TomTom has quietly pushed out two new ranges of standalone touchscreen GPS units, the TomTom GO 2435 and GO 2535 lines, complete with capacitive touchscreens and new, "intuitive" voice recognition. The GO 2435 has a 4.3-inch WQVGA display, Bluetooth, 4GB of internal storage and a 3hr battery.
TomTom has been offering some cool ways to customize your GPS device on the inside for a while with special voice packs like Looney Tunes and Star Wars. TomTom is moving the personalization capability of its GPS devices from merely offering voices and digital content to actually letting the user choose what the outside of their navigation device looks like.
There was talk, back at this year's IFA, that Sony and TomTom had come to some sort of agreement, which would ultimately see the combination of the fan-favorite TomTom navigational unit, and Sony's Xplod series of in-dash A/V units. And sure enough, it's finally come to fruition. TomTom and Sony have officially announced the upcoming availability of two different units, packing capacitive touchscreens and plenty of other features.
A couple GPS makers are trying to make navigation devices more fun by offering voice packs that use cooler voices than the robotic sounding ones that come stock on navigation devices. TomTom is one of these companies and it already has a full line of Star Wars voices that users can choose. My favorite is the Yoda voice.
Back in October of 2009 TomTom launched the car kit for the iPhone to go along with its GPS app. The car kit allowed the user to mount the iPhone to the windshield like a normal GPS unit, offered a better GPS signal, and keeps the iPhone powered up while GPS was being used.
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.