. (In fact, early vehicle navigation systems relied on this exclusively, with surprising accuracy.)

As with the GO 720 and 920, the GO 730 and 930 accept a range of voice commands. Unlike the Magellan Maestro 4250 and 3250, the 730 and 930 allow you to enter a complete address using your voice. However, accuracy results have been mixed, according to both editorial reviewers and unit owners. It appears that Garmin has set the standard for voice recognition accuracy in its top-rated nuvi 800 series.

The 730 and 930 also add automatic day/night display modes, optional automatically-adjusting speaker volume depending on background volume.

Both the 730 and 930 are capable of real-time traffic monitoring and avoidance, but require the additional purchase of an RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver and a subscription to the over-the-air traffic service. The 730T and 930T models come bundled with the traffic receiver and a 1-year subscription.

TomTom's 730 and 930 series provide 3D realism with clear lane guidance

TomTom’s route preview feature displays an overall view of your route and allows you to select alternatives. TomTom’s “Help me!” safety feature allows you to find the location of the nearest hospital, police station, vet, dentist, pharmacy, etc. at the push of a button. The unit will also guide you if you want to “Drive to Help” or “Walk to Help.” Press “Where am I” and the unit will indicate your current position. TomTom has thoughtfully also included an electronic first aid guide as part of it’s “Help me!” feature.

Pro
Con

Easy operation, fast, capable

Advanced Lane Guidance and Enhanced Positioning Technology (930) are strong additions

“Help Me!” safety feature is terrific

 

Subscription required for traffic

Some owners & reviewers have reported display difficult to read in bright sunlight

 

TomTom’s “Map Share” feature allows you to make corrections and additions to your maps (e.g., blocked roads, updated information for points of interest, new streets or points of interest, etc.). You can make changes right on your portable GPS device and later upload and share them with other users using the TomTom HOME desktop companion software on your computer. There is no charge for this feature.

The GO 730 and 930 include hands-free Bluetooth mobile phone capability, MP3 player, audiobook player, photo viewer, and in the 930 only, remote control, etc.

While the majority of editorial and owner reviews are strongly positive, some owners have reported difficulty with screen visibility in bright sunlight. Overall, however, the TomTom GO 730 and 930 represent a solid advance in feature set from the 720 and 920 and offer more value per dollar than the earlier models. If you expect Europe to be in your driving plans in the future, the 930 is an especially strong value as it includes pre-loaded maps for North America and Europe. [Review Date: 11 July 2008 © 2008 Rated4Stars.com]

 

 

VIDEO: Advanced Lane Guidance

 

VIDEO: Enhanced Positioning Technology (930 & 930T Models Only)

 

 

 


 

Key Features at a Glance
Feature
GO 730
GO 730T
GO 930
GO 930T
Ready to Use Out of the Box?

North America, Canada

North America, Canada

North America, Canada, PLUS Europe

North America, Canada, PLUS Europe
Spoken, Turn-by-Turn Directions?
Text-to-Speech? (Announces Street Names)
Voice Recognition?
Multi-Destination Routing?
Bluetooth?
MP3/Audio Player?
Live Traffic/Weather?

Optional FM TMC Receiver & Subscription Required


FM TMC Receiver & 1-Year Subscription Included


Optional FM TMC Receiver & Subscription Required


FM TMC Receiver & 1-Year Subscription Included

Suitable for Offroad Use?
Limited map coverage
Limited map coverage
Limited map coverage
Limited map coverage
Portable?
(internal battery)
Other Features:

“Help Me!” Safety Feature

Map Share

Advanced Lane Guidance

IQ Routes

“Help Me!” Safety Feature

Map Share

Advanced Lane Guidance

IQ Routes

“Help Me!” Safety Feature

Map Share

Advanced Lane Guidance

IQ Routes

Enhanced Positioning Technology

Remote Control

“Help Me!” Safety Feature

Map Share

Advanced Lane Guidance

IQ Routes

Enhanced Positioning Technology

Remote Control

 

 

Accessories & Related Products

 


Additional Specifications
Weight 7.75 oz./0.49 lbs.
Dimensions 3.3” x 4.7” x 1.0”
Screen 4.3" widescreen 16:9 format LCD (WQVGA: 480*272 pixels)
Chipset SiRF Star III with 20-channel all-in-view; WAAS
In the Box TomTom GPS navigator, Windshield mount, Desk dock with USB cable, Car charger, Bluetooth remote control (930 and 930T only), Software CD, Documentation
Warranty One Year Limited Warranty

In our reviews of TomTom’s popular entry-level ONE series, including the ONE 130 and 130S and the ONE XL 330 and 330S, we’ve praised TomTom’s “ongoing innovative spirit and clever approach to design of their highly-customizable GPS devices.” We’re impressed to see TomTom offering strong innovations in its mid- and upper-range offerings, too, with the GO 730 and 930 series (which replace the highly-rated GO 720 and 920 respectively), which offer a range of useful new features at even greater value. Laptop Magazine states, “the GO 930 is one of the best GPS values we’ve seen in the mid-range space,” while, as About.com says the 930, “combines highly competent navigation and fast signal acquisition and route calculations with all of the latest technical goodies TomTom has to offer.”


Ratings Summary

Includes ratings for TomTom GO 730, 730T, 930, 930T

GO 730
Owner Reviews
GO 730T
Owner Reviews
GO 930
Owner Reviews
GO 930T
Owner Reviews
Our Rating: 4 Stars
Do you own it? Rate it!
[ratings]

Note: The 730T and 930T models include the RDS-TMC traffic information receiver and a 1-year subscription to the TMC traffic information service. The TomTom GO 730 and 930 are identical with the exception of the following features found only in the 930:

  1. Maps of Europe (in addition to maps of North America)
  2. 4 Gb of internal flash memory (versus 2 in the 730)
  3. Enhanced Positioning Technology” which can maintain your position using inertial sensors if you lose satellite reception
  4. Remote control.

The 730 and 930 distinguish themselves from their predecessors with the addition of advanced lane guidance, which helps you make sure you’re always in the right lane, along with its new IQ Routes feature which calculates routes based on actual average speeds rather than posted speed limits.

Until now, vehicle GPS units have done a superb job keeping you on the right road, but the GO 730 and 930 are the first to include advanced lane guidance, which helps guide you through complex, multi-lane intersections, highway divides and exit ramps by keeping you in the correct lane. A set of lane arrows appears in the lower left portion of the display and the display depicts the multiple lanes of the road you’re on. TomTom’s 3D and realistic images (see example below), which also shows road signs, makes the process easy and intuitive, with voice-guided instructions to match.

Also new on the 730 and 930 is TomTom’s IQ Routes feature, which calculates your fastest route based not on the posted speed limit, but on actual average driving times/speeds, a boon especially in congested suburban areas where persistent stoplights and traffic make the posted speed limit something of a cruel joke.

While the current generation of more sensitive GPS receivers has dramatically improved satellite reception, even around tall buildings and trees, it can be especially stressful to lose satellite reception in the middle of an urban area or in a tunnell as you navigate unfamiliar territory. Unique to the GO 930, TomTom’s Enhanced Positioning Technology (EPT) uses inertial sensors to track your car’s movements when no satellite reception is available. (In fact, early vehicle navigation systems relied on this exclusively, with surprising accuracy.)

As with the GO 720 and 920, the GO 730 and 930 accept a range of voice commands. Unlike the Magellan Maestro 4250 and 3250, the 730 and 930 allow you to enter a complete address using your voice. However, accuracy results have been mixed, according to both editorial reviewers and unit owners. It appears that Garmin has set the standard for voice recognition accuracy in its top-rated nuvi 800 series.

The 730 and 930 also add automatic day/night display modes, optional automatically-adjusting speaker volume depending on background volume.

Both the 730 and 930 are capable of real-time traffic monitoring and avoidance, but require the additional purchase of an RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver and a subscription to the over-the-air traffic service. The 730T and 930T models come bundled with the traffic receiver and a 1-year subscription.

TomTom's 730 and 930 series provide 3D realism with clear lane guidance

TomTom’s route preview feature displays an overall view of your route and allows you to select alternatives. TomTom’s “Help me!” safety feature allows you to find the location of the nearest hospital, police station, vet, dentist, pharmacy, etc. at the push of a button. The unit will also guide you if you want to “Drive to Help” or “Walk to Help.” Press “Where am I” and the unit will indicate your current position. TomTom has thoughtfully also included an electronic first aid guide as part of it’s “Help me!” feature.

Pro
Con

Easy operation, fast, capable

Advanced Lane Guidance and Enhanced Positioning Technology (930) are strong additions

“Help Me!” safety feature is terrific

Subscription required for traffic

Some owners & reviewers have reported display difficult to read in bright sunlight

TomTom’s “Map Share” feature allows you to make corrections and additions to your maps (e.g., blocked roads, updated information for points of interest, new streets or points of interest, etc.). You can make changes right on your portable GPS device and later upload and share them with other users using the TomTom HOME desktop companion software on your computer. There is no charge for this feature.

The GO 730 and 930 include hands-free Bluetooth mobile phone capability, MP3 player, audiobook player, photo viewer, and in the 930 only, remote control, etc.

While the majority of editorial and owner reviews are strongly positive, some owners have reported difficulty with screen visibility in bright sunlight. Overall, however, the TomTom GO 730 and 930 represent a solid advance in feature set from the 720 and 920 and offer more value per dollar than the earlier models. If you expect Europe to be in your driving plans in the future, the 930 is an especially strong value as it includes pre-loaded maps for North America and Europe. [Review Date: 11 July 2008 © 2008 Rated4Stars.com]

VIDEO: Advanced Lane Guidance
VIDEO: Enhanced Positioning Technology (930 & 930T Models Only)

Key Features at a Glance
Feature
GO 730
GO 730T
GO 930
GO 930T
Ready to Use Out of the Box?

North America, Canada

North America, Canada

North America, Canada, PLUS Europe

North America, Canada, PLUS Europe

Spoken, Turn-by-Turn Directions?
Text-to-Speech? (Announces Street Names)
Voice Recognition?
Multi-Destination Routing?
Bluetooth?
MP3/Audio Player?
Live Traffic/Weather?

Optional FM TMC Receiver & Subscription Required

FM TMC Receiver & 1-Year Subscription Included

Optional FM TMC Receiver & Subscription Required

FM TMC Receiver & 1-Year Subscription Included

Suitable for Offroad Use?
Limited map coverage
Limited map coverage
Limited map coverage
Limited map coverage
Portable?

(internal battery)

Other Features:

“Help Me!” Safety Feature

Map Share

Advanced Lane Guidance

IQ Routes

“Help Me!” Safety Feature

Map Share

Advanced Lane Guidance

IQ Routes

“Help Me!” Safety Feature

Map Share

Advanced Lane Guidance

IQ Routes

Enhanced Positioning Technology

Remote Control

“Help Me!” Safety Feature

Map Share

Advanced Lane Guidance

IQ Routes

Enhanced Positioning Technology

Remote Control

Accessories & Related Products


Additional Specifications
Weight 7.75 oz./0.49 lbs.
Dimensions 3.3” x 4.7” x 1.0”
Screen 4.3″ widescreen 16:9 format LCD (WQVGA: 480*272 pixels)
Chipset SiRF Star III with 20-channel all-in-view; WAAS
In the Box TomTom GPS navigator, Windshield mount, Desk dock with USB cable, Car charger, Bluetooth remote control (930 and 930T only), Software CD, Documentation
Warranty One Year Limited Warranty
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