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 says turn left.
Member Name: trayrope
Date: 05/02/13, updated on 05/02/13 (65 review reads)
Advantages: Takes the stress out of travelling, updatable.
Disadvantages: Can occasionally mislead you.
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.
Summary: A great device that gives direction to my travelling.