TomTom Start GPS unit

TomTom's Start is the company's cheapest GPS unit to be released in Australia

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    4.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    2.50 / 5 (of 1 Review)
  • Price

    $ 199.00 (AUD)

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Bob

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Pros
Its Cheap
Cons
It's surprisingly lame
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The suction mount and easy to use clip in system works fantastically well and is a huge improvement over my previous tomtom. Unfortunately that is where the innovation stops and the lameness begins.
For $98 from most stores at the moment it is very affordable but after a recent interstate roadtrip of 3 days I was ready to take it back. The map (which is supposed to be the latest) was wrong so often I wonder if they have changed it at all since my old tomtom from 2006. It doesn't seem so. When I plug it in to my PC it asks If I would like to pay for an upgrade to the latest map?!? But I just bought the thing..
Don't get excited by the idea that it can speak street names, It really actually can't. It might handle the odd street with a familiar English name but for the most part mine speaks in tongues disturbingly whilst trying to say 90% of Australian names. At least I get a laugh when it calls Belconnen ... wait for it.. Belgianing..ing. Not even close TomTom. Fail.
Lane Guidance only works if maps are up to date, and in most circumstances It would be far better if the little voice of tomtom didn't pretend to know things and send you on a 12km detour off the wrong exit ramp. In these instances, faced with the decision of who to believe, a road sign or TomTom, go with the Road sign.
The TomTom start does give you the option of choosing an alternate route, however it does not give you the option of reviewing either your current route or the alternate one so presumably this feature is included for people who are entertained by the idea of a "mystery trip".
Overall I have to admit it is better than having nothing, if it is your first GPS system then it is cheap and semi functional, but if you are upgrading from anything else, think twice. This might not be an upgrade at all. 1 Star for the windscreen mount.

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