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I have always considered TomTom Sat Navs as more expensive and luxury products, this particular Sat Nav is no exception. At around £150 this is not a Sat Nav for somebody who will only use it occasionally but you do get a lot of nice additional features over the cheaper brands by paying this.
I bought this online so was pleased when it came well packaged inside of its square cardboard box. The box had cardboard inserts to hold everything (The Sat Nav, the charger, the instructions etc...) in place firmly and prevent damage in transit. I only mention this as, when it is not in the car, I have found it very useful to store the Sat Nav in this box with all of this packaging as it helps to keep everything together. I is not the best idea to keep Sat Navs in the car.
My first impressions of the Sat Nav were regarding its size and shape. I was pleasantly surprised with how slim it actually was, at around 2cm thick, it is very sleek and easy to handle. Being slim does not affect the screen size however, at 4.3" this large screen makes using it whilst driving very easy, being widescreen means that more can be on the screen at once without making the interface look cluttered too. When driving, being able to see more surrounding roads because of this large screen can come in very handy, especially around cities. The Sat Nav feels very well made, it feels a little weighty but this isn't necessarily a bad thing - the extra weight makes it feel solid and of high quality. The plastic outer casing is strong and resistant to scratching anyway but if kept in either the box which I mentioned earlier or the case which comes with the Sat Nav, you shouldn't have that trouble ever anyway.
This Sat Nav also seems to like magnets. Attaching the Sat Nav to the windscreen clamp is done magnetically which makes it very easy to attach it after entering destinations. The charging cable also has a magnetic clasp (Much like the Apple 's MagSafe power cables) to make attaching the power cable easier - however to be honest I have never really had trouble doing this magnet-less.
The interface is very similar to many other TomTom Sat Navs. Everything is laid out very well and it takes just a minute or two get have everything input from the moment it is switched on. I found the menus easy to navigate and the suggestions for destinations good. It will automatically fetch the most popular destinations as well as recent destinations in the general area when you search as well as further results - making input very easy. The TomTom also features a voice recognition feature for inputting destinations however I found this very temperamental, it often misheard my voice and it ended up being faster to manually enter destinations so I stopped using it.
The screen is bright, it refreshes frequently and has a good resolution; all of these features makes using it whilst driving very easy and you will rarely have any issues following the directions it gives especially if you enable the voice directions which are loud and clear. My main concern about the driving interface is on motorways; when on a motorway it will merely show an almost static image of the lanes and upcoming junction, this is very useful in knowing where you should be before you turn off or before the motorway ends, however it often doesn't recognise if you have gone onto the slip road and this screen will remain on. I have been in many situations where there is a junction on the slip road a short time after I have entered it but do not have a clue where to go as the Sat Nav is still displaying the lanes for the motorway.
The thought of a talking car telling you where to go was once thought to be so far fetched that people would laugh at the idea of such a thing. Now it's becoming quite common place to have one of these. This model is from TOMTOM and has made my life so much easier. I'm not the best when it comes to finding my way around, in the past it has been known for me to have gotten lost driving home (admittedly it was a new house, but it was still embarrassing).
So when my mother bought me one of these for Christmas I was thrilled.
Straight away it starts working by using the TOMTOM live services (free for a year) It actually detects the quickest way to get to your destination once you have entered it, by using the HD traffic function. This actually uses up to the minute traffic information and suggests the fastest way with the least traffic on the roads. There is also a handy alert to tell you when your approaching fixed speed cameras, this is not a reason to speed just extra information.
A triangular blue arrow guides you along the easy to read maps. Although you won't really be looking at the screen, as you will be looking at the road, so the voice commands are what you will be relaying on. These are very easy to understand and hear. And the sat-nav ( satellite navigation system ) actually uses text to speech technology to accurately read street names.
The touch screen display size on this model is 4.3 inches with a Resolution of 480 x 272.
There is also the option to make hands free phone calls using the built in speakers and microphone, as the unit is Bluetooth ready. The battery running time is only two hours per charge although an in car charger adapter is included.
Theses are amazing gadgets and make life so much easier for every driver. The extra functions that come at an extra charge once the free year has past, make a big difference and I would recommend them to anyone getting one of theses or any TOMTOM sat-Nav
These are available at Amazon.co.uk for £212.99 + shipping
I've always bought Tom Tom sat nav's and wouldnt even consider buying any other. I was so excited when I found out they were bringing out this new one. As soon as it was available I bought it straight away. It was £300. I bought it directly from Tom Tom as I couldnt find it in any of the big stores such as Currys and Halfords. I thought the price was definitely worth it for the latest model out.
As soon as it came I couldnt wait for it to be opened, the delivery was really good from Tom Tom. It took about a week but it did come from abroad. I opened it and the first thing I noticed was how good it looked and how different the screen was from all the other Tom Toms I've had. I couldnt wait to find out the new features. It had voice recognition. Which was actually disapointing as it wasnt very good and kept coming up with the wrong place. The second big thing I noticed with this was the window mount. Usually with any sat nav, its really fiddly and annoying. However this one was a really strong magnet which makes it so much quicker to put on your window. Also the charger also has magnets on them so they just attach.
I already had Tom Tom lives subscription to Tom Tom traffic and google search and other features, but you get a years free anyway. Its really helpful. It is on other older versions of tom tom. The best thing about it is the 'Google Search'. You can literally find anywhere. Its really helpful if you dont have the post code or address of where your going. You just type it in for example 'Damons'. A really nice food place in Lincoln. If you just put it in, it comes up with it and you can set it as your destiniation. Also its helpful for other reasons. One times I needed to find a barclays bank. I typed it in and it showed me loads, closest first. The other features on Tom Tom is the weather. You can look at the weather for anywhere up to 5 days. I will admit this isnt always accurate but its still an indication. The main feature is the Tom Tom Live Traffic, which is a serious help. My boyfriend uses this all the time as he is a delivery man around the UK. It shoes traffic queues and road works and accidents. Its really helpful beause if there is a big traffic jam for lets say 20 minutes. It will route you around it to make it quicker (if there is an available route). Its really helpful. There is another live service which is helpful but not yet on this Tom Tom. Its on the old ones. Its Petrol and Deisel prices, which shows you where is cheap near you. Which with prices rising all the time, its very helpful. As I said though its not yet on this Tom Tom but there in the next few months should be a update where it will be added!
Tom Tom 1000 is definitely worth every penny!
This satellite navigation system is fantastic. It keeps up with you, displays your speed in MPH surprisingly accurately. The screen is a fluid touchscreen making it easier to enter addresses, postcodes, etc.
You can choose the type of route you want - eco, fastest, etc.
I haven't used it too much so far.
Also, with this sat nav, you get free map updates up to 90 days after first use which is quite good, and the 1 year free LIVE service is available. This includes traffic, weather, google LOCAL search. After the free 1 year trial, it costs approximately £50 which is quite good, in my opinion anyway.
The screen is one of the clearest and nicest I have seen. The screen is quite a good size and a suction mount is provided. The charger and mount work magnetically with the actual sat nav unit, so it doesn't click in as such but is held in by the magnet. The fact that the charging cable is held in my a magnet rather than being clicked in is also a very useful feature as it prevents the socket being damaged in the event that the cable is tugged. The suction mount fits on very securely.
From what I have read, Tomtom usually let you have free map updated up to 30 days after you register your tomtom.
However, with this new model, it is 90 days which is quite good! And recently, in the car, it told me that an update may be available and it was when I checked later.
The traffic system also works, it won't work all the time, I doubt it ever will until further in the future, but for major roads/motorways, it is quite good.
There are a selection of voices, and English accents including male,female and Australian.
All in all, I am very impressed with my first Tomtom!
(p.s. this is contains part of my review on Amazon.co.uk under the name supersonic)