The TomTom GO 510 auto GPS falls between the TomTom ONE (*est. $200) and the TomTom GO 720 (*est. $450) in TomTom's product line. All three units use the highly regarded SiRFstar III chip set. The GO 510 has more features than the ONE, but most of them such as Bluetooth are unrelated to car navigation. You have to step up to the GO 720 to get text-to-speech capability -- a feature that many experts consider a must-have.. In this price range, we found better reviews overall for the Garmin nuvi 350 (*est. $300).
We found no full professional review of the TomTom GO 510 auto GPS from any mainstream or specialty U.S. sources. GPS Review.net provides a good overview and U.K. magazine Personal Computer World has a generic review that is considerably more valid in England than in the U.S. An Associated Content review offers the most description, but it isn't complete. User reviews are somewhat revealing.
GPS Review.net provides an overview of the TomTom GO 510, rather than a full review. The article is short and strongly implies no testing. Instead, it evaluates the specifications and features. The comparisons with other TomTom models and the Garmin StreetPilot c530 are useful. Answers to a slew of reader questions are also helpful. Many buyers have problems with the mount.
Review: TomTom GO 510 Review, Tim Flight, Mar. 1, 2006
2. Personal Computer World
TomTom always receives its most favorable reviews from U.K. sources, and this is no exception. Tele Atlas maps of Europe are regarded as much better than its maps of the U.S. This review only covers features and ease of use, but the summary addresses routing accuracy. Paul Lester doesn't offer specific comparisons or reasons to consider other models.
Review: Review: TomTom Go 510 satellite navigation device, Paul Lester, 12-Jul-06
The title of this amateur review sounds very promising, but the anticipated direct comparison never comes. Instead, the two models are reviewed sequentially and the conclusion mentions one feature and one hardware difference between the models. Routing accuracy isn't addressed with either unit.
Review: Magellan 3000t Versus TomTom Go 510, Phil Weiss, Sept. 08, 2006
At CNet.com, about three dozen owners have reviewed the TomTom GO 510. CNet editors have not reviewed this model. The average rating indicates a majority of happy customers, but those who are unhappy either complain about incompetent routing or have hardware problems. Reliability appears to be a significant issue with the TomTom GO 510.
Review: TomTom GO 510 Reviews, Contributors to CNet.com
More than 75 TomTom Go 510 owners have posted comments on Amazon.com, giving this auto GPS a fairly high average rating. Most owner-reviewers find the Go 510 easy to use. There are scattered complaints of malfunctioning units, and more of poor customer service. The maps and points-of-interest database draw considerable criticism.
Review: TomTom Go 510 Reviews, Contributors to Amazon.com