TomTom’s successful wide-screen version of the popular ONE series, the ONE XL and XL-S is updated with the ONE XL 330 and 330S, wide-screen versions of the ONE 130 and 130S. As we indicated in our 4-star review of the 130 and 130S, the new ONE series vividly illustrates TomTom’s ongoing innovative spirit and clever approach to design of their highly-customizable GPS devices. Fortunately, TomTom hasn’t sacrificed any of the strong foundation of the ONE series, nor its solid reliability and appeal to first-time buyers. A leading consumer magazine states,"The TomTom One 130 and 130S are good choices for consumers seeking an entry-level device. They deliver the core features that matter most in navigators…[and] improve on the well-rated previous generation" and About.com calls it a " very competent navigator at a budget price."
Note: The TomTom ONE XL 330 and 330S are wide-screen versions of the 130 and 130S respectively. The 330 and 330S are identical except that the 330S adds text-to-speech capability. This review and associated ratings include all four models (XL 330, XL 330S, 130, 130S):
The ONE XL 330 and 330S offer a range of new features to distinguish them from their predecessors, including most obviously, its ingenious EasyPort™ windshield mounting system. The mount is integrated into the unit — simply fold it out and it attaches easily and securely to the windshield. When folded into the unit, which is slimmer than prior ONE models, the GPS remains ultraportable and easily fits into a purse, briefcase, or even a pocket. The mount addresses the problem of leaving the mount attached to the windshield, potentially attracting the attention of thieves. With the TomTom ONE XL 330 and XL 330S, you take the GPS and its mount with you. For air travelers, it’s one less thing to worry about packing.
The XL 330 and 330S also add automatic day/night display modes, optional automatically-adjusting speaker volume depending on background volume.
Like the TomTom ONE 3rd Edition, the ONE XL 330 and 330S are capable of real-time traffic monitoring and avoidance, but require the additional purchase of an RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver and a subscription to the over-the-air traffic service.
TomTom’s route preview feature displays an overall view of your route and allows you to select alternatives.TomTom’s “Help me!” safety 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 unit will indicate your current position. TomTom has thoughtfully also included an electronic first aid guide as part of it’s “Help me!” feature.
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. Yet another example of TomTom’s clever innovativeness.
The ONE XL 330 and 330S lack 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 730 or 930. Alternatively, you might consider the Garmin nuvi series, including the 350, 360, and 660.
On the downside, the ONE XL 330 and 330S still have a relatively short battery life of two hours which limits its usefulness as a handheld device. In addition, some owners and reviewers have reported low speaker volume and difficulty hearing the instructions when windows were down. Such reports have been inconsistent, however. Overall, another solid offering from TomTom, though Garmin’s offerings in this category, the nuvi 200 series, while generally priced a bit higher, have earned consistently higher marks. [Review Date: 2 July 2008 © 2008 Rated4Stars.com]
|VIDEO: TomTom HOME Software|
|Dimensions||3.3 x 4.7 x 1 inches|
|Screen||# 4.3 inch full TFT color LCD touchscreen (480 x 272 pixels, 64,000 colors) WQVGA|
|Chipset||SiRF Star III with 20-channel all-in-view; WAAS|
|In the Box||TomTom GPS navigator with integrated EasyPort™ mount, USB Car Charger, USB cable, Documentation|
|Warranty||One Year Limited Warranty|