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When I past my driving test one of the first things I purchased was a Satellite Navigation system (apart from a new car!). At the time I was a bit apprehensive about driving out into the world, and one of my major fears is getting lost! So therefore I hoped purchasing a sat nav would not only build up my confidence a little, but also prevent me from losing my way or making the wrong turns.
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I didn't take long purchasing a Sat Nav, I went onto the Amazon website and searched for a TomTom Sat Nav, as I was told it was the most used and reliable Sat Nav system to use. The TomTom One XL Europe cost me around £100 a few years back, however I am sure you can get it for around £40 now. There a few available from eBay sellers, however majority are used or seller refurbished and priced from £30 plus.
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* Plug & Go - works straight out of the box
* Large 4.3" high quality touchscreen
* Easy-to-use navigation: with user-friendly menu and TomTom's award winning software
* Portable, light and easy to handle
* Find your location quicker than ever before with TomTom's free QuickGPSfix software
* Fast route calculation and re-routing if roadblocks occur
* Large choice of routes - including quickest, shortest, and avoiding toll roads and congestion charge areas
* Convenient postcode navigation: quick, accurate destination selection from full UK and NL postcodes
* Easy access to traffic information: via optional accessory TomTom RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver or a subscription to TomTom Traffic
* Crystal clear 3D or 2D graphics for perfect viewing day and night
* Clear spoken instructions in in your own language (36 languages to choose from and 55 different voices available)
* Ready for TomTom PLUS services
* Includes TomTom HOME software - the essential tool to keep your TomTom up to date
* Millions of Points of Interest pre-installed such as hotels, restaurants, petrol stations, museums etc.
This information is from http://www.amazon.co.uk/TomTom-ONE-Satellite -Navigation-System/dp/B000PS68ZS
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***WHAT'S IN THE BOX***:
The Sat nav comes with an in car charger, a USB cable charger, instructions, SD card, Installation CD, and a windscreen holder. I was really happy to find that the sat nav came with basically everything I needed to get it started, as I had heard from a few friends that they had to buy USB cable separately with their differing Tomtom models.
***THE XL SCREEN***
The sat nav has a screen size of 4.3" which in my opinion is a perfect size, as my friend owns an older classic model which had a smaller sized screen which I found a little harder to see compared to this model. It has a high quality high resolution touch screen which makes it very easy to navigate through the menu etc, and has the perfect sensitivity for responding to touch. The high resolution screen graphics makes the routes very easy to follow, and displays colour vibrantly and clearly.
The setup process was very easy and straightforward, the first to do however is get the sat nav fully charged. I personally prefer recharging a day before use, therefore I would connect the USB cable to my laptop and leave it to charge. I remember when I first recharged it that it really didn't take long at all, a few hours at most. The recharging time was still quite consistent even a year after, taking maybe an extra half an hour or so to fully charge.
Of course you can always recharge it while it's in use, simply connect the in car charger to the small USB socket in the sat nav and connect the other end into the lighter socket in the car. This is very convenient, as there are occasions when I have had to use it when a road is blocked or when there is a closed off junction, and therefore this lets me stay on route without having to waste time in traffic or getting lost.
The windscreen holder is easy to attach thanks to its plastic suction that allows the sat nav to stay in place during car journeys. I have occasionally found that the holder doesn't always seem to stay in place, so on the rare occasion it would fall off my windscreen while driving! This can be very dangerous and irritating. However it only happened a couple of times, and it may be due to my own error of not fixing it on the windscreen properly than a fault with the holder. The holder allows the position of the screen to be adjusted, which I usually have positioned in a diagonal position, which I find enables me to clearly see the screen and the road at the same time.
***SETTING THE DESTINATION***
Once fitted onto the inner windscreen, the sat nav can be turned on by pressing the power button located on the top of the device. There will be short welcome sound and message and then the sat nav image will appear. To set it up for a destination you simply touch the screen and then a menu will appear, giving you an option to either type in your destination postcode or a street address. I always type in the postcode as it is so much easier and quicker and very accurate.
The on screen keypad number and letters are easy to see and simple require a quick tap on the desired letters/numbers to input the postcode or address. It also has a handy feature that allows you to save your home address into the sat nav, so all you have to do is tap the home symbol and it will automatically provide a route to your home address from where you are.
It usually only takes a few seconds to search for the address chosen and then your basically ready to go.
*** VOLUME ***
The volume can be adjusted by taping the bottom of the screen or by going into the settings section which is also in the menu screen. I find the volume to be very easy to hear even when set on medium, however if I have music or the radio playing I would put the volume up just above medium and it is still clear to hear. My dad sometimes uses this sat nav as well, and for him he needs to have the volume at the highest! Which for me is very loud, but as he has a slight hearing problem (due to age) it seems to be just right for him.
*** LEAD ME TO MY DESTINATION ***
Once it is started there will be a green arrow on the screen that directs you on where to go, as well as a clear voice guidance that keeps you informed on when the next turning is and how many miles left until in arrives. This is very helpful, as you don't want to have to keep looking at the screen every few seconds when you are busy driving, therefore I found the voice guidance very clear to understand and easy to follow. This sat nav has always got me to my destination easily; I have never experienced the sat nav taking me to a dead end or down the wrong way, although I have heard of others experiencing this, so maybe I am just lucky.
There are many helpful tools on the screen that also provide useful during the journey, one thing in particular is the speed limit and speed camera alerts. It gives off a short beep sound whenever there is a new speed limit or speed camera in range and has probably helped me dodge a few speed tickets along the way! The screen also tells you how many miles left to the destination as well as the time left of the journey, which is a great useful feature that allows me to track when and what time I will be arriving at urgent meetings and events etc.
One of the many features that I love about this Tomtom model is the auto route feature, which automatically changes route if for example you take a wrong turn or if a road is blocked due to road work. This has been a life saver for me and has helped me get to work on time when there is road work or closed off routes.
*** BATTERY LIFE ***
The battery life is good, but not excellent. It lasts around 4 hours before it needs recharging, however I personally do not find this to be a major problem as I can just pop it into the car charger and it can last me my whole journey easily. If you manage to forget the car charger like my dad did once then it might be an issue if the journey is more than 3-4 hours. Thankfully when my dad forgot to pack the car charger he was only travelling for an hour so it didn't effort his journey much.
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Overall this is great sat nav, that gets you from A to B without a problem. It is easy to setup, has a clear colourful screen, and a clear voice guidance. The maps can be updated online, and overall it is a simple basic sat nav that I would happily recommend to anyone.
I bought my tot tom one XL when i started a new job that meant 50k a year driving miles. I had never had a sat nav before, but had used a few different types. I chose the XL for its bigger screen.
The latest map guarantee is a great idea, if you buy a unit that has been in a store room for the last year then you still get the latest up to date map available for free.
The map updates are available every few months and seem a bit expensive, as you can get by just buying one map a year i reckon. The mapshare can help keep your map up to date between map versions, but should not be relied upon.
I would also reccommend the speed ("safety") camera locations so that you can drive more carefully through these unsafe areas and avoid any fines at the same time.
Although the maps are not perfect, even with the latest updates i could not do the job without it! At the worst you will get prety close to where you want to be, assuming you put in the right destination! You can just jump in the car with no planning and put in the postcode and set off! brilliant piece of kit, every driver should have one.
I also find the current speed very useful as you can see how fast you are really going. Each car has a slightly different speedo, and tyre sizes and tread etc can alter the speedo reading.
The software lets you customise virtually all areas from colours to voice to displaying / hiding different functions. Be warned though the novelty voices you can purchase become painful very quickly!
I was given the Tom Tom One XL as a gift to upgrade me from the misery of my old Packard Bell and I've never looked back!
The appearance of this Tom Tom is really stylish - the wide screen is easily readable and perfect to glance at quickly while driving. The display is clear and well set out, showing the distance to the next instruction, the expected time of arrival and distance to destination, while displaying the map clearly in the top two-thirds of the screen. You can choose from a number of different colour schemes and display options and customise to suit your needs.
The functions are more than adequate, and allow for personal touches such as favourite destinations and points of interest that you wish to flag on the route. You are able to travel via specific locations or choose to avoid them, which is particularly helpful if you have a favourite route.
The traffic control on this product is useful and receives traffic updates through local radio stations via an additional aerial that you must stick to the windscreen. It is helpful for major traffic problems but you must download applications to get up to date traffic info and automatic re-routing.
The maps on this sat nav are up to date and you can amend the maps if you discover changes in one-way systems etc. You can also download additional updates from the internet, keeping it constantly up to date with new road layouts and postcodes.
My favourite thing about this product is the voices that you can choose from. You can download more from the internet including comedy and celebrity voices, but I have a soft spot for Sean - my irish companion. His calm voice guides me through the most difficult routes and makes for a relaxed journey!
As an upgrade from the standard TomTom One, the TomTom One XL has a few additional features.
The main thing that attracted me to this model, was the screen size. Even though the standard TomTom One has a clear and easily viewable screen, the XL has that little bit more.
You have the option of moving the status ba to the side instead of the bottom of the screen, which is very handy.
It is also worth registering it on the web and updating regularly.
With the option of map-share, and updating of speed cameras, updating can be very handy.
Having used a few other sat-nav systems, i believe the TomTom to be the most user friendly and would recommend have recommended it to friends and family.
The menu setup is simple and easy to understand, and inptting your destination adddress couldn't be easier, by choosing the actual address (street name and house number) or just enter the postcode.
For me driving is always a bit worrying if I don't know where I'm going and I've lost count of the number of times I've ended up lost or missed a turning because whoever is supposed to be directing me forgets to tell me to turn!
But now I feel as though a weight has been lifted from my shoulders everytime I step into my car knowing I have my TomTom who will tell me exactly how to get there!
First of all the TomTom One XL has a larger then average screen, this makes seeing the map and where your going a lot easier and clearer as well as using the touch screen more simplier as your not fiddling around trying to press a function which are all crammed together. As its also larger the other information such as speed how far from your next turning you are and how long it will take you to get to your destination is clearer to read.
All of the functions on the TomTom are easy enough to understand and I have found I have never even needed to read the instructions as the options are that easy to use.
To get to the options all you need to do is touch the screen and they'll all come up infront of you it will then show you your options e.g navigate to, volume etc and you just press whichever one you want.
When choosing your navigate to button it will ask you whether its to a postcode, address, city or a point of interest and you just click away putting in where you want to go!
I have also found that it's great as when you are driving along it will warn you by beeping if your approaching a speed camera, it will also beep if you being to speed and it will have markers on the screen to show you any petrol stations and car parks are which is great if your travelling to a new city!
The volume can also be made quiter or louder depending on if you driving on a motorway or just down contrylanes and you can choose the voices you want to be directing you, which is great fun!
The sat nav tells you in plenty of time when turns are coming up as it will warn you say in 300 ft you'll be turning left and it'll reminf you every 100 ft or so until you approach that turning!
All in all I have found this a brilliant device which when I know I'll be travelling in my car I can't go without!
It's amazing how being stuck in heavy traffic can make you lose all concept of distance travelled. There I was, in the centre of Lincoln on Monday morning armed only with an AA Route Planner printout on the passenger seat and no passenger to read it out to me. I was already running late, due to the mistake of heading up the bypass and finding it difficult to turn round in the rush hour traffic. Once I had got back on the correct route, I felt okay but hitting heavy traffic was a hindrance and judging distances to turnings became almost impossible. As it happened, I didn't actually make any more wrong turnings, but I didn't know that and ended up telephoning the people I was meeting and then discovering that I was right outside their building! This was of course highly amusing to them and, although I did see the funny side of the situation, it was also very embarrassing! However, this episode reminded me of all the research I did into Sat Nav systems last year and re-affirmed the idea that I should have bought one! Of course, the trouble is, I'm very discerning in my choice of equipment and won't settle for a system that doesn't have all the features that I want just because Halfords are knocking them out at silly prices. So I would rather pay more for better quality and, if necessary, wait until my budget will allow for the expense. At the time, I had decided that the TomTom Go 710 was the best compromise for me because I wanted traffic and speed camera warnings and wouldn't need European maps. Also, I wanted the benefit of Bluetooth connections and street names being read out to me. The only thing that concerned me was the depth of the unit but even this has now been resolved with the upgrade to the latest slim-line equivalent 530 model and the 'Live' 540 version, with its additional features. My experience in Lincoln has demonstrated the dangers of putting things off, so if I am going to be making regular trips into unfamiliar surroundings, I should really invest in a Sat Nav unit. One thing's for certain - if I do, it will be a TomTom!
This is a slightly more upgraded version on the entry level units supplied by Tomtom. The unit has everything that the entry level one does(tomtom one version 4) with the inclusion of european mapping and also a larger screen, making it easier to see in those cars which have a bigger slope on their windscreens.
Firstly this is a review for the current version, which will be seen as version two or four, both of which are the same unit and not the first one whch is version one.
The reason I state this is because there is a slight difference in the mounting system used between the two. The current one uses an incorporated mount, meaning that the mount can stay attatched to the unit and folded against the back of it. This then fits neatly into the carry case which is an extra to the cost of the unit. This is much better than the old one as it is a lot less combersome and also is a lot stronger when attatching it to the screen.
The actual operation of the unit is very good and simple. I think that if you find this difficult to use then you will find any sat nav hard to use. It is simply a case of pressing a few buttons before entering your postcode and then you are ready to navigate! I have had the odd occasion wherby it doesnt recognise my postcode but by putting the address in it is fine. I
I have only used it in England so have not yet taken it abroad, but have heard from many people the it operates as efficiently in europe as it does in th UK, only it doesnt work on postcodes and you have to be putting the address in instead.
The unit has very clear spoken instructions and a nice big clear screen to view your turns on.
It has no extras such as bluetooth or traffic information, although there is a traffic version avaiable at a slightly more expensive cost(typically about £20 more) However, I think that for around £150 this is a very good, reliable unit that will navgate you around the UK and europe largely without fail. I think that if you do not need european mapping then go for just the UK version, but as there is no SD card slot it would be impossible for you to upgrade the unt to european maping, so make sure you are certain that the level of mapping is right for you.
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Purchased this sat nav last month as was going to France the start of August and my previous sat nav did not cover Europe. Can not recommend this sat nav enough. Used it for over a week driving around France and was superb. It picked up on tiny roads and the point of interest function is full of everything we needed. The volume was also great as it has such a big range and on my previous sat nav I struggled to hear with it at the maximum. Has a choice of voices to which the kids did find amusing for a short while! Also used it last week in London and again was wonderful, was driving very close to the congestion charge and it was great took me to within 100 yards of the charge, I missed my turning and it still managed to find me a way around! The only problem I have had with this tom tom is that I purchased the travel kit to go with it which came with a case and plug with european, english and other adapters for just under £20, however the case did not fit. When I took it back to the shop they were aware of the problem and offered an exchange to the basic plug charger so just kept what I had as wanted the different sockets. The only case I could get to fit this was a £20 leather one, which is a bit annoying as the travel kit clearly states tom tom one xl on it! Still a great buy and would not have got by in Paris or London without it!
I recently bought the TomTom One XL Europe as I've said I needed a satnav for ages and because I've started driving alot further afield than usual I thought there was no time like the present.
The first time I used the satnav was on my way back from Staffordshire to Huddersfield. The amount of rain than night was unbelieveable and for the majority of the journey the streets around me were in pitch black (due to the fact I was driving past midnight).
I don't think I'd even be home now if it wasn't for the TomTom One. Being in the hands of this little gadget not only relaxed me but made me feel asthough I was safe because the device is 100% following you the entire time and there was never a point when I wondered what the satnav meant or which road I was supposed to be taking or when exactly to move right. This being because the voice directs you clearly, accurately and efficiently for your entire journey.
TomToms are the most popular brand of satnav because they are by far the most highly developed in terms of technology. TomToms update themselves every three months, whereas Navman and Garmin only every 6-12 months.
Furthermore, one thing I found especially useful with the TomTom is its ability to change route or plan when it is appropriate to you. For example, if you come across road works so you take the opposite road to the one which the TomTom is advising then after three times of telling you to turn around this satnav will automatically figure out a route involving the direction you took, making life so much easier for you as you dont have to search for a way to follow the satnav, instead the satnav follows you.
In addition to this, something I noticed particularly useful is the way in which the TomTom can warn you of speed cameras and when exactly you are over the limit of the road you are on. The TomTom will do this by making a loud 'ping' noise, which immediately forces you to realize your mistake and correct it, saving you from getting a ticket on a road youre unfamiliar with.
Because the TomTom is designed for your comfort and ease, once you have programmed in your home address, if ever you are lost then all you need to do is press 'home' on the touch screen pad and you will be directed back the fastest easiest way to your house. Of course, you can also programme in address and so on of places you are intending on visiting.
Now the TomTom One comes in different sizes and I was wary about getting the smaller one so opted for XL however, I do recommend you really consider this before you buy the satnav because the bigger version is an awful lot more expensive yet when you're driving you have to consider that you'll be listening to the satnav more than watching it unless you're really stuck and I imagine if you're really stuck then you'll pull over in which case you'll manage to view everything more clearly on the screen regardless of whether the size is small or large.
The only downside of the TomTom One is that the battery life is only three hours long, of course if you have a working lighter socket in your car then you can plug the device into here if needs be however this is not available to everyone so does need to be considered if youre taking a long journey.
In conclusion, after having used (not owned but used) other satnavs in the past, I have to say, if you are considering buying a satnav then it is definitely worth the extra money for the best satnav brand out there. The TomTom won't let you down and will always guide you in the right direction with the most updated road maps that are available via satelite navigation.
We purchased the Tom Tom One XL a couple of months ago and are very pleased with it and glad we got it.
We went for this make because we had heard a lot of good things about Tom Tom, and so we browsed the range and decided to go for the One XL mainly as the screen is larger and widescreen, and because it has added functionality such as the Hands Free Bluetooth mobile phone connection.
Having moved to a new area and being unfamiliar with the region, this Tom Tom has really helped us out to find our way round. It is easy to use with the touchscreen options and you could easily figure it out without reading a user manual. The maps are easy to see and understand, and there are different voices that you can set to read the directions.
The bluetooth aspect to it has saved us the need to purchase a seperate hands free kit for the car. In a simple set up, your mobile phone automatically connects to the Tom Tom via bluetooth and then offers a touch screen call answering/making system using the Tom Tom's built in speaker. This is fantastic and very useful.
Overall we are very happy with the Tom Tom. The only downsides are that we have had delays updating the maps/software when connecting to the Tom Tom website and also the volume is not so loud on the speaker when taking handsfree calls and driving on the noisy motorway for example. Other than that it is great and we would not be without it!
Have been using a XL Europe for the last 8 months in Europe and the UK. Have found that it works very well and gives good clear instructions. Information given on the screen (adjustable to taste) is very good. Only issue I have is that they loose power quite fast when not in use (mine has been sent back and checked and is said to be OK). If not used for 3 weeks it looses all power.Updates on line are rapid and the computer software is very user friendly.
I bought the TomTom One some eight months ago. I had some experience of using a navigation system as my previous car had one built in and I became quite dependent on it.
I had bought a new Audi A4 sometime in 2003 and remember paying around 1000 Pounds extra for the built in sat nav system. It was a bad decision and would recommend you not to make the same mistake.
But for my recent car, I was determined to do the research and then buy a Sat nav system, so I spent two days going around all the shops and searching the net to compare different Sat nav products and prices. I finally settled on the TomTom One because I personally found it to be the best value for money out there at the time. I ended up paying only £220 after playing the large chain stores off against each other at the time. But presently it can be bought for less then 170 Pounds.
Reasons to buy
1. Easy to use and install: You can take it out of your car and put it into any other car in a matter of minutes. One just needs to plug in the car charger into the lighter socket and connect the cord to the sat nav. Its that simple to install. Using it is as simple and has a touch screen and one just needs to select or give the postcode or the street number. It also as a memory where you can feed the addresses or post code. You can also select the last 10 destinations.
2. Cost: As mentioned above. It was the cheapest and most cost effective Sat nav with touch screen.
3. Portable: It can be used in any way. One can use it in any car or can also carry it while walking.
4. Usage: It can be used anywhere in UK as well as in Europe or US (but one has to buy a extra SD ram Card which contains the maps of different countries). It comes preloaded with UK map SD ram card.
5. Blue tooth option: It has the blue tooth and wireless option as well for updating of software.
TomTom comes with a cable for charging, using the lighter socket of the car and it comes with the user manual, the sat Nav device and s SD ram Card. This is the basic Sat nav available in the market. It also comes with a adjustable TomTom holder which can be fitted anywhere in the car within minutes. There is also an option of going for the information package which gives you all the information regarding the traffic conditions and speed camera. One has to pay monthly charges for it. But can use it for free for the first month. This is not really useful for me so I havent gone for this option.
You have the option of entering both an address and a postcode to find your destination. You don't even have to put in a street so if for instance you fancy a day out in Milton Keynes you can just select 'Milton Keynes' and then 'City Centre'. Once there you can select 'points of interest' and then 'car parks' and it will take you from your front door to a car park in the centre of Milton Keynes for instance. There is a section in the navigation menu called 'points of interest', with this you can select services such as petrol stations, cash machines, hotels, cinema's - the list go's on forever, when you select the service you require it lists all of them in that area nearest first, just click on the one you want and it will take you right there. It even has every airport in the country on it.
When you select your destination it even gives you an estimated journey time to complete the route that is pretty much spot on every time (10 minutes either way due to traffic etc), the best thing about this feature is that you can program the route the night before and know what time to set off in the morning. When driving if you miss a turn it will tell you to turn around, if you don't it will work out another route for you to get you back on track.
You don't only have to use the TomTom one in the car as it will also give you a route with cycle paths and pedestrian routes for if you are on a bike or walking.
Once you buy your TomTom One the accessories are endless, you can buy an ac power charger that works on a UK, American and European plug sockets. We have even bought a map of the USA for it on SD card (Maps of all countries are available, just take out the UK map and put in the country you desire). We even have a proper TomTom One carry case for it.
Since buying the TomTom One we have recommended it to all our family and friends and all who have bought it have been very happy with it.
Up to date this is one of the best value for money products that I have ever bought and we could not now live without it, you can even update it via the internet so it will never be out of date.
As this is a basic model from TomTom, the following are the disadvantages
1. One needs to buy all the extra accessories. It does not come with a mains power adaptor, which means that if you want to charge the device at home you will need an extra cable at extra cost (around 10-15 Pounds). Actually this should have been included. Similarly you need to bus extra SD ram card for every new country.
2. It has certain software bugs, which means that if you give only the post code, it may take you to a wrong place. I have faced this problems few times, where it works inaccurately. It works better if you give the street name as well.
3. It cannot identify certain one ways or U turns. This has happened with me that my TomTom was telling me to enter a certain street which was one way. So it definitely needs a better Map and street knowledge. It needs continuous updating.
4. This is not exactly a TomTom drawback, but a human. The usage of Sat Nav makes you really dumb, as one is so used to it and gets dependent on it that one looses his sense of roads and streets.
5. Very poor battery life, I have to keep it connected to my car charger all the time.
Overall, it is a good device if you are traveling to a new place and have no idea about the map and direction or if you hate reading maps. One can plan better, as the TomTom also gives you the distance and time to reach the destination.
The TomTom ONE XL has everything you need to make your trip safer, more relaxed and more fun. At its heart lies TomTom's award-winning plug-and-go navigation software, but the new 4.3" wide high-quality touchscreen makes navigating even easier.
Your ONE XL is ready for the TomTom RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver, for up-to-date traffic information on the go. There's a large choice of route options and to make your trip complete, thousands of useful and fun Points of Interest pre-installed for on the way.
In other words, the TomTom ONE XL makes getting there better than ever.