TomTom Start2 Sat-Nav - TomTom Start2

By James Morris

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

The Start2 even incorporates TomTom's Map Share facility, where you indicate any discrepancies between the map and the real world. Your changes are uploaded to the server for checking when you next connect the TomTom Home desktop computer software.

In transit, the Start2 behaves like most other TomToms. The map is clear, and the route is recalculated relatively quickly when you deviate from the track. The screen is easy enough to see, and thanks to IQ Routes the roads suggested are generally sensible. TomTom's characteristic information strip can be found along the bottom, providing virtually all the trip data you might need, such as current speed and limit, details about the next turning, estimated time of arrival, how long this will take, and the associated distance.

Verdict

The TomTom Start2 is a capable sat-nav for a reasonable price. However, the new features, whilst welcome, are not that extensive, and the current street price is not much less than the launch price, making this still not quite the budget bargain intended. It's good value, but if you're after something really cheap there are less costly alternatives, such as Garmin's nuvi 1240.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Features 7
  • Design 7

Daniel Gerson

May 10, 2010, 4:28 pm

Can you guys do a review of the Android turn-by-turn navigation? It affects whether I should just go the latest android for my next GPS or buy a dedicated device.


Thanx

PoisonJam

May 10, 2010, 5:08 pm

Can you choose between Yards and meters for junction distance yet? I can choose between miles and km with my One V2 but I can't choose meters for shorter distances. Yards mean nothing to me!

Mark 20

June 14, 2010, 1:18 am

I have just bought this satnav from Halfords, no case for it though. Initial impressions are quite good. Small and compact, it took me some routes that differed from my old garmin. I quite like the window fixing that was stiff enough to make me reach for the instructions, to make sure I was not forcing it wrong. The interface is different from my old garmin which will make it odd for a while, but more intuitive. The screen Updates quite quickly when scrolling around the map, though this is a relative statement and my only frame of reference is a garmin 300T. The other thing I like over my previous is that input is with a qwerty layout, as opposed to an ABCD etc layout.





Initially, I am very happy with my purchase.

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