Same menu system as higher-end models
TomTom's Start 20 still isn't the most keenly priced sat-nav on the market. But street prices for the UK-only model have already fallen below £100, with the European version £10-20 more expensive. Whilst you can get Mio's 5in Spirit 685 for the same as this, with RDS-TMC traffic already enabled, the latter lacks full UK postcode entry, which can be extremely useful.
Easy to use
So should the TomTom Start 20 be on your shopping list? Absolutely. For £130 you get a dedicated sat nav that beats the pants off most of its standalone rivals and makes those freebie apps you can download for your phone look inadequate by comparison. If you're serious about getting around, but don't want to spend a fortune, then the TomTom Start 20 is very hard to beat.
Good device and a reasonable performer
As an entry level SatNav the TomTom Start 20 is a good device and a reasonable performer. Bearing in mind that it is an entry level device then the missing features are not critical to the targeted market. If you want a device that you can use out of the box and never take near a computer then this could be the SatNav you are looking for.
It has the strength and pedigree of the TomTom brand.
Maps, UI and voices are pretty much state of the art
TomTom's navigation system, its maps, UI and voices are pretty much state of the art and the device itself with its clever and versatile integrated mounting arm is physically impressive. But at £130 the absence of traffic data seems poor value.
One of the best satnavs
Devices like the TomTom Go 550 Live give the lie to suggestions that stand-alone satnavs will vanish in the face of free smartphone navigation apps even when they have features like Street View. With its useful, if not game-changing, new functions the 550 is arguably one of the best satnavs you can buy and can be thoroughly recommended.
Great sat-nav device
It's great to see LIVE already filtering down to less pricey members of TomTom's sat-nav range. But with the subscription costing the same this isn't yet LIVE for the masses. We can't really criticise TomTom for wanting to maximise its income and not annoy those who have already purchased a GO LIVE. Nevertheless, this does dilute the XL LIVE's argument somewhat. On the one hand, it's £100 cheaper than the equivalent GO LIVE with full European maps (the 740).
The ball-and-socket joint on the windshield mount makes it easy to adjust the nuvi's viewing angle with one hand, and without having to turn any knobs or slip any levers.
Equipped with free lifetime traffic, lane assist with junction view, Bluetooth, text-to-speech (it speaks actual street names), and a 4.3-inch widescreen display, the nuvi 1390T offers many of the same features found on Garmin's other nuvi models, including the higher-end 7x5 models
Clear voice instructions
Simple but effective maps, clear voice instructions, fantastic lane guidance and a speedy GPS receiver make for an excellent navigational experience on the whole. The Garmin Nuvi 1390T may not be as flashy as some competitors, but it more than makes up for the lack of bling.
No-hassle, free lifetime traffic detection and avoidance.
The Garmin Nuvi 1390T ($380 - $399) is part of a new generation of Garmins that is 25 percent slimmer than previous models, and bundles a number of innovative features, including pedestrian-friendly directions. The Nuvi 1390T also includes lifetime, real-time traffic detection and avoidance with no monthly fee.
The Mio Navman M400 is no feature-rich powerhouse. In fact, apart from the free search facilities for addresses and POIs, it's actually a bit behind some of its competitors in this respect. But then there's the price. We were particularly impressed by Navigon's 1210 for providing adequate features alongside full Western European maps for under £100. But the M400 offers the latter with a better interface and a 4.3in widescreen for similar money.
Included lifetime traffic alerts.
The 265WT offers a widescreen display and premium features at a very affordable price. The 265WT offers a widescreen display and premium features at a very affordable price. The XXL 550-TM provides TomTom's usual impressive navigation features, and adds a roomy 5-inch screen. Included lifetime traffic and lifetime map updates make this the best 5.0" navigator choice. The XL 350-TM provides TomTom's usual impressive navigation features, with an industry standard 4.3-inch screen.
If you're new to GPS navigation, this is a great option because the Nuvi 265WT is easy to use and very reliable. If you've had one for a while and it's time to get another one for whatever reason, with no subscription fees and reasonable price, you can't go wrong. There are so many different types of personal navigation devices on the market it can be tough to choose, but Garmin has done a great job to balance the options giving you everything you need to find wherever you need to go.
free lifetime traffic
Though traffic has always been billed as a premium, subscription-based feature on navigation systems, the latter half of 2008 went a long way in demolishing that reputation. Garmin and Navigon both announced affordable GPS systems with free lifetime traffic, and even the budget outfit Mio got in the game by offering a solid year of free traffic with its units.
Includes Bluetooth, lifetime traffic updates, and photo navigation
In the end, the Garmin nuvi 1370T GPS is seemingly a premium navigation system that comes with a high price tag. Because there are many other cost-effective models with just as many or more features, we recommend that you compare similar systems prior to making a conclusion about this product. Needless to say, if you are planning a trip to Europe, the 1370T comes with European maps pre-installedâ? ¦an added bonus.
The sleek 720 also offers text-to-speech functionality, integrated Bluetooth, and multimedia capabilities.
The bottom line: The TomTom GO 720 delivers with sleek looks, good performance, and a full set of features that includes a map-sharing function for the most up-to-date maps and a helpful safety tool.
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