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TomTom Launches Start2 & IQ Routes v2.0

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Tend to get lost on your way to the bank? TomTom can solve both of those problems...

The GPS guru has announced the Start2, sequel to the... err, Start - the company's entry level navigation device. Like its predecessor, the Start2 features a 3.5in touchscreen display and semi-foldable mount to make it pocketable (my word, I like it) and interchangeable 'StartSkins'. It also has the same simplified two button menu system ('Plan Route' and 'Browse Map').

Where the differences do kick in, however, is in terms of features with the addition of IQ Routes technology - previously reserved only for high-end models - which uses historic car speed measurements on roads at specific times of the day to calculate the best journey. For example, you will likely receive different routes if you set off during rush hour compared to off peak times.

On top of this is lane guidance, to assist car positioning at junctions and compatibility with RDS-TMC Traffic alerts that inform the Start2 of real time traffic delays and allow the device to automatically re-route trips.

Downsides? Surprisingly the price. While the Start2 begins from just £119 (regional maps, verses £139 for European), the original Start could be attained for roughly £90. Whether the Start2 will see heavy discounting by retailer from launch will therefore be a key factor.

In related news TomTom is also updating the XL IQ Routes Edition, with the - wait for it - ...'XL IQ Routes Edition2'. This 4.3in sat nav mimics the features of the Start2 and will launch at £139 for UK & Ireland mapping and £159 when including maps of Europe.

Link:
TomTom Start2 Product Page
TomTom IQ Routes Edition2 Product Page

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