"Nice For The $$--Shop Around And Find A Deal"4.5 starson by repo33
Pros: Easy to use, fun 'poi's (with 69 pages of free poi downloads from site), COMES WITH NEW MAPS...GUARANTEED!, reliable, very informative display and cool new mounting technology
Cons: The compass seems to reverse east and west, but north and south are right. Read the whole review...
Summary: I had a TomTom One 3rd Gen. before this one so I was already used to it, but the compass issue existed on that one too. I thought the old one was broke (i got it used) so I just learned to live with it, everything else worked fine. Long story, but, the One 3rd Gen. got crushed by a drunk hillbilly in my driveway. I was to blame too (she wants me to say that), so I started looking around for a new ONE. Get it? Anyway...I went to all the sites from Wally World to BB to Newegg. I discovered that Targay had it on sale for 109, at BB it was 129. I had a reward zone card from BB for 10 so I was hoping to get it there. I said to the guy at BB that the people across the street have it for 20 cheaper and that if he would match it I would get it. He did and I used my $10 reward zone credit so I got it for $99 (106 after tax).There seems to be alot of confusion about TomTom devices...it WILL find everything! The UI is very specific, you answer (navigate thru) some questions, the intent is to speed up processing time. Also, not a good idea to add every poi from tomtom home. I did this and found that there was too much software conflict...or something... It comes with ALOT of poi's installed, then you use tomtom home to add ones specific to you and your area (you get "brand" icons instead of generic ones). Want a tip? Make sure your searches are reletive to the right area. In the left bottom corner in fine print it says "relative to...." and the area the device is searching poi's in. EVERYTHING is a Point Of Interest or POI. The screen that you enter where to search has icons for: POI near you, POI in city and POI near home. I always choose "POI near you" unless I'm looking for something far away. Then use POI in city... BTW, the compass isn't weird, it always points N...no matter what you set it to. ;^)
The compass isnt that big of an issue. It works, its just that if its pointing due east you're actually going due west. If its pointing NW its really NE and also SW is really SE...you get the idea. It is accurate for due north and due south. You get used to it and can read it just fine after awhile. Like I said, I was already used to this cuz of the 3rd Gen. One. Notice that even knowing the compass in these things are kinda screwy I still bought another ONE.
The "new map guarantee" is a major reason to pick TomTom over all the others. I know people who have Garmin and Magellan. We all live in the same area and mine has more currents maps...for free! There is a main road out here that they re-routed and made wider with turns lanes and stop lights (we're in the sticks) and the new way is in my tomtom. It is not in the new garmin or magellan...they make you pay for the most current maps. I think if you buy it new it should be current. Am I right?
Plus, in my opinion, tomtom gives you more features and control over the device for less money than the others. Compare a tomtom One 130 to the Garmin Nuvi 205. You'll see...dollar for dollar tomtom is better. I know there's people who are gonna lash out at me for trash talkin' garmin, but ya know what, the truth hurts. I better stop now before I get the secret society of Garmin Enforcement after me. They're watching...
Updated on Jun 28, 2009