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TomTom GO 520

Portable navigator with 5" display, plus free lifetime map and traffic updates

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The GO 520 portable navigator from TomTom doesn't just keep you connected with built-in Bluetooth® so you can...

The GO 520 portable navigator from TomTom doesn't just keep you connected with built-in Bluetooth® so you can...

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About the TomTom GO 520

TomTom's feature-rich navigator leads the way

The GO 520 portable navigator from TomTom doesn't just keep you connected with built-in Bluetooth® so you can make and receive calls hands-free and access Siri® and Google Now™ voice assistants. It also gives you Wi-Fi® connectivity for wireless updates. Real-time traffic reports, worldwide road maps, and a powerful magnetic mount round out this handy on-the-go helper.

TomTom's feature-rich navigator leads the way

The GO 520 portable navigator from TomTom doesn't just keep you connected with built-in Bluetooth® so you can make and receive calls hands-free and access Siri® and Google Now™ voice assistants. It also gives you Wi-Fi® connectivity for wireless updates. Real-time traffic reports, worldwide road maps, and a powerful magnetic mount round out this handy on-the-go helper.

TomTom GO 520 portable navigator

A 5" screen gives you a good look at 3D maps

The GO 520's capacitive 5" touchscreen display works like your smartphone or tablet — simply pinch-to-zoom to get a better view of the maps, or swipe to go to the next menu. And the maps will cover you in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. And in select locations, you'll get a realistic 3D view of buildings and other landmarks to help get your bearings. Looking for a place to eat or sleep? You'll have access to millions of points of interest. TomTom's advanced lane guidance gets you in the right lane for your next turn, so you won't miss anything at the last second.

Get wireless updates with Wi-Fi

Map updates are great for keeping you current, but it can be a drag to dig up the correct cable, connect the navigator to a computer, and go through all the steps of downloading and transferring the data. The GO 520's built-in Wi-Fi means you can download map updates directly to the navigator without any wires or waiting.

Stay connected with Bluetooth

The navigator's built-in Bluetooth connectivity lets you do more than just make and receive calls without using your hands. It also provides access to your phone's Siri and Google Now voice assistants, so you can do quick lookups and initiate functions with your voice.

Speak your commands

This TomTom also gives you the option of engaging voice commands for navigation — simply wake the device up by saying "Hello TomTom" or "Hey TomTom." You can use it to search for a nearby point of interest or enter a street address for a destination.

Hear your incoming texts read out loud

The GO 520's also equipped to read aloud your incoming texts while you keep your eyes on the road, so you won't miss any important messages.

Hit the road prepared with TomTom MyDrive services

TomTom's MyDrive platform helps you keep the information flowing smoothly to your GO 520. You can download the MyDrive app to your smartphone, or set up an account online via TomTom's website. Once your account is active, you'll be able to send destinations and points of interest from your computer or smartphone directly to your navigator, saving you from having to look them up when you're in your car.

Free lifetime traffic updates in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico

You can access TomTom's traffic reports using MyDrive on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, so you can see how bad traffic is along your route before you even start your trip. To get traffic updates on your GO 520, simply download the MyDrive app to your smartphone (iPhone® and Android™ only), then pair your phone to the navigator using Bluetooth. You'll have rapid updates — including predictive traffic based on historic patterns — right on your navigator's screen. And you won't have to pay anything extra for these reports, although data charges may apply, depending on your phone carrier.

Stay up-to-date with maps from around the world

You can keep your maps updated through TomTom for as long as you own the GO 520. And if you're planning on driving anywhere across the globe, you can even download TomTom road maps for Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and more — all for no extra charge. You can also keep up-to-date with road changes through Map Share, a feature which gives you dynamic updates like new speed limits, blocked roads, and recent detours. And if you register these changes on your device as you come across them, you can share them with other TomTom users across the country.

Warnings for upcoming traffic cameras

Your TomTom GO 520 purchase gives you lifetime free access to TomTom's camera alert system, available through the MyDrive app. You'll get warnings when you approach fixed and mobile speed camera locations and known hotspots, plus red light cameras and speed enforcement areas. The warnings appear on the map screen and the navigator delivers an audible alert as well. You can even mark new cameras and hotspots along your route and share them with other TomTom users.


Product highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator
  • 5" (480 x 272 pixels) display with pinch-to-zoom touchscreen control
  • free map updates worldwide as they become available through TomTom
  • free lifetime traffic updates (paired iPhone or Android smartphone required)
  • powered magnetic suction-cup windshield mount
  • car power adapter, USB cable, and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 1 hour of life
Navigation Features:
  • accepts voice address entry
  • millions of points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
  • 16GB flash memory with maps of the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico
  • 3D representations of select buildings and landmarks
  • text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
  • IQ Routes uses average travel speeds to find the fastest route (only available in the U.S. and Canada)
  • advanced split-screen lane guidance
  • Quick Search finds addresses and points of interest as you're typing
  • lifetime access to TomTom database of cameras and radar enforcement areas via MyDrive
  • allows user to edit some aspects of built-in maps and/or report suggested changes to TomTom
  • multi-destination routing: route optimization
  • transport modes: auto
  • Wi-Fi for wireless map and data updates
  • Bluetooth allows hands-free calling and pairing with smartphone for traffic updates and other MyDrive information
  • compatible with Siri and Google Now voice assistants
  • can read incoming texts aloud when paired with compatible smartphones
  • TomTom MyDrive allows addresses and routes to be sent directly to navigator from computer or smartphone
  • microSD™ card slot
Other Features and Specs:

What's in the box:

  • Mobile Navigation device with 5" touch screen
  • Active Magnetic Mount
  • Car charger with USB port
  • 61" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and right-angled Micro-B USB on other end
  • Self-adhesive mounting disc
  • User Guide
  • Happy?/Questions? card

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Features & specs

Maps Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage N America (World via download)
Points of Interest Millions
Multiple Destination Routing No
Screen Size 5"
Widescreen Yes
Bluetooth Capable Yes
Photo Viewer No
Digital Audio Playback No
Text To Speech Yes
Voice Control Yes
Traffic Information USA, CA, MEX
Dynamic Content Services TomTom MyDrive
Removable Memory Type microSD
Battery Life 1 Hour
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The TomTom GO 520 is a portable navigation device with a 5" capacitive-touch screen. It contains preloaded maps of the United States, Canada, and Mexico on its built-in 16 GB memory. Maps from other parts of the world are available via free download. The GO 520 can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and receive real-time traffic, and lifetime map updates. It can also connect via Wi-Fi to receive map and software updates without a computer. The GO 520 has advanced navigation features such as 3D maps, advanced lane guidance, and voice control.

Active Magnetic Mount: The GO 520 comes with the Active Magnetic mount which includes an integrated suction cup for installing the unit in your vehicle. The included power cable plugs into the mount, not the device, so you can easily and quickly dock or undock your GPS device without having to plug or unplug. The Active Magnetic mount can be installed on the windshield or on the dashboard (using the supplied adhesive disk). The magnetic dock is on a ball-and-socket swivel to let you aim the screen for best visibility.

Lifetime Map Updates: With the Lifetime World Map Updates subscription, you can download up to four map data updates per year from the TomTom website. Maps of the USA, Canada, and Mexico are loaded into the device for use out of the box. You have the option to download additional maps from around the world at no extra cost through MyDrive Connect. As map updates become available, you can download them to your device, so you always have the latest maps. You must first register your device and create a TomTom account.

5" Capacitive-touch LCD: The GO 520 features a large 5" widescreen capacitive-touch LCD screen with a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels. The screen responds similarly to today's smartphones and tablets, allowing you to pinch to zoom in or out, and swipe to move map around.

Rechargeable Battery: The unit has an internal Lithium-ion battery. A fully charged battery offers approximately 1 hour of autonomous operation when not plugged into the vehicle's power source. The GO 520 comes with a car charger and a 5' USB power cord. The power cord can be removed and the car charger's USB port can be used to power other electronic devices (Output is 5V DC/1.2A).

TomTom MyDrive: TomTom MyDrive is a smartphone app that works with your GO 520 to give you the most up-to-date information about traffic along your route. Not only do you receive up-to-the-minute traffic reports as you travel, you can check the traffic along your route. This lets you plan ahead of time which route you're going to take. MyDrive lets you set your destination on your smartphone or tablet, and send it to your GO 520 before you get in the car. You can save your favorite destinations and access them by tapping them on the map. As you drive, you can enjoy hand-free calling, access to Siri or other voice assistants, or listening to your text messages through the device. TomTom MyDrive is compatible with iPhone/iPad running iOS 8.0 or later, and with Android devices with OS 3.0 and up.

Voice Control: TomTom's Voice Control technology lets you speak commands and destination addresses instead of selecting items on the screen. This lets you keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. You will need to set up a "wake-up" phrase to start Voice Control, then speak the commands you want the GO 520 to perform. You can use Voice Control for navigation and routing, and to change settings on the device. In many cases, the GO 520 will recognize different words that all mean the same thing, such as "OK," "Correct," or "Right" instead of "Yes."

Routing Technology: The GO 520 calculates your routes based on the real average speed measured on roads rather than the posted speed limits. Intelligent routing takes into account the time of day you're traveling a road, and how rush hour traffic, pedestrian traffic, and traffic light changes can affect actual traffic speed. You will get a more accurate ETA and the fastest recommended route based on real world data.

Advanced Lane Guidance: When navigating difficult intersections, the GO 520 uses realistic images and arrows to indicate which lane to take to best negotiate the turns.

Points Of Interest: The GO 520 gives you access to millions of pre-loaded Points of Interest (POIs) including gas stations, parking, restaurants, cash machines, and lots more. The POIs are indicated by icons, and in some cases, logos of the business. You can select which POI categories you want to display.

Favorite Locations: The Favorite menu allows you to store into memory those locations that you visit frequently. You can choose a favorite location the same way you choose a destination. The following menu options are available; Home, Address, Recent Destination, Point Of Interest, Point On Map, GPS Position (allows you to store your current location quickly), latitude and longitude, and the location where your TomTom was last used.

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