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TomTom START 45M 4.3-Inch GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps and Roadside Assistance
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- 4.3-Inch Touchscreen
- Lifetime Maps in US and Canada - Outsmart road changes
- Fuel Prices - Find the lowest gas by location and price
- TomTom Roadside Assistance - Reliable roadside assistance you can trust 24/7
- Advanced Lane Guidance - highlights the correct lane
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TomTom START 45M 4.3-Inch GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps and Roadside Assistance
From the Manufacturer
TomTom START 45 M
Your Journey, made easy—from A to B
The START 45 M enables easy navigation with Free Lifetime Map Updates. Once you drive with a TomTom device, you’ll never want to drive without one.
TomTom created the first digital maps for drivers; we are a world leader in navigation. At TomTom, we realize that the best in-car navigation should be easy to use and have the best quality maps. We’re here to ensure your journey is smooth, from start to finish.
Roads change: so do our maps
Begin navigating with the TomTom START 45 M—the best in basic navigation, with Free Lifetime Map Updates covering the US and Canada. With a 4.3″ screen, you can easily see your maps from the driver’s seat. The START 45 M includes our TomTom Maps with IQ Routes and Map Share technology, which keeps you informed about dynamic road changes on a daily basis.
Advanced Lane Guidance—know the correct lane, in advance
Includes Free Lifetime Map Updates
Free Lifetime Map Updates
Get the best directions possible: your TomTom device will receive free updated maps, for the life of your device. So you'll know where there are new roads, or road changes — on an ongoing basis.
Know which way to go—in advance
Advanced Lane Guidance
Never miss your exit or turn with Advanced Lane Guidance. It shows you exactly which lane to take before you approach an exit, turn or difficult intersection—so you can stay on the right path.
Local information—at your fingertips
Points of Interest
Your pre-installed map has Points of Interest, from gas stations to hotels, so you're sure to find what you want. You can also download additional POIs from TomTom HOME.
Knowledge is power—and savings
Knowledge is power—and savings too. Your TomTom device helps you find the lowest-priced gas station—whether you're on the road or in your own neighborhood.
Help when you need it
Need help? TomTom’s Roadside Assistance connects you to a specialist—wherever or whenever you need one.
The fastest routes and most accurate arrival times
The world's biggest database of real travel times is built into every TomTom device. Which means you'll get the fastest routes and most accurate arrival times. It's genius!
The touchscreen technology on our 4.3″ device assures that it's easy to operate, while the larger screen gives you a better view of the road. So sit back and enjoy, knowing that you've got the world's best navigation at your fingertips.
EasyPort Mount—folds with the device into your pocket.
EasyPort Mount—folds with the device into your pocket .
- 4.3″ (11 cm) 16:9 Resistive screen
- Screen resolution of 480 x 272 pixels
US & Canada
Pre-installed map of the United States & Canada.
Free Daily Map Changes from the Map Share community. Includes dynamic changes like new speed limits and blocked roads. Some things change overnight and can delay your journey. Map Share helps you deal with the more frequent road changes. Avoid detours and get to your destination even faster.
What's in the Box
- TomTom START 45 M device
- Mini-USB cable
- USB Car charger
- Adhesive Disk
- Lifetime Maps Voucher
- Fuel Prices Voucher
- Roadside Assistance Voucher
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The TomTom Start is a very solid unit and feels very well made. I am very pleased with the construction of the TomTom. It is built to handle a little jostling and a few bumps though I would make very effort not to drop it regardless. One thing I do not like, though, is the mounting cup. Yes, it does hold the TomTom in place very well and it is unlikely that it will "let go", but it is a little awkward to attach to the glass and the swivel is very stiff. Also, while trying to adjust the angle the mounting cup popped right off the TomTom and I had to reattach it.
Though I am no fan of the mounting cup, it does remove easily and this particular TomTom is no too big to fit in a third-party window mount. I have such a mount so I can work with that and be happy.
On power-on the TomTom comes up very quickly and is ready to go, a lot faster than I expected as the Nuvi is a little slower at acquiring satellites before it's ready.
The menu system on the TomTom is very simple and easy to use. The large, colorful touch buttons on the screen make finding the desired function straightforward. The first screen offered (after the welcome screen) gives just two choices: Plan Route and Browse Map. I especially like the Browse Map feature - when in an unfamiliar area it quickly shows proximity to gas stations, restaurants and other point of interest (which is very configurable). However, the points of interest list is not necessarily complete - there are at least two chain restaurants within a mile of the house that do not show at all on the browse map.
When not actually navigating, most of the time a user will spend is with the Plan Route function. There are a lot of options here. There is a selection for navigating Home, regardless of where you are, and since entering your home location is part of the start-up process this feature is at the ready almost immediately. Entering an address is likely going to be the normal method of selecting an endpoint, though there are other choices such as navigating to points of interest, a point on the map or even a latitude/longitude location. There is even the functionality to save a location in a Favorites list.
There are six choices for voices, though only three speak the street names - and of those, only one is in English (one of the others is Canadian French and the other is Latin-American Spanish). If you don't care about street names and you speak English you have choices. If you do care but do not like the built-in voices then you can go online and get more though there are associated fees.
I ran into some difficulty when I attached my TomTom to my computer, a Windows 7-based laptop. After messing with it I finally connected it to a 32-bit Vista machine and had no issues at all. I am not sure why it fought me on the Windows 7 machine but I am relatively sure that it has to do with my configuration, not the TomTom itself. (UPDATE: It was definitely on the Windows 7 side as I have had similar issues with other devices.)
Getting updates is easy. Once connected, TomTom Home (the application that interfaces to the TomTom) goes out and finds the updates, then with a minimum of interaction takes care of making said updates. Updating the map takes a while, which should be a given.
So, all this is great, but how does it navigate?
Voice aside, the navigation is good. The TomTom does a fine job of getting you from point A to point B using the conditions you stipulate: fastest route, shortest route, no highways, etc. The screen is acceptable in size to allow clear viewing of the map and the voice augments the visuals. I have not yet used it in the car to go to work; I am eager to see if it selects a better route for me than the one I have been using for the last 2-3 years.
The Tom Tom Start is my first exposure to TomTom's line of navigators and so far I am pleased with it. It's a little different than my wife's Garmin Nuvi, in ways I like. It's perfectly fine for navigation and finding points of interest, and the map updates on this model make this a device I will use for a long, long time.
UPDATE 03/20/2013: I recently had a good reason to use my TomTom in North Carolina - a family gathering in a neighboring town that was 10-12 miles away from the starting point. I was not at all familiar with the area so this would be a good test. All had printed directions, but we chose to allow the TomTom to take us there instead. The result was that we arrived sooner than others that left before us; we were guided on a very straightforward path that seemed more logical than the printed route (which came with a map). Going home that night, we again configured the TomTom to take us on the fastest route and it did so without a hitch - we knew that route very well already and the directions we were given were spot on.
And, I did use it to track to work to see if I could improve my route. With the exception of the first couple of miles (my commute is roughly 65 miles one-way), the route lined up almost exactly with the route I have been taking for years.
My opinion of the TomTom remains unchanged. It's a good navigator at a good price point and it has served me very well. My experience with TomTom has been very positive and I would not hesitate to recommend one.
Some things I like are: The view is clear and easy to follow, it shows where I should turn right where I am on the road, no misleading distances, etc. It saves my place if I stop mid-route and when I restart it asks if I want to resume to the original destination that I had interrupted, so that's handy. I love the ETA feature, I hate trying to guess when I'll arrive somewhere. Another thing I like is that if I know of a better route, or one that I just prefer, I can go off course and after a brief reminder to 'turn around', it will re-calculate the route and pick up on my new course.
Some things I don't love so much are: The speed it shows I'm driving is off, it shows I'm going about 5 mph slower than I actually am. This is annoying because I find it so much easier to refer to the screen than to my vehicle's speedometer (due to my steering wheel position of choice), but I keep having to remember that I'm going faster than I think. One other thing I find mildly annoying is that it constantly tries to avoid dirt roads. That might be great for some people, but I live in a very rural area where there are tons of dirt roads that I rely on, plus I drive a Jeep, so I dislike that it tries to avoid them. There may be a way fix that, I'm not sure yet. It will re-calculate the route after a couple minutes however, so it's not a big deal.
Like I said, I know I'm not using this device to its full potential, but it does what I want: Gets me where I want to go. And it's very user friendly, prompting me through simple steps to enter a destination. And then it remembers my recent destinations making them easy to recall from a list so I don't need to re-enter it each time. It also has a "Home" button which is great to get back from anywhere with a single touch of a button. I'll add more to this review if I discover anything important to mention, but already I'm glad I purchased it. Totally worth the price.