Product Type: Tomtom in GPS Navigation
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Tomtom Start 60
Member Name: daddyumyum
Tomtom Start 60
Advantages: big clear screen, European maps, generally reliable
Disadvantages: no manual, voice a bit quiet, can be wrong
When we were looking to buy a sat nav, I instantly thought of tomtom. It's a well known brand, and it's pretty catchy too, tomtom. Tomtomtom...
I didn't want to spend a lot of money on the sat nav and I wanted something that I could take with me when we go camping abroad. Not that relying on my wife to navigate with a paper map isn't fun, but it would probably be more fuel efficient if we went from A to B without visiting C D E and F first.
I acquired my little tomtom for the princely sum of only £120. This seemed to be a reasonable price for a TomTom, with some going for over £200, so I considered I'd found a good deal.
I instantly liked the nicely sized 6 inch screen, plenty big enough to see even while driving. It doesn't look top of the range, but it's sleek and black and not to clunky.
The main feature that attracted me to this tomtom was the inclusion of European maps. We like to go driving through Europe camping and I felt this would make it much easier, plus the promise of frequent (and free) map updates. My last satnav had no updates and wouldn't even recognize half the postcodes in the UK, no matter navigating me through Europe.
Like most Sat Navs, it comes with voice guidance, which like most Sat Navs can be rather annoying, especially when it keeps repeating itself over and over again until you wish to throw it out of the window on the Motorway.
It also tells you where the nearest car park i.
Speed camera information is very thorough, not that I would even consider speeding, but it's always useful to know, just in case my foot gets a bit heavy.
The screen is clear and isn't too reflective even in sunlight, so you can see what you are doing.
It finds signal pretty quickly and the screen seems reasonably responsive.
It seems to recognize most addresses, I've had one or too problems, but nothing major.
It's easy to use and set up, you can literally use it out the box and mostly it gives clear and concise instructions.
The voice could have been a bit louder, sometimes I find it hard to hear what the voice is saying when I have chatty people in the car with me.
Sometimes the speed limits are out of date, especially on certain sections of the motorway, I haven't tried to update it yet, but I've heard it can be complicated, so I've been putting it off.
Occasionally I've been led astray by my dear TomTom, down one way streets, onto pedestrianized areas, straight over roundabouts as if they didn't exist. Luckily I don't trust it completely, and due to quick thinking haven't got myself into too many scrapes - apart from perhaps driving through the odd pig farm in remote Wales.
There is no manual. Some people do like a bit of paper with instructions written on it, why do companies seem to forget something so vitally important? There is a manual, but it's hard to find and definitely not easy to understand.
It does the job, it (usually) gets you from A to B, without too much faffing around in between. It has it's problems, but for the price it isn't a bad bit of map.
Summary: For the price it isn't bad, perhaps there are better out there, but I like my TomTom
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