TomTom ONE Slim Edition

A stylish and compact portable GPS device that's priced well and compares admirably with much more expensive models.


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The TomTom One Slim Edition is positioned as the company's entry-level model, but is a very worthy option that includes the best elements of more expensive models without all the functions that aren't normally necessary in a GPS device. The original TomTom One managed to beat its rivals in both value and performance, so let's see how the new slim model fares.

Design
A brand new look for TomTom's popular One portable GPS navigator sees the device shrink in size, measuring just 96mm by 82mm by 25mm and weighing in at just 174 grams. TomTom still managed to squeeze in a touch sensitive 3.5-inch LCD screen with 320 x 240 pixels and 64,000 colours. Its anti-glare feature is a must for the harsh Australian sun but makes the screen look dull at times. The device is housed in a stylish silver case that makes the previous generation look dated, and it stores perfectly in your pocket when used as a hand-held device.

A new mount design matches the stylish look of the Slim Edition, and is compact and unobtrusive when attached to your car's windscreen. However, the short arm wasn't as manoeuvrable as many competitor models and we couldn't get the screen to angle directly towards us.

Inside, the Slim Edition features an integrated GPS antenna and SD card slot for plugging in the latest maps. For in-car charging, TomTom has provided a charger that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter. We've started to see some models come out with separate AC chargers but you can still charge the device with the included USB cable that hooks up to your PC.

Features
GPS duties are handled by the highly sensitive SiRFstarIII GPS chipset combined with a 266MHz processor, which is down on the 400MHz chips that many other models are using. One of TomTom's highlights is their simple to use menu system, that's made even easier with the useful onscreen tips. Choosing a route has the options of quickest, shortest, or avoiding toll roads and congestion charge areas plus you can even plan a route based on a desired arrival time.

Whilst driving, the unit's volume automatically adjusts depending on the speed of the car and there's also the option of displaying a compass on screen to help your orientation. The Slim Edition has access to TomTom's PLUS services, which includes safety camera alerts, weather reports and the new Buddies feature, which combines instant messaging and navigation that you can use to locate your friends.

When at home, users can link the device with a PC or MAC using the included TomTom HOME software package, where they can download routes and review the trip or install new maps onto the SD card. The One does have Bluetooth to connect it to your mobile phone, but this is only for downloading data to the device, not hands-free calling. It seems that TomTom has intentionally hobbled the One so you have to buy a higher priced model if you want calling capabilities.

Performance
Applying the mount to the windscreen was simple but the relatively short arm wasn't as manoeuvrable as we would have liked. Getting the device to face us directly was unachievable but at least the connection was strong. Removing it was quick thanks to the lift up tab on the suction cap. Acquiring a satellite was very quick, and after entering our destination the route calculation took less than 30 seconds for a two hour journey though the busy streets of Sydney.

We feared that the slower CPU could disadvantage the new TomTom but we found it to be very good. Once our destination was entered, the device gave us a fairly over-optimistic arrival time but it did pick an effective route. Voices were clear and audible and has a handy feature of adjusting their pace and volume with the speed of the vehicle. Whenever we missed a turn, we'd normally receive a request to complete a U-turn instead of a straight forward recalculation, which would have been preferred seeing that it's often impossible to do a legal U-turn.

When it does recalculate, which takes some time, you've normally missed some turns before the device has finished its calculation. This can get annoying when you're running late and in unfamiliar territory. The Lithium ion battery has about two hours of battery life from a single charge, which isn't much of a problem thanks to the car-charger.

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GPSavoider
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GPSavoider posted a review   

The Good:Generally sound and can add own waypoints.

The Bad:Errors in maps and waypoints can not be corrected (Australian version) This becomes quicly announing enough to use the device rearly.

Seem value for money intially. Get more good reaults than bad. But a little anoying at times.

bakergc
6
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bakergc posted a review   

The Good:Small, easy and fun to use

The Bad:This is a MAJOR problem. The maps are that far out it is embarrasing for Tomtom to have them on a fine device. Regional areas are the worse. Molong for instance has a BP servo and it is on the Cnr Gidley St and the highway. But on the map the street doesnt go to the highway its been like that for 50 yrs. Also lots and lots of roads that are main roads not on their. Example going up Devils pinch to Guyra, the new roads been there for 3 years. Northern Distributor in Orange over 12mths not there and the best one, try and fing the maun street of Orange. Yes it is callled summer st but not on the map. Yes I have informed Tomtom and Sensis but to no avail.

It amazes me the comments on this device. People love it and people have trouble with how inaccurate it is.
Me being a Sales rep and travel almost all off NSW hopefully my comments are valuable.

snowprofi
8
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snowprofi posted a review   

The Good:ok price

The Bad:short battery life, hard mount, sometimes gets lost in the cetre between skyscrapers, menu could be a bit easier (easier to access POI on a main screen)

love this product. easy to download overseas maps - the cheapest ones out of pretty much all gps systems. works well when working with mobile phone via bluetooth. love the phone no. of restaurants and accommodation.

frustrated
6
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frustrated posted a review   

The Good:intuitive and easy to set

The Bad:couldn't download updated maps

maps are totally out of date. Sent me in the wrong direction 3 times between Brisbane and Sydney

brian
9
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brian posted a review   

The Good:Size and ease of use

The Bad:POI's could be better but this is being picky.

Recently purchased this unit in Canada.
Have had the unit for 3 weeks and seeing as it is my first GPS I am very impressed with how intuitive it was. I literally got the unit onto the parking lot, opened the package and I was on my way. The unit has performed with no problems at all. The software and hookup with my computer was easy and without problems. I would easily recommend this unit to anyone.

sangster
10
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sangster posted a review   

The Good:Nice and clear audio, quick responses,
I like the restaraunt warnings. great when on long trips.

The Bad:None.... would be a new model if needed to

What a great unit , takes a lot of worry off myself and wifey when going to new area's ... we love it

TONY V
8
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TONY V posted a review   

The Good:CHEEP TO OWN

The Bad:HIGH PRICE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER.
IT WOULD BE NICE TO BLUETOOTH WITH ALLTEL SERVICE PROVIDER WHICH IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE SETUP FOLDER.

OK FOR THE PRICE AND IAM SURE IT WILL DROP EVEN LOWER SOON.

arfurtiger
10
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arfurtiger posted a review   

The Good:Small, light, stylish and esy to use.

The Bad:No case, battery life not great.

Very user friendly, intuitive and works perfectly when updating on the computer even for a novice like me...

asdf
2
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asdf posted a review   

The Good:None, I blew a whole day trying to get the software upgraded on the product just to have it lock up time and time again.l

The Bad:Buying the prouct. Guess Best Buy getts to keep the crapy hardware

The product sucks. Don;t try to update it with your computers.. And, if you are in the US, then the plus service does not work....

Tim
9
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Tim posted a review   

The Good:Great functionality and really excels at its primary function - in car navigation.

If you mis a turn it quickly recalculates without fuss and gets you to your destination.

Lots of options for route planning if you want to customise how you get there.

Nice loud friendly voice.

The Bad:Accuracy of Sensis maps.

Tom Tom One is fantastic. It is my first GPS and it does everything as promised and more than I expected.

As I have used it more and more over the last 3 weeks I have come to really appreciate the functionality and added features which I didn't think important when deciding between it and the Navman 20. (eg calculating and displaying Estimated Time of Arrival(ETA))

As well as a navigation guide when driving I want to use the GPS when walking as well so was concerned at the short battery life (listed at 2 hours compared to the Navman's 4 hours) but have not found it to be an issue in practice as putting the display in night mode is still bright enough to see (with hand cupped over to shield the sun)and this extends the battery life.

The ability to leave 'electronic breadcrumbs' without having to program them in as a favorite would have been useful. It will display your current position in LAT; LONG but would have limited use in a bushwalking or 4WD offroad situation.

If TOM TOM reads these sites I only have five suggestions for them to add to the ONE which I think would really increase the appeal of the unit beyond just motorists.

1) Make the speed in walking mode programable. It defaults to 8 km/h and over a longer walk 4-5 km/h is more sustainable (for me anyway!). Really only affects ETA but since the functionality is there it would be good to have it accurate for individuals.

2) In bike mode, have an 'avoid steep hills' option just like you can 'avoid tollways' in driving mode.

3) Make the position of the menu icons 'moveable' via computer setup. This way the most used menu options by someone can be customised to be near the front. (eg. After I arrive at a destination I don't always reprogram it to drive home and for me being able to have 'cancel destination' closer to the front of the menu would be useful but appreciate for others it is likely fine where it is.)

4) As described above for 'off the mapped roads' functionality, have the ability to punch-in on the fly 10 or so temporary waypoints and have a 'return same way' option.

5) Be able to add to current and delete POIs from the set database. I appreciate that you can add new POI categories and then add your own POIs but there appears to be no option to add or delete from the set POIs. eg to add a great new Restaurant, Petrol Station etc.

As these are my only gripes from a functionality perspective I've really got nothing to complain about the TOM TOM One itself. I think it is a fantastic piece of kit.

Maps accuracy is a slightly different matter but I figure (in Australia at least) that is more an issue with Sensis keeping the maps up-to-date. For example there are major road realignments in Canberra that are 4-5 years old that are not represented. That is too long and downgrades the usefullness of what is a great product.

Also Canberra has lots of bike paths and walkways between streets. The Senis maps don't show them at all so when the TOM TOM calculates a bike or walking route it just sticks to roads which makes the journey so much longer than it needs to be. If I were a visitor to Canberra and relied on the TOM TOM to guide me on the best walking or bike route it would actually do me a dis-service so I'm not sure I can trust it in a city I don't know - and isn't that its purpose ... to help you navigate when you know where you are going but don't know how to get there. I appreciate that 99% of the users will use the TOM TOM in their car 99% of the time so this is not huge in the scheme of things but since the Walking Route and Bike Route functionality is offered it would be nice to have it work properly.

Overall I'm exceptionally happy with the TOM TOM One. It is fantastic value for money and has a brilliant range of functions for what is really an entry level GPS navigator. Just a pity the map data isn't as good. Will be the same issue for other brands using Sensis maps so not a TOM TOM specific problem.



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User Reviews / Comments  TomTom ONE Slim Edition

  • GPSavoider

    GPSavoider

    Rating4

    "Seem value for money intially. Get more good reaults than bad. But a little anoying at times."

  • bakergc

    bakergc

    Rating6

    "It amazes me the comments on this device. People love it and people have trouble with how inaccurate it is.
    Me being a Sales rep and travel almost all off NSW hopefully my comments are valua..."

  • snowprofi

    snowprofi

    Rating8

    "love this product. easy to download overseas maps - the cheapest ones out of pretty much all gps systems. works well when working with mobile phone via bluetooth. love the phone no. of restaurants ..."

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