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I love this gadget I really do, before I owned a tomtom I had to print off google maps or good old maps. It was messy to say the least , apart from the annoyance of having to print google maps off at the office or having to read maps whilst driving if there was a sudden diversion, the chances are that even with my relatively good map reading ability id be late somewhere if I didnt keep on the ball.
With the tomtom that doesnt happen anymore. The logic is unmistakable, by getting to a destinaton more effeciently, you save time and if you not driving up and down roads trying to find the place your gong to, you save fuel and so you save money.
This tomtom can be purchased for £125 on amazon and you can get a second hand one for £75 but I dont think it would be a good idea to get one of those. You wouldnt really know if it worked properly
The tomtom has maps of GB and Rep of Ireland and all their islands. It has a 3.5 inch screen and touch select capability. The on / off button is at the back off the tomtom and to turn it on you press the on off button for a few seconds and the screen illuminates. TT also comes with an alert to tell you when speed cameras are coming up...like the road angel gadget.
You update the tomtom by plugging it into your PC enabled application, tomtom HOME, which allows you to update maps as and when roads are changed and route are developed. You obviously dont want your tomtom to fall behind too much and they advise you update your tomtom every 6 month for a price of around £18 I think...so its quite allot, but honestly I dont think this is needed. I havent updated mine yet and its been about 2 yrs since I got it and 99% of the time I dont run into any problems. If I do run into a diversion then it is normally temporary roadworks and so would not show up on permanant map changes anyway. Personally im gong to wait a year or two more before I update. This also recharges the TT
You can select a male or female voice to direct you and can change it to a number of languages. You can recharge your TT whilst you are in the car with the lighter adapter that you get in the box. Along with this you get - a Manual, the TT, the holder, and USB cable and TOMTOM Home CD.
The screen layout
You can have the roadlayout and surrounding area in 2d or 3d, with a day or night light variation (which really saves battery time, on day battery time is about 90 mins, on night this is extended to over 2 hrs)
You have a speedometer, a milage counter that counts down as you aproach your destination and timer, giving you an est-time of arrival and how long you have driving before you get there.
The menus are easy to navigate and you can default to a home destination setting that automatically saves the address so you dont have to keep punching it in, you just select home. You punch in any address you want to go to , by selecting a postcode and then house number...that is hard to do if you have no house number just a name for the house obviously. Best thing to do is select that street and find the house once your there.
The only issues I have had is the fact that the buttons for the touch qwerty kepboard layout are too small and I find that I have to use a key to select them. Other then that I find that when you first turn it on and select the first destination it takes a while to find the nearest GPS satallite until you get moving...this is not ideal as you need to comit to going in one direction before it kicks in, but Its fine for me as I live near an A road and by the time I get there it has always sorted itself out. You can muck around with the satallite configuration but this looks technical and I dont want to bugger up my configeration as is.
All in all this is a smart piece of kit.
****One tip though dont keep it in your car and wipe off the marks from the inside of the windscreen where the holder sticks onto the screen. Car theives are known to hold a light to it and if they see marks they know ou might have a TT in your glove compartment and break in !!
My partner started a new job the begining of the year and his job meant that he had to do alot of driving to do work. My partner is not the best when it comes to reading maps and due to him being self employed meant that he got paid per job so the need to know where he was going quicker was a necessity. I decided that I would buy him a sat nav so that it would help him get to places. This particular one was not the first one that I bought because the first one was one of the cheap ones because we were low on money but it broke so when it came to the next one I paid more money for him to have the better one. Tom Tom had been recommended to us and was used by alot of our family members so this was the brand that I was going for. The one that my partner wanted was the XL which is the best of the best but I refused to pay over £200 for one that he would only be using locally rarther than in other countries. This one was part of the range of the IQ range so it should be just as good as the XL just not used abroad. This was priced at £159 so this was a reasonable price. My partner wasn't sure at first because of how small the screen was and when he saw it he was even more less impressed.
The area that this sat nav covers is Great Britain and Republic of Ireland, this is perfect for him and he will not be using the feature for Ireland unless we decide to visit there. He has had to use this to travel to stoke and further areas within the Midlands area which he has never been too before. He has only been driving 5 years and he had never travelled further than to a local work place and back until he met me who likes to go everywhere to his dismay so this has been useful for personal use. This has found the places he has needed fast and has directed him brilliantly, he was not taken down wrong routes with this which was good. I use the word was because he got it pinched out of the van.
This has got a 3.5 inch screen which is small but it is like I explained to my partner that in all honesty while driving you are not supposed to be looking at the on screen directions you should just be listening to the voice telling you where to go so the size shouldn't be a problem. When he entered the address he was able to see it clearly to select it and the buttons were still easy to press on the screen without any problems so I think that it was less distracting for the driver due to it being smaller. In the box you got the satnav, easy port mount, a usb cable, car charger and the relevant documents to show you how to use it and a book for accessories.
The mount was already attached to the sat nav and just required pulling out slighly to adjust it in the van for usage. There was a small on off button on the sat nav that was easy to press and it quickly set up ready to use I would say that it took less than 5 minutes for this to activate. My partner uses the in car charger all the time rarther than charge it and use it when needed. This simply plugs into the cigerette lighterer in the van and into the sat nav, this means he has it in the centre of the window due to this is where the lighter is situated in the van not on the window of course just underneath. There is a step by step instruction on this in the book displayed by pictures which are easy to understand. The Usb cabe is for use to update maps when needed and is also able to be charged thourgh your computer which is handy if you need to charge it and don't want to use the in car charger due to cables around you when driving.
When you set up the sat nav you have to enter a few detail like the time and language this is so that you get the right information and the best use from your product. I had this delivered while he was at work so I stood in the centre of my garden and switched it on to set it up ready for him to use. I never read instructions when using things I just play to find out how it works up to yet I have not broken anything this way but there will come a time.
The on screen options are very self explanitory you have a settings button that enables you to change the screen brightness which is good when it comes to night driving due to you don't want it too bright to distract you while you are travelling. You get to change the sound level which my partner always has on high i'm sure he is deaf at times, you can change the map type in this section which will give you 3 or 4 different types a plain one that is black and grey a colour one which is simple and another colour one which is more lifelike and you also get to choose a car, arrow or other things to show your place on the map. You have the finder option which you will enter the postcode or street name to find once you have done this it will give you a list with that address for you to select the correct one, then you punch in the number of the house if you do not know it just put one in and it will take you by your destination which is good. This will then set up your destination and start to tell you where you are going. This works like every other sat nav from then and will direct you while driving and will re direct you if their are roadworks plus if you take a wrong turning it will direct you in a different way instread of telling you constantly to turn round. You are able to change to voice of the narratior which I like because sometime the voice on these can be a bit annoying my partner says its like me nagging him and he has to listen to it all day without a break at least he will never forget me. You are able to find an alterative route to the same place incase you do not want to take the quick route that means you have to go through towns or on motorways which is good. When driving I would always find an alternative route as a back up. There is a help me button which will give you trouble shooting options if you are not able to do what you want to do and it will explain how to do it or where to find out this information, I found this better than reading the book because it was easier to find. You have add favouites button which you are able to put in your address or destinations that you visit often to find your way after a while it is easy to do without using this but for the long traveller with different places to go to each day the home address is useful to have set in. You have a recent destination where you can look back to what you have entered incase you have to return which my partner has needed to do on the odd occasion of having to return to a job. The point of interest button is good because this will give you the nearest petrol station and emergency services even eating places which can be handy when you are in a place you dont need.
I set this to Quatery keyboard which is like a computer keyboard which I find easier and so does my partner the buttons on the touch screen are easy to press and very accurate when pressing them. What I liked about this is that it tells you when you are approaching staggard junctions and cross roads which are hazzards. It tells you what time you should arrive and if you do get stuck in traffic it will adjust the time. It also tells you how fast you should be going and how fast you are going and will beep if you are going to fast to show you to slow down, I really like that because it makes my partner realise his speed when he has got the children in the car which I tend to nag him about. It also tells you how far away the destination is in miles and km which is good when you are planning or needing for work to claim milage back for self employment or expenses. This is a simple tap screen that if you pull over half way though a jouney and have to change your route you tap the screen and it will take you back to the main menu to re enter other things or even find the closest petrol station before continuing your jouney. It is also easy to find your jouney again and the device will store it for a long time unless you delete it which is good.
I can't say we ever got full use out of this device for what it can do but it did what we needed it to do. It has been the best one that we have owned. It is smart looking and easy to use. It was quick and automatically updated information from a satellite so we never needed to attach it to a computer. I would advise that these are always taken out of the car due to theft and would advise this one for people. I think this is good value for money and is very up to date. This is good for the travellers of Britain but the XXL is better for the world. I like this range and invested in a che aper model in the Tom Tom range to replace this which is not much different.
Having received this product as a gift I have been surprised and delighted.
I used to borrow my dad's sat Nav and to be honest, I didn't really see why people bothered with them as I still got lost with it. However with this model I have found that it is very good and reliable. Once the GPS signal is established at the beginning of the journey, it has only ever got lost when in a tunnel. Other models I have seen lose the signal in woods, but this has never happened with this one.
The IQ routes is an excellent new feature, as it will advise you of the best route at the time of day when you are actually travelling and provides a guide of which lane to use when on motorways. You can also subscribe to traffic updates for this model, which will keep you informed of the any traffic problems. This does incur an extra charge and I have not tried this yet.
The unit is small and compact and will easily fit into most handbags. Having the easyport mount attached to the unit means you only need to carry the actual unit (and the charger if your on a longer journey), which is definately an improvement on previous models.
The price, in my opinion, is very reasonable for what you are getting and well worth the money. I have seen at around £100 which I think is a real bargain.
In particular I would recommend this Sat Nav to people like me, who want to get from A to B, with minimal fuss and without getting lost. There are lots of features, but the good things is, you choose whether to use them or not, and to me, that it was technology is about - providing people with helpful items and giving them choices. I use the extra features such as going somewhere via a shop/service or using a sound to indicate speed cameras when I have time to but if I'm in a rush I just put in the address and go.
I recently went on a short break to Oxford. I have never been there before and don;t know my around at all. If I had gone without my Sat Nav I would have got lost all the time, which would probably have put me off going to some places. With this Sat Nav I was able to go to all the major towns and attractions, with minimal fuss.
Having used TomTom One V2 this is a huge improvement in terms of GPS guidance and overall design of the gadget.
This version has the additional feature of IQ routes. What that means is it'll calculate the shortest routes, taking into account of the "short cuts" based on historical data depending on the time of day and day of the week. The supposed result is a shorter journey time. BUT, this isn't always the case. What I have noticed is that it doesn't always pick up what should be the shortest route - so it isn't always 100% reliable (as with all GPS devices).
The design of the TomTom One IQ routes is very slim and sleek. I love it. It's easily portable and appears a LOT smaller than previous editions, yet the screen size is exactly the same.
The easy port mount now has an improved suction feature over the last model. It has a rotating mechanism that greatly increases the suction power so you don't need to worry about the GPS falling from the windscreen whilst driving. Although it has fallen off on a few occasions, it was down to my fault for placing the mount on a slight curve on the windscreen. Since I've positioned it elsewhere, it hasn't failed me. (It's been 4 months now).
The USB port has now been positioned in the centre bottom of the device which has a little groove so that the wire can be positioned closer to the device.
The power indicator has also moved to the bottom of the device. While this may not seem a big thing - for some it could be one of the greatest improvments. I say this because in the previous model, the green light could be reflected onto the windscreen so you could be constantly distracted by a green light. Now that it's at the bottom, it doesn't get reflected and so there's no distractions = safer driving!
It's not all good points though, one major flaw which I found in this device and not in my older one is that it doesn't always pick a route for a common destination. A recent example was that I programmed it to go to Thorpe Park - which is even in the point of interests. No routes would be picked up even with full reception. I typed in the post code, still nothing. I had to revert to my old model which had no problems planning a route.
Overall, a great introductory GPS device with enough features for even the regular driver. And at just over £100, it is a bargain.