"Disappointed"on by Lost_In_NJ
Pros I like the large screen, clarity of screen, the fact it adjusts color for night time driving. Affordable. Compact. I love the text to speech. It is very easy to use for first timers.
Cons Gave wrong directions in two different states and couldn't even locate my one destination. Also, map upgrades cost $59.99+. If you upgrade within first 30 days of purchase it is free though.
Summary It gave incorrect directions in two different states and couldn't even locate my one destination.
I went to visit a relative in a different state (PA) and it told me that the zip code doesn't exist. I verified with USPS and it does exist. The town however came up when I entered it by name but the street my relative lives on wasn't listed in this town. As a matter of fact when I was at this person's house the gps read Oak Street which was 2 streets behind where I was. Thankfully I know how to get there on my own and was just testing the GPS out.
In my hometown it gave wrong directions. It didn't recognize 2 different dead end streets. It told me to proceed down these streets that end.
I called TomTom support and was told I need to upgrade my map even though I just bought this unit 2 days ago. Well I upgraded the map and it still does the same thing. With two small children, I need a reliable GPS when travelling. It will be going back in the morning and my next GPS unit will not be a Tom Tom.
Pros Large screen, easy to transfer from car to car, fast off-rout recalculation
Cons Convenient mounting also makes it easy to drop, shorter battry life
Summary Contrary to the specifications here, it does not speak the street name. It does the usual "turn left in 400 yards" thing. The "help me" feature includes phone numbers and walking routing along with current position and GPS coordinates. It also has a built in first aid manual. Tom Tom has put great value in this one.
Pros Wide screen, route/waypoint planning, customization, EasyPort mount, Mapshare, online community.
Cons No sd card slot for adding new maps.
Summary TomTom is the Hyundai of GPS manufacturers packing more features for the dollar into every unit. For the same price or less than a comparable unit from Garmin you get important features such as route planning with up to 48 waypoints - which is very important for planning in advance. The other thing that TomTom has above the competition is TomTom Home and the on-line support community for their products. There are some very good 3rd party freeware tools that allow you to do all your trip planning in Google Maps and then move the files to your TomTom directly. That's a big plus from my perspective. TomTom Mapshare is also quite slick, permitting you to make mapping corrections on the fly, then upload them to the internet --- and likewise download corrections from other users. It is a pretty good idea that tags onto social networking in a bit different way than usual. I like it and have already corrected a couple of street names with ease.
On the downside, I still can't quite figure out why TomTom did away with the SD card slot that was on the predecessor unit XL. To add maps of other countries such as the UK or Europe, you have to back up your unit, then install the new map in its place and then do the backup and reintsall all over again when you want to revert back to your original maps. Not a big issue of you don't travel outside of North America, but for us, who travel to see family in the UK it will be a bit of an inconvenience -- but one I decided to live with given the EasyPort mount which is far superior to the other standard mounts on TomTom XL models.
My wife was able to set up the unit while we were driving back from Maine to Ottawa, Canada. It took all of 15 minutes, and when she made an entry mistake, she simply went into the preferences menu and corrected her errors.
Overall it's an excellent unit - and now that TomTom has purchased TeleAtlas - they own the map vendor who supplied them with their mainstay of their product line. It will be interesting to see where these devices go in the future, but for the moment, if you are looking for an entry level priced unit with more than basic navigation, then look consider the 330s.
Pros Has routing capability. Compact size. Tech support answers the phone very quickly - no holding.
Cons Editing a POI means rename or delete it. Very short life.
Summary I added my personal 'Favorites' and 'POIs', then created a route. When I tried to back up the device to my computer, it died with a flashing red X. Ultimately, working with tech support, this required reformatting the device, thereby losing all my information. I downloaded new maps and firmware, again entered Favorites and POI. When I was ready to leave on my trip, the device locked up and died. I was able to make one earlier trip - about 5 miles to a local hardware store. The unit wanted to route me on some side streets near my home which didn't make sense at all - not the shortest route, and certainly not the fastest. I had to go in a circle. After it died the second time, I gave up and purchased a Garmin.
Pros the large screen is great and easy to read. The tomtom is easy to use and updating the maps was easy to do. It amused my kids to download darth vaders voice to tell you directions.
Cons attaching it to windshield-dashboard can be tricky with the base that it comes with. Would definitely recommend the optional windshield attachment, which works much better.
Summary The features are great and they took the time to include things that you would never think that you would need. There is the speed indicator which turns red when you are speeding, it automatically turns to day-night lighting at the time of sunrise and sunset, and searching for restaurants and phone numbers is cool. I different voices enhance the experience as well.