TomTom 520

The incredibly thin TomTom 520 offers a radical redesign of their previous models. Many faithful TomTom users complained about having difficulties installing their units and the difficulty in transporting and TomTom corrected that by slimming down the body and slimming down the windshield attachment to allow users the ability to stash it in a pocket or a purse.

Most importantly, the 520 is among the first GPS units to offer voice recognition for address inputs, allowing users to easily enter in addresses without distractions or the need of passenger to enter in addresses. Unlike other voice recognition programs which can be frustrating as can often have you repeating yourself, the 520's voice recognition program is highly accurate while offering close alternatives the user can chose from. And if you're old-fashioned, you can also type in addresses.

Like other TomTom units, the 520 has an internal FM receiver so a user can listen to FM radio through the unit, an iPod connector to wirelessly use your iPod through the GPS unit and it is Bluetooth capable — allowing users to pick up and make calls if you use specific providers and headsets. With a SD/MMC card reader, the 520 can easily become a media player, allowing users to play MP3s and other music files through the unit while allowing users to save and preplan routes.

International users will love the fact that the device has over 20 different language interface installed and over 30 different spoken language directions. Plus there are accurate, preinstalled maps of North America and Europe. These maps are so accurate, so up to date that TomTom will guarantee their accuracy. And of course, there's the popular 4.3" widescreen, touchscreen LCD display which renders maps and directions in 64,000 colors.

The newest feature on the 520 is the detailed database of safety cameras which will assist those more heavy footed drivers avoid speeding tickets. As soon as you approach a safety camera, the unit will alert you with a special icon which will come up on the unit. The newest and most exciting development is IQ Routes. IQ Routes is a program TomTom software developers designed which can quickly retrieve historical data on traffic patterns for millions highways and byways, roads and streets to create a highly accurate reading of the fastest possible routes you can take. Intermediate and advanced users will love the 520's simplicity and advanced capabilities for their navigation needs.