Product Type: Tomtom in GPS Navigation
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A highly recommended tomtom from me!
TomTom Start United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland
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TomTom Start United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland
Advantages: Very easy to use, Very accurate, Good Value For Money
Disadvantages: Maybe not the cheapest sat nav around - but it's good value for money
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.
Summary: 5/5 from me - hghly recommended!