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Tom/SatNav, wots the diff?

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9y, 4w agoPosted 9 years, 4 weeks ago
Hiya,

im looking to buy a tom tom or a SatNav but don't know what the difference is apart from the price-tom toms more expensive.:thinking:

Dixons are selling TomTom ONE (V3) for £127, is that too much? Ive seen SatNavs for around £80.

plz help

thanx

Jazmin:thinking:
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9y, 4w agoPosted 9 years, 4 weeks ago
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#1
TomTom makes SatNavs as are many others like Navman, Garmin etc.

Read more more about GPS here

TomTom One V3 for £127 is standard price.. and TomTom are market leaders.
#2
tom tom is a brand. its still a sat nav, but a specific (and largest brand) of sat nav its seen as being the best and most reliable (arguably) but cheaper ones are better if your just planning on going a-b

higher end tom tom sat navs have in built bluetooth so you can control your mobile while driving, with tom toms you can also subscribe to a service that will divert your from traffic jams.
#3
- Do you have a budget in mind?
- Do you plan to use it in the UK or abroad?
- Do you travel a lot or simply on occassional day trips?
#4
I did not want to get lazy and leave my Sat/Nav in the car for some tea leaf to get away with!!!!

So I bought Tom Tom on a mio PDA. It is a little more expensive but if you want a diary/organiser/media player it is another solution. I use the PDA every day so I don't leave it in the car.

;-)
banned#5
antprichards
I did not want to get lazy and leave my Sat/Nav in the car for some tea leaf to get away with!!!!

So I bought Tom Tom on a mio PDA. It is a little more expensive but if you want a diary/organiser/media player it is another solution. I use the PDA every day so I don't leave it in the car.

;-)



Tomtom fits neatly in the pocket, I have had one for several years now. I have used other makes, and whilst there are some good cheaper models on the market, for a general all rounder tomtom is highly recommended.
#6
Hiya,

ok, ive read everyones posts, thanks for all the help. I am defo going to buy a tomtom, the V3 doesnt have a SD slot so thats most ppls complaints!

wot is the difference between tomtom v3 and v2?

I dont need European maps. Need something reliable, take me from a-b, show me the shortest routes, warn me about traffic jams and speed cameras.

plz help

ta:thumbsup:
#7
warn me about traffic jams

not sure if tomtom can do that
#8
HutcheonS
not sure if tomtom can do that


Sure the tomtom can its one of its main features
#9
ive been researching these for the past few weeks. im going for a garmin nuvi - app they have been around the longest, have far less problems than tomtom, and are like the size of a deck of cards to fit into your pocket, whereas the tomtom in a case seems much bigger. im going for the 300t (t = traffic). £150 ish - shop around - i got mine £131 inc del. these also come with the case in the box, accept sd cards for mp3's/jpegs, no bluetooth on this model but we didnt want that anyway. honestly, i would say get one of these, have a look in halfords, then you can hold them, feel them, see what your personal choice is - but i know where my money is!

(also - only the new tomtom traffic range tells you about the traffic, not the bog standard ones)!!!
#10
hocka
(also - only the new tomtom traffic range tells you about the traffic, not the bog standard ones)!!!


The previous range (ie x10 range) can do traffic, too - as is, it worked by using bluetooth and your mobile phone (you'd need to have a gprs data plan, realistically, plus pay the TomTom yearly subscription fee).

Not sure if the range prior to the x10 series did traffic.

TomTom have recently released a TMC add-on, I believe it works with the latest series, and retro-fits to the x10 series. It's an RDS (ie over FM analogue radio signal) TMC adapter.

The recent Garmins with traffic included one of their GTM adapters, and I believe a lifetime subscription to TMC info.
#11
Toilet-Duck
(re: traffic)
Sure the tomtom can its one of its main features


TomTom's traffic implementation has always been quite a financial burden, though.

Before their new RDS TMC thing, it required (effectively) a data plan on your mobile (and clearly a bluetooth mobile), so you'd incur data charges on your mobile phone, plus a yearly subscription to TomTom for their traffic information.

They now sell and add-on RDS TMC adapter (so no mobile data charges for that), I'm not sure whether it still requires yearly subs, or it's a one-off, lifetime subscription.
#12
:?

Oh my goodness! We dont want bluetooth or want to pay a subscription either. Its so confusing. I just want something that we can update regularly-is there a fee for updating/downloading new maps?
#13
ooh, i found one in La Redoute:

TomTom One GB satellite navigation system, £195.00

[COLOR="RoyalBlue"]Ready to use straight out of the box with pre-installed, door to door, full UK and Republic of Ireland maps. Slim, portable design. 3.5ins LCD anti-glare, touch screen. Fast GPS signal fix.

Full 7 digit postcode navigation. Clear, accurate turn-by-turn voice instructions. 3D and 2D graphics. Choice of routes such as quickest, shortest, avoiding toll routes and congestion charge areas.

Route planning based on desired arrival time. Thousands of points of interest included. Ready for TomTom plus service.

Supplied with SD card, in-car mount, USB car charger and USB cable.
Size: height 8.2 cm x width 9.6 cm x depth 2.5 cm.[/COLOR]

Its £195 but i'm planning on trying to use the 50% code and if that doesnt work the 30%+free delivery. What do you guys fink?
#14
jazminkennedy
:?

Oh my goodness! We dont want bluetooth or want to pay a subscription either. Its so confusing. I just want something that we can update regularly-is there a fee for updating/downloading new maps?


Modern TomToms have this thing called mapshare, whereby users can mark closed roads or avoidances, and these can then be uploaded, and used by others.

This isn't the same as map updates, per se, though - I don't think new roads, or changed roads can be dealt with. I believe it's just a method of barring roads or avoiding roads, really.

In general, mapping updates are chargeable things - but I wouldn't get too hung up on that. They all charge, and think of it as a license fee, because the mapping companies license the maps for usage to the sat nav vendors. Thing to bear in mind, though, is consider before sat navs were around. You'd think nothing of using a road atlas that was a year or two old - or even longer.

So yes, over time, you'll probably want map updates, and yes they involve a cost. But it's not something I'd say you need to spend on yearly, unless it's really important that the mapping is as up-to-date as possible. And maps supplied as current aren't completely up-to-date - there's always a lag.

"Safety" camera info for your sat nav, tends to be chargeable, to - although not as expensive as mapping data. Most of the major vendors have some system of supplying updates for a fee, as do independent sites like pocketgpsworld.

As for traffic information, if it's something you want (ie the sat nav has the ability to route you around traffic hold-ups, delays or jams, from real-time info) then I'd be inclined to go for a Garmin (as their traffic modules include lifetime subs, and they're not that expensive compared to units without traffic). Navman sell traffic modules as well, and TomTom have just started selling an RDS module, too.

None of the traffic options are perfect yet. The new TomTom one doesn't get rave reviews - but in fairness none are completely perfect. Before TomTom's new RDS unit, though, TomTom's solution was quite expensive as it required yearly subs, plus data charges through your mobile.
#15
jazminkennedy
ooh, i found one in La Redoute:

TomTom One GB satellite navigation system, £195.00

[COLOR="RoyalBlue"]Ready to use straight out of the box with pre-installed, door to door, full UK and Republic of Ireland maps. Slim, portable design. 3.5ins LCD anti-glare, touch screen. Fast GPS signal fix.

Full 7 digit postcode navigation. Clear, accurate turn-by-turn voice instructions. 3D and 2D graphics. Choice of routes such as quickest, shortest, avoiding toll routes and congestion charge areas.

Route planning based on desired arrival time. Thousands of points of interest included. Ready for TomTom plus service.

Supplied with SD card, in-car mount, USB car charger and USB cable.
Size: height 8.2 cm x width 9.6 cm x depth 2.5 cm.[/COLOR]

Its £195 but i'm planning on trying to use the 50% code and if that doesnt work the 30%+free delivery. What do you guys fink?


I'd say it doesn't look very good at all - seems an awful lot for a TomTom One.

If you want traffic (ie warn you and route around traffic problems) and speed camera warnings, I'd go with hocka suggestion.
#16
Lester Burnham
I'd say it doesn't look very good at all - seems an awful lot for a TomTom One.

If you want traffic (ie warn you and route around traffic problems) and speed camera warnings, I'd go with hocka suggestion.


got mine delivered this morning (garmin 310 t) - not tried it as its for my o/h (for christmas:santa: ), £131 inc del, inc lifetime traffic definatly a huge thumbs up from me:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: (also the case comes ith it! yee haa!!!):thumbsup:
#17
hocka
got mine delivered this morning (garmin 310 t) - not tried it as its for my o/h (for christmas:santa: ), £131 inc del, inc lifetime traffic definatly a huge thumbs up from me:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: (also the case comes ith it! yee haa!!!):thumbsup:

Where did you get it from??? Do tell....
#18
i got it from ebay - im not sure if im allowed to reccomed ebayers, mods please tell me either way - i dont want to get wrong!!!!
#19
Lots of debate as always - you may like to try [url]www.pocketgps.com[/url] - a VERY good site with lots of reviews.

Personally owned and sold a Garmin, now got a Tom Tom and Sat Nav via phone as well.

All depends on how often you will use it and for what - if I was using it all the time i would no way go for a PDA or mobile, but for the odd use its great.

Touch screens can be fussy at times - but it's all down to personal choice

But I would recommend a Garmin, Tom Tom even Navman are getting better - avoid the un-branded "cheapies" - also if you do like to change the device think of re-sale a Garmin/Tom Tom will always sell but cheapies may struggle especially if you can't upgrade the maps..

The debate will go on i am sure..
#20
this is the one i got - if its not allowed, mods please remove! (and sorry)

260180807593 (item number)

hope it helps!, clare x
banned#21
195 for a tomtom one? wouldent touch it to be honest, halfords has em cheaper than that and halfords aint the cheapest place around. (£150 in halfords im sure)
#22
wabhimself
195 for a tomtom one? wouldent touch it to be honest, halfords has em cheaper than that and halfords aint the cheapest place around. (£150 in halfords im sure)


possibly even less! :thumbsup:
#23
Tom Tom is just the leading brand in sat nav's at the mo, that's what I thought?
#24
bigdavecox90
Tom Tom is just the leading brand in sat nav's at the mo, that's what I thought?


I'd say they're probably the most popular.

As to product and performance, I'd put them on a par with Garmin, and to a slightly lesser degree, Navman.

What it really comes down to is what you want out of a sat nav. If you just want a simple one, out of the box, to get from A to B, then any of the notable brands will likely serve you well.

If you want things more specific - ie traffic / TMC support, use whilst walking, enhanced POI support, then it can get more complex.

The ironic thing, is that I don't know any make or model that doesn't seem to have some issues that people find from using them (something you'll discover if you ever read forums dedicated to particular makes or models).

So if you don't know much about them, it's probably best to explain your requirements, and then see what make or model suits them best.
suspended#25
I have had a Garmin Nuvi for almost 2 years which has lifetime live traffic alerts & speed cameras updated via pocketgps site as it was the slimmest one out then.Never had any problems with it & when our whole family toured Cornwall this summer my Garmin was the only one that found all the routes & that is comparing it with TomTom satnav,TomTom on Mobile & Navman.I would highly recommend a Garmin.
#26
Snake
I have had a Garmin Nuvi for almost 2 years which has lifetime live traffic alerts & speed cameras updated via pocketgps site as it was the slimmest one out then.Never had any problems with it & when our whole family toured Cornwall this summer my Garmin was the only one that found all the routes & that is comparing it with TomTom satnav,TomTom on Mobile & Navman.I would highly recommend a Garmin.


me too after reading all the write-ups about them all! :thumbsup:
ive got one put away for hubbys xmas prezzy :santa:
#27
hi guys im going upto scotland on the wkd and was going to buy myself a satnav, il be getting it in store due to time.

Do people have any idea's for store

and best product for £100-150?

thanks :thumbsup:

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