TomTom Sat Nav Reviews – TomTom Go 5000

  • TomTom Sat Nav Reviews – TomTom Go 5000
  • TomTom Sat Nav Reviews – TomTom Go 5000
  • TomTom Sat Nav Reviews – TomTom Go 5000

The Go 5000 is TomTom’s premium offering in their satellite navigation products. In case you were wondering the TomTom Go 6000 is exactly the same unit, the only difference being the screen size. The Go 5000 has a 5″ screen whilst the 6000 has a 6″ screen. Oh, and there’s also a difference in price of around £50.

As with my other reviews, I hope this one will provide you with an overview of the device and I will share what I liked and what I didn’t likes with you all.

PROS:

  • Lifetime Traffic
  • Lifetime Maps Update
  • Inbuilt sim – always connected
  • 3D Maps
  • Regular Updates

CONS:

  • Cost
  • Memory card required for updates
  • Only 3 months cameras provided initially
  • No handsfree calling
  • Competitors seem to have more features & options

TOMTOM GO 5000 – PRODUCT FEATURES

DESIGN

The design of the unit is exactly the same as it’s little brother – the Go 50. It’s rectangular shape, rounded edges and grey trim are somewhat lacking in creativity. This device is part of the Premium Range and as such in my view, it should have a premium ‘look and feel’ to go with it. However, despite the design being somewhat conservative it wouldn’t look out of place used in any type of vehicle.

The case of the device this time is different to some of the earlier TomTom models. The Go 930 for example had a rubberised surround that made it quite robust. The newer ranges from TomTom have a plastic rear. In truth, this probably won’t be a problem for most people as their devices will stay in the car. However, it is worthy of note if you are planning to walk around with your sat nav. You should also be rather more careful with it when leaving the car and throwing it into the bottom of your bag.

SCREEN SIZE

As mentioned earlier there are two screen sizes available at this level. This model has the 5 inch screen whilst the Go 6000 has a 6inch screen. Like most of the options available on sat nav systems this really does come down to personal preference. In my view, the 5inch screen is ample and it’s a little difficult to justify the additional cost for the larger screen.

NAVIGATION

Having travelled across the UK a couple of times on the way to France, I can happily report that I have not had any issues in getting to my destination. The software searches for the address quickly and provides the fastest route in a matter of a seconds. The pinch and zoom system works well and is an useful addition if like me you like to browse around your location via the map. As my running gps watch doesn’t have mapping facilities, I use this feature when searching for an area to run. It’s an useful feature for finding those little green areas on the map particularly, when you are not familiar with your surroundings.

One issue that I did find however, was that it showed my destination on the wrong side of the road.  This has only happened on a couple of occasions, neither of which caused me too much hassle so it can’t be described as a deal breaker. The first time this happened was when I was looking for an address in the Staffordshire area. It was a fairly rural area and therefore not a big deal, but the property did show up on the ‘wrong’ side of the road. So in fairness, almost top marks for getting you to your destination.

 

TRAFFIC

This particular model is always connected as it has an in-built sim card. That means that without any additional cost you get the traffic updates. Traffic updates are available on the cheaper models in the Go Range however, they do require a smartphone to access the information. Depending upon your mobile data package and your location this could turn out to be an expensive exercise. Thankfully, this does not come into consideration with the Go 5000.  Traffic Jam Notification

This is the area where i believe that TomTom come into their own. Their Traffic warnings and updates are an accurate portrait of the situation ahead of you on the road. When there’s problems ahead your route will change colour – red means that there is a rather big traffic delay ahead. The information is given cleanly and you can see how it will affect your arrival time, if you decide to ignore it and stay on the original route. If I knew where I was and had experience of a particular traffic jam (it might be part of your daily commute) I may sit tight and see it through. However, the clever part is that you do have the option to avoid the traffic jam and to change your route.

I did however, feel frustrated at times on my commute home. The area where I currently live is notorious for traffic jams, particularly around rush hour. This is largely due to the inadequacies of the public transport system,  that leaves most people with no option but, to drive to work in the morning. Without digressing too much I would be guaranteed to hit heavy traffic around 6 p.m. The sat nav would show me the jam ahead but it would also show all the traffic jams on the other possible routes home. Now all this achieved was put a dark cloud over me as I realised there was no hope – I was stuck in traffic no matter what route the sat nav provided. In other words, the sat nav showed how congested the roads were in the city at that time – a rather depressing and bleak picture for someone just trying to get home! Not the fault of the device, which simply deals in facts but it sure didn’t make me feel any better knowing how bad the roads were!

Upon the initial release of this device there was no way of recalculating your route if you ran into an obstruction. Thankfully however, TomTom do appear to be listening to their customers on their forums. They have sensibly reintroduced the ‘find alternative route’ through a recent update. This is such a powerful feature of a sat nav as it allows you to change your initial route depending on what issues lie ahead.

 

MOUNTING SYSTEM Go5000 mount

The mounting system for the Go 5000 differs slightly from the GO 40/50/60. The Click & Mount system it utilises sees the introduction of a cradle within which the device sits into. The cradle is attached to the windscreen in the same way as the other models. The suction cup is put against the glass and you then have to turn the disk to the locking position. This creates more suction to secure the cradle and therefore the device locks in place.

 

TIPS & TRICKS

As usual with my reviews I add this section to try and help you get the most out of your device. These tips are a result of me playing around with the settings and giving the device a proper trial during my frequent road trips.

  • The device is always connected & works in both the UK & Europe at no additional cost
  • If driving in France you are not provided with the exact location of their speed cameras – only a general area warning telling you to slow down (this is because of French legislation)
  • Before attaching the suction cup to the windscreen make sure you clean the glass – this provides a much stronger grip
  • The more I drove the more I realised that a number of speed cameras were missing – the additional cost for cameras is probably not worth the annual fee
  • If using a Mac, download the required software from the website first – it makes connection and the updating process smoother

Specification
  • Battery Life – 2 hours
  • Always Connected – in-built sim card
  • Mounting System – Click & Go Mount
  • Memory – MicroSD slot – a card will be required for future map updates
  • Screen Size – 5 inch
  • Screen Resolution – 480 x 272
  • Bluetooth  – not included

 

CONCLUSION

There is no doubt that this is a fine navigational device. It does what it says it does rather well. The big question though is whether or not it’s worth the money?

Hmm, well I suppose it depends on you. If you are someone who likes a premium product and doesn’t mind paying a bit extra then, it may be for you. The Traffic updates would undoubtedly be worthwhile if you regularly travel long distances. However, some local knowledge of your surroundings and using those hidden rat runs can see you beat the sat nav on your route home.

If however, you are more like me and prefer to mind the pennies and tend to travel the same route everyday, the additional expense becomes harder to justify. A cheaper sat nav like the TomTom Go 50 may well be sufficient for your needs. Do bear in mind though that you will require a smartphone with all of the cheaper models in the Go Range.

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TomTom Go 5000

7.5 Total Score
Very Good!

A Premium product that does it's job of getting you to your destination without fuss. Lifetime Maps & Traffic is a welcome addition as is the more responsive capacitive screen. The negatives are the expense and the need for a memory card in order to receive future map updates.

Value for Money
6
Ease of Use
8
Features
7.5
Battery Life
7.5
User Rating: 3.8 (1 votes)
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15 Comments
  1. Reply
    Don September 29, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Hi Dylan,
    You review is great and I also love your website design. I wish I will a similar one in future too 😉
    It’s great how you did your structure as it gives all the important information to readers and he feels like to have more information and facts after reading it.
    At the moment, I don’t need a navigation system because I have one implemented in my car but for travelling abroad it would be helpful.
    What kind of system would recommend when I travel around in Argentina and Brazil?
    Cheers
    Don

    • Reply
      Dylan September 29, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Hi Don,

      Many thanks for your kind comments and I’m delighted you found the review useful.

      For travelling around South America I would look for a sat nav that has World Maps included within the package. If you want to have access to the Traffic Information from the sat nav company you have a couple of options.

      1. Buy a sat nav with an inbuilt sim card – this means that you’ll always be connected and there won’t be any additional costs

      2. Buy a cheaper sat nav that requires a smartphone in order to access Live Traffic Services – this may end up being expensive as you will have to tether your mobile phone to the device. You may then incur significant data roaming charges.

      If you choose the second option I would recommend getting a sim card from the country your travelling. That way the cost of accessing the data will be much less. Just make sure that your smartphone is sim free so that the local card will work.

      Enjoy your travels!

      Dylan

  2. Reply
    rina September 29, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Wow, I didn’t know that there is a gps system that offer 3D map. Cool. My husband used Garmin before (I hope I spelled it correctly). It has just a basic feature and we used it in our road trips across USA.
    Btw I have a question regarding this model. You said it is always connected to get the updated traffic. Does it mean you need to pay for the data usage?

    • Reply
      Dylan September 29, 2015 at 11:56 am

      Hi Rina,

      Yes 3D maps are pretty cool! The sat nav devices we have in our cars are really advanced bits of kit. Even the most basic models will get you to your destination far better than reading a map will!

      The TomTom Go 5000 is indeed always connected. It has an in-built sim card that continually provides you with the Traffic Updates. It is one of the reasons why this model is more expensive to purchase. But it also means that you don’t pay for data usage – no matter where you are.

      Hope this helps & happy motoring,

      Dylan

  3. Reply
    Chris October 7, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I’ve been looking into a decent new satnav over the last few months but now there’s so much choice it’s near enough impossible to hone in on one. I was using my smartphone but you know how bad nav on that can be ( always warn you after you miss a junction! ). This looks like a top choice – I’ll be looking into this product further!

    • Reply
      Dylan October 8, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Hey Chris,

      Smartphones are fantastic devices but you just can’t beat a stand alone sat nav for some proper navigation. This device is definitely worth some serious consideration – just make sure that you need all the additional features that come with it before you part with any money.

      Cheers,

      Dylan

  4. Reply
    Belinda October 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Hello Dylan Coming to your website maybe was a hint for me to get a navigator, I don’t have one because I am stubborn, I tell myself I won’t get lost. The other thing is, if i am told to go left I go right, that happens 80% of the time. Go figure! I enjoyed going through your pages, I like the way you set it up and how you made it easy for the ones that want to buy one make a good choice. Keep up the great work.

    • Reply
      Dylan October 9, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Hi Belinda,

      My neighbour refuses to get himself a sat nav. He says that he’s happy to get lost once in a while as he may find something new. Last month he stumbled across a really cool restaurant which he says he wouldn’t have found if he had a sat nav! I guess getting lost could have its benefits sometimes 😉

      Cheers,

      Dylan

  5. Reply
    Brandon October 17, 2015 at 6:43 am

    This one is a lot better device than the last one reviewed. I see also that you don’t need a smart phone to update it or connect to the additional services. Cost may be a consideration for some, but sometimes its worth the extra money because you will get what you pay for.

    • Reply
      Dylan October 20, 2015 at 7:18 am

      Hi Brandon,

      This is the premium offering from TomTom and so it is that little bit more expensive. It’s worth going for if you intend using the Traffic Updates etc on a regular basis. If not, then a cheaper model should suffice for most people.

      Cheers,

      Dylan

  6. Reply
    Philip Monrean January 4, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I really like the added traffic alert feature on this device!! I often travel into and out of larger cities and this would be a great tool for those trips! You said this device was a little pricey though. I would be interested to learn about others that offer the same features but might be less expensive.

    Are you aware of any other GPS devices with this traffic alert feature as well?

  7. Reply
    Mapboy (Bryan) January 20, 2016 at 12:14 am

    I really enjoyed reading through this review. You format your posts great, and it makes it really easy and enjoyable to read. I think this is a great product, with a nice, large screen, which is great for when driving.

    Cheers for the fantastic review, and keep on keepin on.

    • Reply
      Dylan January 21, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Hi Bryan,

      Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you found the review useful!

      Cheers

      Dylan

  8. Reply
    Funkydunc February 24, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Pretty cool review. Loved the graph at the end of the article. Gave the review a professional feel to it. Anyway enough on the layout side of things.
    I am surprised that people are still buying GPS units like TomTom when smartphones have it all through Google Maps, Nokia Here, etc. I travelled around the USA NWest last August and only needed to use my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a travel SIM in it and I was fine. Longer battery life than the TOmTom has.
    What do you think? Are sat navs still viable these days?

    Duncan

    • Reply
      Dylan February 26, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Hey Duncan, Glad you enjoyed the review.

      I still do believe that there is a requirement for GPS units today. In my eyes a GPS is built with the primary function of getting you to where you need to go. They are simpler to use and more reliable than many of the smartphone apps that are available. They also have the benefit of always being plugged in when in the car – therefore you have no battery issues whatsoever. The screen you get on your GPS is also larger and clearer to read whilst driving.

      The main reason for me and my family in choosing a sat nav is safety. I need to know that I can rely on the GPS to get me where we need to go without any interruptions. Calls, messages and emails will all impact on the smartphones ability to deliver.

      All the best,

      Dylan

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