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★★★☆☆

“It took me 2 replacements to work out that the Tomtom...”

Written on: 20/09/2006 by h4nym (1 review written)

Good Points
Excellent navigation
Good value for money when it's working
Intelligent implementation

Bad Points
Sound nowhere near loud enough
Irritatingly flaky but there is a workaround

General Comments
It took me 2 replacements to work out that the Tomtom RIDER GPS Receiver would not turn on after any journey of any reasonable length on a bike! I'm absolutely serious - one time use, then take it back and get it replaced. Initially I thought the problem was with the incredibly stiff on/off button. Try as I might, I simply couldn't get it to switch on, but then it dawned on me, when you place it in the powered cradle it should turn on automatically without needing to bruise your finger with the button and it didn't! So maybe the problem wasn't with the stiff button and it was something more sinister. In fact, the workaround is to reset the unit before you want to use it! Yep, it's that simple and that irritating! Now I carry a small pin in my top box and reset the Rider every time.



Come on, TomTom, you can do better than this, surely! The device, when it's working, does exactly what you need and does it very well. It's a proper Sat Nav, just waterproofed and ruggedised for a bike. Sort out this silly piece of amateur quality control and it would be great!