Wednesday 21 September 2016

TomTom GO 5100 **REVIEW**

I have been driving for 8+ years now but there is still one thing that really hold me back from heading to far and that's getting lost.

I am not quite sure where the fear has come from but its always been there and I think I panic that I will take a wrong turn and totally panic and get lost. So when the lovely people at TomTom offered me one of their TomTom GO sat nav's to try out I hoped this may help with my fear!

I have to admit I had been using my phone and google maps on the rare occasion I headed out of my comfort zone but this didn't really work. Using Google Maps seems to drain my phones battery so I am always on edge that it may die before I reach my destination. Its also a pretty small screen and a pretty basic set up and information. So I was excited to see what the TomTom GO could offer.

Specifications -

Screen Size - 5" (13cm)
Capacitive screen - Yes
Battery Life - Up to 2 hours
Connectivity - SIM & Data Included
Mount - Active (5")
Memory - 8GB internal, accepts microSD cards
GNSS - GPS & GLONASS (Global Positioning System + Global Navigation Satellite System)
Warranty - 1 year

As you can see from the above picture the TomTom GO 5100 looks great in the car, its flexibility to be placed wherever you need it means it can be adjusted to each driver. The mount that comes with the TomTom GO 5100 offers a sleek designs that fits securely and safely in a car windscreen without obstructing the view out. I was a little worried that with the mount being quite small the sat nav may move around a little but it didn't it stayed firmly put. The suction cup that secures the mount to the windscreen also has a twist function ensuring it stays tight and secure regardless of how bumpy the journey is.

Im not very tech savvy but even I was able to set up and use the TomTom GO with very little fuss. As this was a review the account was already set up for me however following the leaflet it looks very simple to do. If you do need a little more help though TomTom Support have lots of easy to use and follow "how to" videos.

If like me you like to plan your journey ahead and be prepared you will love the MyDrive function. It enables you to plan your journey ahead of time on a phone, laptop or tablet. You can then send this route straight to the TomTom GO 5100 ready for the journey ahead, giving you total peace of mind that you have planned your route and journey.

I love the MyDrive function as it enables me to have a good idea of what time I should leave and expect to arrive. It also allows me to plan ahead and redirect my route through and road works, road closures or other issues which will be shown to me. Of course the TomTom GO will keep you up to date during your journey too but I love being able to plan ahead as much as possible.

The maps in MyDrive have lots of functions to make it easy to use but enable you to plan your journey down to the smallest detail. If you fancy taking a more scenic route you can even select the "Thrill" setting. This will take you on a more scenic route which may not be the quickest route but will allow you to see a little more of the places you are traveling too, perfect if you have some spare time!

Another great feature of the TomTom GO is lifetime world maps. This means you can install and update maps from around the world at no extra cost for the entire lifetime of the device. I love that I can have peace of mind that my sat nav will always be up to date without any surprises whilst I am driving. You will also find lifetime speed cameras on the TomTom GO giving you the exact locations of all speed camera's which again lasts for the lifetime of the device.

As a nervous driver I found the speak and go function on the TomTom GO great! It meant I didn't have to take my eyes of the road and could direct myself with just the sound of my voice! With the speak and go function you can ask the TomTom GO to take you home, find an alternative route, find a petrol station or car park and even turn the device volume up or down.

The TomTom GO 5100 comes with a usb cable for charging, I would have liked to have seen a usb plug included as I personally like to ensure my sat nav is fully charged before I head off. However as it is a standard usb cable this can be connected to any usb plug. The TomTom GO also has an active mount meaning you can charge your sat nav as you drive.

I have loved using the TomTom Go and it has genuinely given me the confidence to venture out of my comfort zone knowing that the TomTom GO will safely get me home. It is simple to use and I really like that I can pre-load and store destinations ahead of my journey. If like me you worry about getting lost or are planning a long or new journey the TomTom GO is a fantastic Sat Nav!

If you want to find out more about the TomTom GO 5100 or to purchase one you can visit the TomTom website here - www.tomtom.com


**I was not paid for this post, We were given the opportunity to try out the TomTom sat nav which I used to write this honest review. All thoughts and opinions within this post are my own**


  1. I am completely dependant on my SatNav but this one sounds much nicer than mine! I like the MyDrive function!

  2. I've just got a sat nav and it is completely life changing - I never knew they could do so much!

  3. It's a nice thing to have especially if you are traveling to a place you haven't been before. :)

  4. We had a tomtom until our new car which has an inbuilt system so I'm passing it onto my dad to use. They are very useful!

  5. Good post. Thanks for sharing. GPS is the reason I don't get lost now :)

  6. I would be totally lost without my TomTom. I'm terrible at directions lol.

  7. TomToms are so useful. We always have one in our car.

  8. Tom toms are excellent in the car and I like that they talk the directions as you don't have to keep looking at the screen and hence concentrate on the road ahead.

  9. Tom Toms sound great. The 'My Drive' function is great and so handy.