“ TomTom ONE Classic United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland - GPS receiver - automotive „
When I bought this sat nav 3 years ago it was more expensive then what it is these days in Halfords. Also 3 years ago I would have a few more near misses with other xars due to being distracted looking down at maps!! The tom tom range has revolutionised my journeys and made travvelling easier and less stressful with my partner.
I chose a tomtom over garmin for example, because tomtom for me was the original model and was stylish compact and there were lots of updates avaliable at the time. The model I chose was the basic model, which was perfect for my weekly use as opposed to daily use. It was also within the price budget that I was willing to pay. I paid £129.99 for this model 3 years ago (as I came accross the receipt last week after filing receipts from christmas etc) but I think these days that is more priced around the £90
In three years, many models have come onto the market and though I have looked at them in passingm they do not offer anything bigger or better than what I currently have on my tomtom model. Like the old models and the new, both tomtoms are charged via the cigaretter lighter, and although I cannot speak for the newer models, the older ones do not tend to hold their charge particularly well, in fact probably for not longer than 15 minutes off their charge.
The screen is a good size and its easy to be able to see whilst driving. The attachment that keeps the tomtom to the window is not fantastic though, and often causes a distraction when it falls off during my drive. Unlike the sticky thing, the contrast of colours (mostly blue, green, grey, yellow and white) work well together to mean that the details on the screen are clear and easy to follow and do not distract when you become used to them (though at first they are quite mesmerizing and you feel the need to watch it as you pass road names and see if you can catch it out!) There are also day or night modes. The day colours are decribed as above, but the night mode is darker blues and purples. These are easily changed at the touch of a button, as are volumes to adjust (or a sync to engine noise, to get louder or quieter depending car noise levels), and also voices to direct you. I believe that celebrity voices are also avaliable to download to direct you, as are accents, for example, australian says "at the rotary take the first exit".
This tomtom also allows you to save your home location so you dont keep having to enter it. This is easier and more convenient and saves alot of time and chance of error. I can go somewhere that I do not know my way home from well, turn on my satnav and press a button that says direct home and off it goes. It is also easy to use and easy to find your way somewhere using it. This can be either from entering a postcode, a street name or a city etc. It is able to locate petrol stations and restaurants and fast food chains etc, and you can even store these favourites to direct you purposefully to them from the minute you leave your house.
I feel like Im rambling now so am going to stop! But this tomtom is fantastic and I would highly recommend
I have used this sat nav a bunch of times and another huge amount of times I've been in the car with my brother when he's using it. Tom-Tom is probably the sat nav name that everyone thinks nowadays and for the money they are very worth it if you need them.
The touch screen, the touch screen on this device is my big annoyance, I have quite large fingers which makes physical touch screens ( pressure sensitive not heat sensitive ) very difficult to use. This can be quite difficult to use and you can often find it difficult to actually navigate yourself around the device.
The Tom-Tom is actually a really good device but can be really annoying, the design of the Tom-Tom one is a small grey in colour little box, the compactness is quite useful meaning if you have big pockets you can shove it in when getting out the car or you can just put it in your chubby hole / glove compartment. The Tom-Tom is fairly good in terms of ensuring you get to your destination OK and Tom-Tom claims to have one of the best road map databases and is also being updated fairly regularly. Having said this I'd be lying if i said the Tom-Tom had never sent me the wrong way or told me i have reached my destination while im still travelling down the road and for the reason it lost a star. However from a value perspective i don't think that there is a much better sat nav for your money.
The Tom Tom One is a great satellite navigation system which provides accurate positioning, routes and destinations. It has an easy to use GUI, is light and the screen is large enough to easily read whilst driving. However the battery life isn't the best and mine has started to malfunction after only several uses and has begun to randomly switch itself on, meaning that when I come to use it the battery is normally dead. However, due to it being out of warranty when it started happening I haven't been able to replace it.
You can search and select a destination using several different methods e.g. post code, city, landmark etc. Because of the variety of search methods I have yet to come across a destination that the Tom Tom has failed to find. The touch screen is sensitive so you can type with ease and don't have to firmly touch the screen for it to detect an input.
The routes are clearly displayed and the voice direction is clear, concise and accurate giving you plenty of notice before needing to make a turn. The quickest route is always displayed with alternative routes available and the ability so select a road you wish to avoid if applicable.
One downside is that I haven't been able to find an option to select the shortest route (in miles) rather than the quickest route (in minutes). If this were to be available or easier to locate, this would enhance the product further, in my eyes.
You can connect the Tom Tom to your PC via a USB cable and can download the latest updates for your device. With plenty of additional features including special voices, extra maps, speed camera locations etc to download from the internet this device provides a lot of functionality for the price never mind the overall quality of the product.
Having read review after review. I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase a satellite navigation system. I didn't want to spend a fortune, as I do not often drive very far (trips to the zoo with the family and various football grounds following my team is about the limit). The reviews seemed to indicate that this model was a good starter/basic model.
After making the purchase I ripped open the box, tossing all the paperwork and instructions to one side so I could switch it on and have a play. Worked straight out of the box which was a shock, no 16 hour charge required...Bonus! Set some preferences, entered a few destinations and watched the demo of the routes. All very impressive for a first timer. A small unit with a nice clear touch screen. I then fitted in the car with the included screen mount (no problems, stays on nice, I have heard problems of them falling off mid journey). Power supply comes from cigarette lighter socket via the included lead. Not intrusive. I tried a few journeys, first locally, then further afield. I have to say that this little device is wonderful. I say aid, because if you blindly follow ALL its instructions you could (will), sooner or later, end up down a farmers track. Well I can confirm that it attempted to send me down a road that has now been made into a dead end and I have noticed that a few one way systems for example Sheffield are not correct so a little common sense has to be applied before blindly turning down a road. So, the maps are not bang up to date but I assume that as roads change all makes and models suffer this problem. Anyway, the beauty of this unit is if you ignore a dodgy instruction and keep driving, it will (without touching anything) recalculate the route and you carry on.
It's found all the destinations inputted so far. So, no complaints. So far it does everything it says on the box. I've connected it it up to my PC (via the supplied USB lead) and connected to the TomTom web site. It automatically checks the unit and downloads any (software) updates.
So in conclusion, if you are thinking of getting a satnav this is a very good starter and I'm sure would have no problems travelling the whole country (only I have not used it for this) The TomTom software is probably the best out there having had a play with a few of my friends other brand systems.. And the downside of this 'lower end' model? Maybe a couple - smallish screen, so if you have chubby fingers like mine, you may have trouble inputting post codes, etc, - it can sometimes take a minute or so to lock on to the satellites after switch on, but normally only takes 3-4 mins to connect to something.
I remember back to the bad ole days in the past where I would be driving somewhere new and I'd have to try to read a map whilst driving (yes, I know, not terribly safe!) - and inevitably I would end up somewhere other than where I wanted to actually be! However, the last few years I have been able to use my TomTom Classic Sat Nav and it has revolutionised my journeys and made traveling so much less stressful!
I opted for the TomTom Classic basically because "TomTom" was a name I knew and also it was one of the cheaper models that I could find. I only wanted a basic model as I don't travel around on a daily basis - and I managed to pick this up for £87.00 from PC World. I've had the same model for the last 4 years and its lasted me really well - and so I have to say its such good value for money. I haven't felt the need to upgrade even though I know there are more fancy and hi-tech models on the market now because this one does just what I need it to do.
It is powered via the cigarette lighter in the car (adapter comes with it) and while it has an inbuilt battery that supposedly recharges, the battery only lasts about 15 minutes without being plugged in.
The screen is a good size and its easy to be able to see whilst driving. The contrast of colours (mostly blue, green, grey, yellow and white) work well together to mean that the details on the screen are clear and so easy to follow - whether driving in the daylight or nighttime (there are daylight and night colour options). There a number of different voice options to choose from - including genders and accents - and all are clear and easy to hear. You can adjust the volume so that it is silent up to a blaring out volume which will have you jumping out of your skin when it says "At the end of the road, turn right"!
When you program the Sat Nav, you can set your home location so that this remains stored. When you want to go to a location, you can search by city, address, postcode, and place of interest. I generally find it most useful to search by postcode where I have that information. You can also search for places of interest along route or at the destination, and I find this particularly useful to be able to search for parking garages and petrol garages. When I used the South Africa version of this TomTom when in South Africa, I also used it to search for tourist places of interest along the route (this was great!).
If you are driving and you go wrong (i.e. miss a turning), then the TomTom will re-configure a new journey and tell you how to get to your destination from your current location. The replanning of the journey takes seconds and it is done automatically.
The instructions when you buy your TomTom will tell you to plug the TomTom into your computer regularly so that maps can be updated. However, I have to say that I never do this and so occasionally I do find myself looking at the screen and I'll supposedly be driving through fields - when actually I'll be on a new road. This however is really my fault for not plugging the TomTom in.
I really love my TomTom and it has proved invaluable to me on many occasions. I highly recommend.
I purchased my TomTom about a year or two ago when I decided it would be cheaper investing in one than getting the train every time I wanted to go somewhere unfamiliar. The reason I chose the TomTom one was basically because it was the cheapest in the shop at the time.
The 3.5" screen was perfect and it's quite compact and lightweight, which is good as it's able to be kept in your handbag (or manbag) when you're parked up. It's also quite easy to use. It charges from the cigarette point in your car (which is handy if you've got one - my boyfriends corsa doesn't have one!). The suction grip which allows it to sit on the window is quite self explanitary to use, just put it where you want it and twist the circle, and when you want to take it off, untwist it and remove it. When you first turn the TomTom on it guides you through what to do. I'm afriad I can't remember whether the date and time was automatically programmed in, but I think it was. If not, I think it must have automatically syncronised itself with my computer when I plugged it into the USB port with the cable which was provided.
The touchscreen is perfect for on the go, as a keyboard would be too big to fit onto it so having it integrated is lovely. It appears when it needs to, and goes away when it's unwanted. To program in where you want to navigate to you simply click on navigate to, and then either enter the postcode, address, local point of interest or the other option which is on there. It may take a few moments to find the route if it's far away, but it doesn't take too long. You can also find points of interest like local Morissons or Tesco's. Petrol stations and I'm pretty sure you can find pubs on there.
There are some handy little features on the satnav, like warnings for speed cameras, however, they are not always up to date. Similarly, the roads aren't always up to date. For example, the centre of Bristol was recently re-done a couple of years ago and the satnav still brings up the old roads instead of showing it's new one way system. Although I'm told that frequently syncronising it to your computer can resolved this problem.
I really enjoy having my satnav and I think it's a handy little gadget. The only time it let me down was when I drove from Bristol to Huntingdon and I was staying in Huntingdon for the week, so I used it to find the swimming pool, my friends house, the shops, etc. Then on my way home, when leaving the caravan site I turned the satnav on and it was locked, and there was nothing I could do to unlock it. So I ended up heading towards the motorway which I came up on, and just before it was a Halfords so I took it in there and the man said that I had set it to lock itself when it's away from my house, and that I would have to unlock it by plugging it into the computer that it was syncronised with, which was in Bristol at that time. Whilst that could prove as a good feature if a theif got their hands on your satnav, it was not the best feature at that moment in time when I was miles away from home with no idea how to get home (I made it though! Yay!). Although I have to say, I haven't had any problems with it since that incident.
This was my first Tom Tom and I got it quite a few years ago as a present when I passed my driving test. When I first got it, it was new out and everything looked really good, now days you can get better picture/image quality but not as reliable this one. The SatNav is a simple plug and place device where you can plug it into your car cigarette port and has a very user friendly 3.5 touch screen display. The unit itself is a good size, fits in your bag or pocket and it looks pretty good too.
Tom Tom has been one of the leading SatNav makers for a long time and I have never had a problem with it. The device itself is really easy to use and program, when you first turn it on you follow the onscreen auto settings for time, date, locations ECT. Then after this it's really easy to work out what to do. The device has a loud speaking volume which can be changed if needed, but a loud one is always good in my mind. My old car was old and noisy so I needed it to be loud so I could hear it.
The device comes with a 512mb SD memory and has a average battery life of 2 hours. You get Tom Tom's Home software to keep the device updated and to add features like new voices, favourite routes ECT. The software itself is really easy to use, when you have installed it - following the simple instructions (it really is simple). After you have installed it every time you plug the device into your computer using USB the software will load automatically. It always looks for updates straight away to keep the device updated with the latest features, software ECT.
When using the device it shows a clear map of the route and notifies you when you are approaching a speed camera. You can set the route to be displayed as text or on the map which can be good for people who prefer to follow directions than a map. Programming in a destination to go to is really easy and it always seems to find the location you're looking for. I currently have a new version of TOMTOM (which I will review later) and it has one major bad point. When I have this Tom Tom one you could program in a full postcode and it would find the location but on my new Tom Tom (after I have done a recent update) it doesn't let you put in a full postcode, you have to put in the beginning part (first 3 or 4 letters) then choose the street you're looking for, but most of the time I don't know the street just the postcode and this is causing me problems.
The Tom Tom one documentation is really good and in a number of languages, it provides you with diagrams and provides information on everything as far as I can tell.
The only few bad points about this SatNav is that the window holder is not very good. It's a suction cup thing but it worked well at the beginning but now it falls down a lot. The new SatNav model I have has a better design so it looks like they have solved that issue. The only other thing is the picture quality, it looks so outdated. SatNav models these days give a lot better and 3d maps.
Overall this SatNav has never given me problems and is still in use now. For a trusty SatNav I would defiantly recommend this old model because it's so reliable.
* update: after 4 years of use, my TomTom isn't charging fully unless I plug it into a mains socket and it randomly crashes. Oddly enough, it still works but I'm due a replacement.
There are many models of Satellite Navigation / GPS units available and from various brands but I've only ever gotten on with TomTom. I've found Garmin and Navman units a bit fiddly to program. I'm sure if I stuck with them, I'd get used to them but I've always preferred TomTom thanks to the easy-to-use layout. Battery life lasts a couple of hours, which is good but for most, unnecessary as they would plug it into the cigarette lighter in the car anyway.
I bought my TomTom ONE a few years back and it's still going strong. This is one of the earlier and more basic models with a fairly small screen (3.5") and no SD Card slot but I find the screen adequate. It came with a window mount, car charger adapter, USB cable and even a subscription for speed camera updates for a year (not usually included). It cost me just under £100 at the time.
I NEEDED a TomTom because I am terrible with finding my way around and am the sort of person who would get lost for an hour or two in unfamiliar areas or wouldn't be able to find my way to new destinations. Finding my way around London roads is daunting so with a TomTom to direct me every step of the way is necessary for my trips to places I don't travel to frequently. I admit I rely no it a bit too much but I know a lot of my routes to various places thanks to the TomTom showing me the way the first few (or 10-20) times!
I find it very easy to use and I'm pretty sure I've not used all the functions over the years as the main thing I need it for, is for it to guide me from A to B, and finding the odd point of interest. I simply turn it on, press the 'Navigate to...' button, choose 'Address', enter or select the town and then enter the address followed by house number if applicable or choose the postcode option and do it that way. This is with new addresses anyway otherwise you can choose from your Favourites or Recent destinations. The device then calculates a route, which typically takes 10-20 seconds depending on the complexity of the route and off I go, then guides you with loud and clear voice directions. The voice can be changed and I've even seen a Homer Simpson voice to make your journey more fun although I think it's not free.
Something I like is the toll roads option whereby you can choose to avoid them. This includes the London Congestion Charging Zone. £8 per day currently if you drive in the zone but annoyingly, there's no way to set a time so that the TomTom knows to avoid it during the hours and for it to not avoid it after 6pm, when it's free to enter the Zone. That and weekends, which are also free. I've set it to ask me regarding toll roads each time although it doesn't always ask as I think the TomTom just goes to standby mode rather than turn completely off when I press the button. Just a bit annoying.
About 99% of the time, it's proved to be excellent, getting me from my starting point to the destination and even right to the doorstep, but it's not always perfect. The most annoying thing I've experienced with the TomTom is when I'm driving in the City (London) where there are lots of tall buildings and my current location goes a bit haywire and the arrow on the screen (showing my location) jumps from road to road, which makes me miss my turn or turn down the wrong road. I sometimes do need to look at the screen even though there are voice instructions because sometimes the roads are close together so I'm not sure which one. Also some roads are pretty confusing if you're not familiar with them. I've even had times when it's taken me round in circles down large ring roads. This is likely due to poor satellite signal due to the tall buildings interfering although I think cloudy and bad weather can have a negative impact as well. Maybe bad weather is what causes Sat Nav's to guide people towards the edge of cliffs!?
On a number of occasions, it had tried to take me down a road that's been permanently closed off with barriers. There is an 'avoid roadblock' option under the Alternative Routes option to counter these problems. This is due to the installed map being out of date and it can be rectified by updating the map on the TomTom but unfortunately, the maps need to be purchased from the TomTom website. It costs around £20 for 4 map updates. i.e. one update every 3 months. Alternatively, there's something called Map Share, which means users send in road layout changes to TomTom and you can update your TomTom for free by plugging it into your PC via the USB cable via the TomTom software.
I've tried updating the map using Map Share but unfortunately, it still tried to take me down a lot of the newly formed dead ends so a lot of the changes aren't in these updates. Changes in roundabouts and other road layouts will have similar problems. It is quite possible for the TomTom to try to take you down the wrong way down a 'One Way' street if it was a new change so you would need to pay attention and apply commons sense and not trust the TomTom's directions 100%.
I've also found it useful for finding alternative routes in case traffic is at moving at a soul destroying crawl when there are incidents. On top of that, I can use it to find certain points of interests such as petrol stations, McDonald's, train stations, parking, etc. It can even warn you when you approach speed cameras (it also tells you your driving speed). You can tell it to choose different routes such as fastest, shortest, walking, cycling and limited speed (which you can set the speed), and only non-motorway. If you don't follow the route to the letter, then it just re-calculates the route based on where you are. Again, it typically takes 10-20 seconds, which is usually fine unless you're too close to the next turning so I do sometimes wish it could be a bit quicker with the calculation. If I know a better route in advance, I can use the Travel Via option for it to take this into account or just tell it to avoid certain parts of the route already calculated so it can re-calculate. It doesn't always give the best route as it doesn't take into account that some roads can get busy and choosing the 'Fastest Route' could end up being slower if there are road works or incidents.
Lastly, on one or two occasions, I've had the TomTom sit there doing nothing 10 minutes into my journey despite having set a destination. It was detecting satellites but I think it had crashed. For that occasion, I reset it by poking a pin into the reset button hole. That fixed it. That aside, I've not had any other problems with mine.
I've previously owned a RDC traffic receiver (about £15), which is an official TomTom accessory. This is an aerial, which plugs into the TomTom Go, which enables traffic updates. With this, it shows me where there is heavy traffic. Unfortunately, every time I've used it, it only told me there's traffic moments before I get stuck in it rather than guide me round it so it's not an accessory I'd recommend.
You can also get stuff like cases, replacement mounts, etc. The suction mount is easy to use but I've found that after a while, it just falls off. Not great if you're relying on the TomTom's guidance and it falls to the floor. It's very dangerous to try to pick it up while driving. The TomTom's dropped off many times as a result of the rubbish mount but the TomTom is very robust so it's survived each fall. I got myself a cheap vent mount, which does the job much better. Plus, I won't have a suction ring mark on my windscreen, which makes it obvious to burglars that I own a Sat Nav. Lastly, you can even get foreign maps so long as the TomTom's memory has enough capacity but this is at a cost.
- Easy to use
- Fairly cheap
- Voice directions
- Customisable (i.e. Voices, Points of Interest, Sounds, Speed cameras, colours, etc)
- Maps can be updated
- Warns you of speed cameras
- Points of interests and even speed camera points can be downloaded
- Included suction mount falls off easily
- Map can get out of date.
- Official map and speed camera updates are not free (Map Share not particularly effective)
- Can get bad signal
- You can rely on it a bit too much
- Doesn't always give you the best / quickest route.
I don't know where I'd be without my TomTom. Still lost wandering the streets in my car probably! Even if it's not this particular model as there's all sorts of others such as the XL, Traffic HD, etc but if you wanted to keep costs down, then this is the one to go for. It has a few problems but for the price and what it can do, it's highly recommended.
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I've had my TomTom One for years. Can't remember when i got it, but it was back when Sat navs hadn't been out all that long. I think it was about 4 years ago but could be slightly longer.
Since they were more rare sort of, there wasn't any aftermarket cheaper brands, It was all about Garmin's and TomToms, the brand named ones. I paid £250 for this. I didn't really need one to be honest. Looking back I was just trying to be a poser and being male and into gadgets I got one. I have to say it has come in handy over the years, but perhaps not £250 handy!
My one looks different to the Dooyoo picture. Mines is a black screen one, but the picture on it looks the same.
There is only 1 button on mine on the top and that's the power button. Hold the button in to put it on or off.
You can use this wired or wirelessly. you just plug it into your lighter socket in the Car and that's it charging and able to use this way, it can work when not plugged it, but the battery life isn't great. This could be because mines is getting old and battery may not be as good as it used to be.
This sits on a bracket on my windscreen. This makes t easy for me to glace at it now and again, but the spoken word from it will still get you where you need to be.
You access the menu's by touching the screen. This will give a few options. I always have my Home Address stored in this, and if you are anywhere and don't want to mess about with directions then clicking "navigate to home", will give you the directions straight to the house. You can search for directions with address or names of buildings, but I usually put the postcode in, it will come up the street name, I click on the number and it will show me the route.
On the screen it will tell you how far the distance is, and other useful information. It seems to look a bit ahead of the journey and points out Roundabouts and that.
The spoken voice on this is alright. It will come up saying things like "In 400 Yards turn right". The Wife isn't that great with yards and that, but if you glance at the screen then it shows you as well by a coloured arrow, so if you are coming up to a turn and you see the arrow turning then that is your turn.
Takes all the thought out of directions, and you can now pick these up a bit cheaper theseday. I wouldn't be without mine.
Do you remember the numerous lame Seventies TV sitcoms in which the nuclear family would set off for their holidays nearly always in a ford Capri and the mother would be sat in the passenger's seat directing dad, she would obviously misread the map and they would normally end up in a muddy field with cows all around looking in. Well if you're in your thirties or forties you'll certainly remember the tortuous journeys spent with harassed parents as they tried to make out the AA road map to Barry Island or Skegness.
So here is the modern day answer, TomTom is a company which makes navigator aids for those who can't read a map. The TomTom use a GPS signal to plot your position on the road and has a record of every road in the country in its database.
The TomTom is powered by plugging the jack into the cigarette lighter, this charges the machine and should give enough for off=battery for a while as well.
The TomTom at the rear has a plastic suction map which sticks to your cars window screen, this can be strategically placed to allow the driver to see the screen but not obscure his vision. The plastic cup leads to a hard plastic pivot at the back which makes the tomtom capable of being adjusted.
So you want to set off, you have the details of where you're going and want to programme the TomTom. Very easy to do, the machine has a simple setting for programming you can either programme based on a postcode, a town, or an address. Programming by postcode is easiest but you will need to add a house number, if your going to somewhere which isn't a house number then make one up. The machine will then go through its database and find the quickest way to get from your position to your final destination.
The TomTom will then display the route on a little map, tell you how far and an indication of how long it should take based on speed limits as you travel. You can then either accept and click done, or go back and tell the machine that you want to travel via somewhere or avoid something such as a motorway. Then when happy press done and the machine will tell you your position at the moment, time, miles to destination and how what time it predicts you will arrive.
This finding of your present condition can take a few moments, but most drivers know roughly which direction to head and in a minute or two the TomTom will be active and telling you where to go. If you do go wrong and miss a turning, then TomTom does automatically correct itself and tells you how to get back to the straight and narrow immediately.
TomToms have voices which can tell you how to get to a certain destination; they will tell you which road to come off, which junction at a roundabout etc. The voice can be turned off, or you can pick a different one if desired. Currently ours is an Irish brogue who tells us where to go in his soft Irish accent.
You can ask the TomTom to direct you to the nearest point of interest, these are usually petrol stations, or hospitals, or shopping centres etc. They then give you a few options and tell you how far each one is away from your present position. This is very useful if you're low on petrol or need to find a comfort stop.
The normal TomTom is brightly coloured with the road the TomTom wants you to be on in green on a mainly brown/yellow background. However, at night this can be too bright so you can set it for nightime driving in which the road you want is in blue, the background black and the other roads a grey/blue. Only the instructions as to the next road and miles to go etc stay the same.
TomTom does take you the quickest which may not be the shortest or the best for your mode of transport. You can scroll through the instructions to check you're not being taken through an obscure B road or over a top of a mountain as it did once on a drive to Anglesey. Also the database doesn't automatically update so any new roads causes the TomTom to have a bit of a panic attack and to tell you to turn around when necessary. You can update but I think it costs money to do so.
TomToms are brilliant, they take away the stress of driving from A to B and for just over £150, they are indispensable if you drive regularly. I'm amazed we did without them to be honest but then where would that Seventies sitcom have gone with an episode on being told to 'turn around when necessary'? I have noticed that places where people might visit have made finding their address and particularly their postcode much easier to find, this is a great help.
I'm generally known amongst my friends and family for being absolutely terrible when it comes to directions. I've been known to come out of a shop doorway and not know which direction I entered it from! Therefore, when driving, for me a sat nav is almost an essential.
I've owned the Tomtom One Classic for some time now, and one of the first things you notice about the unit is its smart appearance and tidy size. This means it fits easily into most handbags or, in my case, even a coat pocket. This gives great peace of mind, as leaving an expensive electronic item in the car is never a good idea.
The second thing to note about this product is its ease of use. The menus are clean, clear and easy to follow, and tapping in instructions is an absolute doddle. The only criticisms I would be able to level at this product is that it sometimes takes a while to locate suitable satellites when it is switched on. A lot of the other models have more maps and features, but they cost more money so this is of course expected.
When I started driving, I realised very quickly that I was awful at map reading, kept losing directions written down or printed, and that outside of my local area, I had no idea where I was going, so I decided to buy a sat nav. My inital deciding factor to buy the TomTom One Classic was the fact it was on a special sale with £60 off the usual price. I knew I wanted a TomTom as some of my family had one already, and they seemed to be the most reliable out of all the ones I had previous experience with.
The TomTom One Classic is a general sized sat nav, with a large enough screen that all details I need to see can be seen. The outer casing is a light gray color, and the power on and off button is on the top of the casing. There is a reset button on the bottom of the casing, should you need to reset it, and the port for connecting the TomTom One Classic to the in car charger, or to the USB cable for updating the sat nav. The TomTom One Classic comes in a box along with the in car charger, the USB cable and a disc for the computer. It also comes with a user manual, a window sucker part and warranty information.
The user manual is nice and easy to use and understand, should you have any questions or problems with the use of the sat nav. I personally have not really needed the user manual as I find the sat nav nice and easy to use.
The start up of the sat nav is really easy, you just hold down the power on/off button for a couple of seconds, and wait for the screen to load. If you chose the option in the settings, on start up it will show you the name and address as to who the sat nav has been registered to. If you have not selected this option then the first screen that comes up will ask you what to do next. This will give you the options of Navigation, settings and points of interest.
Upon selecting the navigation option, you will be given a few more options. These include navigating to a previous destination, a favorite destination, postcode, street address, town centre or home. The home option will only work once you have entered and saved your home address. Favorite destinations can be saved to the sat nav at any time, whether you are at the beginning of a journey or at the end. The point of interest option is helpful for things like needing the nearest petrol station or place to eat, although my personal experience of this shows it is not always the nearest one it takes you too.
Most of the time, I have been very thankful for my TomTom One Classic, but there has been times when I have felt like throwing it out of the window. Sometimes it decides to tell me to go across roundabouts that just don't exist, it won't tell me where to go on some roundabouts that do exist, and sometimes ( I swear it does it on purpose) it won't tell me to turn until after I pass the turning. Also, my sat nav seems to think my house dosen't actually exist, so I have to set it to the house next door for it to take me home, but it still tries to send me the wrong way right at the end of the route, good thing I know where I live lol.
The TomTom One Classic plugs into the car cigarette lighter with the in car charger, so you can charge the sat nav whilst you drive. There is also the option to set the TomTom One Classic to walking routes, but make sure it is fully charged first, as you don't want to run out of battery half way through a route. There is quite a selection of languages on the TomTom One Classic, and you can choose between a male and female voice too, called Tom and Jane. If you connect your TomTom One Classic to the computer, you can buy and download extra voices for your sat nav, including celebrity ones like Ozzy Osbourne, John Cleese and Donald Duck.
There is options to set the sat nav for night or day colors, which is great for night time when you don't want the screen to be so bright that it distracts your attention from the road. You can easily change the volume of the voice, or turn it off completley should you wish, this is very handy for loud motorways. The sat nav also warns you of speed cameras (not all of them, or mobile guns ) and tells you the speed of the road you are on, and what speed you are travelling. You can also set options for an alert to be sounded when you are going to fast, near a school or nearing a level crossing. There is also the option to have a different car icon on the screen. The preset icon is an arrow, but this can be changed to a car of many different colors, or even a bus.
All in all, I find this sat nav brilliant, even with its slight annoying flaws. I would not be without it now, and it has helped me out in millions of travels. I have even managed to avoid major traffic problems with the option of avoid route part, so you can go around an area that is known for bad traffic jams, or an area you have heard of an accident. The TomTom One Classic is a brilliant sat nav, and right now you can buy it from Amazon for £95.00, which may seem like a lot of money, but it is much cheaper than many other sat navs, even from the TomTom range, and it really is a brilliant sat nav for the money.
I give this sat nav a 5 out of 5, as I love it, and I would not be without it now.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
I purchased the TomTom One SatNav second hand from a friend. For a week, it worked perfectly. Then, the voice cut off, and it's never returned. Turns out that the speakers inside these devices have a habit of breaking.
Luckily, the TomTom is easy to use with or without the sound. Sure, it'd be nice to have a man or woman instructing me (my personal choice for a week was a friendly Irish man who seemed all too happy to cheerily tell me how to get from Preston to Manchester), but the device comes with a 3.5 inch screen and fits onto my dashboard, and is fine to use without. It has a very clear screen (anti-glare), with a range of symbols telling you what your next move should be. These are easy to work out. When my SatNav wants me to keep in the right hand lane on a motorway, I know it.
Unfortunately, my TomTom does take a few minutes to find a signal from inside the car. However, it doesn't lose a signal once it's found it, so I tend to switch my device on just before I get into the driving seat - it picks the signal up instantly then.
The SatNav has lots of fun features. Of course, there are various voices to choose from, and you can download more, but we'll not discuss those. You can also customise the colouring of your roads (it comes with a night mode, too), the symbol used to represent your car, and the warning sound that signals when you're going over the speed limit by even the slightest bit (ranging from a hilarious 'moo' to a rather dangerous car horn sound that causes confusion by sounding like it might be coming from outside the vehicle).
Though my natural instinct for direction on foot is brilliant, it's useless in a car, and without my TomTom I doubt I'd go anywhere alone. Fortunately, I'd have no issue driving around the world with this little device next to me. Except, of course, that it comes pre-loaded only with UK maps. Which brings me to my next point...
TomTom have produced a clever little downloadable piece of software, TomTom Home. Install it to your PC, hook up your SatNav via the provided USB cable, and you can update roads, download all sorts of other features including new maps and traffic update software, and add new sounds and colours. I've recently myself purchased the US maps for a reasonable £45 in preparation for a holiday to Florida, and a quick pretend navigation to Disney World from the airport indicates that these maps will work just fine!
The TomTom gives you an indication of your journey in miles and yards (or at least, that's what mine is in). Whilst I'm good with miles, I took a while to get used to how far 300 yards was going to be - fortunately, if you do miss your turning the device quickly calculates a new route, and it has no problems with telling you how to access the opposite side of a dual carriageway without going too far out of your way, either.
The aforementioned TomTom Home software allows you to update any out-of-date maps (for a cost), and can tell you when they were last updated on your device, but TomTom also offer a MapShare feature which I have activated. This feature allows you to receive un-moderated corrections made by other TomTom owners, and if you end up getting lost down a cul-de-sac and told to turn left at the end (as has happened to me only once) you can use the device to quickly program your own corrections and send them out to others to avoid them making the same mistake. As with all SatNav devices, whether you have MapShare on or not, it's best to take every direction given with a piece of salt - you can never be sure that the information you're given is accurate, but provided you have any common sense at all, you'll be fine.
Setting a route in the first place is a simple process, too. Your SatNav will remember your home address, and you need only click one button to map a route there from wherever you are. If you're traveling elsewhere, you can enter a postcode or road name and choose whether you want to take the fastest route, the shortest route, or various other options.
The TomTom One has the ability to give you directions to points of interest, including airports, train stations, petrol stations, amusements, beaches, car rental facilities, garages, campsites, cash machines, cinemas, educational establishments, food outlets, post offices, companies, dentists, doctors, hospitals, hotels, points of natural beauty and parking facilities... *breathes* to name but a few. It also has a 'Help Me!' button for emergencies, which can tell you where you are, find you the nearest phone, and give you instructions on how to drive to, or walk to, helpful places such as car repair centres, medical centres, and (if you're close enough) home.
The SatNav also has buttons within this 'Help Me!' section labelled 'Emergency Services' and 'AA Breakdown'. Click one, and you'll be given a phone number and a script of exactly what to say to get help as easily as possible. My own currently tells me to say "I was on Warwick Street, Preston, between North Street (30 yards) and Lawson Street (75 yards), eight minutes ago". Excellent if you're feeling particularly lost.
The help doesn't end there, though. Further guides in this section of the device include a first aid manual, and guides on the local area (wherever that may be) and any specific traffic regulations that may differ from your home town - ideal for those who travel a lot. There's also a car repair and maintenance manual, perfect for those, like me, who know nothing more about a car than what they needed to know to pass their test.
Affordable and packed with features that make it the most valuable resource a driver could own, the TomTom One comes highly recommended by me!
The Tom Tom Home is a brilliant device! I got this for my birthday last year and have used it several times. It is great for when you have no idea where you are going and just need something to get you there - without having to continually stop to look at a map! I find this very easy and simple to use and the only disadvantages of this are that when you set it to take you to your destination by the shortest possible route you can end up on very small back roads and over mountains etc! I generally set mine to go by the fastest route and that's usually ok. The maps are sometimes not very accurate - for example when we were in france in the alps it kept telling us to turn right and left but it was just hairpin bends in the road. You can download maps to update it and i've even downloaded a little picture of my car to put as the arrow so it looks like my car is driving along the road! Overall - a great product, never lost!
The TomTom One classic is a simple and effective sat nav that will get you from a to b.
This device plugs into the cigarette lighter in your car and charges from that. It almost instantly finds the satellite and gives you precise and good directions.
I have used the TomTom one all around the country and it has worked well everywhere. From the small winding streets of Cornwall and Devon to the big motorways and in cities such as Nottingham, Leeds and London.
The only time that it can get confused is when you drive on roads underneath other roads. It often thinks you are on a different road to the one that you are on and gives you some strange directions.
Another little problem it has is occasionally it tells you to 'keep right' or 'keep left' when it means turn right or left and vice versa. The simple solution to this is to look at the simple and easy to read map. On the map it changes the colour of the roads you go on so that you can quickly tell where you need to go if the spoken directions do not suffice.
You can programme in your home location so you can quickly and easily navigate home. You can also customise features such as the voice of the person talking (I use an Irish woman). The car icon can also be changed to pictures of different cars and the background colours can be changed.
The TomTom one tells you where speed cameras are but would need updating regularly which can be done by connecting it via usb to your computer
All in all this is a good and simple to use sat nav. I would recommend this as a cheap and cheerful, yet very capable product.
Your device couldn't be simpler to use - just plug in and tap the touch screen of TomTom ONE Classic United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. You will be on your way very quickly with TomTom's intuitive user interface.
TomTom ONE Classic United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland features Map Share technology. Make corrections to your own map and benefit from thousands of corrections made by TomTom users every day - free of charge. Your device comes with fixed safety camera alerts pre-installed, to help you to drive more safely and responsibly. This TomTom device is compatible with TomTom's TMC Traffic Receivers, so your routing can be optimized for the traffic ahead.