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dlpruk
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:32 am    Post subject: GO 820 or 750 Reply with quote

My well-loved GO 540 has just died so I need a replacement that won't cost the earth and will still allow me to use PGPS speed cameras and POIs so any suggestions would be very welcome.

At the moment I'm torn between an 820 and a 750 for use in the UK only - or might there be something better?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd probably go for the 750 if you want something as much like your old 540 (The only difference in hardware I can remember is the lack of a light sensor on the x50 series).
It will be good to have a spare windscreen mount as they are exactly the same between the x400 and x50 models.
I DON'T like the "Easyport" mount on the 820. I find them very fiddly to detach and re-attach every time you leave the car.

Any reason not to get a 550, though? If you only need UK maps, it might be a bit cheaper.

Where were you hoping to find one? TomTom sometimes have refurbished stock, or was it going to be eBay?

TBH I'd avoid the new moels, there's just too many missing features.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy_P wrote:
The only difference in hardware I can remember is the lack of a light sensor on the x50 series.

My 950 automatically changes between day and night colours, so I thought I'd check the TomTom x50 GB manual, which does show a light sensor on the x50 models (see "What’s in the box" on page 2).

Sorry Andy. Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm fairly certain the last models to have a working light sensor were the x40 range.

I had heard there was hardware for it on the x50's but the software doesn't use it.

The x50's and later ranges DO still change between day and night colours, but they do it by using a "look-up table" for sunset times and just change at that time. So there is no gradual dimming, and no chance to dim the screen if you go into a tunnel or under overhanging trees.

However, I can borrow my wife's 950 in the morning and tell you for sure. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday morning, my GO550 Live was stuck on night colours and it took a reboot to get rid of the damned things. I had set it to switch automatically, but it didn't go back to daylight colours. (the time was correct).

EDIT to add... It does have the little sensor window to the right of the screen, but covering it with a finger/thumb makes not a blind bit of difference.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had my 750 since launch and use it practically every day. I got it to replace a very old original TomTom Go Classic.

It does work very well. Occasionally I will get a spontaneous reboot, but that has only started happening since I installed the latest software (NavCore I think it's called). Hopefully it will stop when it gets another update.

Apart from that, Live services work well.

I wouldn't leave home without it!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Andy,

Andy_P wrote:
The x50's and later ranges DO still change between day and night colours, but they do it by using a "look-up table" for sunset times and just change at that time. So there is no gradual dimming, and no chance to dim the screen if you go into a tunnel or under overhanging trees.

Ah, my 950 does not gradually dim and does not dim in a tunnel or under overhanging trees. So it must use a "look-up table" for sunset times and just change at that time.

My 950 is the first SatNav that had automatic changing between day an night colours, so I'm afraid that I assumed that's how they worked, especially when the official TomTom manual showed that the x50 range had a light sensor! Embarassed

So I apologise for my error and misinformation! Embarassed Wink

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