Product Type: Tomtom in GPS Navigation
Newest Review: ... most inconvenient moment. However, other than that, if you just want a good basic GPS TomTom One will do you just fine.... more
Not amazing..but it's never got me lost!
Member Name: Jcm222
Advantages: Low cost, Seems to work
Disadvantages: Battery life, GPS Signal
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.
Summary: Good if nothing else is available, perhaps for first timers!
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