Product Type: Tomtom in GPS Navigation
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TomTom is the way to go
Member Name: jonny35
Advantages: Easy to use, sleek design, very reliable, very sturdy
Disadvantages: Battery drains when not used for a while, very fiddly charger insert
I bought my TomTom XL two years ago and have never looked back since. I was unsure at first whether to go for a cheaper make or a different model, but I'm extremely glad I got the TomTom XL.
Firstly, the main problems with the older TomTom designs was the fact that they were bulky and that the method of sticking the device to the windscreen have been solved. The TomTom XL is sleek and has a 'suction' knob which sticks it tight to the screen so it will never fall off if you hit a speed bump at a 'higher-than-desirable' speed like the old designs.
The TomTom XL retains however its easy-to-use touch screen and its highly informative and logical information display such as average speed, speed limit on current road, current road, next maneuver (such as turn left symbol), next road you will be on and expected arrival time. The display is easy to follow and my only complaint would be that it doesn't refresh quick enough to be 100% sure what the turnings are in relation to you when driving round a long round-about, but it is a rare occurrence and a problem of technology rather than design.
The other disadvantages I have identified are that the battery seems to drain when the SatNav hasn't been used in a while, and it has to be plugged in in order to be used if it's been in its case for a few weeks. Also, my biggest issue is that the charger cable is ridiculously difficult to insert into the TomTom because the socket in which you need to input the charger is set almost half an inch into the device, so it can be very fiddly and especially frustrating if you are in a rush.
Apart from that it is a sleekly designed SatNav which does the job well and one that even your grandma could use. It very rarely glitches, NEVER crashes like most electronic devices and will certainly out-perform the SatNav systems you'd pay an extra £500-£1000 or so to come standard in an executive car.
Summary: TomTom out-performs even the most premium systems built in to executive cars