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I have had my TomTom One for about 7 years now. My dad bought if for me for a Christmas present one year as part of an ongoing joke on me getting lost all the time.
I have found my TomTom One really easy to use and a great help when going pretty much anywhere.
You are able to select what voice you would like from quite a large selection. I chose a male Irish accent which I love. The TomTom one gets it's GPS signal only really when outside. This does mean that you can't really plan your journey with TomTom whilst sitting on your sofa which is a down point, but this probably is the only negatives I can say.
The TomTom is really easy to use, you can navigate to a postcode or point of interest, it also displays where you nearest petrol station is and can look up restaurants and pubs nearby although this doesn't include all of them.
I find ther TomTom display really clear and easy to follow. You can also turn on andd off thee speed camera alerts, which is really useful. When you buy your TomTom I recommend you instal it into you computer and download the software, this does take some time but it enables you to update your TomTom with new roads.
I recently travelled from the Isle of Wight to Newcastle with a friend. Neither of us looked at a map before travelling and we relied solely on TomTom and he got us there with no problems at all.
I do recommend that anyone with a TomTom also buys a carry case to keep it nicely together and secure when're not in use. I think my case cost just £5 from eBay and does the job great.
I have owned this model for a few years now. It has done a good job generally but it is now starting to show its age compared to newer models. The advantages of this model are: It is compact, it detects all speed cameras, the display is clear, the sounds are crisp, the voice is clear to hear, it saves favourite destinations and you can alter your route. The disadvantages of this model are the screen size is too small, it keeps falling off the windscreen when I drive over a bump, the maps are hopelessly outdated and updating them costs more than £40, the battery does not last more than half an hour it always needs to be plugged into the cigarette lighter socket. Overall it has served me well but I feel I need to upgrade to a newer model with a bigger screen and upto date maps. I will be selling this on ebay
This is an older GPS now, and widely available second-hand - I got mine for £30. This is totally worth it, as you can update the maps (so looking for a new estate is no problem) and if all you want is a basic GPS this will do just fine.
It can take a few minutes to find the GPS satellites which is the only issue and a bit annoying sometimes. There are days when you want to just GO and not wait to find out if you need to go left or right first. You can change the GPS voice if you want (I haven't, because I'm boring). It has the ability to save favourite locations (such as my office) and you also save your home location s you can always get back. Points of Interest comes with some things, like supermarkets and hospitals, preloaded but you can also download more (my husband downloaded KFC locations for me - very useful!)
Battery life seems decent - I've never had an issue with it dying when I need it and, of course, you can also run it through the cigarette lighter. The only real problem I've had (and I'm being really picky now) is that it refuses to stay on my windscreen. Especially in cold weather it frequently seems determined to fall off at the most inconvenient moment. However, other than that, if you just want a good basic GPS TomTom One will do you just fine.
My Husband and I came to driving relatively late in life, my Husband only passing his test when he hit thirty. For many years driving was an adventure for us. I would plot out where we were going using the latest AA map book, pencilling the route carefully and giving a rough estimate of when we would arrive. We would then set off and I would give instructions as to where to turn, what turning on the roundabout to take, when the next exit was so on and so forth. It all sounds quite serene and organized, occasionally it was. The vast majority of these journey would turn a bit sour with me yelling it was that exit as we drove past it, or the map only shows four roundabout exits not five or even worse me with the map book held over my face completely bewildered as to where we were and insisting it was a straight road between Matlock and Crich, granted we did see some beautiful scenery, especially when we got lost on the way home from Chester but most of the time they were quite worrying journeys for me, especially driving through Stockport, I really dislike Stockport (Sorry to anyone who lives there) and in the end I decided it was time the Husband got a new navigator so I brought him a TomTom One.
I honestly can not remember how long we have had the TomTom One, it must be 6 or 7 years. I paid around £140 at the time and to me that felt like a small price to pay for the calmness I now feel when undertaking any long journeys. The Satnav was now in charge of directing my Husband, not me.
The Satnav came in a bright orange box, which we still keep it in when not in use. Inside the box was the TomTom One, a USB cable for connecting it to the PC, a cable for plugging it into the cigarette lighter in the car, a windscreen holder for attaching it to the car window, and various instruction books and warranties. I also purchased a leather carry case separately to pop the TomTom in when we were out and about.
The TomTom One is easy to affix to the car windscreen using the supplied windscreen holder, my Husband attaches his in the lower right hand corner of the screen, this is convenient for him to look at but out of the way enough so as not to distract him from the road. The charger cable needs running securely down to the cigarette lighter so as not to get in the way when driving.
The TomTom One is very simple to use to switch it on you press the button located on the top on the TomTom, the first time it is switched on it can take a while to turn on but usually boots up faster with subsequent uses. Apart from the times it freezes on the start up logo and needs resetting using the little reset button located on the underneath of the TomTom, this has happened to us occasionally but not enough times to be a nuisance. When the TomTom is first switched on you need to select the language you wish to use, all menus will be shown in your chosen language after selecting.
All input into the TomTom is done by selecting the symbols shown on the touch screen, I find the screen to be quite responsive most of the time, it does seem to struggle a bit in extremely low temperatures. Each time the TomTom is switched on it will spend a short time locating the satellites it uses for navigation; while it is searching for satellites the display will be black and white, when satellites are found it will become colour.
Using the TomTom for a journey is really simple, following the instructions given on screen you need to input the postcode and building number of where you are going. Or you can start typing the address in and it will start offering up suggestions which you can pick from. After a few uses the TomTom builds up a list of your destinations and these can be picked from the recent destination list. You can also programme in your home address so that no matter where you are if you press home the TomTom will plot you a journey back home.
Deeper into the menu's on the TomTom you can choose your travelling preferences, such as avoid toll roads, quickest route, avoid motorways etc and the TomTom will do its best to plot your journey within these parameters. When we went to South Wales we chose not to avoid toll roads as we wanted to travel over the Severn Bridge, it was well worth the £6.20 toll and it brought a smile to my face that you need to pay to get into South Wales but its free to leave.
The TomTom also has a hand Help Me icon which if you tap on it you will be shown a list of local emergency and other specialist services. Thankfully this is not something we have ever had to use. There is also a points of interest icon when you select this you can choose to have it show up campsites, tourist attractions, pubs, ATM's, petrol stations etc. This is a handy extra feature to have if you are far from home and need to access local services.
The TomTom One can also be plugged into the PC to charge. When the TomTom One is plugged in you can install a user interface onto the computer, this can be used to update maps (expensive) download new voices (again expensive) back up and restore and various other options. This is not an area I can discuss with great confidence as updating the TomTom is my Husbands department, but going by the muttering and huffing that goes off when he plugs the TomTom in I think it can some time be quite a complicated affair. The TomTom also charges up when it is plugged into the PC, this is not something we do very often as we keep the TomTom plugged into the cigarette lighter at all times while travelling.
The display on the TomTom is very clear despite it only being 3.5 inches in size. The maps are displayed in 3D and are bright and colourful, the display can be changed for night time driving and this display is more muted in colour (mainly blues). The preset voices on the TomTom are well spoken and calm and give directions smoothly and with plenty of time to manoeuvre safely. The volume is easy to adjust to a comfortable level using the onscreen display. I do find that some of the directions can be a it repetitious as it tells you which exit to take on a roundabout about 100m before you reach the roundabout, it will then repeat the instruction every 20 seconds or so till the manoeuvre is complete, but at least it doesn't shout 'That one, that one, no you missed it'
The TomTom One is described as future proof as you have constant access to new maps and free software upgrades. We don't plug out TomTom One in very often so I would say it is only as future proof as the last time you updated it. When plugged in to the PC you are able to personalise your maps and download other TomTom users map changes, this is not something we have ever done as the pre loaded maps and paid for map upgrades every couple of years have been good.
One feature we have used is the speed camera warning system, not that we speed but it is handy to know where the static cameras are incase your speed has crept slightly above the speed limit. The Tom Tom will give an audible noise when you are approaching a static camera, I can not remember if it chimes or beeps, this gives the driver plenty of time to check the speed but can be a bit of an annoyance when driving through a speed camera infested area (Stockport).
As with all things electronic it is not idiot proof so some common sense is needed when following the navigation instructions. Many a fool has driven through fields and into ditches blindly following the Satnav. If a road is obviously not there or the signage tell you the road is not suitable for the type of vehicle you are travelling in, stop and press the alterative route icon and you will invariably be presented with a less precarious journey.
My Husband and I do not follow the TomTom blindly and carry a map book with us and we usually download a route from Google maps before setting off. In all the years we have used the TomTom One we have only had a few misdirection's. The TomTom has delivered us to the service entrance of Drayton manor, the driveway of the house next door to the golf club we were aiming for and a gate next to a field when we were aiming for Thorsby market.
All things considered I would not be with out the TomTom One, it has taken the stress out of travelling for me as I can sit back and relax while it does all the navigating and my Husband argues with it when he goes the wrong direction. If the TomTom One was to stop working I would happily purchase its newer counterpart.
Thank you for reading.
I passed my driving test 4 years ago and was one of those people with zero sense of direction as I'd always been the passenger more in control of the stereo than the map. I received this item as a Christmas present from my parents as they'd realised before I had that there were going to be times that I'd have to navigate to new places alone. Scary thought!
This little device is around 3 and 1/2 inches by 3 inches so is large enough to read the map and street names but not so large that you're distracted by it and feel as though you're paying more attention to it than the road. Which always helps when trying not to crash!
It plugs into your cigarette lighter which in this day and age and especially to me is useless otherwise. You turn it on with a single power button on the top right hand side and it comes on, no need to download the software yourself or set up specifics, it asks you a few set-up questions the first use but then it's good to go!
Before navigation you are given a screen which gives you options of how you'd like to find your destination.. including "Navigate to" which allows you to enter an address by postcode or by street name and house number, you can also navigate to "Recent Destinations" and are given a list of the last 24 destinations you entered by postcode or address. You can also choose "Point of Interest" which allows you to find points of interests such as shopping centres, petrol stations and cash dispensers near to where you are or in the city you are closest to.
Another quick function on this navigation screen which has come in very useful for me is the ability to store your home address so you simply press a picture of a house and it directs you home!
You can also add a list of favourite destinations, great for when you need to get somewhere you've been before fast.
All together this device has never lead me on a complete wild goose chase, it has confused me a little at time to time when it is telling my to "Bear right" when I'd consider it a turn so I've missed turn off's.
One thing I would strongly suggest before a long journey somewhere new is to plug it into your computer and update the maps so you are up to date with new road layouts and streets that are now pedestrianised.
All in all I'd say this is a great piece of kit for the price and good for general travel, it doesn't have maps of anywhere outside of The UK and ireland so isn't suitable for travel overseas but, if you're staying in the UK this will serve you well.
Our TomTom One Classic is nearly 3 years old and was brought from Tesco a matter of days before its first use which had been to locate the Travelodge that we had booked close to the M4 near Heathrow for an overnight stay prior to the funeral of one of my wife's uncles that was only a short distance from the hotel.
My previous satnav had met its maker less than a year before that and I had some amusing tales including driving into Cornwall along what the satnav had considered open fields and the more amusing idea that there was an M7 linking Plymouth directly with Coventry..... I'm not sure what the highways people would think of that - perhaps I had my own private road! Its predecessor's most annoying feature however was found when taking one of my former wife's sons to Cambridge to look round the University when I pre-programmed the route and after setting off decided to make a slightly quicker route on to the A38, and for the next 30 or so miles it insisted that I turn round and go the right way!
We bought our TomTom (or Tommy as we like to call it) for around £80 and there was quite a lot of thought involved in our decision both on cost and model between a number of TomTom's, Garmin and the odd Binatone system and this wasn't helped by the shelf display. As we have found on many occasions when we look or are interested in an electrical device Tesco staff are as useful as a chocolate teapot or lead balloon and in fact when we eventually chose the TomTom the salesman had no idea of the contents inside the box, nor was he willing to open it to check - leading to us spending an extra £20 unnecessarily on an adapter to plug in to the mains (yes we did take it back for a refund but that was not the point, they should know what they're selling).
The TomTom comes with in-car charger, USB cable, manual and mounting bracket. However, the main reason we needed to charge the phone at home was that when we first bought it my Peugeot 406 had a dodgy cigarette lighter socket which was more than a little temperamental. In fact on its first usage, the TomTom would have exhausted the charge after about 2 and a half hours, so knowing the majority of the route decided to switch it off with about half and hours charge remaining with the hope that it would recalculate when it was switched back on.
It is used very sparingly and in fact it sleeps most days in one of the drawers of our Xsara Picasso and has been out on less than half a dozen occasions - including another funeral (this time East Sussex) and to find my son-in-laws new house. We have however discovered a real problem with the TomTom - it doesn't like the windscreen or side windows of our car and we have found on several occasions that we have to hang it out of the window to pick up the satellite signals before we can fix it to the mounting bracket.
Compared to its predecessor TomTom is quite handy in picking up speed cameras although it does appear to pick up the odd imaginary one that it suggest is located near to Plymouth on the A38, and doesn't seem to understand the important aspect - which direction the camera is facing!
We had intended to use our satnav for our recent driving experience in Florida and had updated it with new downloaded maps of the UK only to find that it wasn't capable of using the massive maps of the USA - so although disappointed at leaving our friend behind we luckily were given a hire vehicle with built in satnav anyway.
Charging our TomTom is no longer a problem as we have 2 separate cigarette lighter sockets in our Xsara Picasso and we have the USB cable that we can plug in to our PC or to a plug that allows it to be charged directly from the mains.
Our TomTom has built-in maps of the UK and Ireland and additional maps can be purchased online of Europe - and Canada for about £30 (prices available on their website www.TomTom.com).
Like all satnavs controls are all done using its touchscreen. You can set your home location either using postcode or from satellite positioning. The Navigate To allows you to set your destination based on postcode or street address and town, and by changing setting you can show view various extras such as McDonalds or KFC locations and you can further change settings between night and day modes which dims the screen. It has a 3.5 inch screen and is available from Amazon for £79.99. This model was released in March 2009. You can add points of interest such as restaurants, petrol stations, railway stations, cashpoints and even post offices. You can also amend routes to avoid motorways or for shortest / fastest route.
You can, for additional cost buy an RDS-TMC traffic receiver (if not already built in) that allows you to view and holdups that may be present along your route so can in theory give you the opportunity of altering your route.
We may not use our TomTom very often, but we are certainly happy to have it. In reality, it seems TomTom is far more useful to prevent us getting lost on our way out of locations than getting there - such as on a trip to Cardiff where we were totally lost trying to head back to the motorway. It is certainly useful and I can definitely recommend it to you.
Can it be improved? Well there are newer models offering additional functionality but to me the only problem is its ability to pick up satellite signals through tinted glass.
I have a number of SatNavs which I use on a fairly regular basis, but unfortunately this is probably my least favourite. It's quite a basic unit, with a number of nice features but unfortunately there are a few technical issues that I have experienced.
DESIGN OF UNIT
This is considered to be a smaller SatNav which is fitted with a 3.5 inch touchscreen display. To be honest this is one of the first caveats of the product because it is quite unresponsive and not very sensitive. It can be quite hard to get it to register what you are trying to input into the unit.
It does, however feel very sturdy while remaining a comfortable weight. It comes along with a mount, for your dashboard or window screen in your vehicle. However, the 'stickiness' of the mount has gone nearly completely after just a year or two of use.
The SatNav allows you to navigate to addresses that you input, whether specific residences or perhaps a wider area such as a city. However, in my local case if I choose 'Belfast' as the city it directs one to a suburb around 5 minutes from what I would consider the city centre. This could be the case in other cities and is therefore something to consider. You can also navigate to your registered Home address, or Points of Interest in a particular town, or in the vicinity. I have found the range to be very comprehensive, including churches, museums, petrol garages etc.
The voice directions on the unit are reasonable, but it is necessary to follow your route on the screen so you can determine what they are trying to say as there can be ambiguity. The volume is great, and it can be set to get louder as you get faster using the inbuilt speedometer, which can visually tell you off if you go too fast! By and large I have found the routes to be very accurate and direct so I have no problems there.
2 MAIN PROBLEMS
The battery life on this unit is not very good; it seems to struggle to hold the charge. I find that after one hour the alert light comes on to ask for charge to be inserted. This can be a nuisance if you do not have the lead to hand
The other main problem is the GPS Signal. Once you get going you will seldom find the signal dropping. However when you turn the unit on, it can take over 10 minutes to locate a signal. This is a nuisance if after ten minutes you are struggling to continue to drive!
This is a low cost model, under £80 on Amazon at the moment I believe, and so for most people should be fine. However if you do a lot of driving you will need one with better battery life and GPS Signal. This probably isn't the model for you. The other issue is the maps; tomTom is a more expensive company for getting new, updated maps or maps for different regions. This should be something you should consider when choosing a Sat Nav.
I am rubbish with directions and can not read a map to save my life and so a sat nav was ideal.
I chose a Tom Tom sat nav as this was a brand I had head of and so felt happy that I was using a trusted name.
I was a little disappointed when I first got it out the box as I thought it would be a bigger screen then what it was, however once it is put op on your windscreen, I soon found it was a good size and was easy to see everything on the screen clearly.
The sat nav has some good features on there, I liked how it would let you know speed limits and beep if you went over them as well as warn you about speed cameras! You can also put in address's to be taken to or you can choose point's of interests in the city your in or the one you want to go to, I used to find that helpful. Not only that but it could let you know where things such as petrol stations or parking was this was great when you really needed them but were in a un-familiar city and so wasn't sure where to go.
You can also choose the type of voice you want your tom tom to be and I had fun going through all the voices but eventually chose the irish women! The instructions it gives you are really clear and your given plenty of warning about directions coming up and will be reminded as you get closer to needing to perform it. There is also the map on the screen which shows you as an arrow and you follow the red route, so this is helpful if your not 100% sure what to do, which I sometimes found when being directed around roundabouts!
I have had this sat-nav now for a while and have found that I now have to re-start it every time for it to pick up a satellite signal, this is quite annoying but I cant complain too much as I have had it over 3 years! Overall it is a good sat nav which I would recommend as it has been my life saver on numerous occasions!
I am a bit of a driving mong sometimes especially if I am driving somewhere unfamiliar, I tend to panic if I'm not sure where I am going so the tomtom one is an absolute godsend to me!
The tomtom one is a gps satnav or satellite navigation system for use in cars, trucks, vans ect. The satnav uses satellites to pinpoint your location and track your movements. There are maps built into the system allowing you to choose a destination any where in the country and the satnav will plot a route and send you on your way (maps for europe and other countries are available at an extra price), so if you are going somewhere you have never been before this beats the hell out of trying to navigate there using a bog standard map, especially if you are driving alone and don't have someone to shout out directions to you!.
The tomtom one itself is a small black and silver box about about 3 inches by 3 inches and around half an inch deep. The front of the satnav is almost entirely taken up by the satnav screen (which is a touch screen) and the back has the speaker and a groove in it so you can attach it to the windscreen suckerpad. The tomtom comes with a suckerpad mount for attaching it to the windscreen, a car charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter, a computer installation cd and a usb cable to plug it into your computer.
The tomtom one is very easy to use, it obviously comes with detailed instructions but the use of the device is pretty intuitive. Upon turning on the tomtom one you will be shown a location map of where you currently are (takes a few minutes to locate the satellites and work out your location) and an arrow to represent your vehicle (you can change this arrow to different colours or to car shapes if you like). To plan a route all you need to do is touch the screen which brings up the main menu and touch the navigate to option, you then get a variety of options to help you locate the destination you wish to travel to the options are as follows:
Home - this has to be set so not available the first time you switch the device on
Favourites - again these have to be set, but useful if you travel frequently to several destinations
Recent destinations - obviously you wont have any recent destinations if this is the first time you have used it
Address - you can input postcode or street address of where you are travelling to
Point on map - this will bring up a map that you can scroll through and pick your destination, useful if there is no address for it or if you don't know the address
Lattitude/longitude - useful if you have a paper map of somewhere, can input details straight from map Last stop - again will be nothing there if this is the first time you have used it
Once you have chosen your destination the satnav will calculate a route for you, once calculated it will give you a distance and an estimated time it will take you. you then press done and well that's you done, you are ready start the journey.
The tomtom one directs you using has on screen directions as well as voice instructions. The on screen directions are depicted by a big green arrow, eg if you are to to take the next left, a big green arrow will be shown going up the street on the left you are to drive up. The voice instructions tell you vocally where to go eg "cross the round about, second exit". You are usually told each instruction twice, once a bit before you have reached the roundabout, junction ect and again just as you reach it. If you are on a motorway you usually get 3 warnings that your exit is coming up to make sure you get the right one and don't miss it!
he tomtom is also very useful if you take a wrong turn somewhere, it will realise you have gone the wrong way within a few seconds and will recalculate the route for you. If there is no way to recalculate the route it will ask you to "turn around when possible", I have had a few of those in my time, yes it is possible still to go the wrong way even with a satnav!
If you are not one for voice instructions you can turn them off or you can turn the volume level up or down so you can still listen to the radio and be able to hear the instructions. You can also change the voice, there are a couple preloaded onto the device but others can be downloaded, including comedy ones such as darth vader or homer simpson (you need to pay for these though).
While driving your route, the tomtom one displays the time you are expected to arrive at your destination, the time left until you arrive, the distance left and the distance until the next turn or roundabout. It also displays your speed and what the speed limit is (don't 100% rely on what speed limit it says as it can be wrong especially if the speed limit has been changed recently). If you are travelling over the speed limit the speed display will turn red and you can set it to bleep at you if you like.
The tomtom one can be plugged into your computer and it links up with the tomtom home software programme which needs to be installed on your computer. This allows you to update the maps, very useful as roads are changing all the time (the tomtom will also remind you from time to time to plug it in if you haven't for a while). You can also purchase extra maps or voices (I haven't bough any of either of these so I can't comment). What I have purchased is "saftey camera" (speed camera) warnings. This cost me £19.99 for a years subscription, I have let my subscription lapse which means I no longer get updates but still have the cameras on my maps, just not an up to date list of them. The tomtom one warns you about these cameras well in advance so you can slow down if you are going too fast. It warns you with a loud klaxon type sound (I nearly had a heart attack the first time I heard it, so its pretty unmissable) and it flashes on screen the speed limit. I would say this is well worth the price, definitely much cheaper than a speeding ticket!
The tomtom one also has a variety of other features. This includes its "help me" section. It can give you directions (both driving and on foot) to and also phone numbers for the nearest hospital, garage, doctor, police station ect and phone numbers for break down services such as the AA. There is also a basic first aid section and a "where am I?" button, very useful if you are broken down somewhere and need to tell someone exactly where you are.
Overall I would whole heartedly recommend a tomtom to all drivers, especially if you drive long distances or are likely to drive to different places you haven't been before. I was give this as a birthday gift a few years ago, but a it will probably set you back around £100 to get a tomtom of your very own, definitely money well spent!
The tomtom one is one of the cheapest in the tomtom range and is a really stripped down model omitting many of the extras that feature on the more expensive models. What it does give you however is all the features at your fingertips in an easy to use and pleasant to navigate user interface.
At the heart of the tomtom one is the colourful menu screen. All of the options such as find address and points of interest near you are clearly displayed and easily accessed using the touch screen. Navigating to an address is a breeze, simply input the postcode and the house number and the tomtom one pilots you to your destination using the quickest route possible. This is really usefull nowadays with the increase in fuel prices, no more driving up and down streets looking for your turn off, simply follow the visual and voice commands and you save fuel money too!
The screen on the unit is on the small size compared to some other satnavs and this does make inputtting postcodes tricky as if you have big fingers like me then you can accidently press the wrong letter. Its also worth noting that you should ensure you update the map software through the tomtom website every so often otherewise you can find yourself going down roads that the satnav does not recognise and getting lost.
All in all this does all that you would want a basic satnav to do and at a very reasonable price, just be careful of that small screen!
My parents bought me this for Christmas as I kept stealing theirs - to a point that it lived permanently in my car! I really don't know how people survive without one - or how people managed before! The Dimensions are (WxDxH) 9.2 cm x 7.8 cm x 2.5 cm and its Weight is 148 g.
For those of you who havn't ever used one of these - they work by tapping in the postcode or place name of where you want to go and it brings up a map which you follow to your destination. It also has voice navigation so if your driving and can't look at it you will still know when you need to turn etc. You can set it to Shortest journey, Longest Journey, Quickest journey etc.. and if you need to cross a toll bridge it will come up asking if you want to avoid it - which can come in handy if you don't have any money on you - or a reminder before you set off to get some!
You can also put it in night mode so that in the evenings it doesnt shine so brightly in your eyes!
This is simply to use and a godsend! especially if your lost! If your thinking about getting one then I would definately say go for it!
Im not sure how I would cope without having this really nifty device, it has saved me on many occasions, but also, got me more lost a few times also.
So what is the Tom Tom One?
It is a satellite navigation device that tells you directions of wherever you would like to go. Just type in the postcode/address/city and it will take you the quickest way, or, via motorways if you wish or also avoiding any roads you do not wish to drive on. Equally, it will take you back home, as when you first get the Sat Nav, it asks you to put in your home address so that you do not need to keep doing this every time you wish to return. This is a very useful feature.
Even though Sat Navs have come a long way over the years and now allow the user to updte roads etc online, they can still manage to get you lost and manage to confuse you by saying there is a round about when there isn't or not being able to direct you on a motorway if the lanes are closed etc and this can be very annoying. i got lot for 3 hours because the sat nav could not re direct me anywhere other than on the road tht I wasn't allowed down. This really needs to be sorted, and i had only just updated it earlier in that day also.
Many voice's are available in different accents to suit your needs, some of them are quite comical, and others are damn right annoying so it is important you choose a voice that you are able to listen to for a long time. different languages are also available in the settings, along with the ability to save your favorite journeys and not have to type them in all the time.
The Tom tom one is very compact and comes with a cradle to put in your car window, it is slim and looks good. the screen is decent, but sometimes slow to react to the touch technology which can be irritating. They cost around £70 new, as their are now newer versions available.
So if you are like me, and unable to read maps, and prefer being told where to go, then this is for you, but as i said, be wary of closed roads and cliffs!
Whatever did i do without this gadget? With regular long drives from Scotland to England the tom tom has become invaluable. We purchased our Tom Tom a few years ago and initially i was a little sceptical as it was quite an expense at the time, but boy has it paid for itself over and over.
With a variety of ways to input your destination such as point of interest, postcode, actual address etc you are sure to be directed to your chosen destination. With maps displayed brightly coloured the green arrows allow you to see exactly which way you are being directed which is especially useful when you've not heard what has been said or for me when the road looks quite complicated and unfamiliar this comes in very handy. Another feature which i found to be very useful was when driving at night the screen can be changed to a night view which means no blinding light in the car when it's dark.
With a variety of voices now available to download and maps available to update this tool is invaluable!
The Tom Tom One Classic Sat Nav system is a great satellite navigation system for beginners and is perfect as an entry level product.
Straight out of the box the Tom Tom One is one of the easiest Sat Navs to use. The menus are very easy to navigate, simply enter in your address and you're good to go. There are also some handy features that you can use such as places of interest that will show places such as tourist attractions, petrol stations, restuarants etc.
The GPS itself is ok, it picks up the movement of the car and can display the speed (although not always accurate), unfortunately there have been several occasions where the GPS has failed to locate my position which makes it harder to set up.
That said the design is really nice and user friendly, although slightly bulky compared to my Garmin, the TomTom One has a good sized screen and load speaker so you can hear directions easily. The battery life is also quite good lasting several car journeys before needing another charge.
Overall this is a great Sat Nav and is very easy to use, brilliant if you are looking for a cheap model or one for beginners
I got a Tom-tom one 30 series last Christmas and its great. It features a new slim design, a louder speaker, optional traffic connectivity, and many of the other features from the older Tom-tom ONEs.
It features a newly designed mount that is designed to be easier to use and more secure. Called the "EasyPort", it allows you to remove the mount from the windshield, and fold it up into the back of the GPS so you can still slip the GPS and the mount into your pocket.
So no more need for the big mount that you have to have a rucksack to carry discretely
The model doesn't have any options to allow you to avoid traffic but as it's not the top of the range it's not expected. It has a touch screen that is easy to use and you can set the volume with the slider bar.
When you turn the Tom-tom on for the first time you will be asked to locate you 'Home' which is done y entering your postcode and house number. This way when you have finished your journey and want to head back home, you just have to touch the home button and it will navigate to your house, rather than entering your postcode as a destination every time. I know this isn't the best feature in the world but it's one of those small things that you would miss if it was taken away.
I've never been good with maps or remembering road names so the Tom-tom has really helped me, now I can travel anywhere (in the UK at least) by listening to directions rather than printing of reams of directions from Google and trying to read them whilst driving.
Excellent sat nav and highly recommended
Your first step in car navigation? TomTom ONE combines ease of use, portability, TomTom's touchscreen technology and a sleek 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. With TomTom ONE, everyONE can find their way from A to B!