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TomTom GO 2535 M LIVE

Portable navigator with voice recognition, plus Lifetime Maps and TomTom LIVE services

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TomTom's premium GO 2535 M LIVE portable navigator keeps up with your on-the-go lifestyle so you can concentrate on the really important things. Whether you want up-to-the-minute traffic reports or the ability to find an obscure destination within seconds, you'll find this handy travel companion is ready to help without wasting your valuable time. Lifetime Map Updates allow you to keep your maps current as long as you own your TomTom, so you won't be surprised when a destination has moved recently. The navigator accepts spoken commands as you drive, and Built-in Bluetooth® lets you make hands-free calls with your compatible phone.

TomTom's premium GO 2535 M LIVE portable navigator keeps up with your on-the-go lifestyle so you can concentrate on the really important things. Whether you want up-to-the-minute traffic reports or the ability to find an obscure destination within seconds, you'll find this handy travel companion is ready to help without wasting your valuable time. Lifetime Map Updates allow you to keep your maps current as long as you own your TomTom, so you won't be surprised when a destination has moved recently. The navigator accepts spoken commands as you drive, and Built-in Bluetooth® lets you make hands-free calls with your compatible phone.

Your continental companion
Take the GO 2535 M LIVE just about anywhere in North America — it's got maps of the entire U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus coverage in much of Mexico. A beautiful 5" glass touchscreen display leads the way, allowing you to quickly move between menu screens and zoom map details with a few finger movements. Add your own favorite stopping points or explore the millions of preloaded points of interest to find the best accommodations and attractions.

Easy-to-follow guidance
Speak your destination address naturally and TomTom's intuitive voice recognition gets you on your way in a snap. You'll hear "turn right on Heron Lane" instead of "take the next right," as voice prompts announce actual street names at turns. Advanced lane guidance puts you in the proper lane for upcoming turns and traffic circles. TomTom's IQ Routes™ technology uses actual average travel speeds rather than posted speed limits to find the quickest route, so it'll route you around roadways that are always clogged at certain times of day.

TomTom LIVE makes navigation a breeze
Imagine you're looking for an offbeat destination such as a cigar shop, nightclub, or rodeo. TomTom's LIVE information services includes Local Search powered by Google™, a convenient way to look up any location, rather than wading through category screens to find the right one. Google's massive location database provides address and phone number info, and with one tap of the screen you'll be routed on your way. TomTom includes a free one-year trial subscription to LIVE services, which also include local gas price info and weather reports throughout the United States. After the free trial expires, TomTom LIVE requires a $10 monthly subscription fee.

TomTom HD Traffic™: rapid, reliable updates
New HD Traffic from TomTom covers nearly all roadways in the United States — 6 million miles compared to other services' 500,000 — and updates every 2 minutes for the most accurate picture of congestion along your route. HD Traffic incorporates real-time information from a wide array of sources to give you comprehensive coverage just about anywhere you drive in America, not just around metropolitan areas. HD Traffic comes with the GO 2535 M LIVE as part of TomTom's LIVE services and is only available in the United States.

Lifetime Maps
Lifetime Maps allows you to update your TomTom up to four times every year as long as you own it, so your maps and POIs stay current. Simply connect your navigator to your computer, and use the code on the enclosed Lifetime Maps card to download the available map updates from TomTom's website.

Keep your maps current
You can use TomTom's MapShare software to fix map inaccuracies on your own, instead of waiting for the next update. You can edit speed limits, points of interest, street names and directions, and more right on your GO 2535 M LIVE. You can also report an error directly to TomTom online and share the fix with other TomTom users. TomTom verifies all changes so you can import edits made by others to your navigator.

Product Highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator
  • EasyPort suction-cup windshield mount and dashboard disk
  • includes car power adapter, USB cable, and rechargeable battery with 3 hours of life
  • built-in receiver for TomTom LIVE services — additional subscription ($10 per month) required after 1-year free trial period
  • Lifetime Maps guarantees four new map updates per year
Navigation features:
  • 5" color (480 x 272 pixels) glass touchscreen
  • 3 million points of interest plus unlimited Local Search powered by Google with TomTom LIVE (allows custom points of interest)
  • 4GB flash memory preloaded with maps of the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and most of Mexico
  • accepts spoken commands and voice address entry
  • text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual street names at turns
  • IQ Routes uses average travel speeds to find the fastest route (only available in the U.S. and Canada)
  • lane guidance (only available in the U.S. and Canada)
  • allows user to edit some aspects of built-in maps and/or report suggested changes to TomTom
  • allows user to download celebrity voice prompts from TomTom
  • navigation modes: auto, pedestrian
Other features and specs:
  • Bluetooth technology: conduct hands-free calls with your compatible cell phone
  • dimensions: 5-5/16"W x 3-1/2"H x 3/4"D
  • weight: 7.0 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • GO 2535 M LIVE portable navigation device with HD Traffic and Lifetime Maps
  • Suction cup mount
  • Cigarette lighter adapter (with Type A USB port)
  • 5' USB Power cord (with Type A USB plug on one end and a proprietary multi-pin plug on the other end)
  • Self-adhesive hard plastic dash mounting disk
  • User Guide (Eng/Fren/Span)
  • Voice Recognition Commands card
  • Lifetime Maps info card

TomTom GO 2535 M LIVE Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Much better than any Gramin

oldmanadrift from Denver CO on 12/21/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have used Garmin auto and hand held GPS units since they first came to market. Their product keeps getting worse, much more poorly made and more unreliable. Garmins answer when I have had repeated problems was to buy a new one. Why throw more good money after bad. Granted there were a few features on Garmin that I miss but overall the TomTom beats Garmin hands down. So far customer service and price from Crutchfield has been absolutly excellent. I would reccomend them and TomTom over Garmin any time. TomTom feature set is far too rich to go into here. Complete your due diligence reasearch and come to your own conclusion. As for me, Garmin is just a bad memory, TomTom will relabialy get me where I want to go.

Pros: HD Traffic (worth the subscription fee), much more accurate and 2 minute update rather than inaccurate 15 minute updates with ads. Camera alerts. Over posted speed limit alerts. School Zone alerts. Much louder speaker.

Cons: When on the highway TomTom does not say which direction fuel and food are, just how far they are (I will miss this Garmin feature but its not a deal breaker). Hopefully TomTom will will corredt this annoyance with a software upgrade.

Wonderful unit

Michael S from Holtsville, NY on 4/10/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A wonderful unit. This unit is in a different league then the 920 that I have. Capacitive screen is terrific. Very easy touch. Map is very easy to see with this 5 inch screen. Also it is very good in sunlight. Screen settings change depending on what your last screen was or if and when you are actually driving. very intuitive. Typing is much improved from the 920. Each letter pops up larger to confirm each letter typed. Very fast calculations when planning a route. Google search in terrific. So much information on POI's are given and then you can drive to location. HD traffic is wonderful on Long Island, NY. Tertiary roads and delays are readily seen. Traffic delays are laid out nicely so you can see everything before you start. So Much better then Plus Traffic on my 920. Installation of My Tom Tom software went without a problem. Make sure you make a new account with a new email address when you set up your unit. After installation, put in your promotion code that you get in your box for lifetime Maps at your My Tom Tom page on your computer. After everything is done when you turn on your computer connected to your unit, it opens automatically goes the MY Tom Tom page where it says if everything is up to date or starts downloading some update.




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Features and Specs

Maps Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage US (50), CA, PR, USVI, MEX
Points of Interest 7,000,000
Multiple Destination Routing No
Screen Size 5"
Widescreen Yes
Bluetooth Capable Phone
Photo Viewer No
Digital Audio Playback No
Text To Speech Yes
Voice Control Yes
Traffic Information HD Traffic
Dynamic Content Services TomTom LIVE
Removable Memory Type N/A
Battery Life 3 Hours
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Navigation Features
Traffic Information
Built-in Bluetooth
Mounting Options
Power Requirements

Navigation Features

Maps of North America: The TomTom GO 2535 M LIVE can be used in your car or used as a handheld navigation unit. Maps of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and parts of Mexico are installed on the unit's built-in 4 GB flash memory.

Lifetime Map Updates: With the Lifetime Map Updates subscription, you can download up to four map data updates per year from

Note: The non-transferable Lifetime Map Updates subscription is good for the unit's useful life or until TomTom no longer receives map updates from its suppliers, whichever is shorter.

5" Widescreen: The GO 2535 M LIVE features a 5" widescreen, capacitive glass touch-panel LCD display (480 x 272 pixels). As with some smartphones, you can move from page to page by swiping your finger across the screen, and pinch to zoom.

Voice Recognition: TomTom Voice Recognition technology lets you speak commands and destination addresses so you can keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. This intuitive Voice Recognition feature will recognize several variations of the same command. You can also use Voice Recognition to change display and audio settings, as well as make phone calls with the built-in Bluetooth.

Driving View: When the TomTom GO 2535 M LIVE starts, you are shown the Driving View screen, which shows your immediate locations on the current route. The Driving View screen displays your current position; the name of the next major road or road sign information; navigation instructions for the road ahead; the name of the next street to turn on to, information about your trip time, remaining distance and arrival time; GPS signal strength; and Traffic bar. You can tap the screen to zoom in and out of your route.

Text-To-Speech: The GO 2535 M LIVE also announces directions and street names giving you easier guidance and allowing you to focus better on the road ahead.

IQ Routes Technology: The GO 2535 M LIVE calculates your routes based on the real average speed measured on roads rather than the posted speed limits. IQ Routes 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.

Eco Routes: Using the driving data of millions of TomTom users, the unit can indicate which routes are the most fuel-efficient to save you money and have a lower environmental impact.

Advanced Lane Guidance: When navigating difficult intersections, the GO 2535 M LIVE uses realistic images and a pulsing green arrow to indicate which lane you should drive in to best negotiate the turns. This service is only available in the US and Canada.

Points Of Interest: The GO 2535 M LIVE gives you access to approximately 7 million pre-loaded Points of Interest (POIs) including fuel stations, parking, restaurants, cash machines, and lots more. The POIs are indicated by icons, and in some cases, logos of the business (such as Chevron, Hampton Inn, and Wendy's). 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.

Help Me! Menu: This feature gives you direct access to safety and road assistance information, such as the phone number and route description to the nearest police station or hospital.

Map Share Technology: TomTom's exclusive Map Share feature enables you to add to, update, and personalize your maps instantly. It also lets you share and benefit from fellow users' changes - daily, automatically, and easily. TomTom's large satellite navigation community contributes and exchanges map changes amongst each other, giving you the latest, most accurate and up-to-date mapping information.

Traffic Information

TomTom LIVE: The GO 2535 M LIVE has TomTom LIVE Services to keep you connected and up-to-date. It includes a one-year subscription to the following services:

  • TomTom HD Traffic Service: TomTom HD Traffic provides you the most accurate, comprehensive, and frequent traffic information available on a GPS unit. Updates are delivered every two minutes, so you can stay informed. As soon as an accident or other delay is found on your route, TomTom alerts you and can re-route you to an alternative, faster route.
  • Local Search with Google: You can search for the location of anything in your area using the Google database. Just type in a keyword and Local Search powered by Google will give you the most up-to-date addresses and phone numbers for local businesses.
  • Fuel Prices: You can find the cheapest gas the area with TomTom LIVE's Fuel Prices service. When searching for gas stations, you'll not only get the location of the stations nearest you, but also the gas prices for regular, mid-grade and premium, if available, updated daily.
  • Weather: TomTom Weather provides the local weather conditions and 5-day forecasts at your home or your destination. Daily weather conditions are updated hourly, and the forecasts updated every four hours, all sent directly to your device. TomTom Weather also provides current road conditions along your route and will update you if there are any changes.

Note: TomTom LIVE services are only available in the US. After the first year, TomTom LIVE services are $59.95 per year to renew (as of August 2011)

Built-in Bluetooth

Bluetooth Hands-free Calling: The GO 2535 M LIVE has built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free calling with a compatible mobile phone. After pairing your phone with the GPS unit, you'll be able to see incoming call information, make and answer calls, and talk hands-free through the device. You'll also have access to your mobile phone book.

Mounting Options

Magnetic Mount: The GO 2535 M LIVE comes with a suction-cup mount for installing the unit in your vehicle. You can mount the unit on the windshield (using the suction cup), or mount it on the dash (using the supplied adhesive disk). The mount has a magnetic cradle that holds the GPS unit firmly.

Power Requirements

Rechargeable Battery: The unit has an internal Lithium-ion battery. A fully charged battery offers approximately 3 hours of operation when not plugged into the vehicle's power source. The GO 2535 M LIVE comes with a cigarette lighter adapter and a 5' USB power cord. With the USB power cord, you can charge the unit while connected to your computer.

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