TomTom ONE 3rd Edition

It won’t be long before all cars are equipped with GPS navigation systems. As GPS prices have fallen considerably, with entry-level models priced below $100, and high-end units quoted above $300 – there’s one to fit everyone’s budget.


Shown here is the Tom Tom ONE 3rd Edition, an “all you need in a portable car navigator” entry-level GPS navigation device from TomTom.

TomTom ONE 3rd Edition comes with preloaded map of U.S. and Canada, all of which can be updated and shared with TomTom HOME software program. Also comes in the box is a windshield holder, a USB car charger, and a USB cable for connecting to your PC.

With a very responsive touchscreen, programming is a breeze. It takes only a few “clicks” before you’re on your way to wherever you choose. If you accidently/intentionally go off-course, the device recalculates new routes within seconds; unlike your wife, it won’t nag you! As for spoken instructions, the speaker is remarkably loud & clear, with 36 languages to choose from. 

The main drawback of all GPS devices lies in its accuracy – not all roads are on the map. Therefore, it is wise to keep your eyes on the road. So far, I have no problem with it; but your experience might differ if you live in rural areas.

Technical Specifications

  • Highly sensitive GPS chipset
  • 3.5″ full color TFT LCD touchscreen (320×240 pixels, 64,000 colors)
  • 1GB internal memory
  • RDS-TMC connector
  • Internal Lithium-Ion battery (2 hours operation)
  • Dimensions: 3.8″x 3.2″ x 1.0″
  • Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Operating temperature: 14 °F to + 131 °F

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Quick and easy programming
  • Portable
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Wide variety of spoken navigation instructions in different languages
  • Works with Windows and Macs

Cons

  • Touch screen could have been bigger
  • Windshield’s suction cup not all effective
  • Lacks Bluetooth, media (MP3s, photos), traffic receiver, FM transmitter
  • Does not automatically switch between day/night colors

Final Thoughts

All in all, a good product for a decent price, but some quirks. It’s missing some extra features seen in other more expensive units (Bluetooth, media (MP3s, photos), traffic receiver, FM transmitter). Even with these shortfalls, it’s a solid choice for first-time buyers. If you are still wavering over purchasing your first car GPS, now is the time, buy one! — it’s one of the few gadgets that you won’t regret buying.

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