TomTom ONE (2nd Edition), XL, XL-S: REVIEW


 

Slowly but surely, TomTom has been bringing to the United States the same sort of consumer enthusiasm it has achieved in Europe. Though it hasn’t yet toppled market champion Garmin, TomTom’s offerings are hitting attractive price points and offering more and more of the features consumers are seeking in an easy-to-use, stylish unit. The TomTom ONE (2nd edition) is a no-frills, entry-level unit whose competitive pricing and ease of use has made it one of our best sellers. Reviews have been solidly above the four-star level among editorial reviews and owner reviews alike. CNET calls it “…perfect for first-time buyers or drivers who just need a simple solution for getting from point A to point B.”

 


Ratings Summary
Includes ratings for TomTom ONE (2nd Edition), ONE XL, & ONE XL-S
ONE
Owner Reviews
ONE XL
Owner Reviews
ONE XL-S
Owner Reviews
The Best in GPS
Our Rating: 4 Stars

Note: The TomTom ONE XL is virtually identical to the TomTom ONE except that the XL provides a wider screen (4.3 inches versus 3.5 inches) and optional FM Traffic (TMS) capability. The XL-S adds text-to-speech capability. to the ONE XL. The review that follows is for the TomTom ONE. This review and ratings include all three models:

The ONE is TomTom’s entry into the “shirt pocket” GPS class, following the lead of Garmin’s nuvi series. Weighing in at a mere 6.5 ounces and measuring only 3.8” x 3.2” x 1”, the ONE easily fits in a purse or pocket and can double as a handheld in urban areas, though its meager battery life of only two hours does limit its usefulness in this way.

The ONE is a solid, reliable unit with a great display, sound, and routing capabilities. Stuff Magazine states, “TomTom's One is autobahn fast with a fantastic touch screen display, great interface and super fast route calculation.” The ONE includes an SD memory card with detailed maps of the United States and Canada. Maps for additional countries are also available for purchase. 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. (Spoken navigation instructions come in the following languages: US English, Latin American Spanish, Spanish, French, Flemish, Bulgarian, Czech, Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Cantonese, Danish, German, Estonian, UK English, Australian English, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Serbian, Finnish, Swedish, Thai, Catalan, Croatian, Brazilian Portuguese and Turkish.)

Prospective owners will likely compare the TomTom ONE with the Garmin nuvi 350 which is priced $100 or so higher. 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.

Pro
Con

Easy operation, fast, capable Ultra-portable

Competitively priced – great value

 

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

No hands-free calling No text-to-speech

 

Both the nuvi and the ONE are capable of receiving live traffic updates for an additional subscription fee. However, the TomTom ONE relies on its TomTom PLUS service, which also provides weather alerts, but requires that you use your Bluetooth-compatible phone as the unit’s receiver. Note that the Bluetooth connection does not provide handsfree operation of your mobile phone. (This has been replaced with an FM traffic receiver like the nuvi on the newer TomTom ONE 3rd Generation unit).

You won’t find many frills on the TomTom ONE, such as a 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. The TomTom ONE does offer a couple of interesting “extras”, however, including an automatic volume feature that automatically increases volume as the speed of the vehicle increases. Using the TomTom PLUS services with your Bluetooth-capable mobile phone, you can also use the “buddy finder” feature which tracks the location of friends.

While we certainly miss the text-to-speech feature, if you’re looking for a capable vehicle GPS unit at a competitive price, it’s hard to beat the value of the TomTom ONE. [Review Date: 30 September 2007 © 2007 Rated4Stars.com; Updated 22 October 2007]


 

Key Features at a Glance
Feature
ONE
ONE XL
ONE XL-S
Ready to Use Out of the Box?

North America, Canada

North America, Canada

North America, Canada
Spoken, Turn-by-Turn Directions?
Text-to-Speech? (Announces Street Names)
Voice Recognition?
Multi-Destination Routing?
Bluetooth?

MP3/Audio Player?

Live Traffic/Weather?

Requires compatible Bluetooth mobile phone


Optional FM TMC Receiver


Optional FM TMC Receiver

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

 

 

 


Additional Specifications
Weight 6.2 ounces (ONE), 7.4 ounces (XL, XL-S)
Dimensions 1.2 x 4.7 x 3.4 inches
Screen 4.3 inch full TFT color LCD touchscreen (480 x 272 pixels, 64,000 colors)
Chipset SiRF Star III with 20-channel all-in-view; WAAS
In the Box TomTom GPS navigator, installation CD-ROM, suction mount, car charger, USB cable
Warranty One Year Limited Warranty
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