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I'm known for not having a sense of direction, after 12 years of driving I still have to think how to get to local places. In fact I'm that bad when I was learning to drive I could do the same route ten times and not recognise most of it, but thankfully the modern age has something for people like me - the sat nav :) Mine is a Tom tom one, well I say mine it's actually my husbands who ironically has an excellent sense of direction, but it was given to him by my mum and dad as a thank you for servicing their car (they had bought another one). This is the uk and europe version as they had bought it on the cross channel ferry on one of their past trips to see my brother in France as theirs had broken (the one previous to this).
**Tom Tom One**
Mines the version 2, this is a rectangular grey box with a touch screen. I think the map data is from 2007, so some of the roads are out of date. This has an inbuilt gps receiver and about 2 hours battery life, you can use the in car charger if this isn't long enough. On the back is a speaker, and at the bottom is a sd card slot, and a slot to connect it to a tom tom holder. It comes with uk and western europe maps pre installed.
To switch him on you press the button on the top, and he's well trained so will open with wherever you left him. Usually this will be a greyed out map screen of wherever he last picked up a gps signal, on the bottom are two blue boxes one with your signal strength, and the other with directions or telling you he has no signal, when you have a signal the map will go all colouful. To go into the main menu you touch the main map and this gives you several options;
Navigate to ...
This is of course the main option, as it is probably why you bought Tom Tom in the first place. Touching it presents you with some more options to tell him where you want to go to. There is Home (self explanatory really), Favourite, Address, Recent destination, point of interest, point on map, latitude and longitude, and position of your last stop. The main one I use is Address, this pretty much does as you would think allowing you to tell him a post code, town, street and house number or junction you would like to get to. Looking at this I see I have also made use of favourites as there are several addresses still in it from Majorca (last years holiday) and my step daughters old address, as well as several french addresses from when my parents had this. I haven't used the other options including Home much, as mostly we use it for looking for addresses for things my husband has bought on ebay. I'm not really too keen on having Home on there as I don't think it's very safe if you lose it, especially if they have your car keys, and mine is still set to my parents address (which I can find my way to even without Tom Tom). I think the other options like the point on map, and latitude are nice to have, but not the kind of thing most people will use.
This will only be lit up if you already have a route programmed in, and is a handy little tool for avoiding part of a route you don't want to take, for example if you know there are road works. In this there is also an option to travel via something, for example that Mcdonalds that is in the point of interests (in my experience most listings under restaurants are Mcdonalds, a fact I'm perfectly happy about :) ), there is also parks, shops and hotels etc. Under this section.
This is a section thankfully enough I've never had to use, but looking at it it provides you with driving or walking directions to various people who could help you in any situation, hospitals, garages, vets etc. There is also an impressive phone for help section, which has a list of local numbers you may need. There is also a "Where am I?" button, and First aid guide although this last doesn't work on mine.
Add as Favourite
This allows you to add locations to your favourite's for easier and quicker navigation. You can add any of the navigate to places as well as "My Location", which is wherever you are at the time. I found this last handy last year when we hired a car in Majorca as we were able to use it to remember where our hotel was, and where the car hire was.
This allows you to extensively change the settings for using the sat nav, planning, favourite places to visit, your home address or what information you want displayed. It also allows you to decide if you want tom tom to pick the fastest or shortest route, and which voice he uses, ours is actually female :)
This is self explanatory really, it allows you to prepare a route in advance. Like the favourites this has the same options as Navigate to... Apart from you have to tell him where you are leaving from.
This allows you to look at the map to see where you are or want to go.
This allows you to correct the map, and to download map corrections by others if you have a tom tom account.
I've never tried this but you can connect Tom Tom to your phone's wireless connection.
This is similar to prepare route in that it's for advance planning, but this allows you to plan several different stops.
The last page has Tom tom plus services on it as well as the clear route and view route options. To use the Tom Tome plus services you need to connect it to a wireless service through your phone, to be honest I've never done this, but looking at it it provides information about traffic conditions and the weather. There is also a guided tours button, which gives you a guide of the different functions on Tom Tom.
**My Tom Tom**
As I have already said ours is mostly used for finding addresses when we have bought things from ebay, mostly engine stuff. For this he's very good, he does take a few minutes to pick up a satellite signal at first, but once he has one unless you go through a tunnel he keeps it. We have had times where he has tried to take us down a track, which didn't look suitable for a car, but using common sense we have continued on until Tom Tom found a route that looked more suitable. He has been used in Majorca by us last year, and in France by my parents with no problems. In Majorca he didn't always recognise some of the roundabouts, but again using common sense he got us to where we wanted to go. I use this without the holder and if I'm on my own put him on the passenger seat, but mostly he is used with the two of us, and I will look to see where he wants us to go while my husband drives. I would definitely recommend him as he's never let us down, has always got us to where we wanted to go (although sometimes we've had to turn around to find car parks), and unlike me he always knows where we are :)
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I bought my Tom Tom one about six years. I work in Software sales and the particular solution I was selling at the time meant travelling up and down the country every week. I would sometimes do 2 or 3 appointments in the same region across a few days. Before Tom Tom it was a case of using the old Map, which I did not particularly like or putting the route into Autoroute on the PC and printing out the driving directions and various pictures of the smaller roads along the route. Both of which were pretty dangerous and it meant always trying to read and drive at the same time.
Anyway I decided enough was enough and got a Sat Nav. At the time I paid about £169 for the Tom Tom One from PC World. This was a Sunday afternoon after football and I was due to be travelling from Kent to a little place called Kendall in Yorkshire I think the next day. Luckily for me the device was very simple to set up and within minutes I had worked out how to add my destination and Tom Tom had already worked out for me how long the journey would take, impressive stuff.
Anyway next morning I set of having never travelled to my destination before. I found Tom Tom very easy to follow and there are a number of different voices to choose from if you want voice directions on. The screen is a good size and following the directions in so easy. I am pleased to say I made it to my destination easily. It is brilliant having your estimated time of arrival displayed on screen so you can let the person you are meeting early if you are going to be late. Some of the newer models have traffic news and alert you real time if there is a problem on your route and offer alternative routes.
Other nice bits on the Tom Tom are the ability to find local attractions such as restaurants etc. It has really helped me finding the nearest petrol station on occasions when I have been out in the sticks. It comes with a powerful sucker to attach to the windscreen.
I would recommend the Tom Tom to anybody whose job involves driving or anybody who just need a bit of help to get from A to B. I have looked at others like Navman and Garman and for me Tom Tom is a cut above the recommend.
I got this sat nav shortly after passing my driving test when it had first come out and it has become one of my best friends ever since. The exact model I have has a SD memory card in it.
The use of the SD method of memory means that it can accept cards with other things on such as maps. Unfortunately I tried to put in a card with the maps of the states and they were too big for my sat nave to be able to load.
I recently updated the points of interest by just dowloading an app pack and loading it onto the card. I now have places you would expect to find on a sat nav, like Tesco stores and cash machines, but I also have a few random ones like Ann Summers and bakeries.
Another thing I have added to it which is pretty cool is a voice modification. There is a file online where you can record all of the (about 60) phrases on your computer in your own voice and then use that to direct you. My boyfriend made me a silly one thats supposed to say "make a U turn" to something like "turn around when possible baby you've gone the wrong way" which is cute and funny. Better than having "Richard" the standard male voice directing me.
This sat nav is soooooo easy to use. I am obviously used to it but that is saying something as I am not technologically minded, but it is really easy to learn and the pointers guide you through every step of the process to find your route. I often have to give the device to a passenger and get them to program it while we are on the go, sometimes, if people have never used one before they struggle and get it wrong but most of the time because it is so easy to use, my friends are able to program it right.
If you've never used a sat nav then you should know, sometimes they direct you down random tiny lanes and you just have to know when to trust it and when not to. This one is no exception and i have got a bit lost more than a few times but I am learning.
I took this sat nav to France when we drove over and it was great to have the maps over there because its hard enough trying to drive on the wrong side of the road, so at least we didn't have to try and read maps too! The points of interest were also good for if we were looking for some inspiration of where to go.
The sat nav comes with a nifty holder to hold it on the winscreen but I do sometimes find that I am not very good at getting it to stay on the winscreen so it often falls off halfway through a journey. I don't think this is a product fault though because if my boyfriend sticks it on for me, it never comes off. It is charged with a mini USB charger which is plugged into the cigarette lighter of the car and it has a really long cable which means you can have it on charge and still stick it almost anywhere you could want to.
Also this product is smaller than some of the other models you can get which means it is easier to keep in a handbag and everything - definite bonus for the girls!
This sat nav is avaliable for about £140 in various places and I think it can be bought from places ike Amazon, Comet, PC World, and I got mine from Argos but basically most places which have a technology department. I think the TomTom has retained its value quite well, but for one of the cheaper ones in the range, it is reasonably expensive relative to other brands and models. I do think it is worth it though due to the easyness it is to use and control.
I think thats it really, feel free to ask me anything in a comment though and thanks for reading!!
I bought this TomTom for a trip to France last year and have been very pleased with the performance of this device. The Tom Tom one is a basic model and when i paid £99 for it i wasnt expecting it to be amazing. However i was pleasntly surprised. The added benefit of buying the "One Europe" is that it comes loaded with maps of the Uk as well as Western Europe. Many devices will only be supplied with maps of the Uk. The maps are stored on an SD card which fits neatly into the back of the device and there is a window mounted suction cup that secures to the windscreen, although i found that if the window became misted up it slides off failry easily. I beleive there are vent mounted clips you can buy.
The device is a nice size and will just about fit into your pocket all though it may be a little bulky for some. They have made the LCD nice a large in comparison with the size of the device and this has the added benefit of being touch screen. the menus are clear and there are basic functionality options. You can also add weather and traffic alerts to the Device although these require a yearly subscription in order to recieve the alerts.
The device will accept postcode or you can enter the street name, location, house number or search for a point of interest. These a re split into catagories for example you can search for entertainment and it will find places such as cinema or bowling in the area.
The screen itself shows the next turn by an arrow, distance to next turn, time of destination and time to destination and also your speed.
The map is then in the top 3/4 of the screen.
Although this is a fairly basic satnav, for the price this does exactly everything you would want if your looking for something to simply get you to your destination.
I would highly reccomend.
a very reliable tomtom. nice screen size although a bigger one would be better. it has a nice design and fits neatly on your dashboard or on the windscreen although i did find that it dropped too often so perhaps getting a clip for it would be useful which attaches on to the air vents in the car. it comes with the tomtom cd so you can customise almost anything from voices to colours. once connected to a PC, it downloads the latest updates for it - mainly being the GPS fix. its very easy to use and i havnt had any problems with it so far. it comes with a memory card with the map preloaded and if you have enough space you can download more from the website. it also supports bluetooth which is handy when connecting with your bluetooth enabled mobile phone. overall a very nice, friendly tomtom which gets you from A to B without too many problems.
TomTom ONE combines ease of use, portability, touchscreen technology and an elegant, unmistakable new design. Drivers can enjoy the benefits of a TomTom ONE immediately, thanks to TomTom's award-winning plug and drive navigation software pre-installed on a memory card. This means there is no need to download complicated software, just plug in and start using. TomTom ONE comes with the latest maps of Western Europe.