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I recieved the TomTom One XL as a birthday gift and have used it now and again ever since. I am fine with navigation locally and in areas that I know well, but for longer distance trips I find that the reassurance of a companion to direct me relaxes me and allows me to drive calmly and concentrate on the road and hazzards as opposed to signposts! I think the unit cost around £129 at the time and is now available for under £100 online. I have the UK and Ireland version, there is also a Europe one aswell which costs a little more. As I don't drive abroad I chose the UK and Ireland model and I am yet to get lost with it!
The TomTom One XL is a fairly basic model, but it does come with the suction cup to attach it to your windscreen and also a lead to connect it to your cigarette lighter and one for USB connectivity to your laptop or PC. Connection to a laptop or PC allows you to update the maps directly from the TomTom website, and also allows you to download different voices to customise your Satnav aswell. I do sometimes have problems with connecting the suction cup to the windscreen, if I try attaching it to a curved area of the windscreen it often falls off, but it is very much trial and error to begin with. The XL version has the added benefit of a larger screen for clearer visual navigation, although I would say I listen to the instructions more than looking at the screen when driving. The touch screen is simple to navigate and doesn't require you to have tiny digits to control it accurately. Weather and traffic alerts can be turned on and off as well as preferences such as volume. An annual substcription is required for the updating of maps and alerts, but I recieved a year of free updates/alerts with the purchase of the product.
Directions can be obtained using postcode, road name or area, and landmarks are also available for selection. the 'Home' function allows you to navigate home with little fuss, and the whole interface is very easy to use. The unit is quite a basic system, but it meets my needs for occassional use. When navigating to a destination you are faced with a map showing where you are going/need to go, and prompts are given in plenty of time. For example, the voice will give the instruction to turn left in 300 yards, it will then give the prompt again when you at the turning.
My only criticisms are that the suction cup can be a little bit fiddly to use, but it is both secure and robust when in place. My other criticism is the batterylife. The problem I have encountered is that the battery doesn't hold charge. I can charge the unit up, then when I go to use it the next day it won't power up for long without needing connection to the cigarette lighter socket. It is a real shame that it doesn't hold charge, but with me needing the Satnav for long distance journeys only I can imagine the need to plug it in anyway. Overall a basic but very easy to use Satnav system, well worth the money.
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