TomTom XXL 540S 5-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- TomTom GPS navigation with a 5-inch, full-color, TFT LCD widescreen touch display
- Pre-loaded maps of U.S., Canada, and Mexico with TomTom Map Share, Advanced Lane Guidance, and 7 Million POIs
- IQ Routes Technology gives you the fastest route every time by using actual average speeds of travel on your route to calculate your trip
- With TomTom Map Share technology, you can instantly modify street names, street direction, POIs, road speeds, and turn restrictions on your own device
- Award-winning Fold and Go EasyPort mount, folds flat against the device, making it easy for users to transport
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5.0 in LCD Touchscreen Display/ Preloaded Maps of USA and Canada from TeleAtlas/ 30 Day Latest Map Guarantee/ Help Me Emergency Menu/ TomTom Map Share/ Traffic Ready, Optional RDS TMC Traffic Receiver Accessory
The TomTom XXL 540S is complete navigation in a XXL widescreen device. Switch on and it's ready right out of the box. Spoken turn-by-turn instructions, including street names, will guide you to any address in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico--including more than 7 million pre-loaded points of interest.
Complete navigation in a XXL widescreen device. Click to enlarge.
EasyPort mount folds neatly onto the back of your device. Click to enlarge.
Advanced Lane Guidance uses photorealistic images to bring even more clarity to complex multi-lane exits. Click to enlarge.
Complete XXL Widescreen Navigation and Spoken Street Names
IQ Routes technology* gives you the fastest route every time by using actual average speeds of travel on your route to calculate your trip rather than only posted speed limits, so you'll always travel the smartest route.
Advanced Lane Guidance
Advanced Lane Guidance** uses photorealistic images to bring even more clarity to complex multi-lane exits so you can be more confident on the road.
An extra-wide 5-inch touchscreen helps you find your way, worry-free.
TomTom Map Share
TomTom has the most accurate maps, and with TomTom Map Share technology, you can instantly modify street names, street direction, POIs, road speeds, and turn restrictions on your own device.
With the "Help Me!" menu, there are added safety features so you can easily access local emergency providers.
The award-winning Fold and Go EasyPort mount folds flat against the device, making it easy to take with you from car to car.
The XXL 540S is complete, widescreen navigation.
*Feature only available in the U.S. and Canada
**Feature available in the U.S. only
What's in the Box TomTom XL 540S device, EasyPort mount, USB cable, adhesive disk, car charger, and user's guide.
Top Customer Reviews
More recently I got a notice of new maps available in TomTom Home, and attempted to purchase and update while signing up to the Map Update Service, which is an excellent value, as you get 4 more map updates during the next year, and you do get those, as TomTom releases 4 full map updates per year, every year. This is where the support comes in. During this update I was offered 1 full map update for about $12 when combined with the Map Update Service for about $52. This is for the North America Maps which include the US+Canada+Mexico. It let me purchase the full map update, but not the Map Update Service, and it would not let me download and install it. I called TomTom customer support line on a weekday about 10AM, got a customer support representative in just minutes, and when I explained my issues to him, he was ready with a solution. It involved TomTom correcting a problem with my online account so my purchase registered correctly, and manually deleting some files from TomTom Home and the TomTom device, after which the update was successful. We also figured out that this same issue was preventing QuickGPS data from updating, and that was corrected as well. Over all I spent about 40 minutes on the phone. Excellent and polite service.
I also had ordered a Magellan 4700, and this device was compared to that. After 2 software updates, no map updates, and no map updates expected for 12-18 months (as per Magellan documentation), their map guarantee is worthless. Also, in the less than 30 days I had that unit, I applied 2 software updates to correct issues with crashing, performance, satellite acquisition, and position accuracy, it still did not work correctly and I returned it.
There are some things I wish they would improve. On this 5" unit it becomes apparent that their display is low resolution. I like the Magellan display much better. However, the Magellan is much slower to power up, and seems much less responsive. The TomTom turns on and off very quickly. And as long as QuickGPS data is current (a QuickGPS update is good for about a week), it gets a fix in less than 15 seconds. In 3D view, which is normal for navigating, you can see some color banding as the shading goes off into the distance. The TomTom is a little thicker than the Magellan, but some of that is due to the larger speaker the TomTom uses. I like the compact windshield mount, but it is a little tricky to snap on and off the device. The windshield mount has a fairly stiff swivel joint, so you need to adjust it with care using two hands or with the device detached. The joint being stiff is a good thing, as there is little flex, vibration or bounce during driving. But if you attempt to adjust it with your hand on the TomTom, you will just detach it from the mount. I believe this is intentional, so that the mount does not move when you attach or detach the device for theft or break in deterrent. The device reminds you to remove it on the shutdown screen for this reason, the reminder can be disabled. I wish they would make a more feature rich version of this device. It is their largest display, but only has the most basic features. This is equivalent to the ONE series. It does not have bluetooth, live services, or any extras except for an optional traffic receiver/power cord. I tried the traffic receiver, but coverage is spotty, and updates take too long to be really usefull. A TomTom GO Live edition with an internet connection through a bluetooth connected phone is much better, but also pricier. I got this for it's large display, as my folks are going to be using it, and they have trouble seeing, and operating a small touch display. More room for fingers and bigger text. One last issue, this unit has 2GB of memory, and it is just enough. There is little room for extras. I have removed foreign language voices, especially the text to speech, and all extras I did not need to maintain some free space, and allow the few customizations that I installed. I installed a vehicle cursor that matched my car, and custom shutdown and startup screens. This issue is fixed on the TomTom XXL 540S World Traveler model, which has 4GB of memory, to load additional maps for more countries. This model does not have a SD card expansion slot for additional storage. I wish I could get terrain/elevation mapping, and 3D landmarks. Watch the sky above the horizon in the display, it changes from day to night. There are clouds in the sky during the day, and twinkling stars at night.
Overall I am very pleased with my purchase. The price at Amazon was good during Christmas, and free trial of Amazon Prime let me get free fast shipping on it. It meet the needs of my folks, and is easy to use for them. I have pre-programmed their most common destinations into it, and it performs well. With my familiarity of the TomTom interface and its easy operation, the mostly don't need my help, and if they do, I can usually walk them through the menu.
Sorry that this was so long winded, but I hope this provides some useful information for your decision making. And please understand, that for the purpose I purchased it for (my folks) it works really well and I am very satisfied. The issues I bring up are from my point of view, which would be a more advanced and demanding user. I have looked at a number of Personal Navigation Devices from various manufacturers, and I think the TomTom is the easiest to use, with good maps, frequent map updates, and good customer support.
Next I did the updates as suggested. When doing this the screen said that new software was installed for the 530S.
Immediately, I called TomTom to see what the problem was. (I did get to talke with customer support quickly.) They checked the serial number and it matched for the 540. And said it would function as a 540. The lady said she was 99% sure that there was a problem at TomTom's end on updating their own software names.
I tried it out later in the day and it appears to work as a 540. It does give the lane to be in...this along with the larger screen and route planning are the reasons I got the 540. Time will tell if this in correct.
All other features seem to be working correctly.
This is my third TomTom. Also have owned a Magellean and Garmin of compariably price. I like the features on the TomTom much better. It does better route production and it always seems to be the best route at a particular time of day. Another feature that I like and use is being able to sit in my livingroom and plan out a exact route to use for a road trip. I have done old route 66, the Lincoln Highway and several others. With the route plugged in, I never had to refer to a map. This is a big plus for several reasons...not the least of which is the co-pilot can view the scenery without having their face stuck to the map.
I do have three complaints that could easily be corrected.
1. When you reach a waypoint or destination, it should tell which side of the street it is located.
2. More memory or SD slot for inputting routes or doing updates. I am aware that there is another model of 540S (world model) that has an SD slot but costs about $50 more.
3. I was just trying to input a route that we are considering to visit all the lower 48 states in a continuous loop. I had to break it down into 3 segments. It would be nice if TomTom said there were limited number of waypoints that could be entered.
4. As I have said, this is the third TomTom I have owned. The other two broke after about 18 months each. The 910 (top of the line at time of purchase) had the hard drive go out. The 340 had the processor fail after about 18 months. It was just not economically sense to have them repaired. It would really be nice is TomTom could improve their longevity.
So far as Amazon goes (I bought all three from them), I have nothing but good to say about them. The price is excellent and the shipping is great. All arrive in less time than they project.
The mount is good, the screen size is awesome, and the rate of drawing maps is pretty good. BTW... if you think that picture of the interstate pulloff is the map you'll see, guess again... that's just a still picture it shows as you come up on your exit. the rest of the time, you'll see a single line for a regular road or street, and double lines for a split highway or interstate. Good BS'ing technique in marketing though I guess.
They would get higher marks from me if they at least acted like they are working on the issues, but I don't get that impression, so 1 starry sticker is all that youngun's gettin. You got a lot of work to due TomTom... Start listening to your customers and react.