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TomTom Go 950

Design

It was always a mystery to us why last year's Go GPS models — the Go 730 and Go 930 — didn't come with a redesigned windshield mount, when their cheaper siblings — the fourth-gen One and second-gen XL — came equipped with the company's devilishly compact EasyPort mount. Although it wasn't without its flaws, at least it had a ratcheting suction cup which would keep the GPS firmly affixed to the windscreen regardless of the passing road acne. Well, at last, the Go range has a windscreen mount that will, with the aid of a chunky rotating rubber lever, stick firmly to the glass.

As far as style goes, the Go 950 is distinctly on the chunky side with its gently rounded corners, curved back and large windshield cradle. The rubber coating on the unit's derriere, its midnight black hue and the metallic speaker grille give it an air of class, though. A rather superfluous computer docking base is also provided as part of the package.

The Go 950 features a 4.3-inch touchscreen boasting a bog standard resolution of 480x272. Aside from some nice zooming and sliding animations, a clutch of recoloured icons and backgrounds, and greater prominence for mobile phone functions, TomTom's menu system remains pretty much unaltered. Destination entry is a simple task with an on-screen QWERTY keyboard enabled by default.

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