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First post so apologies if somethings wrong....

Went into Asda Direct (The Fort, Cheetham Hill, Manchester) to get the girlfriend a sat nav, all TomToms were massively overpriced as expected however I noticed the TomTom Start on the shelf for £77! These seem to be everywhere else for £89 so seems a good deal to me (unless anyone knows otherwise?).

Their website is still showing £89 however the ticket was a normal one, not a "special offer" ticket and the guy at the till seemed to think there were loads and this was a standard price.

Don't know if they're any good but they are UK & Republic of Ireland and@ £77 for a brand new TomTom I thought you cant go wrong!

Hopefully this will be a nationwide deal and will be able to help someone.

Thanks
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#1
P.S Thanks for adding picture whoever did that :)
#2
which one is better this or classic....thanks
#3
was 59.99 in argos a few months ago
banned#4
Cheetham Hill?
'kinell !
Did you go by camel?
#5
Junk
which one is better this or classic....thanks


Don't buy the "Start". The "One" is the better option, offers more for the money.
#6
leighbeef
was 59.99 in argos a few months ago


If you can build me a time machine for less than the difference between the prior Argos deal and this one then I'll take it. Also whilst you're at it petrol was only 44p a litre when I started driving 20 years ago or so, I think people need to know that was a good deal too considering the price now. I haven't mentioned houses either, 10 years ago...
banned#7
leighbeef
was 59.99 in argos a few months ago

So?
29 years ago, there was a shop in Newton, Birmingham, that was giving away free loaves of Sunblest bread for a couple of days. Does that mean that every deal for bread or bread-related products should be cold?
banned#8
pet2000
Don't buy the "Start". The "One" is the better option, offers more for the money.

What he said.
BUT, this is still a good price for this product.
However, the lack of lane assist is something that people should make themselves aware of before buying.
IMO, better to go with the 'One' unless you tend to do all your driving in your locality, in which case you should be shot for not knowing your own 'hood.
#9
Junk
which one is better this or classic....thanks


classic. this is just about the program files.
#10
as i found out over the weekend, using your eyes and reading road signs is much better.

Good price for the item though
#11
So are we thinking that this will be £77 in most asda stores then? My mum is after a tom tom and this sounds ideal if accurate:thumbsup:
#12
Podzak
Cheetham Hill?
'kinell !
Did you go by camel?


No, last time I took the camel some scally nicked the bloody saddle :x

Craftycol
So are we thinking that this will be £77 in most asda stores then? My mum is after a tom tom and this sounds ideal if accurate:thumbsup:


Not sure if its nationwide, sorry. well worth a phone call though, had a few on the shelf in c/hill.
#13
joel_69
No, last time I took the camel some scally nicked the bloody saddle :x



Not sure if its nationwide, sorry. well worth a phone call though, had a few on the shelf in c/hill.


one'd expect that in Thievechester . . but, but, your a manure fan ? :thinking:
#14
Podzak
Cheetham Hill?
'kinell !
Did you go by camel?

Any chance to whinge. No one else is to blame for your failure
#15
Review of TomTom Start @ Trusted Reviews

Verdict

TomTom has pared down features to the bare essentials to create the Start. However, it still gets the basic job of getting from A to B done. The current RRP of the version with UK and Ireland maps is under £100, and some vendors are already offering the Start for much less. At £89.99, the Start is a bargain. If all you want is a dependable sat-nav for the occasional trip rather than daily commuting, TomTom’s Start offers the best value currently available.
#16
my father in law got one for xmas. It's a neat little unit but very basic & lacks many of the tweaks of Tomtom Navigator. It also doesn't do full UK postodes but it's quite easy to "obtain" the relevant files & copy them to the machine. Anyone tried running Navigator on it?

Personally I would go for the Navigo unit from ebuyer & tweak it to run Tomtom Navigator.
#17
Are you sure it does not do UK Postcode? It didn't at first but they did say that a November update was going to fix that issue. Has he tried connecting it to "tomtom Home" (aka the internet). I can not agree with the advice that Tomtom navigator is comparable, I do use a navigo myself or did until I broke it. But a lot of the modern important stuff is missing from it. There is a lot navigator on a navigo can not do that this can as far as driving is concerned.

Point of Interest during navigation is missing on the "Start" that is a big negative. This means that it can not be used with third party speed camera databases. Also you can not add a traffic device to it, but most people do not bother with those anyway and the ones that do often find that RDS-TMC devices are a bit of a let down (personally I like them but they frustrate more than please for most people and cost £40). These are features that have been available on the tomtom one for years, but things like lane information are only available on the latest version of tomtom one (v5) and they are over £100.

On the plus side, You can use the speed camera databases provided by tomtom though. And a HUGE plus, it has IQ routes and mapshare. These are the two things that at the moment split a tomtom up from the competition. IQ routes is especially cool, it effectively gains knowledge of how busy certain roads are at certain times and thus has the ability to avoid daily traffic blackspots. Mapshare helps keep you map up to date a little, it does not do a fantastic job, but it is free and sort of half works.

As a comparison with navigator on the navigo, the tomtom should be able to take into account any new speed limits, blocked roads and one way systems that have recently be added to the road network. It will also base its route on the average road speed for that time of day, where as the navigo will just take 85% of the road speeds maximum as its factor.

All in all, I would say it is a good deal and without a doubt the best GPS device for getting from A to B in its price bracket. If you do not intend to use 3rd party speed camera databases and accept that your tied to buying them from tomtom directly then its a real bargain. Unfortunately though, for some people that in itself is a deal breaker as many prefer the camera databases provided by sites such as PGPS and SCDB.
#18
My TomTom One stopped taking full post codes for a period until I updated the software via Home.

I agree with the above: IQ routes is the big feature, lane guidance isn't a big thing IMO and is only present on major roads for the most part (so far).
#19
Hi

Does this one read out the road names? (i.e turn left into Pampisford Road for example)?

thanks
#20
Definitely a good deal but don't forget the option of a refurb from somewhere like Total PDA. I got mine from there. It's perfect and you typically get far more for your money, e.g. TomTom ONE v3 (UK Maps) - Plus Free Protective Carry Case £82 delivered.
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the code FSD2 gets you free P&P at that site.

Start is better than a One v3 at getting you from A to B fast though, and I believe the Start does come with a free case. If you just want a GPS to get you from A to B in the shortest time then Start beats every version of One apart from One v5.

Personally I blame tomtom for causing such confusion. What they have done with Start is to make a GPS with the IQ on it but removed some stuff that has been around for years, yet they continue to sell One v4 as a One Classic for around the same sort of price as the Start. I think if you really want to run various other bits of software then One should obviously be your choice. But like I said, for A-B driving then it should be a Start or a One v5 if you can get one cheap enough.

If your buying a tomtom today you should really insist on IQ, it will stop you from being blindly guided into a traffic jam that happens regularly and divert you a more suitable route. Ask yourself, if you were driving from one side of the country to the other would you want a GPS to divert you around likely traffic jams for the time of day or one that just took a look at the speed limit as its only deciding factor?

If your choice is between a Start or a One v4 and previous, then you should choose a Start to get you from A-B the fastest. Do not be fooled by the missing stuff, it is a much better machine for the job. It is correct though, that if Start did not have IQ it would be a bit of a joke, but it has, which makes it a bit of a bargain.
#22
Rep added, kondor101 :thumbsup:
#23
kondor101
Are you sure it does not do UK Postcode? It didn't at first but they did say that a November update was going to fix that issue. Has he tried connecting it to "tomtom Home" (aka the internet).


Yes, I did it for him & it only did 3 digit postcodes.
#24
dwl99
Yes, I did it for him & it only did 3 digit postcodes.


mine definately does full postcodes. i got mine from the argos deal a while ago.
#25
I believe at the moment "Play" is the cheapest place to purchase this, as my local ASDA was charging £87 for it.

A few clarifications on this model as I now own one and have been able to road test it properly for you all.

It does not come with a case, I took mine into my local Asda and found it fitted a fairly robust camera case that cost £5.
It certainly does do full UK postcode.
Loads of free voices, cars and map themes (hundreds of the things) available via tomtom home.

It will update with the latest maps and speed cams when you first connect it via tomtom Home. If a new map comes out within 30 days then you get that for free using their latest map guarantee. From then on you have a choice of not updating it at all, or buying new maps as and when you see fit, or paying £28 and getting the next four maps. From what I read tomtom will continue to correct every map they produce for 1 yr after its release via mapshare so even if you choose not to upgrade the map you should find it improves over time.

Speed cams cost £20 a year, although I found a seller on Ebay who has obviously stocked up on scratch cards containing codes and sells then off for £7.50 (he scratches the code off and sends it you via email).

Did a few test routes, different times of day and with or without mapshare and its various settings, from the west midlands to skegness. I found that mapshare itself even set to its strictest level (tomtom verified corrections only) made a fair difference to expected arrival times for certain routes and differences in distances of the routes given compared to having mapshare turned off. I am not sure there would be much value setting it to anything other than strict. You get less corrections but from my testing it seems as if the other settings corrections are less important. The main thing is of course you can fix roads you find yourself, so unlike some sat navs it does not keep trying to send you down a dead end.

IQ routes proved to me via the test that it works great, depending on what time of day I set out it gives me a different route. Often I observe that the routes differ in miles but arrive at similar times. From driving around doing A to B tests I find the expected arrival time is usually within a minute or two of the expected time.

Very happy with it, glad I did not go for an older tomtom one (though would love the V5).

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