I mentioned back in May that TomTom was working on voices for its line of GPS devices that used Star Wars character voices. One of the first was Darth Vader and that was cool and all. TomTom now has the Yoda voice and the commercial to go along with it might be greatest Star Wars commercial ever.
Having arrived without fanfare on the TomTom US site last week, the XL 350 and XXL 550 PNDs have finally been made official. As expected, the XL 350 has a 4.3-inch touchscreen and the XXL 550 has a 5-inch touchscreen; each gets TomTom's new EasyMenu UI along with preloaded US/Canada/Mexico mapping, MapShare access and IQ Routes.
TomTom have quietly added two new PNDs to their US site, though the mid-range models arguably don't deserve much of a fanfare. The TomTom XL 350 and TomTom XXL 550 each have 4.3-inch resistive touchscreens according to the company site, though there's some talk of the XXL 550 having a 5-inch panel like the rest of its XXL brethren. Various SKUs of the pair will be on offer, with either lifetime traffic, lifetime map updates, or both.
Today, for all intents and purposes, was a big day. Maybe not as big as yesterday, but it's pretty close. Especially if you consider the two cancellations, with the HP Slate getting tossed to the side, along with Microsoft's Courier digital journal. A sad day for the tablet market, indeed. But, we move on, forward unto . . . Well, whatever it is you're heading into. Either way, welcome to the Thursday edition of the Daily Slash. In the Best of R3, we've got the LG Aloha getting a name change, iAd takes a steep turn in the price bracket, and Palm may be ready to face a class-action lawsuit. And then in the Dredge 'Net, looks like Valve finally hit a release date for Steam on the Mac, the app thing gets out of hand, and Verizon gets a new netbook.
Most of us are familiar with TomTom. The company is an international firm that is huge in the GPS and PND market around the world. The company is looking to follow other companies like Google and Apple into one of the most lucrative markets for portable devices -- apps.
TomTom have unveiled their new flagship PND, the TomTom GO LIVE 1000, and it's the first from the company to pack a capacitive touchscreen and new, Webkit-based UI. The GO LIVE 1000 comes with a year's subscription to TomTom's LIVE services including HD Traffic - which can show congestion details on highways and smaller roads - via an integrated Vodafone connection, as well as TomTom's IQ Routes for intelligent journey planning that takes into account historic traffic patterns.
TomTom is one of the biggest names in consumer GPS applications and services. The company is mostly known for its line of GPS devices like the Start2 unveiled late in March 2010. TomTom has introduced a couple new services that it is aiming at governments looking to provide information to travelers as they go about their daily business in Europe.
TomTom have outed their latest entry-level PND, the TomTom Start2, and if you prefer to keep your navigation separate from your cellphone then it's a budget way to avoid getting lost. The Start2 packs a 3.5-inch touchscreen along with RDS-TMC automatic traffic reports using TomTom's IQ Routes system.
One of the more compelling aspects of a smartphone-based PND app that uses online mapping data is that you don't need to worry so much about the maps going stale; as long as the provider is on the ball, they can update their servers and you'll spend less time accidentally trying to turn the wrong direction up one-way streets. Now TomTom are fighting back, with a new deal for certain PND models in their TomTom XL and TomTom XXL ranges that will deliver lifetime map and traffic updates.