TomTom XL Live IQ Routes edition Europe 42: Best money I've spent!
16 August 2013
Summary: Before getting my Tomtom, I'd have described myself as a nervous driver. Not nervous in that I didn't know what to do, or was scared, when on the roads, but I'd find myself getting nervous if I didn't know exactly where I was going. I'd planned to buy a satnav for some time, but had found myself put off by the cost. They aren't cheap, and for someone on quite a tight budget, I wandered if I'd use it enough to justify the cost.
Summary: As the subject says quite succinctly, the product does work but getting GPS signals when turning this thing on takes forever. Really disappointed by that. Will be trying an alternative brand next time.
Summary: I bought this a year ago to replace my earlier model. The big attraction was the 'live routes'. This is a wonderful feature, warning you of traffic problems ahead and offering an alternative route. And (for a rather expensive annual fee) you get automatic updates to the maps & speed camera warnings. BUT the automatic map updates can take over an hour to install, because the product uses USB 1.1.
Summary: Worked well for just over a year (although battery life was very poor using in car charger). Heard a strange popping sound and unit just stopped working whilst on holiday. TomTom Customer Service were not helpful and wanted to charge me almost the cost of new unit to get it repaired. I will look at other brands of SatNav from now on.
Summary: Overall I am pleased with this SatNav. It has been with me for 3 years now, and other than the monor glitch here and there, it has been what you would call reliable and it does the job. However, since it is not the newest kid on the block, it has some disadvantages compared to the newer ones. It only takes 3 digits for the post code, which is seriously annoying sometimes. Lacking Live services is another drawback.