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Figure 1: TomTom GO 2505TM, What's in the Box
The TomTom 2505TM includes the following items in the box:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Figure 12: TomTom GO 2505TM, Attached to Easy Click Mount
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.