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Decent unit, but EasyMenu hurts functionality
on December 29, 2012
Picked up a Start 50M as a gift to myself to replace my 7 year old GO720 since the battery is toast on the GO and the map is out of date now. I've been pretty happy with the GO720 so I figured I'd pick up a newer TomTom. Checked out different models in the store and didn't like the "Refreshed User Interface" of the VIA units, so I went with the Start series since it appeared similar to what I was used to w/ the GO720.
+ Bigger screen (5" vs 4.3") is nice
+ Speaker is better on the Start (louder and better clarity)
+ Volume is auto adjusted based on vehicle speed
+ Navigation seemed solid while I had it
+ My previous downloaded voices transferred to the new unit easily w/ TomTom Home (Note -- I only had some "free" voices, not sure if this is the case with the purchased voices also)
--- EasyMeny removes a LOT of functionality from the user compared to the old menu system. One BIG one for me was the ability to have 2d map mode with "up" being direction of travel. This functionality is not available! So I can use 3d mode w/ direction of travel as up or 2d mode with up always == North. Also cannot build itinerarys, navigate to coordinates, ...
- The power cord on the Start 50 is a USB cable with a cigarette-to-USB plug and the wire is a bit short. I prefer the dedicated car charger so I don't have to worry about losing the cig-to-USB plug. GO720 came with separate PC dock and car charger, which was nice.
- EasyPort mount makes the unit more bulky and I'm skeptical about long-term durability. The "stock" suction cup mount on the GO720 was not very good, but the "tab" attatchment to the unit itself seems superior to the "ring" on the Easyport.
- The only "computer" voices available are English (US), Spanish, and French -- GO720 had many more Computer voices available. I don't like the US voices, so I used the English UK voice on my old unit, doesn't seem available for the Start
- Trip calculation time seems noticeably longer on this compared to my GO720 -- this could be due to the IQ routes on the Start (?).
Overall, not a bad unit, but I'm bummed by some of the old functionality that is not available. In the end, the lack of 2d map w/ "up == direction of travel" made me decide to return this and pick up an XXL 540, which has the old (non-Easy) Menu. Hoping this meets my needs better.