Review Price £162.66
Despite the fact that this is not one of TomTom's LIVE devices, there's still a Services menu option, which takes you to the few options the Start 60 does have on offer. You can set up how you want speed cameras displayed, because this model comes with locations for these as standard. There's an icon in the map screen for reporting any new speed cameras you encounter (although you can disable this). When you approach a camera location, the icon switches to a button for reporting a listed camera is no longer in existence. Of course, without a live data link, you will need to synchronise via the TomTom desktop computer software to upload your reports, and download the reports of others. The Start 60 is also traffic ready, but only for the RDS-TMC service, which requires a £49.99 optional extra receiver hardware.
A multi-point route planner is available, so you can figure out how long a journey will take in advance. This will even show you where the speed cameras can be found on your route, and current traffic conditions, if you have this optional upgrade. You can see where the nearest petrol station can be found along the proposed route, too, allowing you to add this as a waypoint. When a route is calculated, TomTom's IQ Routes system is called upon, taking advantage of the company's database of real historic traffic speeds along roads, so journeys will be based on real speeds not just limits, for greater accuracy. Further on in the main menu, there's a help section available, too, which gives you useful emergency phone numbers, locations of nearby repair services, hospitals and such like, full details of your current location, and even first aid and mechanical repair guides.
TomTom's usual map screen guides you through the route, and there are full spoken street names to help you navigate without needing to look at the screen. Your speed and the prevailing limit are shown on the bottom left. The next turning is detailed in the middle, and the right-hand side shows the estimated arrival time and remaining journey duration. At multi-lane junctions, the graphic at the bottom shows you which lane to be in. At particularly important motorway junctions, the Advanced Lane Guidance system displays a full-screen graphic as well with a representation of the road signs to look out for as well. Overall, navigation is clear both visually and verbally. You even get rapid access to the car park Points of Interest category as you approach your destination via an onscreen icon, which TomTom calls Park Assist.
There's very little that's unique about the Start 60, apart from the huge screen, although it does come with European maps. It's also not as keenly priced as the oversized Mio and Navman offerings. It's particularly telling that TomTom's own 4.3in widescreen Via LIVE 120 can be obtained for quite a bit less, even the version with European maps. So this leaves you with a choice. Regular travellers will gain considerable benefits from the LIVE services, particularly HD Traffic, making the lesser-screened LIVE device the better choice, even if you will have to pay for an annual subscription after a year. But if you're not a rush-hour commuter and want the everyday TomTom navigational features in a more visible format, the Start 60 is reasonable, if not outstanding value.
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