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★★★★★

“I bought the TomTom One in December 2005 after coming...”

Written on: 24/05/2006 by dizzyfizzy1 (32 reviews written)

Good Points
Easy to set up, very easy to use and competitively priced.

Bad Points
None as yet.

General Comments
I bought the TomTom One in December 2005 after coming to rely on sat nav in my previous job as a car sales exec. I spent two days going around all the shops and searching the net to compare different Sat nav products and prices. I finally settled on the TomTom One because I personally found it to be the best value for money out there at the time. I ended up paying only £229 after playing the large chain stores off against each other at the time. After using the TomTom One I couldn't believe that people spend up to £1500 for sat nav as an extra option when I used to sell them new cars. For one you can take it out of your car and put it into any other car in a matter of minutes, try doing that with a dealership option that is built in to a car.

Me and the wife always have between 2 and 4 cars on the drive at one time but only need the 1 sat nav. When I first set the TomTom One up it took me less then 5 minutes to do with the very easy to follow instructions that came with it, really I didn't even need the instructions I just used them as a precaution and I'm no rocket scientist.

I find that the TomTom One is very easy to use and the voice directions are very clear and precise, both me and my wife have no trouble at all using it. When I purchased it the man in the shop told me that it is eventually going to phase out the TomTom 300 and it has all the same features only it calculates your route a lot faster then the TomTom 300 and it's cheaper (he wasn't just saying this to get the sale because they sold the TomTom 300 there as well).

You have the option of entering both an address and a postcode to find your destination. You don't even have to put in a street so if for instance you fancy a day out in Newcastle you can just select 'Newcastle' and then 'City Centre'. Once there you can select 'points of interest' and then 'car parks' and it will take you from your front door to a car park in the centre of Newcastle for instance. There is a section in the navigation menu called 'points of interest', with this you can select services such as petrol stations, cash machines, hotels, cinema's - the list go's on forever, when you select the service you require it lists all of them in that area nearest first, just click on the one you want and it will take you right there. It even has every airport in the country on it.

When you select your destination it even gives you an estimated journey time to complete the route that is pretty much spot on every time (10 minutes either way due to traffic etc), the best thing about this feature is that you can program the route the night before and know what time to set off in the morning. When driving if you miss a turn it will tell you to turn around, if you don't it will work out another route for you to get you back on track.

You don't only have to use the TomTom one in the car as it will also give you a route with cycle paths and pedestrian routes for if you are on a bike or walking.

Once you buy your TomTom One the accessories are endless, you can buy an ac power charger that works on a UK, American and European plug sockets. We have even bought a map of the USA for it on SD card (Maps of all countrys are available, just take out the UK map and put in the country you desire). We even have a proper TomTom One carry case for it.

Since buying the TomTom One we have recemmended it to all our family and friends and all who have bought it have been very happy with it. My Dad has even bought one that he uses for his work as a taxi driver for when he gets jobs out of town and it has never once failed him yet, So if it will do for a taxi it will do for every other use.

Up to date this is one of the best value for money products that I have ever bought and we could not now live without it, you can even update it via the internet so it will never be out of date.

I recommend the TomTom One to everybody and if you buy one you will not be disappointed.