I've been a Garmin fanboy for a long time, and still love and use Garmin.
But I bought my first TomTom last week, and used it this week.
I've gotta say, wow it's nice!
Some aspects of Garmin is better than TomTom, but some aspects of the TomTom is really nice!
I'm doing research and finding out more capabilities of the TomTom but really love it so far!
Which model of TomTom did you purchase, and what aspects of the TomTom are better than Garmin?
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I bought the TomTom 125.
What I really like about it vs the Garmin is that it has a lot of power user options that Garmin tends to hide / dumb down for the masses.
This makes the TomTom a bit more complicated to use, but it's more powerful as well.
A few of the quick features off the top of my head:
-detailed satellite acquisition / status info (Garmin it's a hidden feature that most folks don't know about)
-ability to configure the screen about 10 times more flexible than the Garmin
-the "Help me!" feature is really really cool, Garmin really doesn't have anything like this (at least in the models I've used)
-map corrections is great
-More vehicle options out of the box
-more planning preferences / options (this is BIG)
-Keyboard preferences more powerful than Garmin
As you can see I'm just giddy with the TomTom. Won't give up my Garmin but I'm positively enjoying the TomTom.
How's the sound quality and volume? Which Garmin model(s) are you using now? I ordered a Nuvi 260 from Costco but the TomTom 125 was tempting. I wanted TTS so I went with the Garmin.
Good to hear you're happy with the TomTom. I had a Go730 and loved it except for the screen was too hard to see on sunny days...which is every day around here.
The sound on the TomTom is unbelievably loud and clear. I had to turn down the volume!
I have used the Garmin StreetPilot C320, Nuvi 200, Nuvi 205, Nuvi 350, and Nuvi 750 (some were borrowed from other folks).
The Garmin has a slicker interface, and the map view is just beautiful, compared to the TomTom. Also the Garmin has much better battery life. The TomTom 125 I believe only has 2 hour battery life, compared to 4 hours on the Nuvi 205, and 8 hours on my C320.
Also, the TomTom drains battery while it's off unless you force it to turn off via a hard reset (or so I've read), so you could end up with a dead TomTom unless you charge it before your trip, or bring your car charger.
My Garmin I've left in the drawer for months at a time, and picked it up, turned it on, and battery life was nearly full still.
But overall you can't make a wrong decision with either TomTom or Garmin. They both will serve the owner well I think.
I'm glad that you were able to compare both units and cite the +'s and -'s of each.
If you need more info on the various TomTom models visit tomtomforums.com - that's the un-official TomTom site.
Yes, the TomTom interface is much more customizable than the Garmins, and for people who like that sort of thing may be a better choice.
I am going to do some investigating and look seriously at getting a TomTom to compare to what I already have, just to add to my abillity to give a good fair review,if it reqires me to do so. just haven't decided on which on yet.
Anyone have one thy want to get rid of one at a good price? for review!
The TomTom 125 I believe only has 2 hour battery life, compared to 4 hours on the Nuvi 205, and 8 hours on my C320.
My GO 930 lasts about 2 hours on battery-only with the screen at max brightness. I can get longer if I dim the screen, although the only time I INTENTIONALLY use the battery is when I'm walking. I have plugged the car charger into the GO 930, then forgotten to plug the other end into the car outlet a couple of times.
There have been a few times when I pressed the "OFF" button on the GO 930 (not the reset button) that the unit turned itself on again. So I usually wait about one minute after I turn it off before I put it away. This does not happen all of the time, and I have not been able to determine what it is that will cause it to turn on. I have noticed this has only happened when using the car charger. Most of the time that is not an issue.
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