Tomtom is slightly better but both are riddled with interface problems
4 days ago
Summary: Had a Garmin 1470 (Halfords £140 in 2010) before this. Tomtom is slightly better but both are riddled with interface problems. Online update takes 3 hours at 20 Mbps. Speaker is tinny. Like Garmin, has lots of worthless options I'll never use. Like Garmin, the route selected blanks out road types, so you can't see whether a motorway or a B-road was chosen. Better than Garmin is the quick route re-calculator if you don't like the first one offered.
Summary: I already bought 3 Tom Tom devices, so far all of them developed a fault. The first one (Start 25 M) had an issue with the touch screen constantly being pressed by the cover plastic rendering the device unusable as the voice kept repeating the next instruction. The second one, which was a Tom Tom Go 400 4.3'' was way too small and was hard to see in bright light due to the reflective glass.
Summary: I spent a very frustrating day trying to get unit linked to my account. I had a previous tom tom which was already linked to my account. I ended up setting up a new account and still had problems getting unit to link to account. Eventually the unit linked and updates were processed. I then subscribed to speed cameras and again i had issues with this. My unit was saying that i had yet to subscribe.
The personal preferences set up was easy and took a few minutes
Christopher Reid, Amazon
9 August 2014
Summary: The Start 25 works well, but in common with others I had a lot of trouble setting it up. Opening a new Mydrive account went ok, and it took around an hour and a half to download the current map. The personal preferences set up was easy and took a few minutes. However after a single local test use, on the following day, the unit refused to start. The Tomtom telephone helpline is good, and fortunately my BT calls are free.
Summary: I bought this TomTom as a replacement for my old one which kept dropping the signal leaving me to drive around places for long periods of time completely lost. This one is really handy with the whole street name thing, but it seems to have the same issue as my last one with loosing signal.
Summary: The interface on this seems quite slow and laggy compared to our old satnav. It makes it a bit cumbersome to type in long addresses and to navigate the menus. As a driving aid it is fine; i just wish it ran a bit smoother in general.
Summary: I would pay more for a higher version of device. However it serves my very basic needs. The warning before turnings or junctions, are not early enough though. The very bad thing about it is it always ask you for new updating but you have not a clue why it always ask you almost every day about the '2' updating for, and you have to plug it into the computer almost everyday and you have to pay an annual charge for the speed camera updating.
Summary: This Tom Tom is simple to use and has a clear screen. The directions are good although in City Centres it can be a bit slow with its instructions. It has been great to use here in the UK but struggled in Spain when we were entering Road names rather than coordinates and at times took us slightly unusual routes to reach our destination. However we think it has been good but bear in mind its limitations. I suspect they are common to a lot of Sat navs.