Tom Tom ONE 3rd Edition – REVIEW

 

Entry-level never looked so good in the vehicle GPS market. TomTom significantly improved upon its already solid-performing and crowd-pleasing ONE (2nd Edition), yet has priced the new TomTom ONE 3rd Edition only slightly higher than its predecessor. The 3rd Edition is well-worth the modest price increase. Like its predecessor, the TomTom ONE 3rd Edition is ultra-portable, easy to use, and sports a bright easy-to-read touch screen. As with the 2nd Edition, the ONE 3rd Edition includes an SD memory card with detailed maps of the United States and Canada. Maps for additional countries are also available for purchase.

 


Ratings Summary
Includes ratings for 2nd Edition
Owner Reviews
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Our Rating: 4 Stars
Economical Vehicle GPS

TomTom is the undisputed champion when it comes to the number of languages it supports on its interface and with spoken directions. TomTom units also allow you to download (for a fee) celebrity voices to use for your unit’s voice-guided instructions.

The TomTom ONE 3rd Edition is competitively priced against the Garmin nuvi 350 which is priced $100 or so higher. As with the 2nd Edition, the most significant difference is the ONE’s lack of the text-to-speech feature, which reads street names aloud, allowing you to keep your eyes foward.

New on the 3rd Edition is access to live FM traffic services (requires purchase of antenna and subscription fee for TomTom PLUS services, $24.95/year). The 2nd Edition required that you use your Bluetooth-compatible phone as the unit’s receiver. The 3rd Edition has no Bluetooth capability.

Also new on the 3rd Edition is TomTom’s “Help me!” safety feature, included as a standard feature on the ONE 3rd Edition, TomTom 720 and 920 units. This feature allows you to find the location of the nearest hospital, police station, vet, dentist, pharmacy, etc. at the push of a button. The unit will also guide you if you want to “Drive to Help” or “Walk to Help.” Press “Where am I” and the ONE 3rd Edition will indicate your current position. TomTom has thoughtfully also included an electronic first aid guide as part of it’s “Help me!” feature.

Pro
Con

Easy operation, fast, capable

Ultra-portable

Competitively priced – great value

“Help Me!” safety feature is terrific

 

Relatively short battery life (2 hours) when used without charger

Subscription required for traffic

No hands-free calling

No text-to-speech

 

With the ONE 3rd Edition you’ll also find an innovative new feature from TomTom designed to address one of the most frustrating elements of GPS navigation: Out of date maps. TomTom has built on the current trend in “social networking” to allow its customers to participate in correcting its maps. TomTom’s “Map Share” feature allows you to make corrections and additions to your maps (e.g., blocked roads, updated information for points of interest, new streets or points of interest,etc.).

 You can make changes right on your portable GPS device and later upload and share them with other users using the TomTom HOME desktop companion software on your computer. There is no charge for this feature. We think TomTom may really be on to something with this novel approach to updating maps.

Like its predecessor, the TomTom ONE 3rd Edition lacks hands-free mobile phone capability, MP3 player, audiobook player, photo viewer, remote control, etc. If any of these are important to you you’ll want to consider TomTom’s higher-end offerings, such as the TomTom GO 910, 510, 720, or 920 . Alternatively, you might consider the Garmin nuvi series, including the 350, 360, and 660.

On the downside, the ONE 3rd Edition still has a relatively short battery life of two hours which limits its usefulness as a handheld device. On the balance, however, while we much prefer a vehicle GPS with the text-to-speech feature, if you’re looking for a capable vehicle GPS unit and can’t make the price jump to a unit with more bells and whistles, you’ll find it hard to beat the value of the TomTom ONE 3rd Edition. [Review Date: 4 October 2007 © 2007 Rated4Stars.com]


Key Features at a Glance
Ready to Use Out of the Box?

Includes maps of US, Canada
Spoken, Turn-by-Turn Directions?
Text-to-Speech? (Announces Street Names)
Voice Recognition?
Multi-Destination Routing?
Bluetooth?
MP3/Audio Player?

Live Traffic/Weather?

Subscription required
Suitable for Offroad Use?
Limited map coverage
Portable?
(internal battery)
Other Features:
“Help Me!” Safety Feature

Additional Specifications
Weight 6.2 ounces
Dimensions 3.8” x 3.2” x 1”
Screen  3.5-inch, 320 x 240 (64K colors) full TFT color LCD touchscreen
Chipset SiRF Star III with 20-channel all-in-view; WAAS
In the Box TomTom One GPS navigator, installation CD-ROM, suction mount, car charger, USB cable
Warranty One Year Limited Warranty
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