TomTom XXL 540TM 5-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator (Lifetime Traffic & Maps Edition)(Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Preloaded with maps of the US, Canada and Mexico with Lifetime Map Updates
- Lifetime Traffic Updates included,outsmart traffic and avoid delays for life with real-time information via your TomTom
- Preloaded with more than 7 million points of interest in over 60 destination categories,gas stations, restaurants, hotels, ATMs and more
- IQ Routes Technology calculates the fastest route possible based on time of day, saving you time, fuel and money
- Anti-glare and Advanced Lane Guidance indicates exactly which lane to use
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TomTom XXL 540TM 5-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator (Lifetime Traffic & Maps Edition)
Get street smart with the TomTom XXL 540TM--complete, 5.0 inch widescreen navigation featuring Lifetime Traffic and Map Updates. Outsmart traffic and minimize delays with Lifetime Traffic Updates. Based on incoming traffic events, your device will suggest alternate routes. And, with Lifetime Map Updates you'll always drive with the latest and most accurate maps. On average, 15% of the road network changes each year, so it is important to have the most up-to-date maps. With the XXL 540TM you'll always stay current.
Five-inch widescreen navigation plus Lifetime Traffic and Map Updates.
Expand your horizons with a five-inch, extra-wide touchscreen.
The award-winning Fold & Go EasyPort mount folds into the back of the device for maximum portability.
Switch on and go right out of the box. Spoken turn-by-turn instructions including street names will guide you to any address in the US, Canada, and Mexico--including more than 7 million preloaded points of interest. The TomTom XXL 540TM is complete, widescreen navigation.
Only TomTom has IQ Routes Technology* which shaves time off even the shortest trips by calculating the fastest route based on time of day you are traveling. You'll always drive the smartest, most efficient route and save time, fuel and money. 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.
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.
The "Help Me!" menu provides added safety features so you can easily access local emergency providers. The award-winning Fold & Go EasyPort mount folds flat against the device, making it easy to take it with you from car to car.
Maps of US, Canada & Mexico
Preloaded with maps of the US, Canada and Mexico. TomTom has the most accurate maps and with TomTom Map Share technology you can instantly modify street names, street direction, POIs, and more on your own device and receive daily verified updates from TomTom. Spoken turn-by-turn instructions and 3D graphics will guide you to any address in the US, Canada and Mexico, worry free.
Lifetime Traffic & Map Updates
Enjoy a lifetime of easy driving with two great features from TomTom. LIFETIME Maps guarantees you receive four new editions of your TomTom map each year to ensure that you are always navigating with the industry's most up-to-date map. And, LIFETIME Traffic sends updates to your TomTom every three minutes, so you can always steer clear of traffic delays and take the fastest route possible to your destination.
7 Million POIs
Preloaded with more than 7 million points of interest in over 60 destination categories. Easily find millions of gas stations, restaurants, hotels, ATMs and more on your route. Or, seek out a new tourist attraction, nightlife spot, or shopping center and navigate directly to it. Customize by adding your own points of interest.
IQ Routes Technology
TomTom IQ Routes Technology puts the driving experience of millions of TomTom users into your maps to shave time off even the shortest trips. Calculates the fastest route possible based on time of day. With TomTom IQ Routes you'll always drive the smartest, most efficient route. IQ Routes saves you time, fuel and money.
Traffic isn't the same during Monday morning rush hour as it is on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Heavy traffic, rotaries, traffic lights, and even pedestrians can slow you down. The route you need changes depending on the day and time, so the shortest route isn't necessarily going to be the fastest. With TomTom IQ Routes you'll always drive the fastest route.
Advanced Lane Guidance*
TomTom Advanced Lane Guidance gives you extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions by showing you which lane to take, so you won't miss your turn or have to make sudden, dangerous lane crossings. Photorealistic images and a pulsing green arrow indicate exactly which lane to use, so you can go confidently.
Spoken Street Names
Announces turn-by-turn directions aloud, including street and place names.
Expand your horizons with a five-inch, extra-wide touchscreen. A wide screen allows an expanded driving view and easier menu operation.
Fold & Go EasyPort Mount
The award-winning Fold & Go EasyPort mount provides maximum portability. The EasyPort mount folds neatly onto the back of the device, so both are small enough to fit into your pocket or bag. The EasyPort mount makes your device even more portable so you can take it with you wherever you travel.
*Feature only available in the US and Canada
**Feature available in the US only
All TomToms Feature
Plug & Go--Works right out of the box.
30 Day Latest Map Guarantee--Up to date, off the shelf.
TomTom Map Share--Modify your own map and benefit from others' verified changes with TomTom Map Share.
Help Me! Emergency Menu--Easily access local emergency providers such as police, fire stations and hospitals.
TomTom HOME--Always up to date.
Fuel Price Service (optional)--Know more, pay less.
What's in the Box TomTom XXL 540TM Device, EasyPort mount, USB cable, adhesive disk, car charger with integrated traffic, user guide, lifetime maps voucher and 1 Year Warranty.
About TomTomFounded in Amsterdam in 1991, TomTom has established itself as a global leader in navigation by being an innovative company with a strong brand, clear customer focus, and high quality products and services.
TomTom is the world's leading navigation solutions provider with navigation products sold in 30 countries and in over 20 languages. To further our commitment to car navigation, TomTom acquired Tele Atlas maps in 2008 so we can continually provide the most up-to-date maps and intelligent routing.
We have our own mapping company!
Did you know that every year roads change by up to 40% in high-growth areas? Tele Atlas manages this by using the world's most comprehensive systems to identify and incorporate these changes into our maps with unprecedented levels of speed and accuracy. All TomTom devices benefit from the Tele Atlas advantage--more coverage, more points of interest, and more freshness and accuracy.
At TomTom, we believe that personal navigation should be as easy and safe as possible. We develop smart technology that gives you straightforward solutions, innovations to make life easy.
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I've used built-in Honda (Alpine), standalone Garmin, and Ford 'Sync' audio GPS navigation devices.
I loved the Honda navi for its size, and I hated it because updates were sparse and expensive.
I loved the Garmin for being up-to-date but I hated it because it always seemed to change its mind a lot, or direct me into strange areas.
I didn't really care for the Ford Sync navigation, as it wasn't a visual navi. Included for free with the car, but I choose not to use it. Maybe only good as a 'back-up' in case the TomTom fails-- though I don't think it ever will.
I sold my Honda and needed a new navigation system.
I bought the XXL 540TM for...
1) Screen size
2) Frequent map updates (4x a year + Map Share)
3) Ability to customize it (lots of settings to play with)
4) Well Known & Quality (I've always heard 'Garmin' is the best, but when I've tried Garmin, I didn't like it!)
5) Lane Guidance
6) IQ Routes (figuring out which roads were best to use)
By the way, in case you were wondering the "TM" stands for "Traffic" and "Maps", indicating there are free traffic and map updates. I had NO problems entering the "Lifetime Maps & Traffic" code provided.
What's in the box:
-> GPS device itself
-> Window mount (with suction cup)
-> Dashboard 'sticky' pad
-> USB cable (to connect to PC)
-> Car Power adapter
-> Set Up Guide
-> Slip of paper with 1 code, valid for Lifetime Map/Traffic updates
The first thing I did was hook it up to my PC and run all the updates. (A newer map was available + GPSFix + Map Share.) It took about 1.5 hours to update all of it. After it was done, it took up about 96% of the 2GB built-in memory. (I didn't check how much it used before updating.) Not a lot of 'wiggle room' to add more features. No built-in SD slot to add memory, either.
One major downside is that I don't like how easily the device 'pops off' the windshield mount. (See further explanation under "The BAD" below.) I am considering getting a (non-adhesive) weighted/padded mount to put on the dashboard.
+ Screen size met my expectations. Easy to see everything on the screen
+ Startup time (including time to lock onto satellites) seemed fairly quick
+ Roads were up-to-date and labeled properly. Didn't find any errors
+ Allowed me to customize just about everything I wanted to.
+ It functioned perfectly as a Navigation device. This is where I felt Garmin was lacking. With all the features a Garmin has, it never seemed to 'navigate' the way I liked. Of all the features, the 'Navigation' is the most important, and TomTom does it well from what I've seen.
+ It pronounced some 'hard to say' roads perfectly! I'm sure I'll find some that are not right, but Garmin/Sync had a hard time saying road names.
+- Traffic is only updated by RDS (sent by local FM radio stations). This is what I paid for. RDS updated only major roadways (Interstates) and marked some accidents / road construction / road closures. It only worked when the power cord was plugged into the accessory power port on the car (as the cord functions as the antenna.) I would have preferred TomTom's GO/Live line of products which has a built-in 'cell phone' to grab more detailed and current traffic information. But, these were out of my price range. The XXL 540TM does "just enough" traffic to make it useful.
+- It takes some time to calculate a long distance route. But, I also know that it is using IQ Routes to choose the best roads. It seemed 1 or 2 seconds longer than it needed to be, but certainly not a huge problem.
- Internal memory not expandable. 96% used up without any 'extras' installed? Hope I don't need more...
- When browsing maps (dragging my finger) it is a bit 'laggy'. I don't expect perfection, but it seemed sluggish. Fortunately, I don't plan to browse maps often, so I'll deal with it. I tried turning off Points Of Interest (POIs), and turning off 3D maps (using 2D maps instead), and it really didn't seem to make a difference. I'm impressed with the detail it showed, but wasn't thrilled about waiting 10 seconds for the entire screen to finish 'drawing'.
- Windshield mount seemed to 'pop off' too easily. When suctioned to the windshield, I have to use 2 hands to 'hold' the GPS and keep it attached to the mount while I adjust. I suppose it is useful for people who leave the mount stuck on the windshield. I prefer to remove the device AND the mount and hide them when not in use. (I figure a thief will know that the mount is for a GPS, and that the GPS is hidden in the car somewhere.)
I have yet to try this out on a LONG or COMPLEX road trip, but I have no doubts from what I've seen so far that it will be just fine.
OVERALL, I'm happy with the device. Happier than I was with Sync, Alpine, or Garmin. I consider myself an 'Average' navigation user (not a beginner, not an expert) and will update the review after using it more.
Sidenote: I ordered through Amazon, using "Beach Camera" seller. It was delivered ONE (1) business day after I ordered it! I used 'Standard' shipping, and FedEx (Home service) had it delivered fast. Very pleased with Beach Camera's shipping emails and speed!
I thought I'd provide an update after 6 months of using this TomTom device:
1) I am still very happy! It's the 1st GPS I've used that "just works" and I'm glad I don't have to mess with it.
2) I've mastered the technique of adjusting the screen position while simultaneously holding the suction base. Back in May when I first reviewed it, I was concerned about how 'easily' it popped off. Now, it is still annoying, but I've minimized the amount of times it happens by holding it appropriately. It doesn't annoy me enough to buy a different stand/holder.
3) The suction cup still holds on quite well. It hasn't fallen off yet. (I attach/detach from the windshield every time I use it.)
4) Traffic Receiver: I've been satisfied with alternate directions/road closings. It is quite accurate, even in rural areas where I didn't expect road closures to be displayed.
5) Long-distance travel: I've used it for a few long trips (1000+ miles) and had no problems whatsoever with it. I found the 'estimate' of time to be extremely accurate. It was no more than 10 minutes off. (I calculated the time I stopped for gas and added it to the original estimate.)
6) Battery life: I've found the battery life to be holding a little less charge than it used to, but nothing that I feel is alarming. Most of the time, I have the power cord connected anyway (so I can grab the traffic updates with the antenna built into the cord.)
Overall, this is my favorite GPS. I've been hooking it up to the computer less and less (meaning I am forfeiting new 'map share' corrections). I even decided NOT to get the latest map update. Why? Well, I feel everything is working just fine the way it is. I may update if I have the free time. This is in sharp contrast to my previous GPS experience, where I'd pray for updates to fix stubborn issues. The TomTom is just fine and I have had no major complaints. I am NOT in the market to buy a new GPS because I'm finally satisfied.
Here is an update after 1 year of using this device!
1) The battery is holding less charge than last year, but it still lasts 6-8 hours without needing a charge. Not a problem for me, because I use the car adapter most of the time.
2) I drove to Canada, and the maps were accurate! In fact, I liked that TomTom still told me the speed limits of the roads. (Sign said 100kph speed limit, TomTom showed 60 mph limit.) I found this helpful so I didn't have to squint at the tiny "kph" on my car's speedometer. I've made this trip before in the past (without my TomTom), and I chose to "Avoid Tolls" on this trip. TomTom found a very nice route that I had not known about. It used IQ Routes to get me around the rush-hour traffic too! I used the "Itinerary" feature for the first time, and found it worked quite well. I programmed 6-7 destinations the night before my trip. The next day, I simply opened the Itinerary and it asked me if I wanted to travel to the 1st one. I also ended up re-ordering a destination to later in the trip, and found an option to re-order. Very helpful!
3) I updated my map just once (right before my trip to Canada). I installed this on a new computer. I was worried that TomTom wouldn't 'know' that I was eligible for free maps on my new computer. But, I had no problem whatsoever! For those of you who don't know, all your map updates, downloadable color schemes, icons (etc) are done through the TomTom HOME software. You create an account with TomTom, and the TomTom HOME software uses that account to 'know' you're eligible for Lifetime Map updates.
4) I did discover 1 piece that doesn't work for me. I cannot use the "Safety Cameras" add-in from TomTom HOME. I haven't researched it though. I got an error message when trying to add it. No big deal for me, since I only planned to add it for curiosity. A quick Google search didn't reveal it as a widespread problem. I'll update this review if I find a cause/solution.
5) Yes, the GPS still "pops off" the mount too easily. It bugs me from time to time, but still not enough to buy a different mount/base.
6) Am I in the market for a new GPS? Nope! Still very happy with this one. (I got sick of every other GPS within 6 months of using it. But, knowing I still love this TomTom after 1 year says a lot!)
Good job TomTom, you exceeded my high expectations. Thank you!
Aproaching 2 years with this GPS. Nothing much to report. Still going strong! I made 2 more 1000+ mile trips since my last update. I have had NO problems with this TomTom GPS. And, I am still receiving free map updates without a problem. (My fear was that the "Lifetime maps" would be a problem, but it has thankfully proven NOT to be true!)
I still recommend this GPS, after ~2 years of usage. I have no regrets and feel it is a good investment.
2.5 year update!
No problems. Still going strong. It is still being used regularly (5-6 times a month). The only thing I will add is some advice! Ever sit there and wait for your GPS to find the satellites? If you plug in your GPS once a week to your computer, TomTom will suggest 'QuickFixGPS' updates. Updating weekly will speed it up, because the updates tell your GPS exactly where to find the satellites that week!
How about a 4.5 year update?
This thing is just amazing. I'm using it less these days (1-2 times a month) because I use Waze on the phone for short trips. (But, Waze is only good while you have cell service though, and it isn't as smart at routing as TomTom.) Battery life is probably about 50% of what it was, but it's not a huge problem because I usually have it plugged in. (After all, you need it plugged in to get traffic signal.) I'm still strongly recommending the TomTom. It has sure lasted a long life, and appears to have much more left in it! I have definitely gotten my 'Lifetime Traffic & Maps' worth from it.
I kept one GPS in the end returning or selling the rest on Amazon and eBay. I know this sounds a bit eccentric, so I decided to share my experiences and opinions so you don't have to repeat my silliness.
THE RIGHT MOUNT: Most GPS can be mounted on the Dash or Windshield. I found that a friction mount (i.e “beanbag”) dashboard mounted GPS to be more secure and safer than a windshield mounted unit especially when using a larger model GPS.
SIZE MATTERS: Most GPS Sizes range from 4.3” to 7”. GPS manufacturers make identical GPS models in different sizes; i.e. the Garmin 2699 series and the 2599 series & The TomTom Go 500/600 series are identical except for their size (6” vs 5”). My personal preference is a 6” screen; 7” is just too big (some may feel that way about 6”).
LIFETIME TRAFFIC & MAP UPDATES is definitely the way to go. GPS manufacturers used to charge substantial price premiums for “lifetime” map updates and routing based upon traffic condition subscriptions. However, now these benefits may be found for a small price differential and are very worthwhile. The 3 models in this review each feature lifetime map & traffic subscriptions and cost less than $200. The TomTom 540TM is an older model and may be purchased for half that amount. The Garmin & the TomTom GO 600 are 6” LCD models, the TOMTOM 540TM is 5”.
All 3 models did what they advertised for the most part; provided clear on screen and oral directions how to get from Point A to Point B taking into account (with varying degrees) current traffic conditions. The LCD on each model was bright and easy to read under almost all conditions (but not equal; see below). The 6” models were easier to view than the 5” (540TM).
Each of these 3 models has strengths and weaknesses as compared to the others. In the end, personal preferences and budget constraints will dictate most buyers’ purchasing decisions.
TOMTOM VIA 540TM: This is the oldest of the 3 models here and has a 5” screen. It is also about one-third the price of the others. The older technology means that the GPS is a little slower in acquiring satellites (but still reasonably quick) and calculations are slower (especially on a long trip). The screen is also not quite as bright as the others but still pretty clear. The 540TM is far and away the most customizable of the 3 models here when logging onto TomTom’s community. Custom map colors, POIs, screen “cars”, voices are among the highlights. Excellent menu system (even includes an option for left handed users). The Deal breaker for me with this model is that the GPS must be turned on manually (other models turn on with the ignition).
The Good: Price, Customization, Menu System, Depth of Screen information displayed, Red light camera warnings
Needs improvement: GPS Doesn’t turn on when starting the car (huge inconvenience), Internal memory limited, Compass not really usable, A little slow for some tasks when compared to the newer models; proprietary power adapter necessary for traffic services; traffic information not too good when compared to the others especially the TomTom Go 600; no voice controls or blue tooth
GARMIN NUVI 2699LMT: The Garmin has the brightest and clearest screen. The use of colors is superior to the TomTom models. However the displayed information (lack thereof) was a deal breaker for me. For example, It is impossible to display both Time and Distance to destination when displaying the map. Traffic accuracy is better than the 540TM but not nearly as good as the Go 600 and a proprietary power adapter is necessary. Red light camera warnings and updated traffic information via cellphone are only available by subscription
The Good: Excellent Display, Voice commands, Good traffic information (But not as good as the cell phone based Go 600); Excellent & Detailed Trip computer; Blue tooth; powers on with ignition
Needs Improvement: VERY limited information displayed when viewing the map, Red light cameras and updated traffic by subscription only; proprietary power adapter necessary for traffic services, limited internal memory
TOMTOM GO 600: This was my final choice but by no means perfect. Not nearly as customizable as the 540TM and the screen and color scheme inferior than the Garmin. But it does turn on with the ignition and displays a ton of information in routing mode such as red light cameras, gas stations, detailed traffic delays, time, compass direction, destination distance and time, construction zones, etc. It is much less useful in non-routing modes and does not remember non-routing mode preferences such as screen orientation (ie North straight up and zoom level). The blue tooth is bidirectional; your cell phone can be used hands free and the GPS uses your cell phone for traffic updates. Traffic information is VERY accurate (almost as good as WAZE). The phone app is very good and includes remembering where you parked your car (helpful at the mall).
The Good: Nice Display (But not as good as the Garmin) with a wealth of information displayed in Routing Mode; excellent Bluetooth and app; Excellent traffic information (without any subscription); expandable internal memory (SD card slot); Red Light camera warnings; can use any USB type power adapter (including 2 slots); Voice Commands; powers on with ignition
Needs Improvement: Lack of customization. Screen not as sharp and color scheme not as good as Garmin, Non-routing mode not very helpful with total lack of customization, no trip computer, pricier than the other models.
RECOMMENDATIONS: If price is paramount and the lack of powering up with the ignition doesn’t bother you (it did annoy me very much) then go with the TomTom 540TM. If Screen clarity is paramount and if f you live in rural area without too much traffic and the lack of display information doesn’t bother you (the inability to see both destination time and distance was a deal breaker for me) then the Garmin is probably your pick. If the actual GPS information and traffic routing is most important, then go with the TomTom 600 (It was my pick).
NOTE: I spent half an hour typing this up. If you disagree with me that’s obviously fine. But please be polite!