I own a Nuvi 265WT. The way that Garmin Nuvi models tend to exit early from the highways and take local roads is driving me a little crazy sometimes.
I’d like to get a second GPS and am seriously thinking about a TomTom. Being unfamiliar with TomTom models, could someone please explain to me the differences on the TomTom Live, TomTom One, and TomTom XL models?
I heard TomTom routing is accurate but the screen has more glare. Certain TomTom models also have satellite acquisition issues on a weekly basis until it’s hooked up to a PC to re-acquire satellite location. Is that true?
Thanks in advance.
I own both a TT One NE (2 years old) and the newer XXL 540S model with the 5" screen (3 months old). Truth be told, the only problem that I've encountered with the One NE was a 12V charger cord issue which was rectified by TomTom.
I prefer the XXL 540S because of the BIG screen - as I age like a fine piece of extra sharp provolone cheese I've noticed that the eyes ain't what they used to be. 8( My One NE has a much smaller screen and also lacks the TTV feature that my 540S has. As for SAT LOCK, I've NEVER had a problem with the One, and it's too early to tell with the 540S. I know someone with the exact same model One as me and to date she hasn't up-dated her unit on a PC in almost a year now and she uses her unit regularly without any problems. Believe me, I'd know about it if she did have problems.
The POI's on my One are also loaded on my 540S and I have more latitude with them with regard to colors. As far as glare, neither model has caused me any problems to mention! 8)
Good luck with your decision, hopefully someone else will post with more views on their particular model.
I have a GO 930 and just bought a XL340S ("S" is for spoken street names) for my son. I do log on to TomTom Home regularly and get the latest GPS Quick Fix for my GO 930. With Quick Fix, I get a satellite lock on within seconds of turning on my GO 930. Without it, sometimes it will take about 60 - 90 seconds to get a lock. We've only used the XL340S for a few days, but so far it has gotten a satellite lock-on within seconds.
To get a comparison of TomTom products, you can try the Car Navigation section at TomTom.com. Click on the START button following the question "Which GPS is right for you?"
One feature I highly recommend is IQ Routes. These are based on actual travel times from TomTom users who volunteer to participate. Everytime they log on, their GPS logs are uploaded. TomTom then uses that information to calculate the fastest travel time for a given route on a given day and even time of day.
In almost two years of usage, I have rarely seen an initial estimate more than two minutes off how long it actually takes me to get to my destination using IQ Routes.
I doubt you're going to like the TomTom more than the Garmin if taking the right exit drives you crazy.
I've taken a lot more wrong exits / routes with the TomTom than I ever did with the Garmin.
The problem with the TomTom units I've used - TT125 / TT140 is that the screen does not go to a nice big pop-up showing you which exit to take. TT140 has lane guidance, but it is not that much more helpful, compared to the intuitive Garmin method of making sure the right exit is in your face when it's close to time to exit.
Minimum requirements. 4.3" or larger screen, 64 MB of RAM Memory & a card slot.
I love my TT. Keep it up to date and it will be better than any other GPS!
I totally agree!!!!!
I like the TT better, except TT has disabled the auto-start feature for some reason. This means that you have to turn on the TT every time you start your car. Pretty annoying to me, but you may not find it to be a problem.
In addition, unlike the 265WT, the 335 XL S doesn't have Traffic
I really like my 930. It is solid and has lots of features.
I have a TomTom GO920 and a a Garmin Nuvi 260. The TomTom is always faster at getting a satellite fix even if I haven't updted the positions for several weeks.
I bought one a while back on a whim, I think it's a 920. The only thing it has going for it is a 4.3 inch screen. My Nuvi is still my favorite overall, smaller screen notwithstanding. The TomTom is stuck away in a closet, I never use it.
I also bought a TomTom GO720 on a whim. It was fun for a while but the POI database just doesn't compare with Garmin. I'd gotten a Garmin 765T for Christmas and I thought THAT was THE one... until I updated the map. Since then, it's acquired a BIG dose of STUPID. Garmin tells me that I'M the problem... not the unit. Never mind that the unit behaves differently NOW than it did before. Now, I'm considering going back to my TTGO720. But really, there MUST be something better than EITHER Garmin or TomTom. I'm not THAT enamored of EITHER of them.
But, as to the question, I would stick with the GO series to get close to Garmin performance. The ONE series just seems sluggish (slower processor) and the maps aren't as detailed. TomTom scored a homerun with some aspects of the unit such as being able to make corrections right on the unit. Any POIs that you add to the unit are available to you when you search and they are not relegated to a "Favorites" folder. MapShare is a wonderful thing too. The TT is fun to tinker with.
I do hate the battery life of the TomTom... it's non existent after about a year of use. And the screen is really tough to see in bright daylight.
You can change battery. Google around and you will find solution. Batteries are about $10. I have done to one of mine, and battery life is good once gain.
I currently have XXL540S. I like the many options I can choose from. The routing is accurate with IQroute. The only complaint is the Tela Atlas map is not as current as Navteq's.
What type of TomTom did you replace its battery?
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