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It's better than ok, but I'm not sure I like it yet either,
This review is from: TomTom START 45TM 4.3-Inch GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps and Roadside Assistance(Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
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Today was the day I got to set this little device up and start learning my way around the TomTom Start series way of doing things (as compared to the Garmin nüvi 265/265T 3.5-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic that I've been using over the last few years).
Let me start with a big note that might help others right away -- when I first connected this unit to my computer I found out right away that it didn't automatically open the TomTom Home application that I was told (in the quick setup document) I should expect to see open. Uh, that would be because I'm a security minded individual and my Windows 7 computer is set to NEVER automatically run applications from any installed drive/device. I had to bring up Windows Explorer, browse over to the "drive" that the device was showing in my list of devices, and then I could run the application and setup the "Home" application manually.
Once I got the TomTom Home application installed the rest of the setup was fairly straight forward though I would note an annoyance that I couldn't find a way to select several different optional items (voices, startup screens and the like) at the same time. I had to select one, add it to my cart (for the voices, which I bought a few premiums of), and then go back and "continue shopping". When I tried to select new "car" (vehicle) symbols I could select one, it would install, then I had to go back and repeat the process again and again... bleh. It would have been nice to be able to add a batch of these things to the install que and then just click once to install them all at the same time.
Setup was easy enough otherwise, and I was easily able to enter the code for the year of free Fuel pricing information (which I assume has to be updated by connecting the device back to my computer on a regular basis :/) and also enter the code for the Lifetime maps. This unit also comes with the Lifetime Traffic feature which I went through a quick walkthru/tutorial on once I set the unit up in my car. Simple enough, easy enough to understand the legend of, and not really that different than what I had on the Garmin device.
Where I am seeing an immediate difference that I can't quite figure out a workaround for -- I've now taken advantage of the customer support department to ask the question of -- is how to make the unit shutdown/go to sleep automatically upon loss of power. That's an easy option to configure on the Garmin series devices that I've configured (several different ones of same), but the TomTom Start 45TM has such simplistic setup options that I couldn't find any auto off settings anywhere there-in.
Setting up some new favorites to navigate to was a breeze as I could easily enter the addresses by zip code, city name, etc. I encountered some minor address not found issues in trying to setup the address of my parents but that is because their address is for a small town that is "combined" with another town in terms of most modern maps. It used to be a separate area, but if I combine the two towns properly, then I can easily find their address with the right street name. If I had simply entered the zipcode rather than the town name for their address I'd have gotten there right away.
A matter of personal preference but I think I like the Garmin mounting system over the TomTom style. My Garmin unit sits up on a nice dashboard friction pad that sort of folds down at multiple points while the friction mount pad that I bought (a TomTom branded one and a generic one just to compare the two) for this TomTom Start 45TM has a flat bottom that I don't think does as good a job of making good contact with my Dodge Caravan's curvy dashboard.
I like several features of this unit and may fall in love with it over time, but for now reserve the higher rating pending my experience with the TomTom technical support personnel. Features I like: Lane Assist and Lifetime Traffic. The ability to have the current time displayed on the screen is a plus over the Garmin unit that I used (where I'd only see the time when the map wasn't displayed, or see the estimated arrival time rather than the current time).
Features I'm not as certain about liking: the fees for the voices and the idea that the premium voices won't say street names. Not having the street names spoken by the premium voices pretty much forces the user to go back to the default voices and wastes the purchase price of the premium voices.
That about covers my thoughts on this device for now. I do welcome comments and questions, so please feel free to add any below.
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2012 3:49:50 PM PST
Thank you for the Win 7 note - saved me some time! : )
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 7:04:35 PM PST
No problem, always happy to help when I can.
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