Complex, difficult to use and lacks a user interface that is intuitive.
2 March 2012
Summary: This device is way more complicated that it needs to be. The user interface is much to complex for use during any type of driving (not that you should be). It requires several clicks deep to make simple inquires of location and desired destinations. Its ability to sync with the GPS in a city is poor at least my model is.
Summary: If you plan on using the device as is, then you're probably going to be OK. Once you attempt to update the included maps, then your problems begin. The memory on the device is 3.8GB, but the updates would take up 2.6GB for the Europe maps and 1.7GB for USA. So all you'll be able to do is keep one map on the device at a time. TomTom says that you should be able to divide up the Europe maps into MapZones.
ONLY speaks one turn, not the next one. BIG weakness
Steven I. Ramm "Steve Ramm "Anything Phon..., Amazon
13 December 2010
Summary: I did a lot of research on affordable GPS units before the Black Friday sales. This was my first GPS. The Tom Tom seemed to be the one with best reviews and I found this model on a BF sale for about $79.00 on Amazon so I ordered it. It hadn't arrived by the time I needed to make a trip so I picked up a Garmin (Nuvi 1300) for about $99. at Walmart to test. The Garmin gave good directions. The screen was smaller and there was no UBS cord included (optional!).
Summary: After doing much research on GPS devices, I settled on this model of TomTom for my wife. She was going to Germany on business and had to rent a car to get to her various places. There was no problem with delivery from Amazon and we tried it out in Colorado with good results. I waited until a few days before she left to download any map updates. (You have 30 days after you get the GPS to do this.
Summary: I have a Garmin nüvi 255W, works fantastic, but it has a 4.3" screen and I have ended up in the wrong lane several times on big interchanges so the TOMTOM with the 5.0" screen and advanced lane guidance sounded really good and as the deal of the day for $89 how could you go wrong. unfortunately TOMTOM showed me no love.
TomTom XXL 540S WTE is barely decent GPS - but map update policy a ripoff
11 August 2010
Summary: The TomTom XXL 540S World Traveller Edition is a decent but far from stellar GPS unit. THE GOOD The screen is a good big size, the details on the display are nice, the sound is clear. I also like the lane guidance feature and the customizable POIs on the screen. Those are the good things.... THE BAD However the guidance and mapping on this unit is weak.
Summary: Instructions are not user friendly and are incomplete. It was necessary to call customer service six times until I received correct answers to my questions. After contacting customer service by e-mail, it took two days to get a reply and they did not address my questions. With regard to the device, the speech component was confusing when driving in Europe since the names of cities, towns, and roads were usually mispronounced and unintelligible.
Summary: I decided to get a GPS to navigate my way around the bay area where I landed up for a few months. After some research this looked like a good option with large screen, lane assist, smart route and the windscreen mount. Unfortunately, all these features - except the screen size, disappoint in real life. The windscreen mount, 'fold and go' as they call it, is complete garbage. Sticks well to the glass but very stiff to rotate and adjust.