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TomTom Start

Tuesday 24 November 2009

G-Rating

Rating of 4

The basics

The TomTom Start satnav is an entry-level GPS that aims to ease you into the world of satellite navigation, with a pared-down, easy to use UI, so users won't get lost before they even start. But that doesn't mean it's skimped on the hardware – the TomTom Start is a rock-solid satnav with a bright, crisp 3.5-inch screen and a solid suite of information we'd expect from TomTom.

The good

The menus, mapping and screens have been streamlined to make even the most technophobic of motorists feel at ease. Fire the TomTom Start up and you'll be presented with just two big buttons, Plan Route and Browse Map, with essential toggles like sound, day or night view, help and options viewed underneath. Setting your destination and following it is simple as, and with IQ Routes on board for routing based on statistical journey times at certain times of day, you'll be matching any other TomTom for journey time, except those with realtime traffic info via a pricey LIVE subscription.

The bad

One grumble we have with the TomTom Start's layout is that advanced lane guidance is a goner. It's a genuine help on the massive junctions and gyratories and a feature all motorists could do with, not just the gadget-friendly drivers. The TomTom Start's neon cases also had us baffled – a more visible lime green satnav doesn't let you show your personality, it's just more likely to get stolen. Unless you're a moth, don't bother with the extra cases at £15.

The bottom line

The TomTom Start is a great little gadget if you're a bit tech-shy, but anyone with the patience to read a manual and look beyond the neon shades, should opt for the TomTom One instead.
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User comments (11)

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charles wilcock

great site

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isaac99

how much would this cost

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Martine Burfoot

Whats the difference between a Tom Tom Start and a Tom Tom One? I'm looking for one with \maps of Europe, is it worth the extra money? Please help!

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Apex

which tom tom is this, they do lots, how much is it. (it all well and good giving a brand name to a company that does loads of em)

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Charlie Batchelor

it costs £99

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keith burgess

i've had one, the tom tom one and i found it great as a first sat nav ,certain area's it disapeares of the screen and leaves you wondering.but generaly a good buy.go to tom tom web site and pick up a reconditioned one at vastly reduced prices with 12months warranty .

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keith burgess

i've had one, the tom tom one and i found it great as a first sat nav ,certain area's it disapeares of the screen and leaves you wondering.but generaly a good buy.go to tom tom web site and pick up a reconditioned one at vastly reduced prices with 12months warranty .

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Anonymous

Don't update from the offical TomTom website as some dowloads are corrupt ie the vehicle icons. I had to get a new one from halfords.

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Anonymous

It only has 2GB memory which means latest full maps of Europe no longer fit. I just downloaded Central Europe as I'm sending it to my parents to Poland but it caused removing already installed map so there is no more UK.

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