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I fully admit that I have a very poor sense of direction. Even if I have done a journey before, I am never quite sure of myself, and frequently find myself having taken a wrong turn. I find it particularly difficult if you are in the car on your own, because you can't exactly just take two minutes to have a good look at the map whilst you are driving along in heavy traffic. I was thoroughly fed up of getting lost all the time, and after one day when I tried to take a short cut and arrived back from work an hour later than I should have been I took the plunge and bought a Sat Nav. It was a big luxury purchase, but since i drive a fair bit these days, I really felt that it was worth it to save me time and give me a little peace of mind. I went for the 'Tom Tom XL Classic Western Europe' model, because I have friends that swear by Tom Tom, and we holiday in Europe almost every year, so I thought having the extra maps might come in useful. if you think that a map of a but of France costs £8, then you could soon start to recap some of your money if you went to a few different places abroad. The sat nav cost me £129.99, which is obviously a lot of money, but for such a clever piece of kit I thought it was worth it.
The Tom Tom has twenty different voices that you can choose from, a silent mode, a touch screen, the machine gives you traffic and accident updates, and if you take a wrong turning or go a different way it automatically recaulates a route. The screen is very clear, and tells you how far you have to go and your estimated arrival time, which is farily accurate and can be very useful. The unit attaches easily to the windscreen, and is nice and small so that it fits easily into the glove box when you are not using it. I wouldn't be without my sav nav anymore, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who drives a lot and doesn't have a very good sense of direction.
The TomTomXL Classic is the top model of the TomTom range. This particular version comes with navigation maps of the west of Europe, e.g. UK, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and possibly Italy.
The Amazon price of £136.19, you may think is a bit much but, when you consider that it had over 20,000 miles worth of maps, one of the easiest but high tech touchscreens around and over 20 voices to choose from, the price doesn't seem that bad.
One of the other features of this Sat Nav is that it shows traffic updates, accidents and roads that if you're in a hurry, will be best to and not to use. And, have you ever gone against your Sat Nav and known where you where going for about 10 miles, but then, just when you need it most, it tells you to turn around?
Well, this unit can recalculate a route in under 2 minutes of you going against it, making sure that you never get lost.
I bought the TomTom for £119 from Tesco's just before Christmas 09. The satnav includes maps for the UK and the Republic of Ireland and free updates are available online. Thesatnav includes an in car charger, computer lead and sticks to the window/dashboard in your car.
I use the tomtom on a daily basis to find my way to clients addresses for buisness as well as for pleasure, such as day trips to scenic towns or specific locations such as parks.
I live in a small town, which sometimes struggles with mobile phone receptions, so i expected seom issues from using the satnav in a remote location, however i have had no problems and the satnav quickly locates my locations within a minute or two.
Typing in a destination is simple. you can type in a postcode, town or street name and the satnav quickly configures a route. You can play around with this part and change the route by quickest route or shortest route, but i have always used the first route it has given me. 99% of the time, the sat nav takes you directly to the door of the typed in location, only once have i been 'delivered' to the street behind my required destination, so I have always been extremely pleased with relying on the satnav to get me from A to B.
When the satnav is 'directing' it gives you plenty of notice before you need to turn or what exit to take on a round about. I personaly find it very accurate and easy to follow, even during busy traffic. Again there are occassions when you shopul keep an eye on the satnav for turnings as sometime unmarked roads are not on the satnav and you may turn too soon, although i very rarely have this problem.
If you do take a wrong turn, or miss your junction on a motorway/roundabout, the satnav re-calculates a new route within seconds, meaning you can carry on driving and still quickly arrive at your destination.
There are lots of little features on the satnav, such as displaying your estimated time of arrival, your speed, highlighting points of interests such as petrol stations and warnings of speed camera. These are all easy to use and useful little tools!
This model is wide-screen 4.3" and i would reccomend a wide screen for easy use, as its important to be able to glance at the satnav quickly so you can keep your eyes on the road!
The satnav also includes traffic information, i havent used this feature, but have noticed if there is an accident on the planned route or roadworks, the majority of the time, the satnav will divert you around the accident.
In addition, the satnav includes 'help me' feastures, which contact emergancy services as well as first aid information and car maintenance. This is a section of the satnav i have yet to explore, but have heard it contains useful and understandly information.
I am very pleased with this satnav, i find it easy to use and stress free! I definitley get my moneys worth out of it and know this is a model used by alot of police officers so it must be good!
With TomTom XL, the attractive EasyPort mount can be left on the device and folded flat after use. The complete unit, including the mount, is then small enough to fit into a shirt pocket or bag when you leave the vehicle.
In addition, the TomTom XL is equipped with a completely revised audio system so that navigation instructions are even more loud and clear at all times even above outside traffic noise or a car full of excited children.