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TomTom’s Simplified Start2

by diane 2010-04-25 18:02

The new TomTom Start2 aims to bring fully featured satellite navigation to those with the most meager of budgets.  The Start range sits below the more popular and expensive XL, One and Go systems in the TomTom line-up. And with the standard model bundled with UK-only maps it's an attractive proposition for anyone looking for a sat-nav system.


The original TomTom Start only offered simple navigation and map browsing, while the rest of the range enjoyed advanced features like spoken place names, lane guidance, media handling, support for Bluetooth devices and text-to-speech support.
The TomTom GO range enjoys full 'LIVE' subscription-based services, such as traffic updates while you're driving and fuel price information, and voice control technology. The XL features a widescreen display, and the One has advanced lane guidance system for motorway junctions.


While TomTom has led the way in the sat-nav market for the last few years, it has come under pressure to update its entry level range, with strong competition from the Garmin Nuvi 255 which has loaded its lowest priced systems with European mapping and speed camera locations.
The Start2 now gets advanced lane guidance and spoken place names previously exclusive to the top-of-the-range TomToms.
Advanced lane guidance simply gives you an in-car view of motorway turnings as you approach, so you can clearly see where you need to be, which in most cases is the left-hand lane. The spoken place names does exactly what it says on the tin, and reads out streets as you approach them rather than gruffly ordering you to "turn left" or "bear right".

The TomTom Start2's main screen has been simplified to offer just 'Plan Route' and 'Browse Map' features. You can choose to search by postcode or street name if you don't have the precise information to hand. The interface is extremely well laid out and it's easy to find what you need, especially when you need to make a quick selection when waiting in traffic. TomTom's mapping is some of the best in the business; maps are crystal clear and extremely reliable,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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