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Before getting my Tomtom, I'd have described myself as a nervous driver. Not nervous in that I didn't know what to do, or was scared, when on the roads, but I'd find myself getting nervous if I didn't know exactly where I was going.
I'd planned to buy a satnav for some time, but had found myself put off by the cost. They aren't cheap, and for someone on quite a tight budget, I wandered if I'd use it enough to justify the cost.
Anyway, I researched around, and time and time again, Tomtom were coming out as the brand to rely on, despite the annoying tv adverts I remember from when they first launched!
After some internal debate, I decided that if I was going to get one at all, I might as well get a decent one, and so I ended up with this one, which was then one of the newest/best models available.
When I got it into my car, it literally is plug and go. There is some initial set up, like language, the voice, the colour of the car on the map, what your home address is. Nothing complicated. Then, to choose where you want to go, you can either enter town then street, or a postcode, and narrow down the address from there.
On the screen it shows you your speed and the speed limit of the road. Which is helpful on unfamiliar roads where there might be speed traps. It shows you the distance to your next junction, as well as the direction it'll be. This is an incredibly handy feature, especially approaching roundabouts, as you'll then know what lane to be in. It also gives you the current time and the time of arrival, which alters very accurately based on the speed you travel. On motorways it'll also give you guidance about which lane to be in, which is handy for when motorways merge/go off elsewhere.
It is easy to alter the volume of the voice, turning it right up or right down as suits you. There is also a handy "night time" setting, which darkens the screen and gives an accurate night time appearance, which is very good, as you wouldn't want to be dazzled by the bright day time screen when driving in the dark.
And at the end of your journey, when you want to go home, you simply click the "home" button, and it'll take you back to your front door!
99% of the time, it's direction are very good. There have only been 2 occasions where the satnav has let me down. The first time was when I was visiting a stately home and it tried to take me in the staff entrance. The second time it took me to the wrong end of a very long road in Milton Keynes. However, I should have been more precise in the address I wanted, so the satnav wasn't entirely to blame!
I've just brought this Tomtom sat nav, I could not decide between tomtom or Garmin but everyone advised me tomtom was better so went and brought one! I'd never used a satnav before but find it very useful especially on my recent trip to devon!
It is easy to set up, just plug it into your computer so it can upload any updates. To plan a route simply enter the postcode or search for the place on the map and click go! The instructions are given clearly and the map shows exactly where you are and when you are on the motorway you are given a junction view which is helpful!
With the model I brought I get 1years free LIVE info which I think costs around £50+ but I wont be buying that each year as I dont do that much driving! I like that it gives you any traffic delays and calculates an alternative route so you dont get stuck in traffic. There are also speed camera warnings and it reminds you what speed you should be doing. The tomtom also tells you where the next petrol station is which is pretty useful if driving down the motorway!
If you do make a wrong turn or decide to go a different way the satnav will recalculate you journey and change the route so you still get to your destination.
The things I also like are that it calculates the length of your journey and gives you an ETA so you can let people know when you will arrive!
After spending months (literally) trying to deicde between tomtom or garmin, I'm really pleased i went with tomtom, it is so easy to use and has very clear instructions and so far has not sent me the wrong way!
THe only negative I would say is the charging/battery life of the satnav. I charged it all day via usb only for battery to last 15mins, so It needed to be plugged into cigarette lighter- someone told me it doesn't actually charge via usb and only through lighter! The battery is supposed to last 3hrs.
Well done tomtom!
I first bought this Tom Tom refurbished from Tesco Outlet. It was £129.99 which I thought was a very good price. Also it came with a years free Live subscription worth about £50. So it seems well worth the money. I'd had a Tom Tom before and thought it was great but not very modern looking. Also I had never tried the Live services before and thought it would be interesting.
When I first recieved it the first thing I thought was how better it looked compared to my old one. It had a wide screen which I thought was great. I had a few problems setting up the Live subscription but once done I thought it was amazing. The traffic is so helpful. It had the weather and fuel prices. There all helpful things especially when I drive an awful lot around the UK. The google search feature I personally think is the best thing on it. You can literally search anywhere and its so useful. It is a real help when you dont have a post code or address.
I then went on to sell this for the same price on ebay which was great! and bought the latest version. Which is truely amazing! And looks a thousand times better and is so much quicker. When you have the live services you'll notice it can be quite slow at loading.
This is definitely worth this price!
I bought this Sat Nav just before driving into Europe last year. I was heading into the middle of Germany with a rowing boat trailer on the back of my car so decided having a reliable route guidance system would reduce some of the stress. It worked as well. At no stage were we lost or did we get close to being lost. The screen is big and the directions are clear so you always know where you're going.
It hasn't all been plain sailing though, I've had a couple of issues. Once it's tried to take me down a road that was a pedestrian only farm track, and a couple of times it has failed to find my destination at all. But by far the most frustrating thing is the touchscreen keypad. It is absolutely rubbish! you try and tap y and it selects g, you try and hit d and it selects f. However carful and slow you are with trying to select the right digits it never picks up the right letters first time and when your in a rush that gets very frustrating.
I think its difficult to complain too much, its by far the best sat nav I have ever owned and I've been very happy with it. I've completed some journeys that I wouldn't have been able to start without it, but for the money, I'd either pick up a cheaper Tom Tom or maybe try out an alternative product in the future.
I'll start by saying I was a late adopter of sat nav technology and if we were going on a day out somewhere unfamiliar I would simple use one of the Free online route finders to plan my journey. Most of the time this was ok, but if you take a wrong turn, are diverted or the instructions are wrong as they sometimes are, they you are well and truly goosed and left driving round in circles trying to get your bearings.
I spent a long time researching and reading reviews before finally selecting this sat nav. What I will say is there is a good reason why TOMTOM are the market leader, it's because they are the best. They are so straight forward to use and they get you there every time.
With this particular model you get 1 years free LIVE SERVICE which normally costs £50 for 12 months. My initial thoughts before I bought the sat nav were, great I'll give it a try but I'll not be renewing that. Having used it I couldn't live without it.
Basically it saves you time and money, it gives you traffic reports so looks are delays and incidents and if there is an alternative route it asks you if you wish to take it and estimates how much time you will save. The unit they quickly re calculates your route. You get speed camera warnings which are always up to date and it tells you the cheapest place to get petrol on your route. The sat nav also has Google search which knows where you are (via GPS) and you can search for things in the area that you are looking for ie a hotel, a pub a super market etc etc.
Other things I like about this satnav.
1) Clear audio instructions given in plenty of time.
2) if you go wrong it quickly updates and instructs you what to do
3) Tells you how far and you have left and estimated time of arrival.
4) Shows your speed
5) Has advanced lane navigation which to you and me means when on a motorway or coming up to a round about it shows you which lane you need to be, so never again will you get caught out when a motorway splits and you get stuck in the wrong lane.
Over all this is so easy to use, and it does exactly what you need it to do
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.
|Product Description:||TomTom XL - LIVE IQ Routes edition Europe 42 - GPS receiver|
|Product Type:||GPS receiver|
|Display:||4.3" colour - 480 x 272 - widescreen|
|Preloaded Maps:||Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, Gibraltar, Poland, United Kingdom, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania|
|Internal Memory:||2 GB flash|
|Speed Camera Warning:||Yes|
|Included Software:||TomTom HOME|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||12.3 cm x 2.7 cm x 8.2 cm|