Overview: The TomTom GO 740 LIVE can be used in your car or used
as a handheld navigation unit. Maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico are stored in the unit's
2 GB internal flash memory. The
TomTom GO 740 LIVE also comes with a power adapter for the car and a
car dock with a suction-cup mount, giving you an easy way to mount the TomTom GO
740 LIVE in your vehicle. You can connect the unit directly to your computer
using the supplied Home Dock to receive software and map updates, as well as
other TomTom services.
4.3" Touchscreen: The TomTom GO 740 LIVE features a
anti-glare TFT LCD touchscreen (480 x 232 resolution;16:9 aspect ratio) for easy operation using TomTom's
user-friendly menus system.
TomTom LIVE: The GO 740 LIVE has a built-in wireless GPRS receiver,
enabling you to receive the real-time TomTom LIVE services. A 3-month trial
subscription is included; after the trial period expires, a monthly fee (currently $9.95) is required
to receive LIVE services. TomTom LIVE services include:
- Fuel Prices: The unit receives daily updates on the
latest fuel prices, which are displayed with the list of gas stations near
you. Prices are given for Regular, Mid-grade and Premium gas when available.
- TomTom Traffic: Traffic updates are sent every two
minutes directly to the unit to keep you up to date. Traffic services cover
102 markets. When a delay is detected along your route, you can be
automatically re-routed to an alternative, more efficient route.
- Weather: Five-day forecasts, updated hourly, are sent
directly to the unit for your home location, your destination, or along your
- Local Search powered by Google: Local search gives you
access to the world's largest location database, including millions of
addresses for shops and businesses. You can search using keywords, like
"seafood" or "flowers", and once you select your destination, the unit will
route you directly to it.
Spoken Instructions: The unit features loud and clear spoken instructions
through its built-in speaker. You can choose from 9 male or female voices in 3
languages, download other voices and languages from the TomTom website,
or record your own voice instructions (process takes approximately 15 minutes).
Text-to-Speech: The TomTom GO 740 LIVE will not only announce
turn-by-turn navigation instructions, it will also announce street names and
Note: You must select a computer voice and not a recorded human voice in
order for street names to be read.
Voice Recognition: With the built-in microphone, you can
control the unit using your voice. The GO 740 LIVE can recognize street
names, place names, numbers, and over 130 commands. Frequently, after saying a street name, you will be given a list of six
names that closely match what you said. To confirm, you can speak the
corresponding number, or tap the name on the screen.
Hands-Free Calling Via Bluetooth: If you have a mobile phone with
Bluetooth, you can use the GO 740 LIVE to make phone calls and send and receive
messages. The phonebook from your mobile phone can be copied to the TomTom GO so
you can make calls with just a few taps on the screen. Up to five phones can be
added to this unit. For a list of compatible phones and what features are
supported, you can visit www.TomTom.com/phones.
TomTom Home: Once you've loaded the TomTom Home software on
your computer from the supplied CD or the TomTom Home website, you can back up
the information programmed on your GO 740 LIVE, manage maps, voices, POIs (Points Of
Interest), and other extras, plan trips in advance and update the TomTom GO 740
LIVE with the latest
software and services automatically.
Note: System Requirements:
- Windows: Windows XP, 2000 or Vista (latest service
packs recommended), Pentium III/equivalent or higher, 256 MB RAM (512 MB
recommended), internet connection (preferably broadband - DSL/Cable/LAN)
for downloading updates, maps or services
- TomTom Home software is a 20MB download requiring 50MB of disk space
- Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, 500 MHz G3
processor or better, 256MB RAM, internet connection (preferably
broadband - DSL/Cable/LAN) for downloading updates, maps or services
IQ Routes: The GO 740 LIVE is equipped with IQ Routes
technology. When you select a destination, the unit calculates the fastest route
possible using actual average speeds of travel rather than posted speed limits.
Map Correction With Map Share: Map Correction allows you to
make alterations to the map data on the TomTom GO 740 LIVE. You can block or
unblock a street, reverse the traffic direction of a street, edit a street name,
add a missing POI, or edit an existing POI. You can correct this information on
the device as well as send this information to TomTom for review. You can also
join the community of TomTom users to share and use map corrections.
Help Me!: The Help Me! feature provides and easy way for you
to find and contact emergency services centers and other specialist services
around you current location. This menu provides locations and phone numbers for
these services. The Help Me! menu also includes a selection of useful documents
covering topics such as First Aid and car maintenance.
TomTom Buddies: Other TomTom GPS users can share their
location with you, or vice versa. The TomTom Buddies service is free. Once your
TomTom GO is registered, you can invite other registered users to share their
locations. The location of other TomTom Buddies can be viewed on the map as you
Navigation: The 'Navigate to...' menu is
the simplest and most useful starting point in most situations. Given your
current GPS position, you can use this to navigate to any given address,
intersection, favorite location, POI (Point Of Interest), and so on. You can choose from
the following options:
- Home: Once your home location is
stored in memory, it can be quickly be chosen as a
- Favorite: The locations that you
visit frequently can be stored in the Favorite menu. A Favorite can be
chosen as a destination without
having to enter its address each time.
- Address: This option lets you enter a City, Street
Name/House Number, Zip code or Intersection to navigate to.
- Recent Destination: You can display a
list of addresses, Points Of Interest and other destinations that you've
- Point Of Interest: This option lets
you choose from a database of millions of railway stations, restaurants, gas
stations, ATMs, and so on.
- Point On Map: You can use the map browser to
select a destination, scroll around the map,
zooming in or out as needed.
- My Location: You can save the current GPS position in
memory and return to it in the future.
- Position Of Last Stop: You can save the position of
your last stop and return to it in the future.
- Latitude/Longitude: You can enter a
destination with latitude and longitude coordinates.
- TomTom Buddies: You can select a TomTom Buddy's location as your
Favorite Locations: The Favorite menu
allows you to store locations that you visit frequently into memory. You can
choose a favorite location the same way you choose a
destination. The following menu options are available; Home,
Address, Recent Destination, Point On Map, My Location (allows you to store your
current location quickly), latitude and longitude, and Position of Last Stop.
Once a route has been planned, you can change it using the 'Find alternative...'
menu. You can choose from the following options:
- Calculate Alternative: You can find an alternative
route if you don't like the original route.
- Avoid Roadblock: If you spot signs of trouble
(such as backed-up traffic or 'Delays ahead' warning signs), you can choose
this menu option. You need to estimate whether the blockage extends 100
1/4 mile, 1 mile or 3 miles ahead of your current position and then select the
- Travel via...: Choose 'Travel via...' if you
want to make sure the planned route goes past a particular location,
perhaps to pick up or drop someone off. The new location is selected the
same as you would pick a departure point or destination.
- Avoid Part of Route: This menu option allows you
to avoid intersections that are known for heavy traffic.
- Recalculate Original: You can return to the
original best route.
Advanced Planning: The Advanced Planning allows you to plan ahead. Using this menu, you can look at
the best route and journey time between any two given locations, or perhaps get
directions that will help someone else get to your current position. You can
select the departure location in the usual way. You'll then be asked to 'Pick a
destination', again with the usual choices. Finally, you will need to choose the
route type from the following options: Fastest route, Shortest route (for motor
vehicles), Avoid highways, Walking route (i.e. the shortest route, ignoring all
traffic rules and excluding highways), Bicycle route (i.e. the shortest route
obeying traffic rules but still excluding highways), or Limited speed (the
quickest route for a vehicle of limited top speed, i.e. many road types are
equally preferred, apart from highways).
View Route: If you already have a
route planned, you can explore it in various ways by choosing 'View route'. You
can choose from the following options:
- Browse as
Text: This option provides a simple list of the junctions involved and
the distances (or times, use the 'Options' button to change the numbers
shown) between them.
- Browse as
Images: Using this option presents each junction in 3D, with your turn
instruction clearly marked.
- Browse Map of Route: This option allows to overlay
the route onto a map that you can zoom and scroll around.
- Show Route
Demo: This feature shows an animation of your route.
- Show Route Summary: This option allows you
to display the graphical overview of your route that was shown when it was
Route Re-calculation: This unit will automatically re-calculate your
route if you detour from the planned one.
Preferences: You can change much of the
look and feel of your TomTom system to your own liking by using 'Preferences'.
You can adjust the following:
- Display Color Scheme: When 'Use Day Colors' is selected, bright colors are used,
with a lot of contrast, so that you can see the map clearly. When it is dark
outside, you may want to 'Use Night Colors'. The navigation view will then
be displayed (by default) using dark and subdued colors that will not
interfere with your night vision. The TomTom also has a light sensor which
can do this automatically.
- Enable/Disable POI: This option allows you to show
or hide each category of POI; for example, show restaurants and don't show
- Safety Preferences: The unit provides a list of
preferences to make your journey safer. You can select from: Hide menu
options while driving, Suggest driving breaks, Show safety reminders, Warn
when near churches or schools, Warn when driving faster than set speed or
faster than allowed, and Warn not to leave device in car.
- Guided Tours: This option gives you tutorials on the
GPS unit, menu options, map browsing, route planning, and traffic (if
- Turn Off Sound/Turn On Sound: You can turn the navigation voice on or off.
- Volume Preferences: Adjust the volume based on
the amount of noise in the car. You can also link the volume to your speed,
so directions are louder at higher speeds.
- Manage Favorites: You can rename or
- Status Bar Preferences: You can check
off items to show on status bar: Remaining Time, Remaining Distance, Arrival
Time, Current Time, Street Name, or Speed. You can also orient the status
bar vertically or horizontally on the screen.
- Change Voice: The TomTom has a wide
range of male and female voices to choose from for commands.
- Warn When Near POI: The unit will provide an audible
warning when near selected points of interest.
- 3D/2D Map: The main
3D navigation view, showing maps, routes and Points Of Interest from the
perspective of the vehicle driver, can be switched to a more conventional 2D
view. Choose 'Turn off 3D display' to revert to an overhead 'plan' map,
which is constantly rotated to keep your current direction of travel
pointing 'up' the screen. Choose 'Turn on 3D display' to return to the
- Name Preferences: Allows you to choose how streets and
highways are named.
- Change Home Location: Change your home location
by entering an address, a recent destination, point of interest, GPS
position, point on map, latitude/longitude, or TomTom buddy.
- Manage Map: You can download a new
map, change the map you're using, or delete a map from an SD card (sold separately).
- Planning Preferences: You can select
option for each time a search is done: fastest route, shortest route, avoid
freeways, walking routes, bicycle routes, or limited speed. You can also
choose to be asked preference each time a search is done.
- Change Language: You can select from
multiple languages for voice commands.
- Set Owner: Enter your name and
address as owner of the unit and secure it with a four digit password.
- Operate Left/Right Handed: You can
change the button orientation to one side of the screen or the other
depending upon the hand being used.
- Brightness Preferences: To save you
adjusting the brightness several times each day, there are two preference
sliders, one each for the daytime and nighttime color schemes. You can also
choose to turn brightness down, or switch to night view when dark.
- Change Map Colors: You can
independently select from 10 map color schemes for day and night colors.
- Set Units: You can choose to display
units for distances, time, latitude/longitude, temperature, or barometer
- Set Clock: You can set the time
manually and change the way the
clock is displayed. The clock can also be set automatically using the GPS
- Switch/Manage Maps: You can switch
between the current map (U.S. and Canada) to any other maps that may be
available on the Memory card.
- Keyboard Preferences: The size and layout of the
keyboard can be changed. You can select between "ABCD", "QWERTY", or "AZERTY"
- Compass Preferences: Choose type of
compass: arrow pointing north, arrow showing your heading, arrow pointing
toward destination, or none.
- Reset Factory Settings: Lets you
delete all settings, locations, and itineraries that have been added.
Digital Photo Viewer: You can store and view digital photos
on the GO 740 LIVE. Pictures can be shown one at a time or in a slideshow. You can
also select one of your photos to display every time you turn on the unit.
microSD Card Slot: The TomTom GO 740 LIVE features a microSD
card slot on the bottom, allowing you to access additional maps.
Rechargeable Battery: Fully
charging the internal Lithium-Polymer rechargeable battery will take approximately 2 hours. A fully charged
battery offers approximately 5 hours of operation.
USB Input: The unit has a mini USB version 2.0 port on the
back of the car dock for connecting the unit to your computer. The Home Dock has
a Type A USB plug at the end of the connecting cable.