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I have been using Tom Tom`s for some years and I love them, I do, I think they are one of the two finest inventions that have made my life a hell of allot easier in the last 10 years. The other invention being the MP3 player. Although I am a confident driver (a recipient of the ROSPA advanced driver award at 19 years old- I had to get it , my dad was fed up with me having accidents !), I used to hate driving anywhere I was not at least slightly acquinted with the road system. Tom Tom`s solved this problem for me and in so doing saved me time, petrol money and embarrasment in front of my peers. All for a £160, it sounds steep, but as I said the unit will pay for itself within 2 years or so on fuel effeciency, i.e not having to drive around to find out where your going.
I used to own the Tom Tom smart, one of the first editions, but I have recently given this to my dad to help eleviate his own frustrations with our ever-changing road network, although he struggles to use it, not being the Nintendo generation, more the launching of the QE2 generation. So I bought this Tom Tom XL 2 IQ Routes Edition Europe 42 to replace it.
Firstly, it is apparent that it is larger then my previous Tom Tom, which is about 5 years old. it has a 4.3 inch LCD screen, hence the XL in the title. This makes it a bit easier to see. Also it looks much better, my last TomTom was a bit bulky and the sucker at the back sometimes struggled to keep it in place if there was allot of moisture on the windscreen. I have not had this problem with this Tomtom as of yet as it is lighter, at a mere 189 grams. The Tomtom also has a gloss black finish to the plastic, rather then the matt finish I had on my last one.
All the old menu`s are basically the same and as always it is pretty easy to navigate through them, you still pick the post code and or full address you are going to mark any waypoints down, you can also find alternative routes, although in the past I have found this to be second guessing the Tomtom and actually will only make your drive a bit longer. However, it is handy if you have checked say the AA route-planner before hand and can see problems with your intial route.
The IQ routes system has been around for a while now, and what it does is basically update road information once you plug the unit into your PC and upate from the net, it also calculates distance vs speed and gives you an updated arrival time, it calculates the shortest route and reconfigures to any changes you make along the way. It can also give you the next best 4 ways of getting to your destination and the extra time it takes. As always, previous searchs are stored up to the last 15 or so, this saves you allot of time not having to re-enter previous addresses for the places you usually go to. You can also find other places of interest, say a petrol station or a landmark. The Tomtom is also updated to tell you when speed cameras are coming up. GPS quickfix means that the unit can find the nearest satallite even faster now, no more waiting in my car for 10 minutes whilst it sorted this out !
A new extra is that the unit also gives you a current and 5 day weather forecat for your route and destination, so you can compensate for wet/ icy roads etc. I have found this interesting but not that useful as when I go somewhere I usually have to get there no matter what and I do not have the flexibility to change my plans.
You can change the language of the voice instruction and the volume, you can set the display brightness, or put it on night/ day mode, I always prefer night mode as it uses far less battery and it doesnt put glare into my eyes all the time. You can also select what country you wish to gets maps and directions of, this version has maps for most countries in Europe and the UK, I actually use it when I am going over to France to see friends and it saves me allot of time and effort. You can also add maps that you have bought for other countries from the TomTom online account system, although I have found this to be costly, a map for Australia that I bought cost £55 ! The maps work just as well over there as they do in the UK I have found.
You can change the view of the map, from birds eye 2D to 3D first person view, I tend to use 3D view, but used the 2D for ages as I didnt know this options existed ha ! You also get a better rated 3 hours of battery life on day mode, on night mode I believe it is closer to 4 hours 30 mins.
In the box you get a manual, a USB adapter for the updates and a car lighter charger.
Well in general I have a lack of general direction even though I have lived in the same county for the whole of my life. I cannot read a map, and especially not while driving as I am sure this would break some law or section of the highway code. I decided before I started my course at university to buy a sat nav so that I could find my way not only to lectures but also placements; the bonus is that I could even use it for day trips (or so I thought).
Tom Tom are a Dutch company creating the first navigator product in 2002 after moving from a PDA only production. Since then a new model has been released each year updating features each time such as speed camera detection and the larger easier to see screens.
This particular model is built for use in both the UK and the rest of Europe, I have only used this within England so can only pass judgement upon its use here. The Sat Nav in general works well giving a clear display which is visible at a glimpse whilst driving. The touch screen is sensitive allowing address input and other functions to occur with ease.
The negatives are that the voice often cuts out or tells you to take a turn at the last minute forcing an emergency stop and a dangerous situation. I have often been taken down private driveways and into petrol stations as the sat nav believes that a road is still here (yes I do update the sat nav monthly to no avail). Also the sat nav only points me in the general direction of the house or building I am looking for an I often have to piece the rest of the way myself.
The box is very sturdy and the sat nav arrived in perfect condition with USB cable and car charger.
The unit itself looks stylish and fits in with most car interiors. The screen size is good enough for both the driver and passengers to see without causing too much distraction. The speaker can be turned from 0% to 100% and is loud enough to hear as long as the windows are shut and your music low.
Easy to set up as the sat nav needs charging, turning on and away you go, just remember to update regularly and good luck.
My sense of direction is absolutely shocking. So when my girlfriend was looking for a birthday present for me it was not much of a surprise that she saw a satnav as a perfect present for me. She opted for the TomTom XL 2 IQ Routes Edition Europe 42 claiming she chose it due to have great reviews.
The satnav is created with built in navigation around Europe. I use it all the time in England and its maps are great. Also I have taken it to use in Germany, Spain and France without any real problems.
I looked up the model online recently and saw it on sale at Amazon for £95.
When I received my present the satnav came in a tight, secure box along with an in car charger, PND, holder, usb cable and instructions.
It is a sleek black colour that looks pretty sharp and high tech. It has a loud speaker built in the back that is loud enough for the car. When you need more attention I do recommend turning down your radio. There is a small screen (4.3") but big enough to see small map. This is a great size because it is not distracting when driving.
Once out of the original packaging the satnav is ready to go. Simply plug it in and touch the screen and it comes alive. It is a touch screen and very simple to use. Big icons appear for you to select and even my fat thumbs don't hit the wrong icon. It allows you to choose different destinations or simple enter a postcode. It will also save your older destinations. Whilst the satnav directs you can choose to see a map and have a voice to tell you where to go. A handy function on the sat nav is that it tells you where your nearest services are such as food, petrol, park etc.
It is a great satnav that gets me out of so many sticky situations. The only problem now is that I don't have an excuse for being late.
I have been a big fan of Tom Tom right from the day these fantastic devices hit the shelves, I originally bought the Tom Tom GO several years back which although doesn't look as good as the new releases still serves its purpose really well! I feel that Tom Tom have always been at the top of the GPS market providing not only the easiest to use but also the most reliable satelite navigation systems.
After using my Tom Tom GO on a regular basis and been overly happy with how much easier my life had become on the road I decided to purchase the newer model the Tom Tom XL 2.
It cost me just over £100 with delivery, and initially in my first opinion I couldn't believe how much more attractive it looked in comparison to my older model, it comes with a large and brightly lit 4.3 inch LCD screen which is presented with an easy to navigate menu to easily plan out your route, find quicker alternative routes, find specific places or points of interest within the locality. The Tom Tom also stores information about your recent journeys and can also be configured to your home or business address so you can easily select common destinations to save time.
The XL 2 is a slim design flatscreen and comes in a modern black finish. There are a few useful extras with the XL 2 including Live snapshot which offers more advanced information whilst on the go such as traffic or congestion notifications, speed cameras, and even the cost of fuel at the nearest garage!
There is also new technology featured in the XL series called "IQ routes" which in a nutshell analyses our journey
and by using data collection by millions of other users plans our journey taking in to consideration rush hours, delays whilst sitting at traffic lights, potential delays based on busy area's like schools or shopping centres.
The XL also features a much more detailed and graphically appealing 3d map of the journey making the model much more easier to follow and understand.
THE XL has a couple of other nifty extras like the live weather forecast which gives a local and 5 day forecast, the QuickGPS fix which helps pinpoint your GPS location so you can begin or resume your journey and there is even a Google search plugin so you can easily located information of local businesses.
The Tom Tom XL is a highly recommended product, been such a sophisticated bit of kit without any hassle to setup or use. It is competitively priced on the market and is ready to use as soon as its removed from the packaging.
It has a battery life of around 3 hours, 2gb of internal flash memory and weighs just 183 grams!
The device also has several pre-programmed languages and additional maps/destinations can be added.
A real must have for anyone who drives for a living or generally visits places where the route isn't familiar.
I purchased the tom tom xl 2 iq 2 years ago for getting to university as I was a rookie to the roads and did not know how to get from A to B thoroughly. I thought the satnav was great, with a variety of voices to choose from, a huge screen to look into and the ability to navigate to anywhere in Europe... This is the work of Gods.
The touchscreen is okay, its no Iphone but its decent. Not sensitive enough for me. The battery life is really good as I only have to charge it after 3-4 uses making it very convenient for me. The maps load quite fast and downloads information onto the receiver quickly. The appearance to me is not very appealing however. It looks like a black brick and is quite heavy for a tom tom( maybe because of its extra large screen, who knows?)
Personally I have not used the tom tom to drive to Europe, but the option of having all the European roads on there is a big bonus. For £100-110 this is good value for money.
Hope this has helped, thanks for reading.
I've done over 5000 miles around the British Isles with this gadget stuck on my windscreen.
Installation and operating is straightforward. The Tomtom is charged via USB and also comes with an in-car charger. I would recommend keeping it plugged in at all times when on a journey as the battery doesn't last very long, maybe 45 minutes at most.
Install a small application on your PC to keep your Tomtom up-to-date. I do this regularly but I'm not sure how often their database is updated, currently there are two roundabouts in the East Midlands that have been redesigned in the last 12 months and it gets confused and loses the plot.
To date those are the only two instances where my Tomtom has given up and thinks I'm driving in a field. It's been fine for the rest of the UK. You can choose to display points of interest as well, so it helps finding parking and petrol in unknown parts.
Navigation around the interface is straightforward, it's easy to add locations to navigate to. You can also choose a 'day mode' and 'night mode' for the display, so when the sun goes down you aren't distracted by the bright colours. You can also choose which voice is ordering you about, the choices are a posh lady or a posh man.
I love sat navs. I am not a map person and especially when going on long journeys to places I have never been before (especially if I'm on my own) I am 100% reliant on a sat nav. Tom Tom is the market leader in sat navs and I always decided these were may favourite (over Garmins).
I bought this sat nav for £160 from Halfords, then spend a bit extra on a case. I decided to go for the Europe edition as it was only around £30 and you can use it in most countries in Europe.
I only ever use the basic functions of the sat nav. It is easy to type and find locations either by typing is the post code, physical address or selecting a location from a list of popular attractions. The best feature about this sat nav is the fact that it has lane guidance technology which tells you exactly which lane to be in on the motorway by zooming in and showing a green arrow in the appropriate lane. My sister borrowed it to use in France and said it worked very well, which is impressive as I assumed it would malfunction when taken abroad.
The screenis very large on this, which was another major point I required when buying it. The roads are easy to view and as the screens so big it allows easily navigations of all the sta navs features. The touch screen is responsive and I have had not problems with it. Everything is laid out very easily and can be used easily.
I defiantly recommend this sat nav as a first time buy or to those experienced with sat nav technology. The screen size is great and the quality is amazing. Once you turn on the sat nav it takes less than a minute to get its location via the satellite and once the connection is made it rarely breaks. In my opinion this is one of the best sat navs available and for a reasonable price.
If your one of them people like me who maybe aren't the best at getting to places without getting lost then this is something you would definatley be interested in. Tom Toms are known for being very useful when looked for directions to go places. This one is european also which is definatley a bonus if you travel across Europe.
The price for this was £159.99 when I purchase it which is quite a bit more than other navigation systems. For what this one offers though I still believe the price is quite expensive but it does exactly what you want it to do so that makes you feel a bit better.
Unlike some navigation systems which I have used in the past this one is extremelly accurate and when asking for a specific place you will get the exact directions to that place. Even though this may sound obvious that you should expect this on a lot the directions will be off and they are pretty difficult to follow.
Layout and Display
What I was very impressed with on this was the layout and how it showed you where you were going. Even though mayve some people would say getting to the place is the most important thing it is still always nice to see a nice easy layout so you can follow it with ease. The last thing you want is to be travelling and constantly questioning the tom tom because your confused. With this specific one that scenario will never arise.
I have travelled around France in this and even though I briefly know places in France I definitely wasn'tt he most comfortable with the place I was going. Once you know where you are you can simply enter it in the tom tom it will take around 30-60 seconds to find the route then it will display it. From then all you need to do is listen to the on board person or if you prefer you can change language or just turn it off. I often turn it off because the voice does get a bit aggravating at times. I can without doubt say this is good for european destinations.
When visiting places I do recommend purchasing one of these if your not the most assured with different destinations. Even though you may feel the price is a bit expensive it is truley worth every penny of the price it is. I do highly recommend you to put that extra bit of money towards this one because you really won't regret it.
I bought my XL2 IQ routes edition for a visit to Portugal early in July. I was disappointed that there was no desktop charging unit included and I needed a bit of help from the salesman to get it up and running. However it worked perfectly going to and travelling around Portugal and getting us back home. When I tried to connect it to my computer (an up to date system running Windows XP) I could not get a connection via the supplied USB cable or via another USB cable in a Tomtom travel kit I had purchased. I have not been able to find an answer to this problem so far on the internet. To add to these problems, when I tried to set up a Tomtom account with a view to seeking an official answer, Tomtom Home says that I already have an account (which I haven't) and does not seem to provide a method of cancelling this "blocking" account. I am about to return to the store to see if the salesman can help?