I brought a TOM TOM start when I passed my test. This sat nav is simple to use and the display is simple and not complicated at all. The TOM TOM has a stand which you can put the sat nav on the window screen. The screen has simple instructions which you can program home into your sat nav and it will direct you home from where you are. Sometimes it is difficult to update the sat nav and sometimes cost to update the maps. The sat nav comes in different voices and languages to suit everyone. The sat nav is small and compact and can be stored any where, also it's light weight and not heavy. The sat nav uses simple instructions when your driving and you can change the light that the sat nav has e.g. day or night which when using at night time isn't so bright and the screen goes dark but you can still see where your going.
THE TOM TOM COMES WITH IN CAR CHARGER WHICH YOU CAN PLUG INTO YOUR CIGARETTE LIGHTER.
What Is The Product
The TomTom Start is a Satellite Navigation (SatNav) tool created in 2009, it is black with a grey trim with the TomTom logo at the bottom. It fits nicely into a single palm allowing you to easily enter your destination and route details.
It is secured to your windscreen via a suction pad and a locking mechanism which you twist to ensure it is fixed, to release you unscrew the twisting lock and pull a tab and the suction pad should come away quite easily.
It comes with a free one off update which will update all the maps for which the device was bought for. A USB cable, car charger and documentation come inside the box. Plugging in the device to your computer will allow you to install the "Home" software, from here you can download free themes, voices etc as well as update the firmware of the device.
My Opinion & Experience
I received this as a gift about two years ago, I don't need to use it often but when I have I have had no problems with it at all. I enter a postcode and it will quickly find satellites, and instruct me along the way to the postcode I entered. Obviously as it's a postcode unless you could enter a house/building number it will take you to the general location only, not usually too difficult from there though to find where you need to be. If you have a house/building number then I have always been taken to the right spot every time without fail. You hear some funny stories of people being taken to different places, no such drama with this device. If I have ever taken a wrong turn the device quickly readjusts my route.
I have used the "Home" software to upgrade the firmware and add different voices, themes and the correct car model that I drive so a miniature version of it appears on the screen. There are lots of free options.
I have never really fully charged the battery so can't say how long it lasts, I usually just use it with the car charger while it is operating.
A good quality satellite navigation tool, never had any problems and has some good free customisation options for those interested. It looks great, fits easily and finds alternate routes very quickly, I would highly recommend it.
I have always used Tomtoms as my preferred choice of sat nav, I first got a Tomtom 4 years ago, I have no idea what model it was now ( sold it now) but it worked a great and I found it so easy to use. The only problem with my old one was the size! It was huge. I had real trouble storing it and it hardly fit in my glove box in the car. The battery slowly started to worsen, then it died! So I had to use a cable all the time which got frustrating.
I had been doing a weekly shop in tesco, when after paying I was given a 25 pound off coupon to buy a new sat nav! I decided to go upstairs and have a look at them and see how much they were. I saw the Tomtom start and it was only £99! This seemed to be a great price compar ed to what I paid for mine a few years back. I had a play with the demo model and asked one of the members of staff about it. They were also doing an old sat nav scrap page scheme! They were giving £25 off when you give them your old sat nav, in any condiotion! So I decided that it was worth doing because I would get a brand new sat nav for £50.
What attracted me to the sat nav was the great look of it. It is so tiny and thin which means it is very portable and fits nicely into you glove box. There is no huge attachment to clip it onto your windscreen, just a small flexible suction grip on the back which is easily adjustable. The screen is smaller than the usual sat nav, But I like it to be that way because it doesn't get in your way when driving. It looks good and the quality of sound it plays is also very high for such a small little thing. I also liked the fact that you could buy cases to put round it that were different colours, this meant I could protect it from damage, but also make it look stylish ( which it already is).
It comes with the normal features you would expect from Tomtom. You can store favourite directions, places and use an accurate gps product. This is the perfect product for you if you just want something to use occasionally. I don't go on long journeys too often. I didn't need there top of the range one. It comes installed with the uk maps. But like all Tomtoms you can upgrade online.
There are the normal day and night settings to make driving more comfortable. This Tom Tom will ensure that your not distracted and really helps you find places. It's compact and Does the job perfectly.
The battery life is outstanding. It will last nearly all day if fully charged. It's really impressive for such a small thing. The worst thing abut my old sat nav was the fact that I would have to stop and plug in the charger. The chargers tend to get in the way which can be distracting and may lead to an accident. The fact that you don't have to worry about losing battery is brilliant and takes some of the stress away from diving. Also the fact that it comes with live speed camera detection so you are never caught out in areas you don't know! It also gives. Very accurate gage of your speed and helps you not to speed.
Overall I am so happy with my little Tom Tom and I know that you would be too if you got one! 5 stars from me :)
I have had a few Sat Nav's since they first started to become popular and I have found that they are, generally speaking, much better than having to use a paper map. I bought this one for my other half. She was visiting some friends in Wales and was concerned she wouldn't be able to find her way with a map and I needed my own Sat Nav for work. This cost us just below £100 and we bought it direct from the manufacturer.
It's a good sized screen in my opinion, especially as my other half has bad eyesight, we didn't want anything which was going to be hard to decipher or anything which was going to be too complicated for her to use easily. In my opinion, the screen is a decent size and we also both like the smart look of this Sat Nav. It's a Tom Tom and we had one of these before and knew they were a reliable make. It has the Tom Tom logo on the bottom of the screen.
We have used the battery in this but we mainly use it plugged into the charger as my other half is always worried that when she is on a long journey and she doesn't know her way around, that the battery might run out at the crucial moment, so we both feel, personally speaking, that using the charger is a safer way of using it.
Some may say it is expensive, but personally I think it is an average cost for this make and I was happy to fork out the money. We both like the way this Sat Nav is an easy to use touch screen but I find, personally speaking, that as I have large hands and fingers, that I have to be a bit careful when using it otherwise I can easily programme in the incorrect place name. I like to store 'familiar places' for my other half, such as HOME, so for instance, all she would have to do was press HOME if she was away somewhere for the day, and she wouldn't have to be pressing in the post code or the name of our road, which saves time.
It can store a load of addresses and so far I have got 15 of them in there. It locates places either by typing in the place / address, or as I personally prefer, typing in the postcode of the address you are after and it then locates it for you. It also is able to locate places of interest, including shopping centres, museums, petrol stations and libraries etc., and I personally think this is a very useful feature.
It has proven to be quite reliable so far. I say 'quite', but not totally, as it has taken me on a wild goose chase on more than one occasion and my other half rang me up in tears a few months ago as it was keep saying / repeating RECALCULATING to her on a lonely country road and she got very worried as she didn't have a clue where to go. I do rely on this Sat Nav, particularly my other half, but as I have told her you also have to use a degree of common sense and use your own insincts too as it is not infallible.
It is strong and sturdy and coninues to work well and remains unscathed even though I have dropped it on a few occasions and it has rolled down an embankment. The downside for me personally is that due to it being a touchscreen, it attracts dirt and grime on its face and the little lad likes to play with it and often has greasy fingers.
Overall though it is a decent Sat Nav and I can recommend it.
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I quite simply love this gagdet. It has been the single greatest thing that has saved me time and money with my car. I would say that I am a confident driver, at least in terms of handling the vehicle but I used to absolutely loathe driving anywhere where I wasnt sure of were I was going. That is the reason I never drove into central london until I was 27.
My mrs bought me the Ipod as a christmas present. There are many variations of the Tomtom, the one I have is the basic 'starter' model the TomTom Start. I think she paid around £90 for mine, but that was about 2 and a half years ago. Looking on amazon it is still around that price and the reason for that is that Tomtom do not need to have any reduction in prices because it is such a great product.
The Start package comes with an in-car 12v adapter that fits into your cars cigarette lighter, and USB port adaptor for your PC (and these are the only two normal ways that you can recharge the Tomtom unless you buy an ac/dc adaptor seperately) and an instruction manual. But to be honest you probably wont need it as it is very easy to set up and use.
The back of the main unit comes with a vaccum based stick on, You place it onto the bit of the windscreen that you want, you screw on the vaccum unit and it stays put. It takes some getting used to but it becomes second nature in the end.
The start button is located at the back of the unit and you press and hold it down to start up. For a few seconds it will load up and you will be presented with an easy layout of the home page. Here you can navigate the tomtom menu`s to locate your home screen and set the position permanantly. This is a handy feature because when you want to navigate home, you select this as a 'favourite' and you can just press the button without having to keep setting the address. You can also select the voice (man or women) that you want to give you instruction and even the language. There is a screen that you can input the postcode and address number/ name and that wil set your destination.
As you set the address ( depending on the year of your model of the tomtom it will find it dificult to find locations of field, like if you wanted to find a location of an airfield or manor house, so more rural areas will nd some traditional map reading but the tomtom will get you to the general area OK), the tomtom will then have to locate a satallite to get a fix on your gps position or you can set it from your last known position. The tomtom could take around 5 minutes to loacte a fix and this can be a little frustrating as it will only start searching once you move and you would start a drive before it located one, so you have to know which direction to roughly go in.
The layout of the screen is fairly simple, you will see your forward position, the way the road is going to bend etc, the next road to be taken in the right hand corner, this is referecnced with the name of the road, your speed, time to destination and expected time of arrival. There will also be an 'action' symbol i.e if it wants you to get into the left lane or go around a roundabout.
The online extras are great but expensive. You can get celebrity or joke voices like Marge Simpson and Mr T to read out directions, but these cost about £8. You can also get maps from any place in the world. I am off to Australia in the new year and instead of paying £75 to rent a tomtom on our drive, I can take mine and just downloaded the map of australia for £55. It is cheaper but its still way too much for what is essentially data. You can also join an online community telling you if there are any ongoing roadworks and update your tomtom quaterly which will cost £48 for 4 quaterly updates...again I think this allot of cash for what it is. And unless you live in central london which is always being dug up all the time you realy can leave it a good 2 years before you realise that roads that are not on your tomtom become more common and you have to update. the online website for tomtom is easy to navigate and understand, its also a good way for the company to sell after market products to their customers - a genius move.
I don't have a lot of knowledge in Sat Nav's and I don't have a lot to compare this product to.
We bought this product as we were doing increasingly more longer journeys and we had just moved to a new area. We used to get all our directions from the RAC website but we decided to become more modern and environmentally friendly by not printing off the instructions!
We chose this particular Sat Nav primarily because it was on offer and it was at a very good price. The Sat Nav comes with a in car charger and USB connector.
I think the one main criticism about this is that you have to be stationary before the satellites find where you are. There is no point in putting the address in and then starting out in the direction you know it will send you. You need to have patience and wait until the satellites have calculated your route.
The are some good functions on this sat nav like finding where the nearest cash point is which we have used in an area we were unfamiliar.
The in-car charger lead is long so you can attach the sat nav on the right hand side of the windscreen if you like. It could be that our car is old but make sure you fully insert the charger in your cigarette lighter and the green light is on before you commence. The battery ran out for us mid journey because we didn't do this.
The holder is eeasily moveable and the angle can be fixed eaily. The functionality is basic (no volume control) although you can change the voice.
On the whole, a very good basic Sat Nav.
My past experiences with Sat-Nav have been less than favourable. The first one my wife bought was a fairly cheap, low budget model that often took ages to find a satellite signal, took us the wrong way or just simply gave directions that were difficult or nigh on impossible to follow. So when Mrs.Sparky informed me that she had bought a replacement for our recent holiday to Ross-On-Wye, I was initially sceptical!
My reticence has now been laid to rest! My advice ~ if you are going to buy a Sat-Nav then make it a Tom-Tom! This compact and easy-to-use model is quite simply an absolute pleasure to use!
First of all, the standard Sat-Nav menu has been simplified to the point that you can quickly add your destination within just a few clicks . You can then choose to avoid Motorways or Toll Roads with the option of a variety of voices to direct you. You get a good selection as standard or if you want, you can also download other voice options for a minimal fee. The screen is clear and easily readible and the directions clear and succint. On the display there are several small boxes which tell you what speed you are doing, your current ETA, how many miles left to go and whether or not there are any speed cameras coming up. The Sat-Nav also beeps when you DO approach any speed cameras and casually displays what speed you SHOULD be doing! It fixes to your windscreen by way of a sucker attachment that slots into the back of your Sat-Nav and this is easily attached by putting the Tom-Tom where you want then turning the sucker clockwise to tighten it and firmly fix it to your windscreen. This is relatively easy to accomplish, even for a klutz like me, and I have only had a couple of instances where it has come off and both of them very early on when I first started using the Sat-Nav!
I love the fact that this has been designed with complete novices or technophobes in mind and is so easy to set up! It hasn't got all of the options available that a frequent user might desire but for the casual user, this is ideal! As a first Sat-Nav, I would fully recommend it!
There are a couple of negatives: firstly it has no volume control so using this alongside the radio can be problematic and the voice sometimes drowned out. The in-car-charger is essential because it quickly runs down without it. And the speedomenter on it is not that accurate meaning that you may be going faster than the Sat-Nav tells you! Apart from these niggles, this is ideal and a real boon for any long journey and costs on average a little under £100 so the price doesn't sting too bad either!
If I like it, trust me then it must be a good buy!
I used to be dead set against Sat Navs, having heard horror stories of people ending up stuck in narrow lanes or on railway tracks due to outdated maps. I have to say at the time I didn't drive myself so had never had to use one or be in a position where a sat nav would have been beneficial, I was a firm believer that paper maps were the only way to work out how to get from A to B.
I finally gave in a couple of months ago and invested in a TomTom. I have been driving now for just over 2 years and rarely have the need to drive anywhere I'm unsure of but very occasionally we visit friends and I slowly realised that having a backup in the form of a Sat Nav would be helpful.
What is it?
The TomTom Start is the entry level version and retails for around £110. I bought mine second hand on eBay for £70 which is the going rate for one in good condition.
What does it come with?
The TomTom comes in a white compact box which contains the Sat Nav itself, a car charger, mains charger and instruction booklet. All essential for making the most of the unit.
How do you use it?
The unit has an integral suction pad to attach to your car windscreen which makes the unit nice and compact with no parts that might be lost. To attach it to the windscreen you need so lightly moisten the suction pad (I forgot when borrowing one last year and it fell off the windscreen half way down the A303!) Once attached to the windscreen you can adjust the angle of the unit to suit you. To remove it simply twist the button on the back of the unit and it detach.
I find that, whether it's been charged up overnight or not, it's a good idea to plus the unit into the car charger as it can run out of juice quicker than you think, not something you want to happen if you're driving down a busy motorway and are looking for your exit.
The Sat Nav is preloaded with a UK map, it's very easy to use and is easy to programme with the destination you want, either by name of town or postcode. You can select either 3D or 2D view and also adjust the screen for day or night time driving. Another fun feature it being able to change the voiceover, you can select from female or make in many different accents. Even foreign languages are available including French, Dutch etc...... The way the American woman pronounces Roundabout is quite amusing....at least I think so.
You can save regular destinations as favourites and also your home so you don't have to type in your home town each time.
On the screen you're shown the following information:
The speed limit
The direction of your next turn
Your estimated time of arrival
The remaining time of your journey
The remaining number of miles on your journey
All the above is very useful and is regularly adjusted as you drive along, whether flying by or stuck going no-where in traffic.
I'm a huge fan of TomTom now, we did have one hiccup with this on a trip to Manchester when it gave us a very off route to our hotel which we ended up ignoring after it became clear it was taking us the wrong way :/ it also can take a while to find a satellite signal, make sure you leave plenty of time before setting off to ensure that the unit has picked up the signal and can show you a route.
Overal I'm very happy with this and don't regret spending the money. It's not used in our house every day but has come in very useful for long journeys as well as short.
I drive long distances quite regularly, and as someone who doesn't want to have to rely on a map while on the motorway I like to use a sat nav. We previously had a tomtom, but on starting my last longer journey I couldn't get it to turn on, resign to the fact that it had finally reached the end of it's lifespan I nipped into the local Tesco buy try and find a good dela on a satnav I could use for my journey.
I found this tomtom for £99, which I felt was very reasonable. It was on a 'Save £10' offer, so would usually be £109 from Tesco. The plus side of this was that I also got almost £2 worth of clubcard points with the purchase too. My sat nav also came wth a 1 year electrical guarantee from Tesco, which is reassuring to have.
The tomtom comes in a small, and compact box. It is white, with a picutre of teh sat nav on the front and details of the maps included. Upon opening the box you will find your sat nav nestled in a white plastic casing. If you lift the casing up, you will find the included pieces of equipment. These are the in car charger, and the USB cable - both a necessity with this type of device. My tomtom also included an instrcution manual, with basic instructions on how to set up up on it's first use.
To plug it in while in the car is very simple, you just plug the in car charger into the unit, and plug the charger into the cigarette lighter of your car. The lighter plug is reasonably sized, so you shouldn't have any problems with it fitting in your car - I know tis can be an issue with some cars which have their cigarette lighter just unerneath their handbake.
To attach the sat nav to your windscreen you use the built in suction cup that is on the back of the device. There is a gummy circle which pulls out of the sat nav. You hold the circle onto your windscreen and turn the button behind it, this creates suction and allows the sat nav to stick to your windscreen. To revmove the sat nav you simply twist the button and the suction cup will unstick itself. The great thing about this is that you don't need top worry about the suction cup falling off while you're drving, or making sure that the suctioncup will stick properly to your windscreen - the new button which you turn makes it extremely secure.
The sat nav comes preloaded with a map, which was just what needed, as with a very long journey ahead of me I didn't have time to go home and update it. However, the sat nav does come with 1 free map update and 1 free speed camera update. To make use of these you simply plug your sat nav into a computer using the usb cable provided and follow the instructions. You will be required to download a program called 'TomTom Home', qhich enables you to back up the maps on your sat nav, use it on your computer, and download new maps and updates, including 'fun' things such as novelty voice overs (I've seen a Homer Simpson one!)
The sat nav itself is very easy to use, and even those less-technical minded peopel should be able to work it without any problems. To set your destination, you simply input your choice of details - city, postcode, road name or address. You will then be able to pick your destination from those listed. The map which is on screen gives you the option of either being 2D or 3D, this is entirely down to personal choice and just whoch one you like the look of best - I prefer 3D.
You are able to save your home address easily, for quick navigation back to base, and can also add favourite addresses which you travel to regularly - ths saves havng to reinput their details in everytime to travel there.
The voice over for this sat nav isn't overly annoying - you can forget the mad lady shouting at you when you miss your turn, it's far more relaxed than that! I do tend to have the sound off though, unless I've never driven on that route before. The picture is extremely clear, and all the details shown on screen are enough on their own.
You are shown:
The speed limit (when known)
The direction of your next turn (eg, a left arrow for a left turn)
Your estimated time of arrival
The remaining time of your journey
The remaining number of miles on your journey
The sat nav will also show you any speed cameras along your journey (not that you should be speeding anyway!)
I have found this sat nav to be excellent when driving, it has shown me exactly where to go, and maps have been extremely accurate and it has taken me over thousands of miles of travelling with no problems at all. I would thoroughly recommend it. It is a very reasonable price, for a very good peice of equipment.
I hadn't been fortunate enough to use a Tom Tom Sat Nav before and also stuck to my trusty Garmin, but when on a weekend away I actually lost it after my handbag was stolen. After the hassle of cancelling all the cards etc, and settling back down again, we had to go and get a brand new one, and as they didn't have any Garmin in stock, we plumbed for a Tom Tom Start as Halfords had a special offer on them. I was seriously shocked at just how easy it was to use without needing to even look at the instructions. The route finder was quite quick once you turned it on, taking just 12 seconds to load itself up and sort out the route. I love the way it picks a direct, fast route (albeit sometimes seems out the way but isn't in reality). The maps are near enough 95% accurate apart from a few areas in the town centre which doesn't realise that it's actually a one way system, but apart from that it's an excellent piece of kit and far easier than the Garmin was to learn.
I'd definitely recommend this to anyone that just wants a normal, straight forward way of getting somewhere without the hassles or setting up live travel and the like. Easy enough to use, quick to charge and lasts for ages on that charge. Well Done Tom Tom.
This is my first sat nav but I've known friends with some and this is by far the best ive ever known.
It's very, very simple to use. you just turn it on, tap the map to choose a destination or type in an address, type done and youre ready to go.
You can change the volume, add voices (pay online or free from some websites) change the background, add favourite locations... it's amazing.
You get a great sticky thing on the back of the sat nav to attach to the windscreen, which means you dont leave a holder behind which could tell burglars that you have a sat nav in your car, and a free car charger.
It's really small, convenient and also large enough to view while driving. The volume is loud enough that you can hear while driving and not get distracted too by needing to look at the screen.
I'd recommend this every time. It finds your location instantly and is updated all the time.
10 out of 10. Amazing!
My father bought a new car a while back and while it did not have a built in sat nav system included in the package was this TomTom Start, now my Dad is a real technophobe and had no desire to try and master a sat nav system and personally I had never really been that keen on buying one as I had never really had a pressing need for one other than when driving in France, in this country I'm quite happy relying on a good old fashioned map and a journey planner. Having said that I was quite happy to get a freebie as if I did not get on with it I would just sell it on eBay for him.
This is a very basic and quite simple to operate sat nav system which is suitable for driving in the UK and is aimed at those drivers who have a limited use for a sat nav and want an entry level model. Looking on the internet it retails between £70 - £100 generally however it is easily available at the lower price so that would be the most I would advise paying for it.
It comes with an usb cable and also a charger for the car which slots into your cigarette lighter socket and has 2GB of memory built in. It comes with a 3.5 inch screen which I find is plenty big enough to be able to read from while I'm driving and is made from black plastic. It also has a suction pad however do be careful with these as the marks they can leave on your dashboard or windscreen can indicate that you have a sat nav to the criminal element out there increasing the risk of a break in as they go looking for the device which is usually stored in the glove compartment.
Underneath the suction pad is the devices speaker and the sound from this device is very clear with good clarity and it is relatively easy to follow the directions. Once the device is plugged in it powers up quickly and you have two simple choices, you can either browse a map or plan a route, I do find that it can be a little slow to fix on the GPS signal and I have noticed that on a couple of journeys there have been a couple of occasions that it has lost signal completely and you are left high and dry, this happened once up in the Lakes and again on route to Snowden so it clearly does not like the high ground. However in built up areas it has never failed me which is when I find it is most useful.
What I like about the device is that it is very easy to operate, you can load up your home address however again I would not advise this for safety reasons (watching the Real Hustle is very instructional but does make you paranoid) and there are a number other options like current location and recent destination to name a couple as these are the ones I use the most. The keypad appears on the screen and is almost like predictive text in that as you type a place name options start to appear so you do not need to type the whole destination, naturally it works best with a postcode and is at its most accurate when you have this. It is pretty quick to load a route once the input is done.
There are a number of other settings, be able to change the brightness to a night setting is good and the sound can be adjusted as well in case you have sleeping passengers or have trouble hearing the instructions. You can also vary the voice of the instructions but I'm quite happy with Doris who is the default setting (my name for her).
The screen is surprisingly easy to read and while I tend to use the 2d setting pretty much all of the time there is a 3d setting which is useful in built up areas when close to your destination. The read out which shows speed and distance as well as time to destination are all nice features and relatively easy to read however they are not the sort of thing I'm concerned about as I rely on the car displays for speed and the like. The built in speed camera alerts are a nice feature especially when in an area you are not familiar with.
It is easy to upload the updates to the maps using the software and usb cable provided and you can also upgrade to a European set of maps as well, something I will do when next driving on the continent.
I have found the display to be able to cope with a variety of weather conditions from bright sunshine to days when it is cold and the car starts to steam up a bit, the screen is clear and easy to decipher. I'm still not a total convert to such devices, maybe it is the control freak in me but the device is a nice, easy to operate, almost idiot proof introduction to the sat nav family and I would be quite happy if my next car had an integrated sat nav in it.
Thanks for reading and rating my review.
Im sure sometimes that my family think money grows on the tree at the bottom of the garden, they seem to loose, break or have the expensive stuff that I buy stolen. When it comes to sat navs they are a big thing for theft and my partner knows to ensure that it is locked away due to one has been stolen before. The first sat nav was locked away but he didn't lock the van within minutes it was gone. I decided to buy him another one from the catalogue due to not having the cash on me to get him one right away and he needed it for work. When I ordered they told me that they hadn't got the one that I wanted in stock and their was a recommeded one that was £10 cheaper than the one that I wanted. The replacement was still a Tom Tom but it was called a tom tom start.
This sat nav is for United kingdom and Republic of Ireland this is perfect for my partners work due to he only works in the United Kingdom and their is no need for the world maps because we don't travel to benifit from it. The box contains the tom tom start which is black with IQ routes and a rechargeable Li ion battery, easy port mount, latest map guarentee, usb cable, car charger and documents to tell you how to use this. There are some colourful pictures on the inside of the box that show you different coloured start skins these are different covers that you can put round you satnav to make it a little more colourful and unique, this is good if you are into the upto date trendy of fitting in, it doesn't bother us due to it only being used for work purposes but I have been tempted from time to time due to it does give the tom tom a bit more protection.
This is the same size as the tomtom one which is around 3.4 inches, this is small but it is perfect and does the job with no problems. The in car charger plugs into the cigerette lighter of the car to keep it charged. The tom tom clips onto the mount and is easly attached to the window with a suction pad on the mount, it is also easily removed with two little lips on the suction pad being lifted which releases the suction. This is very secure on the window when attached and you have ensure that both lips are lifted if only one is it will not release the suction which is good and it has not fell off the window yet. The tom tom pulls forward to make it easy to see when it is on the mount which is the same as the other tom toms but the garmin is on a ball which means you have more adjustment which is slightly better. The usb cable is so that you are able to attach it to the computer and get any updates for you tom tom which is good because roads change all the time.
The instruction booklet is easy to understand. The first two pages explain how to set it up and adjust it and also explains how to plug the charger in to your tom tom and car, this is shown with diagrams and shor explainations which are easy to follow. When you first switch on the tom tom you should be sitting in the car and follow the on screen instructions to set the date, time and home address the satellite then picks up the tom tom to show where you are. This will take a few minutes to set up the first time from then on after this will not take so long and will find your position very fast. This has got very good reception and we have had not problems with it loosing signal which we have had with other sat navs.
The on screen options are easy to follow you have a plan route button where you can enter the place you want to go from where you are or you can enter an alternative place to leave from to another destination this is good because if you are having to visit somewhere else first where you know where you are going it means that you will not have the satnav directing you until you get to that destination which means less distraction while driving. You can choose your destination in different ways you can enter the address which will ask you for a house number after or a postcode which will also ask you for a house number. You will get a list to scroll down to choose the correct place once you have done this you will press done and it will generate your route. There is also another button that will let you select the fastest route, it will also let you know if there are diversions and you are also able to make an alternative route that will take you away from motorways or towns if this is the preference.
You are shown a map on the screen when your destination is entered and you are indicated with an arrow this cursor can be changed to different arrows or even a car which is an added setting that makes the tom tom more interesting. You have the names of the roads indicated on the map which is good because you are able to relate to where you are but I tend to listen rarther than look because it is safer. This will also show the speed limit that you are doing and the speed limit of the road if you are going faster it will beep at you to alert you of your speed I think this is a very good safety feature. It will also show you a navigation instruction which shows you which way you should be turning, if you press this button this will let you know the last instruction that was said and will allow you to change the volume. It also has information about how long your jouney will take and how long you have got left and the added bonus is that it tells you the arrival time which is good so that you are able to plan your jouney and let people know what time you will be arriving, the time tends to change if there is traffic.
There is a small trouble shooting guide incase the screen stops responding to your touch if you need other trouble shooting you can visit the site tomtom.com/home when you are attached to your computer. Here you will also find more problem solving and accessories this will also update your maps. I have not visited this yet but will have to.
I have found this a good product and paid £149 for this, you are able to buy this cheaper if you are paying cash in a shop where as I got mine from littlewoods. I think this is a good sized product that the touch screen is responsive and sets up very quickly. The maps are very upto date. It is easy to adjust and has lots of settings to make it more personal to you. It is very self explanatory and very easy to use. The only thing that I advise with it is that you remove it from the car when you leave at all times they cost too much money to keep having pinched.
The Tom Tom Start for the UK is a simple Sat Nav made by one of the best known companies for this kind of product. You can now buy these for less than £100 from various online and highstreet shops.
With a Tom Tom you know you're getting a good product. The content is just as good if not better than many lesser known and more expensive brands.
This particular Tom Tom has an easy touch screen with 2D & 3D maps. The navigation screen is easy to use and directions can be found in a matter of minutes. The directions are also very clear which lets a number of other systems down.
Installation is very easy and when connected doesnt jiggle around or fall off. The portability of this system is great and it is so easy to hide, swap for another car or just remove. The instruction manual is easy to read and there is also a help number if you should get stuck.
This system also shows speed cameras and points of interest - useful to know for various types of people. i.e. speed freeks and culture vultures!
As it is a Tom Tom you can buy all sorts of add ons from the internet. These include voice changes and chargers/cases etc. Some of the voices are quite funny. Great to liven up an otherwise boring car journey.
Overall this is a great beginner system that won't let you down. It isn't all singing or dancing but do you really need much more? A system that gets you from A to B simple.
Recently my dad decided to treat himself to a Sat Nav, and this is the one he chose to buy for himself. He bought this from Argos where is cost him just under £100. Last week I went camping with some friends and my dad drove me there, but as neither of us knew where the camping site was he gave me this Sat Nav before we set off and told me to programme it so that it would take us straight to the site.
This is a lot easier said than done. I had never used a Sat Nav before in my life so how he expected me to just know straight away how to use it, I do not know. I spent about half an hour randomly pressing buttons and hoping they were the right ones. Eventually though, I managed to figure it out and now I have used it a few times and I feel confident enough to be able to write a review about it.
*Look & Feel*
The Sat Nav is a square shape, it is black and it has the 'TomTom' logo at the bottom. When it is plugged in at the front of the car it looks quite good I have to say, and I think it looks rather sophisticated and I felt very cool being driven around in a car with a Sat Nav (apart from the car we were in was a dirty old Land Rover!).
Using the device feels strange at first, probably because it was new to me, but once you get the hang of it, it feels just like using a mobile phone. It is touch screen so I found that I had to keep wiping it to get rid of greasy finger marks off it, but apart from that I think it has a good look and feel to it.
*Ease Of Use*
When I first started using this I thought it was a nightmare. I couldn't work it out, so just kept pressing random buttons and seeing where they took me, just to help me get a feel of it and to help me understand how the device works. After a while though I did get used to it and now I can understand much more clearly which buttons you need to press to get which functions to work. I think the reason I found it hard to use in the first place is because when you first pick it up to tell it where to take you, there isn't a button that says 'press this to tell me where to take you' or anything like that. You just have to press on a random blue square at the bottom and that takes you to another screen which you then select options such as 'points of interest' or 'city', things like that and then it takes you to a screen with a keyboard on. You have to use the keyboard as touch screen which I found quite frustrating because you need to be careful not to press the wrong button, which was easily done, and also you can't type too fast or it won't pick up the buttons you have pressed. As you type suggestions come up, for example if you type in 'Ba' and you are in North Wales, you will get suggestions such as 'Bangor' and Barmouth'. You can also save routes when you have completed it, so that you can do it again some other time.
I should also mention that the points of interest it finds for you are things like hotels and campsites. But it only picks up the points of interest that are local to the area you are driving through at the time you select it.
So far this Sat Nav has took us to all the right places and it hasn't made any errors, so for that reason I would say that it is very reliable. When my dad bought this he was given a car charger for it as well, and the battery life is pretty good, so I think you could rely on this not to run out of battery when you are stuck somewhere you have never been before and have no idea how to get home. There is also a speed ometer on this Sat Nav that tells you how fast the car is going, in mph. This has so far been correct so that has also proved so far to be reliable.
This has proved itself tremendously useful and it is so much more fun than using a boring old map. You can choose whether you want the volunme on or off. This is good as sometimes the voice gets annoying and you want to turn it off. I have heard you can change the voice but we haven't worked out how you do this yet.
Basically I think that this is a really good device and I would definitely recommend it.
Thanks for reading xo