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
TomTom One Classic a vey useful SatNav system at a reasonable price
Member Name: chrisc92
Advantages: Good functionality at a modest price
Disadvantages: Cannot install USA map - which we could have used on our recent holiday
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.
Summary: The TomTom One Classic offers good functionality at a moderate price