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REVIEW:TomTom Bluetooth Remote Control - worth the money?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:00 pm    Post subject: REVIEW:TomTom Bluetooth Remote Control - worth the money? Reply with quote

We are always interested in ways to make the navigation experience safer and easier. One way to do that is to avoid poking the screen of your TomTom PND while your car is moving. Another way is to use a remote control.

Early on TomTom offered a RF based remote control for their top of the line devices ( the GO 500 and up, and the GO 510 and up). Instead of positioning the remote control as a safety feature TomTom decided to market it as a premium accessory. As a result not many people bought those RF based remote controls.

A while back TomTom dropped the RF modules altogether. Now the only way to remotely control the units would be via Bluetooth. Ignoring all the specialists stating that "this cannot be done" TomTom did release such a Bluetooth Remote control. And since the majority of the TomTom PNDs have Bluetooth functionality now, a much wider range of devices is compatible with the new remote.

The remote control can be had in various online shops for as low as US$45 (or equivalent, plus shipping). Here we want to investigate if that would be money well spent.

http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/tomtombtremote.php
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well I also fit in to the sub 5 year old category cos I can't open it!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Around the 5 area, I got it open, but took a few minutes and I scratched it to hell Embarassed
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just moved up the evolutionary scale by using a tool (a screwdriver) and have managed to pen the b*** thing. Now oficially KS2!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys, I am flabbergasted. Anyhow, I have updated the review with a step-by-step guide.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps I was the original "Fifth Grader" but the contraption isn't easy to open unless you have decent length finger nails, Still I put in a set of Lithium cells so I wouldn't expect to change them for quite some time (I hope) - Mike
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ecxuses, excuses. I showed it can be done without fingernails.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lbendlin wrote:
Ecxuses, excuses. I showed it can be done without fingernails.
Yes, but you have thumbs opposed to your fingers. Some of us here are still at the development stage and have not reached that degree of dexterity yet - but we're getting there by starting on tools. Beware, we'll start communicating with each other, then we'll be taking over the world! TomTom are even starting to slowly introduce us to speech recognition. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DennisN wrote:
lbendlin wrote:
Ecxuses, excuses. I showed it can be done without fingernails.
Yes, but you have thumbs opposed to your fingers. Some of us here are still at the development stage and have not reached that degree of dexterity yet - but we're getting there by starting on tools. Beware, we'll start communicating with each other, then we'll be taking over the world! TomTom are even starting to slowly introduce us to speech recognition. Laughing


I'll say this in public rather than send a private message to you.

Your sense of humour is simply brilliant (as you Brits are wont to say, we Canucks never talk that way, but I digress ...)

You are one of the wittiest & funniest posters I've ever seen anywhere. Whenever I have a particular crappy day, I look forward to reading something--anything--from you and I'm pretty sure what you write will get me out of my funk.

Simply, thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lbendlin wrote:
Guys, I am flabbergasted. Anyhow, I have updated the review with a step-by-step guide.


I do think it is a bit condescending and discriminatory of us with lower intelligence than an onion!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how would you know? Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's rather condescending to onions, isn't it?

Onions got layers, they got depth!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lbendlin wrote:
how would you know? Shocked


my friend is a pickled onion but he is getting help
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dhn wrote:
You are one of the wittiest & funniest posters I've ever seen anywhere. Whenever I have a particular crappy day, I look forward to reading something--anything--from you and I'm pretty sure what you write will get me out of my funk.

Simply, thanks.

I wholeheartedy agree with you, dhn. We need more DennisN's on the forum! First!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DennisN wrote:
TomTom are even starting to slowly introduce us to speech recognition. Laughing

What?? You mean they've cracked the code for recognising a Yorkshire accent, or is that why you're having so much trouble with that feature? Wink Rolling Eyes
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