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that it would take about 10 minutes to get a latcoion/signal when turning it on after travelling great distances and found this to be true. I did find the same problem as other people- some of the newer roads were not on the map. But I still never got lost and that was great. You can save your hotel as a favorite address and never lose your way home. It was also great for finding gas stations, amusement parks, restaurants, etc. My 9 year old son loves to watch it and tell me what streets we have to turn on. I always know where I am, how far I have to go to the next turn, how far I have to go in my trip and what time I am expected to be there. Barring any traffic problems, I have found it to be very accurate. I shopped around at various stores testing out similar Garmin and Magellen models and kept coming back to this one. My husband is a skeptic and does not read directions. I showed him how to use this in 10 minutes. Now he uses it for his own trips (when I am not using it of course.) The portability makes it easy to take from one car to another. I bought a medium sized camera bag to store the unit in. I just detach the entire unit from the windshield and put it in the camera bag (still attached to the windshield mount.) This makes it easy to carry in and out of my house (I was told to avoid extreme temperatures to prevent damage to the LCD screen.) It also gives me the ability to put the bag in my trunk when leaving my car while in the city. I have been using this unit daily since I got it for Christmas (4 months ago). I have found the windshield mount to be quite easy, convenient and stable. On only 2 occassions, the unit could not locate an address, one of which was a 10 year old house, and had to use MapQuest as back up. Overall, I think this unit is great and have recommended it to many people. I can't imagine how I did this job without this unit! This is mandatory equipment for anyone who spends a lot of time on the road.


Wow, where do I start? After waiting 6 mohnts for this product to come out I discovered that our local Best Buy had received 6 units. I scrambled down to snag one thinking that they would all be gone during the 10 minutes it took me to drive there. After purchasing, I took the time to open and inspect the unit before I left the parking lot. Good thing I did because the $800 device was packaged in a brittle egg carton type material that completely disintegrated and the GPS was free to rattle around in the box during shipping. I tried to power up and nothing .dead in the box. I took the unit back in to the store and showed them what happened and they said they would get me another one. Fortunately I asked them to open the box of the new one and to our surprise, the same thing had happened. They opened all 6 boxes and 5 out of 6 devices were damaged to some degree. You would think that they would spend more than 10 cents to package a $800 GPS. Reluctantly I accepted the one unit that did not appear damaged and DID power up. Upon power up the first thing you notice is that the default language is NOT English. You spend the next half hour trying to find the language change screen while blind because it is several layers into the menu and instructions on how to change is not in the manual. I powered up and decided to give it a try and map my way home. One of the features of the 910 that attracted me to it was the text to speech that allows the unit to say street names and not gut turn right , etc. Guess what .not supported in English and feature is grayed out in the menu. The second feature that really attracted me to the TOM TOM GO 910 was Bluetooth and being able to use my Bluetooth phone hands free . Disappointment #2 .Blackberry devices are not supported. Actually there are not that many phones that are supported after looking at the TOM TOM web site. Being that the Blackberry is one of the most popular Bluetooth devices out there, and there are more Blackberries on this planet than any other cell phone, you would think that it would be supported. I just don't get that since I can buy a cheap $30 Bluetooth headset and it connects to ALL Bluetooth devices. My next observation was the strange mounting system for the 910. The only option you have is the windshield mount that comes with the 910. The suction cup mounting is well designed and works great but the other end that mates to the 910 is just insane. It has a weird connector which requires the user to couple the two ends at just the right angle to engage the electrical connector and lock the two ends together. Now disconnecting is a different story. Be prepared to get out a crow bar to separate the two. Ok, I'm exaggerating but not by much. There is a release button on the front of the 910 that you press and is supposed to disengage the 910 from the mount. Not so easy! You must press the button and pull REALLY hard to separate. I mean so hard that you think that it is going to break. This requires you to remove the entire system from your windshield since it would be almost impossible to disengage the 910 from the mount while it's still on your windshield. Want another mounting option other than your windshield? Forget it, it's not an option. Actually, there are no options or accessories currently available for the 910. I'm sure that they will have them eventually on their web site but not yet. Ok back to my first nav trip home. The 910 worked flawlessly and took me right to my front door. When I arrived I went to clear the current route from the 910 and could not figure it out. I spent the next 20 minutes going from menu to menu to find an option to clear the route and NOTHING. Finally I found a option button to add more menu items. I selected that and it added several more layers of menu items. I paged through all the menu items and found on the very last page a button to Clear Route . YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME! I could go on but will leave it here. One last thing .be real careful to check the availability of the Tom Tom Plus features because not all of them are available in the USA either. In summary, I traded a prefectly good Garmin 2620 StreetPilot for the 910 and really regret it. I should have waited for the new Garmins with Bluetooth to come out this fall.


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