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This sat nav was bought for my birthday as it was at a fairly low price in a shop's sale. It comes in a small and compact box which is easy to open. Inside there are several manuals and a how to work it guide.
The setup of this sat nav is incredibly easy, all I had to do was plug it into my computer with the usb cable that was provided and it loaded all the maps for me for free. The battery life on the sat nav is fairly good but it comes with a car charger so that you can just plug it into your cigarette lighter. A full charge lasts a good couple of hours. You also get a normal charger to plug the Tomtom into the wall.
After you have owned the sat nav for a while it starts to give you messages that you should plug it into your computer to get updated maps. This is a very handy feature because it saves you forgetting and then driving around with an old map which sometimes can be wrong.
The sat nav beeps at you to tell you if there are speed cameras about. This is very handy as it gives you time to check your speed and adjust it accordingly. The sat nav attaches to the windscreen with a little suction cup on the back which does stay on quite well, but it does leave a mark when you take it off.
One problem with this satnav is that it can sometimes be a little slow to tell you when you need to turn or it can be unclear. There have been a few times when I have gone the wrong way because it didn't tell me properly where I needed to go.
Other than that, I would definitely recommend this sat nav as it good value for money. It is small, compact and lightweight.
I had it as a Christmas present, and so it was my first TomTom, needless to say, my expectations were high, as previously, our only Sat Nav was a Nav Man, which wasn't too bad, but TomTom had a good reputation.
I know the prices can range quite alot depending on where you buy from. TomToms own website is the most expensive i have seen from my research.
The Start 2 says it features lane guidance, as of yet, i haven't seen how it is helpful, i assume it is probably only for use on motorways.
In terms of appearance, it has a simple design, with a plastic outer shell, with a rubbery texture, which helps with gripping the device. The sucker pad that attaches the device to the glass of the car pulls out of the back of the TomTom, and is fully moveable, allowing it to be put at any angle.
When navigating through areas that i had never been through before, the directions sometimes came too late and werent always clear, it would say to "bear right" when all it meant was to actually just follow the road around a slight bend. There are a number of voice options, with more than can be downloaded from online, Different accents and languages.
A good feature with this was that it had speed camera alerts, but only on occasion. However, you could add them yourself, you just simply clicked a button on the map and you could place an alert for future reference, this could be done in seconds and wasnt distracting.
It had a very clear display, day and night colour modes were a good idea, as well as the opportunity to plug into the computer, and suggest map changes online with TomTom and other users. If any places were missed, you can alert TomTom easily. The sucker on the back of the TomTom twisted it, so it can stick securely to your screen, without leaving a big sucker mark. This was good, as even when removing the TomTom, if the sucker mark is there, it's obvious you have a sat nav in the car. It is a nice compact slim device, even with how small it is, the screen is big enough to use easily.
Some other good options,the touch screen for it was very easy to use and clear and responds well.
Mine came with a traffic reciever that plugged into it instead of the in car charger, and would plan routes to avoid traffic or accident hot spots, to avoid delays. This never seemed to work, and didnt charge the battery of the TomTom like it should so my Sat Nat would die on my half way through a journey.
The option of having European maps on it is useful, even if not driving, use it in your hand walking, it still works, and in the UK using on the pathway still works, as the Sat Nav will follow you off road and tell you roughly where you are near to.
I would suggest having a go in an area you know a little bit, just to get used to how the TomTom works, and the way in which it directs you.
After having mine for a few months, i am pleased, and i know that if i take it out with me, i will not be getting lost.