The device arrived quickly, and in seemingly good condition. Inspection showed that all was well except there was no operating instructions (Handbook). Contact with the retailer resulted in being given a 'LINK' and the promise that the Handbook would be forwarded, I await it's arrival!
Now, 'Links are useful, but there is not much room in a car for a computer nor is broadband contact awilable in, for example a national Parks layby-there is nothing quite like an A5 booklet for reference.
So, the machine awaits it maiden turn on. I am not a novice, I have used 'SatNavs' for some time; the Navman and Road Angel devices are very good- but finding real roundabouts, where none exist on the device, or motoring along a splendid road surface in the westcountry whilst the machine shows that you are moving smartly over green fields, this without the benifit of a 4X4, convinced me that without a "Map update" the device was questionable. TomTom offer such a facility, and other users praise of the machine encouraged me to purchase the device.
As stated, the TomTom is awaiting the arrival of the Handbook, so what can I review? I can say that the device is highly recomended and I can review the 'Black Box'. It is, as is now the rage, a 'throw away device- if it works fine, if it fails - it it worth fixing? It is pleasant to look at and has a large display and comes equiped with a windscreen mount, an onboard charging cord and plug, but no mains charging device nor meaningful instructions. The 'screen mount is neat and will suit any car or truck with a near upright 'screen, if the vehicle has a nose like a high speed train, the windsreen ends about three quarters of the way down where the bonnet used to be, you may need binoculars to see it or a hearing-aid to hear it! Unless you can find a clear bit of glass you do not need. However, there are alternitve mounts available. There is no external aerial socket, will it work with coated 'screens?
I await a trial run, when I discover the secrets of it's operating system - I have found myself in Ivy Bridge and my Satnav indicating Exeter before- because of a function I did not know about until I was able to refer to the Handbook in a lay-by. I look forward to the maiden run.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Very simple and easy to use.
In the few weeks of having this sat nav, I've found it unbelievably easy to use. We had a binatone sat nav before this because we didn't see what the point was in buying the "label" of a tomtom sat nav, but now we have a tomtom xl, it's blatantly obvious what the point it, they are so much easier to work out how to use it.
The tomtom isn't as quick as the binatone at initially working out the best route, but this will be down to the fact tat tomtoms work out the quickest route based on information they've gathered about different hold ups that are normally on particular roads at certain times of day, so the journey times are much more realistic, where as some other sat navs only work it on the speed limits of roads and don't take into account what the roads are like at different times of day. But once the tomtom has worked out the route, it is really quick if it needs to redo a route if you miss a turning or have to go off of the planned route if a road's blocked.
The lane guidance feature of it is really helpful as it shows you which lane you need to be in on roads with multiple lanes, so you're less likely to end up somewhere other than your destination.
Overall, I would say that if you're looking for a satnav that's easy to use but with alot of features to make your journey easier, then this is an excellent satnav to buy.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
An improvement on earlier versions
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
|Ease of Use|
I have used an earlier 'Go' model and found it very accurate and reliable, although it can lose the signal in built up areas and get a bit confusing at times.
This seems an improvement although it is being used by my brother-in-law, who is not technically savvy at all, and he can get around with it so it must be good!
Tom Tom XL2 IQ v4
Best money for value tom tom in it's fifth generation. Full Uk and European maps. Big Screen, plenty of battery. IQ works quite good, functions of the device are vast and will suit everyone.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Excellant piece of kit, only downside is no SD card slot so unable to expand memory. Also had to pay for speed camera update as picked up very few i drove past but this is an issue with tomtom- overall i would recommend.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.