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TomTom navigates you to those holiday events.

Maybe we were a little slow to jump on the GPS bandwagon. We really never get lost, we reasoned, and, when we have to get somewhere unfamiliar, we turn to the Internet, which is loaded with websites that give directions. All it took, however, was one test drive with a navigation system from TomTom, Inc., Concord, Mass., and we can't imagine how we ever got around without one.

Right out of the box, the TomTom systems are operational. We just enter the address of the location we're trying to find and we're given clear voice commands to tell us exactly what roads to take and where to turn. The menus are easy to navigate and we're able to save our home address and other favorite places, so no matter where we are, we can get home, or to the office, etc., with just a few taps on the interactive screen.

The TomTom GO 930 ($399.95) has a Voice Input feature that allows you to speak the name and address of where you want to go, without touching the screen or typing in the location. The 4.3" widescreen LCD makes it easy to see the map, and the information bar at the bottom shows exactly how far to drive on the current road before you make a turn, estimated miles and time remaining to get to your destination, time of day and expected time of arrival, as well as your current speed and the speed limit. The unit offers IQ Routes technology to provide the smartest course of travel based on real average speed, not posted speed limits. It is Bluetooth compatible, allowing you to use hands-free calling through the TomTom, and a built-in FM transmitter lets you play your music through your car stereo. An optional TomTom Traffic Receiver or a subscription to TomTom Traffic, affords easy access to real-time traffic information. It alerts you to traffic ahead, estimates the length of the delay, and offers to reroute your trip to avoid the problem.

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The XL 340S ($299.95) also provides exceptional navigation and clear voice instructions along your route. The 4.3" wide touchscreen gives a clear view of the road ahead, and it has an EasyPort mount that folds neatly into the back of your unit, so when it's not mounted on your windshield, it will store compactly in your bag or glove compartment. A Help Me! menu finds emergency service information, including hospitals and roadside service. This device comes with maps of the U.S. (including Puerto Rico), Canada, and Mexico, and more than 7,000,000 points of interest including restaurants, gas stations, shopping malls, and golf courses. An alternate version of this model, the XL 340S Live, has an incorporated receiver for live services, via a built-in wireless data connection. Live services include real-time traffic information, local search with Google, fuel pricing, and weather. For more information, visit www.tomtom.com.

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Title Annotation:TomTom, Inc.; WHAT'S NEW? Holiday Gift Guide
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2009
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