The menu system – co-opted from the Go Live series – is clear, logical and very well organised. On-screen information is beautifully presented and the map designs are just about the best you can get. There is also full text-to-speech support for road names.
Happily, this is the first TomTom I’ve come across that doesn’t read out road numbers in full, so the A666 – the Bypass of the Beast – is given as the A-six-sixty-six rather than A-six-hundred-and-sixty-six. Fewer words is a good thing when it comes to giving directions.
As I’ve said before IQ Routes is the best journey planning system there is, because it calculates your route with one beady eye fixed on historic traffic flow for the time and date of your trip. But with TomTom now licensing the system to, amongst others, Mio it’s no longer a unique selling point.
Compared to previous Start-series devices, TomTom has added two million extra kilometres of roads to its maps. Presumably, that’s across Europe not just the UK and Ireland. Enhanced graphics show built-up areas, water features and forests more clearly too.
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"You'd think by now there would be a standard mount fitted to every car."
Surely the only reason that there isn't is protectionism = spec a £1000 sat-nav option rather than buy a £130 TomTom!
Suction ring marks
Satnav users clean the suction ring marks off the windscreen to encourage miscreants to believe that the driver doesn't use a satnav, so there is no point breaking into the car to try to find it.
Sticking a plastic disk on the dashboard gives definitive proof that a satnav is used. Surely rates a d'oh, at least?
Some people like a choice.
Personally I can't be arsed with a smartphone of any type. A phone is what I make phone calls with. Anything else costs too much.
Sat Nav? I use a Binatone one I got for £50 from Asda, loaded iGo onto it and it's great. All in it cost a sight less than that silly Tom Tom thing. A friend has already sent his back because it kept insisting on sending him up dirt byways and private roads, it seems Tom Tom are useless in a rural setting. Tom Tom's curious answer was that he should update the maps himself* when he came accross these problems luckilly he bought it from a retailler with a no quibble 28 day refund policy.
I haven't tried Nokia's mapping, but I have tried it on a certain smartphone they gave me at work. It was frankly crap, which made the convenenience of having satnav on your phone somewhat moot.
* Can you imagine the OS trying that? "This landranger is innaccurate." "That's your problem sir. Just get your felt pens out and update it."