TomTom has unveiled two new portable sat navs, including a feature-rich model aimed at caravan and motorhome owners, the TomTom Go Camper.
However, if you don’t have the budget for a flagship model, or your sat nav requirements are slightly more basic than a camping trip across Europe, the brand has also launched a new device at the cheaper end of its range, called the TomTom Go Basic.
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TomTom Go Camper – stress-free caravan holidays
The TomTom Go Camper is the latest model from the brand to specifically cater to the requirements of caravan and motorhome users. Models we’ve previously tested, the TomTom Go Professional 520 and 620, offer some route tailoring based on vehicle size, but are predominantly aimed at HGV drivers.
To compete directly with the likes of the Garmin 770 Camper LMT-D, the new model has lots of features, including specific route guidance for your vehicle’s dimensions and weight.
The point of interest (POI) database is populated with camping-specific destinations, and speed camera alerts (fixed and mobile) are included in the price.
In addition, the TomTom Go Camper features built-in wi-fi for easier map and software updates, and even integrates with smartphone voice assistants such as Siri.
A six-inch display is the only size option. It’s available to pre-order now, priced at £379.99, and will be available in the shops from mid-May.
We’ll be testing this device in the Which? test lab. In the meantime, discover which camping-orientated sat navs we recommend in our caravan and motorhome sat nav reviews.
Alternatively, find out how one of these dedicated sat navs could benefit your journeys in our guide: caravan and motorhome sat navs explained.
TomTom Go Basic – cheap and cheerful, not cheap and nasty
Gone are the days when a basic sat nav unit meant putting up with slow calculation speeds, a cramped screen and squawky instructions. The Tomtom Go Basic has features we’d normally expect to see on more expensive units, such as built-in wi-fi and the ability to connect a smartphone.
This not only allows ‘lifetime’ access to TomTom’s traffic data, but the device will also read aloud text messages so you don’t get tempted to pick up your phone while driving. You’ll also get a three-month trial of TomTom’s speed-camera database thrown in, too.
TomTom Go Basic is available in both five and six-inch screen sizes and is available to pre-order from the brand’s online store at £149.99 and £179.99 respectively. As with the TomTom Go Camper, this device is also expected in high street retailers from mid-May.
Both new TomTom models come with lifetime map updates. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get access to free updates until your sat nav eventually gives up the ghost. Instead, TomTom states that lifetime map updates are available for ‘the period of time that TomTom continues to support your device with either software updates, services, content or accessories’.
We’ll be testing this model as soon as we get our hands on one.
Can’t decide whether a dedicated sat nav device or smartphone app would best suit your needs? Head to our guide to how to buy the best sat nav.