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November 23, 2010

TomTom GO 2505TM Review

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TomTom GO 2505TM Review
TomTom GO 2505TM, Windshield Mount Advanced Lange Guidance Feature TomTom GO 2505TM, Mounted in the Car

Review Highlights

  • More than a cosmetic refresh, the GO 2505TM is a significantly improved TomTom
  • Luxurious 5-inch multi-touch glass touchscreen
  • New magnetic "Easy Click" windshield mount will have you wondering why all mounts aren't designed this way
  • Competitively priced, includes free lifetime traffic and map update service

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Table of Contents

  1. What's in the Box
  2. Mounting the GO 2505TM in the Car
  3. Navigating with the TomTom GO 2505TM
  4. Finding an Address
  5. Finding A Restaurant
  6. Finding A Restaurant (or other POI) Along the Current Route
  7. Map Corrections
  8. Help Menu
  9. Bluetooth
  10. Configuring System Settings and Options
  11. MyTomTom Support Application (Formerly TomTom HOME)
  12. Pros
  13. Cons
  14. Conclusion

1. What's in the Box

TomTom GO 2505TM, What's in the Box
Figure 1: TomTom GO 2505TM, What's in the Box

The TomTom 2505TM includes the following items in the box:

  • TomTom GP 2505TM
  • "Easy Click" magnetic windshield mount
  • Car charger (12-24V)
  • Adhesive Disk (for mounting the GPS on the dashboard instead of the windshield)
  • Documentation

TomTom GO 2505TM, Front
Figure 2: TomTom GO 2505TM, Front

The first thing you notice when you hold TomTom's new GO 2505TM is how heavy and solid the device feels. Weighing 260 grams (about 0.57 lbs), the 2505TM feels more substantial than previous TomTom models.

The 5-inch color WQVGA (480 x 272 pixels) glass touchscreen display is framed by a black plastic case. The glass touchscreen supports some multi-touch gestures, such as swiping your finger to move from one screen to the next, or pinching to zoom in/out on the map.

While the glass touchscreen looks and feels elegant, one drawback is that the surface is ultra-reflective, and can be difficult to see in bright sunlight.


Figure 3: TomTom GO 2505TM, Rear

The back of the 2505TM looks quite different compared to previous TomToms. A bronze-ish colored metal plate covers most of the back of the device.

This metal backing is used to magnetically hold the GPS to the new "Easy Click" magnetic windshield mount.

TomTom GO 2505TM, Side
Figure 4: TomTom GO 2505TM, Side

Measuring 19mm (0.75 inches) thick, the GO 2505TM is about the same thickness as other TomTom GPS units.

TomTom GO 2505TM, Bottom
Figure 5: TomTom GO 2505TM, Bottom

The bottom of the GO 2505TM contains a single proprietary 20-pin connector socket. The included vehicle power adapter magnetically connects to this port.

TomTom GO 2505TM, Top
Figure 6: TomTom GO 2505TM, Top

The power button is located on the top of the device. Except for the power button, there are no physical controls on the GO 2505TM. All controls are performed via the touchscreen interface.

Vehicle Power Adapter & Traffic Receiver
Figure 7: Vehicle Power Adapter & Traffic Receiver

The GO 2505TM includes free lifetime traffic service, as indicated by the 'T' in the product model number (the 'M' means map updates are also included). The RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver is integrated into the vehicle power adapter.

Vehicle Power Adapter Connector
Figure 8: Vehicle Power Adapter Connector

The GO 2505TM's vehicle power adapter differs from previous TomTom models. The connector connects magnetically to the bottom of the GPS, and is held in place by the two small magnets located on either side of the 20-pin connector.

Vehicle Power Adapter, Connected to the GO 2505TM
Figure 9: Vehicle Power Adapter, Connected to the GO 2505TM

The GO 2505TM's power adapter feels somewhat reminiscent to Apple's MagSafe power cable. Once the connector gets close enough to the socket on the bottom of the GPS, the connector magnetically "snaps" into place. To remove the cable, just pull on the connector.

TomTom's new "Easy Click" Mount
Figure 10: TomTom's new "Easy Click" Mount

Also new to the 2505TM is TomTom's innovative "Easy Click" windshield mount, shown above.

The mounting cradle contains a strong magnet that hold the GPS in place.

Easy Click Windshield Mount
Figure 11: Easy Click Windshield Mount

To secure the Easy Click mount to the windshield, press the base of the mount against the glass, and rotate the bezel to the locked position.

TomTom GO 2505TM, Attached to Easy Click Mount
Figure 12: TomTom GO 2505TM, Attached to Easy Click Mount

TomTom GO 2505TM, Attached to Easy Click Mount with Power/Traffic Adapter
Figure 13: TomTom GO 2505TM, Attached to Easy Click Mount with Power/Traffic Adapter

TomTom's new Easy Click windshield mount is excellent. Docking and undocking the GPS is a snap (literally). There are no screws or levers to adjust, and it's easy to adjust the viewing angle.

Connecting the vehicle power adapter takes some getting used to, but once you've got the hang of it you'll find it easy.