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I purchased this around 4 years ago, although this edition of the Tom Tom was released 2007. I recall paying around £80 at the time, although I see that this has dropped in price significantly to £40 or even less. You can still purchase from many on and offline retailers new and second hand. I guess the drop in price would be attributed to newer edition/generations of Tom Tom's coming along.
*What do you get for your money*
In the box you get -
The actual GPS Tom Tom device
A cradle with suction, in which you can put your Tom Tom Device on your window
A manual of instructions
A charger for your car's cigarette lighter
*So what does Tom Tom do?*
Most people will know the Tom Tom brand by now. Tom Tom is a GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) system and his basic function is to tell you where you need to go. Simple right?
*So what does Tom Tom look like?*
Tom Tom is a 3.5 inch touch screen operated system. It is made out of a hard black plastic, with a a clear screen and has the Tom Tom logo on the front, underneath the screen.
It is not the biggest of GPS systems I have used and sometimes because of this I have to keep glancing back at it, to check I have taken in the right directions. Also, whilst the touch screen is very useful (I cannot imagine having to use buttons in this day and age), like most touch screens it can get very grubby. This shows up especially when the sun is shining, which brings me to my next point. There is absolutely no anti-glare on the screen. Luckily for Tom Tom, it very rarely gets sunny where I live!
Although I set this up a few years ago now I do recall it was an easy process, with all the software already installed. One of the real benefits I have seen in this Tom Tom compared to earlier generations is that you do not need to keep on updating your Tom Tom by connecting to your computer, due to the on-board software it updates automatically.
*Using Tom Tom*
In my experience this has been very straight-forward. The menu is accompanied by pictures which makes it cheerful to use and easy to recognise the different features. There is a back logo at the bottom of the screen so it reduces the chance of you getting lost through the menus. It is very light and easy to hold in one hand.
I ordinarily just use the basic functions, however for the purpose of review have tried and tested some of the other features on this device; as follows....
1. Navigate to. Of course this is the feature I use most and is probably the simplest to use. There are several options within this feature. You can navigate to....
Favourite place (only one? surely not!)
Address - everytime you need to put a new address in this is the feature you use
Recent - a handy feature if you go somewhere frequently but is not in your favourites, I often use this if I have forgotten an address but been there before
Point of Interest - you can search for nearby shops, garages, restaurants etc. Quite a useful feature although the results can be quite limited as in they only give the biggest search results.
2. Find alternative. Your navigate to feature usually gives you the quickest/shortest route (depedning on how you have your settings fixed). The find alternative feature therefore is really useful as it shows you alternative routes so that you need to avoid a road closure or traffic congestion. I have used this feature many times, as I am not always that great at following the yellow diversion signs!
3. Help me! I have to admit this is not a feature (luckily) I have ever used but it is reassuring to know it is there. This function basically tells you where you are and in a time of crisis can help you find and give you the details for the nearest police station, hospital/doctor, vet, car repair, public transport networks, dentist and pharmacy.
4. Add favourites. This allows you to add favourite destinations or routes to the Tom Tom's memory. Again not one I tend to use, usually because if I use the Tom Tom to find a destination once I can usually find the same destination again from memory.
5. Prepare route. This has several neat little functions and includes; show me where I am on a map, give me my longitutde/latitude details (could be useful if you get lost), what is the position of my last stop.
6. Change preferences. This is something I used when I first got the Tom Tom as it sets the system up to the way you would like to use it. So you can chose to have your routes in miles/km, have the routes displayed in day or night colours, sound (on/off or female/male voice). You can also alter the system for left handed use.
7. Tom Tom Services. This is where you can find traffic updates, location of safety cameras (as you go along a route the Tom Tom beep beeps to alert you of this) and also you can look at fuel prices local to you.
The battery is fairly limited on this and seems to only last around 45 minutes without a charge, thus I tend to keep it plugged in the charger most of the time.
The memory of this is 512mb which means it is sufficient for use in the UK, yet if you want to use abroad it wouldn't hold enough space top download further maps. There is also no sd card slot for you to 'up' the memory.
Sometimes it can take a few minutes for the GPS to find your location which can be annoying if you are in a hurry.
*Would I recommend?*
Whilst this is a sound, reliable product that has lasted me for some time now and done the job I would like it to it does not come without its limitations (cannot use in Europe, small screen).
I really don't think I could give this more than 3 dooyoo stars as this is not a product I would purchase again, for two main reasons -
Most smarthphones now (including my galaxy samsung) have gps applications which do the same job
Most cars now also have inbuilt gps systems
TOMTOM ONE 3rd edition.
I got my tomtom as a Xmas present last year, and wow what a present it was.
I like to whizz off for weekends away with my daughter, somerset, Cornwall, London etc and I have always used AA route planner before, which was great, but reading whilst at the wheel isn't really that safe is it! I have also found I can get very stressed if I am trying to find my way somewhere and miss a turning etc.
Using the TOMTOM makes my travel experience so much easier and it has made driving in unfamiliar destinations stress free.
When I first used my sat nav it was quite strange, having a computer giving you verbal instructions didn't feel normal. One of the immediate problems I had was if there were 2 left turnings fairly near each other, I would accidentally take the first exit instead of "the" exit. "After 800 yards take the exit" is great if you know how far 800 yards is, if you don't then make sure you pay attention to the directions on the sat nav.
My 2 best experiences using a sat nav are
1) Driving around London, tomtom made that so easy, I could spend my time concentrating on what the taxi's and white vans were doing and the computer told me where to go, SIMPLE.
2) On a holiday to Portugal I used my Dads edition Europe.
It was fantastic, all I had to do was concentrate on driving on the correct side of the road. What would have normally been a stressful driving experience was a very normal driving experience.
SO WHAT IS A SAT NAV?
Satellite Navigation System are able to determine their longitude, latitude and altitude location to within a few metres using time signals transmitted by radio from satellites.
3rd Edition Functions.
It's a 3.5"colour touch screen device.
Simply plug into your car lighter to charge,
Place in the cradle that suctions to your windscreen.
Customize and navigate through the menu options easily and input destination details either town and road name or postcode.
Options for nearest points of interest.
Speed limit warnings
Speed camera warnings
Alerts you if you are in area close to a school or college.
You have the option of activating these individual alerts.
You are able to zoom in or out on the map.
A choice of day time or night time view.
Change the navigators voice.
Map updates can be downloaded from the internet.
Keeps you informed of how many miles away and you ETA
WHATS IN THE BOX
In the box you
1 tomtom sat nav
1 windshield holder/cradle
1 USB cable
Benefits of a Sat Nav!
Reduce stress - 74% of drivers feel less stressed using Sat Nav
Save time and money - no more driving around asking for directions to find that road.
Safety - The risk of accidents is 12% lower when using Sat Nav.
Costs around £80 for the standard 3rd edition, the £100 for the traffic alerts version
5/5 Yes I would definitely recommend this, if you are a bit heavy on the excelerator at times, 3rd edition will warn you if you are over the speed limit or tell you when a speed camera is coming up! It's a great investment even if you aren't a frequent traveller.
My last car had built in sat nav and it was really old and dated and very often it steered me wrong. To get it updated was a hassel and expensive. When i got a new car it had no sat nav built in and as i cover half of Scotland i really needed one. My company were good enough to buy one for me. After six weeks of moaning from me.
I looked at loads and listned to alot of advice, i went for TomTom as it came over as the market leader. Everyone i spoke to seemed to rate Tom Tom very highly. I only had a budget of around £130 and i managed to get this one last year from Halfords for about £120.
Its great and really simple to use its all touch screen and sometimes with touch screen the letters can be to small but TomTom have is about right. Its also very compact in size 4.5" x 4", so it doesnt distract you to much when its on the windscreen and your trying to concentrate on the road.
It has loads of differnt settings so you can set it to warn you about things like exeeding a certain speed, schools, safety cameras. And it has a large amount of sounds and effects that you can set up for differnt warnings. Some very annoying. You also have a coice of about 8 differnt voices both male and female to choose from. If you want to you can even buy new voices for it including Mr T and John Cleese. They cost around £5.00. I've never done this yet and tend to stick to the boring ones already on it.
It has a very small screen but they seem to make it bright and its very easy to follow. The audio description is good as well it gives you plenty of warning for turn offs etc. A friend of mine had a Garmin and when i was in the car with him i always felt that some of the warnings came to late for my liking.
It has a postcode finder and a nice little feature that tells you where you are.
It even stores favourite destinations to save you constantly reprogramming.
It also stores previous destinations that you can look back and scroll through to pick up somewhere you've been before.
In the past year its only taken me the wrong road twice. Its a clever bit of kit, it gets me to my appointments on time. It doesnt always take the fastes route and even though it may take a bit longer it gets you where you need to be. Also if you dont take the exact road it suggests it just recalculates the route to keep you on the right road. It comes loaded with UK maps and you can buy other maps for mainland Europe etc. It also has safety cameras pre loaded in it which are handy. To get these updated you need to pay extra.
The only downside is the battery doesnt last to long when fully charged maybe an hour and a half, but you get an in car charger with it.
All in all i think this is brilliant and i wouldnt be without it.
I bought a TomTom One last Christmas from Halfords Car shop (UK) for around £110. It was a christmas sale but i reckon you can buy them even cheaper than that online now. i have never looked back, it is amazing how you can get so used to something! i never leave for a roadtrip without it. have gone huge distances across england scotland and republic of ireland without having to think about it really.
It comes complete with usb leads, manual, charger and window-sticky thing! which one down side is that it leaves horrible marks on the window... nothing a bit of window pledge cant sort though! it has a small neat screen and is very compact. Its super- easy to use, one click on the screen brings up all the options you need. There are editable day and night colours, zoom in the map, change the voices, warning sounds etc. The tom tom gives very clear instructions and the map is visually very clear. It even beeps when there are speed cameras around!
I can go along a row of shops go in one and when I come out turn the wrong direction so you can just imagine what I am like in a car so a Tom Tom for me is ideal.
This Tom tom is easy to use.
After turning on by pressing down the button at the top you will have all your directions come up on sc reen for setting it up.
You can have as much or as little as you want set up.
Menu will show navigate to, find alternative, add favourite or change preferences.
To navigate to you can use home, favourite, address, recent destination and points of interest. To go from A to B click on address and it will come up that you can put in city centre, street and house number or just put in the postcode.
Once you have put in your destination you will be able to ask for the fastest route and how long it will take you to get there. If you have to be there by a certain time it will tell you what time to leave your home.
You can choose from a variety of voices to tell you the route. This is good as if you find the voice you have chosen gets on your nerves you can change it.
So what does this voice tell you? Well Jane, that is who we chose, will tell you how many yards it is to the next junction and which road to come off at the roundabout.
You not only have the voice but a route comes up on the screen.
You can also choose on the screen to have say cash points marked and post offices or speed traps.
Keep an eye on the screen as it will also tell you if you are speeding!
When you get to the destination a voice will even say "you have now reached your destination" and do you know what you are usually right outside the door.
I have only once had it tell me wrong and that was to a dead end but other than that it has been dead accurate.
One thing I have noticed is that you can rely on the tom tom a bit too much. I found on a route I knew like the back of my hand on a roundabout I looked at the screen to see which road to take instead of using my brain or even looking at the sign post.
I would definately recommend using this though as it is great especially when you are going to new places or actually to where you go often as we once found a short cut on a route we had used for years. Didnt know the short cut exsisted and knocked 4 miles off the trip.
Thank you for reading. x
My son says I have the navigational skills of a brick and bought me this as a Christmas present. I don't know how I managed without it (although over reliance might be becoming an issue!). I find it really easy to use and the touch screen simple to navigate. Although the map screen is quite understandable I rely mostly on the voice instructions. I've actually driven all the way from Leeds to Aberdeen with only 'Jane the Tom Tom lady' for company. And she got me there!
I have experienced a couple of problems when roads have been closed due to roadworks etc but if you pull over and choose 'Find alternative' she figures it all out. Even when I miss a turning she often finds another way round without having to tell me to 'Turn around when possible'. Those of a nervous imposition might find the speed camera alert sound makes you jump but better that than getting a fine. I've recently started an additional part time job which involves travelling to new destinations so have found my Tom Tom invaluable.
In summary, well worth the money, simple to use and, more often than not won't let you down.
This is a wonderful gadget. No more searching maps before leaving and then trying to get a quick squint at it again whilst driving. More importantly, no more getting lost and spending time driving in circles getting increasingly frantic! The thing I like the most about owning this is the freedom it has given me to go to places in obscure locations. Many times I have been put off going somewhere because looking on a map is confusing to find the best route, small little roads that are hard to plan or the look of strange ring roads or one way systems. This sat nav takes all the grief away. a pleasant voice comfortingly tells you where you are going and you can check your current position at any time. I have also used this when walking in unknown countryside as night was falling and it really helped. Another useful function is the details on the amount of miles to travel and the amount of time it will take which re-adjusts as you drive.
I bought the TomTomOne as an emergency purchase. I was lost in London (I live in Birmingham) and the Satnav i had with me ran out of juice. I hadn't prepared well by fully charging it before leaving the house and hadn't packed my cigarette lighter charger! Asking for directions or buying a map would have been useless (i am a woman) So i literally just went to the nearest large supermarket and went for the TomTom purely because of its reputation for reliability, and having used it now for a while would liken it to the nokia of mobile phones. They are basic, easy to navigate, and everyone knows how to use one!
I certainly got lucky with my spur of the moment choice, as it ticks all of the boxes which suit my needs.
My old satnav was white and bulky, its performance wasnt an issue but even the holder was an eye-sore and did not suit the style of my car at all. TomTom is small, portable, light, takes up little space and although simple, looks attractive.
The layout of the screen is easy to read and digest, which makes alot of difference in my opinion. It doesn't confuse you with too much information for the brain to process in a small amount of time! Yet it gives useful information such as the names of the roads you are passing, local amenities that might be of interest such as petrol stations, resteraunts, or others which can all be customised. It shows on screen your speed, the speed limit you are in, the current time and the estimated time of arrival. And all in a digestable format.
The settings and menus are clear and easy to navigate through, and you can customise your journey to suit how you would like to travel, avoid specific roads, toll roads, or calculates the fastest or shortest journey.
On the down side, sometimes it is a little slow to load if you switch it off at a different point to when you switch it back on, and it can be irritating at large roundabouts. I think the car may sometimes be faster than the GPS signal so you end up having to go around the roundabout a few times before you know which is your turning!
All of that aside, well done TomTomOne, you have impressed me.
Where would i be without my Tom Tom? well lost probably. My girlfreind bought me my tom tom this christmas and i am so pleased she did. what a brilliant little gadget. I can't get enough of it. It's rediculously easy to use. Simply turn it on, enter the address and away you go. You can enter postcodes, points of interest that you can navigate to in big cities and loads of other little modes, it's so easy to fin the right destination everytime.
If i were to have one criticism it would be sensitivity of the screen, sometimes i really have to tap the screen quite hard in order for it to know what i am trying to tell it to do. But other than that thiis is without doubt one of the cleverest little gizmos ever.
One other very small little problem that i have with it, is where to put the charging wire in order that it doesn't get in my way? i have developed a system of threading it in between the steering wheel and the windcreen. I do ffel that they could come up with a little system to sort that out. All in all though, well worth the money. Brilliant!
This unit is about a year old now, maybe a little bit more and you may see it called a tomtom one classic now. If the price quoted on here is the price you would pay then it really is too expensive for a unit which is quite outdated, instead the money would be better spent on the newer version.
That said, if this unit can be found relatively cheaply then it is more than adequate fro the job of navigating you around the UK and Ireland. You can also update the software so it is level with the newer version for free, and thrrough mapsharing, you can update the units maps so they are almost the same as the newer one.
This unit is quite small so easy t carry around with you or put in a briefcase or a handbag and looks quite smart too.
It is limited in terms of features and is the entry level unit from tomtom. It has UK and Irish mapping, full postcode search, turn by turn instructions and also fixed speed camera locations. Every other unit has these features plus a few more.
As said, the unit is simple to use, you enter the postcode and click to navigate then you are on your way. The screen appears as shown in the picture so is very clear and easy to read, added to this the vocal turn by turn instructions you willfind it almost impossible to go wrong. If you do then it will re-route you back onto your route.
If you dont like how this unit operates then you may aswell ignore the tomtom range as a whole, as every unit operates in this way and the mapping screen looks the same. For somebody who wants a bit of help navigating through the UK then this unit will definatly do the job for you. I ahev never found that finding a GPS signal is a problem and it will usually be ready to navigate within a few minutes.
My only real downside to this unit would be the mount. It is a suction mount yet has not way of 'locking' the suction onto the screen, and relys on you pushing it as hard as you can to form the suction. This would be extremely hard for older people or people with arthiritus, as when I do it, the unt will still somtimes fall off. This is a bad design as it could damage the unit's screen purely because the mount is not adequate.
Overall I believe that this unit is a good unit to get you around the UK and Ireland, if you can find it fr a decent price. If you are looking at around £100 for this, you may aswel buy the version 4 which operates the same, is just more updated and has a more adequate mount.
We dont particularly go on long journeys but wanted a sat nav to get us to places we had never been before, to avoid reading maps in the dark of the car! We chose this one because of the brand and because it was at the price we wanted to pay for one. I find it easy to use, with very simple menus. We have noticed that its best to watch the screen and listen to the instructions if you can, as we have had incidents where the voice is telling us to "turn left" when on the map it clearly shows a right turn and we actually want to go right! So worth keeping an eye on it! but for the majority of the time we have used it its got us to where we want to go. Battery life they say is two hours, and you can run it off the cigarette charger in the car - but not for more than 2 hours. Not sure what you do if your journey is 6 hours!!
Got this as a present, Didn't think i needed one but don't think i could be with out it now!
Its a lot thinner than the originals which is perfect for slipping in your hand bag and the clumsy arm that attached the old ones to the windscreen has been replaced by a slim line click on version.
The Voice is clear and you can amend it so it repeats the instruction so if your concentrating (or in my case chatting/singing to the radio!) and miss it the first time you don't panic.
A big problem i had when i borrowed my dad's older version is the length of time it took to find a satallite, often it would locate me just as i arrived at my destination after 3 hours of getting lost but they seem to have improved the software.
My parents seems pretty pleased with the speed warning that is now included. It flashes if you are breaking the speed limit (i'm glad it doesn't nag you but i'm sure that will be in the next version!)
Another hand tool I use is the review, once you have programmed a journey you can quickly check it either by text, map or a run through of the journey which is great if the Tom Tom does lose signal.
Also another feature that saves time is the "home" one you just have to pre-programme your home address and with one touch it caculates your journey home so you don't have to faff about typing in the address.
It does have a "recent destination" function however i think it would be good if it had an address book.
Definatley a good buy, especially for a woman travelling alone - it takes away the worry of being lost in a strange place on a dark night.
Firstly I am a very technologically challenged person so this review is based on my usage of the satnav and not how many megagiglepixelwhotsits it has :-)
I purchased my Tomtom from Amazon just before Xmas and it cost me £89-I have seen these priced at anything up to £120 so it was a bit of a bargain!
I don't travel huge distances but i have a terrible sense of direction so thought one of these might be a good idea-It's what I suppose you would call the base model but it has a whole load of features.
Taking it out of the box it comes with a clip that you insert in the back of the Tomtom which in turn is attached to a suction pad for your windscreen,also included is a lead to link your Tomtom to your computer (needed for software updates and if you want to change the voice to another one) and a lead that charges your satnav via your cars cigarette lighter.
I have a friend (yes, believe it or not!) who lives about 10 miles from me but I have only visited once since she moved into her new house as I can never find it! So-ideal chance to try the Tomtom out.
I got into my car-put the satnav on the windscreen, plugged it into the cigarette lighter and then inputted my friends postcode and house number. The voice that is preprogrammed into it is a rather stern authorative female voice but you can change this via the website. Following the directions off I went, it took me down a lot of back roads but sure enough the woman told me 'You have reached your destination' and there i was! Don't know who was more suprised me or my friend!
I later found out that i had it set to 'fastest' route which is why it took me round the back roads. You can change this to shortest route or to avoid motorways.
I'm not going to bore you with technical specs as you can find all these in the description at the top of the page.
It's a great device and i feel safer using it-theres even a feature that can instantly direct you to the nearest hospital (you never know!) , it's easy to use (obviously if i can work it) and a good price for what you get.
I have had my tomtom 2 years now since passing my test. I moved away at go to university and without tomtom I wouldn't have got anywhere. When moving to a new place tomtom has allowed me to go anywhere I want and to get home with ease.
Tomtom is very easy touch screen system to use and has a battery life of two hours. You can also plug tomtom into your cigarette lighter to charge the battery. Tomtom fits nicely on the windscreen. Tomtom can be updated online with the use of many services such as traffic news and location of speed cameras - saving you both time and money. I often drive with my music fairly loud and I can still hear tomtom and the lighting is excellent allowing it to be just as visible at night time.
I had no idea of the new area I had moved into but tom toms point of interest facility allowed me to find many areas of interest near to my home such as petrol station, restaurants, cash machines and many more. This is also extremetly useful along route when you are driving a long distance and need to know the closest petrol station amonst many other things. Tomtom always tell yous the distance and how long the journey will take which I think is extremely beneficial.
Tomtom has always been extremely useful to me when roads have been closed or there has been an accident. You simply click find an alternative route and it works out the quickest new route for you straight away.
I simply couldn't live without my tomtom and would recommend everyone purchased one as it makes driving alot less stressful for you and the map reader :)
I have a Tom Tom One 3rd edition for great britain, and it is the answer to all drivers navigation problems, The portable navigation device, simply plugs into the cigarette light of the car and slids into the holder on the wind screen or dash board and your ready to go.
The Sat Nav is very easy to use and has the latest maps and technoligie and is very affordable.
you have the option of either planing a route from a - b, or you can navigate to an address or town name. It also plans the route, how you would wish, whether you wanted the fastest route, routes avoiding tolls and route avoiding motor wasys etc.
The sat nav them displays the route on the screen, while also directing you with the sat nav voice ( of which there are many)
I have become very reliant on my sat nav as it mean no need for maps, but i do advise that sat navs do require a little bit of common sense, because even the tom tom one, does seem to get a litttle lost a times!
I would recommended anyone to get a sat nav, they are brilliant, especially, when they warn you that there is a speed camera ahead.
The new TomTom ONE 3RD EDITION is the answer for drivers who want a portable navigation device that is easy to use, has the latest maps and technologies and is affordable.
The new TomTom ONE 3RD EDITION combines ease of use, portability, TomTom's patented touch screen technology and award winning software. It also features a sleek lightweight design and is ultra compact so that users can easily carry it to and from their cars.
The improved user interface provides options for customizing the navigation screen, provides easier access to overall functionality and quicker search tools.
Unique TomTom Map Share technology and most accurate maps Just as users of the recently launched new TomTom GO range, users of the new TomTom ONE 3rd EDITION can easily and instantly improve their own maps with TomTom Map Share. TomTom Map Share is a proprietary map improvement technology unique to TomTom, which enables users to respond in real time to changes in the road network and correct the maps on their TomTom devices accordingly. Thanks to the smart user interface, it is easy to make improvements, such as to mark blocked or unblocked streets, reverse one-way traffic or insert new street names, which will instantly take effect.
Roads are continually changing. This feature gives TomTom users the option to capture these changes on their devices in-between map releases and keep their data as current as they wish. These changes allow the community of TomTom Map Share users to always have the most up-to-date maps and inside local knowledge at their fingertips.
TomTom has the world's largest satellite navigation community with more than 10 million users. TomTom Map Share users can share their improvements with each other easily through TomTom HOME, TomTom's free software application that enables users to manage, download, store and transfer content from their computer (PC/MAC) onto their TomTom device. When it comes to sharing improvements, users can choose between downloading all reported map improvements or only accepting map improvements verified by a TomTom team of experts to guarantee timeliness and validity.
The new TomTom ONE 3RD EDITION quickly recalculates the route of the driver, in case he wants to deviate from it or a roadblock occurs. The 'Find Alternative' option adds maximum flexibility for the driver in planning his route. Also, current street names can be displayed while traveling.
The recently launched new TomTom GO range and the new TomTom ONE 3RD EDITION come with uniquely designed safety features so drivers always have direct access to extensive safety and roadside assistance information wherever they go. The extensive "Help Me!" menu includes information such as the way to the nearest hospital, car maintenance information and first aid instructions. The safety option screen is fully customizable allowing users to set warnings for speed, traffic, restricted zones, schools, and more.
With the new TomTom ONE 3RD EDITION, drivers can choose from a host of smart extras, making sure the destination is reached in a relaxed and enjoyable way. Drivers now can have easy access to traffic information with the optional RDS-TMC traffic antenna accessory. Also, a number of personalization options, such as warnings, special navigation voices, POIs and more can be downloaded via TomTom HOME.