Manufacturer: TomTom Part number: 5N00202
- Bottom Line:
- Offering just the navigation essentials and accurate directions, the TomTom One is an affordable and easy-to-use in-car GPS device for first-time buyers or anyone who wants a no-frills nav system.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $223.99
- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 08/20/2006
- Released on: 08/17/2006
The good: The TomTom One features a sleek design and is simple to use. It offers accurate text- and voice-guided directions and is affordably priced.
The bad: The TomTom One's points-of-interest database is a bit outdated and doesn't support text-to-speech functionality.
The bottom line: Offering just the navigation essentials and accurate directions, the TomTom One is an affordable and easy-to-use in-car GPS device for first-time buyers or anyone who wants a no-frills nav system.
Serves its purpose if you can overcome the mounting problems
by saunataga on August 26, 2006
Pros: Adequate for navigating and is compact in size.
Cons: Power cord plugs in the bottom making top-of-dash usage nearly impossible. Included windshield mount is much too short for convenient reach.
Summary: A cute and functional unit has been marred by poor mounting design. A bottom-of-the-unit power cord makes it nearly impossible to mount on top of your dashboard since the cord ...
Summary: A cute and functional unit has been marred by poor mounting design. A bottom-of-the-unit power cord makes it nearly impossible to mount on top of your dashboard since the cord must portrude at least a couple of inches and then bend out of the way. To top it off, the windshield mount extends only two inches, putting the unit so far forward on the windshield that it's out of reach for all except, perhaps, a chimpanzee.
Currently no accessories are listed on the TomTom web site that could solve these problems and the power cord location is not capable of being remedied anyway.
38 out of 39 users found this user opinion helpful.
Nav features on the one kill the Garmin Nuvi
by marktz on September 3, 2006
Pros: Advanced Navigation Features
Cons: Battery life a bit low
Summary: When you actually compare the navigation features of the One to the Garmin Nuvi there is no comparison, the One can save routes, have multiple vias (multiple stops in a ...
Summary: When you actually compare the navigation features of the One to the Garmin Nuvi there is no comparison, the One can save routes, have multiple vias (multiple stops in a route) and a functional detour button along with tons of other customization. ALL of these things are missing from the nuvi line, which in some cases is double the cost of the One and provides a very dumbed down user experience.
27 out of 31 users found this user opinion helpful.
Navigation software requires full maps
by Maniac10k1 on November 22, 2006
Pros: Beautiful interface. Fast processor, Bright screen.
Cons: Map library is sub-par at best. Need to pay for updates.
Summary: I bought this unit as a present and decided to check it for dead pixels etc. before Christmas. When the unit can find a particular address, it works wonderfully. It ...
Summary: I bought this unit as a present and decided to check it for dead pixels etc. before Christmas. When the unit can find a particular address, it works wonderfully. It has the most intuitive design I've seen so far. Unfortunately, it couldn't find my brother's street. I decided to navigate my way back to my apartment. No luck. It could identify my street easily enough, but it was missing the first 6500 street numbers. I tried a handful of other places in various states and found a recurring theme. The unit simply doesn't have a large enough map library.
It appears that TomTom had to simply cut arbitrary addresses from the database to fit everything on the card. For $500, you'd think they could provide a larger card / map library. The included software lets the user update the maps for a ridiculous fee. After paying $500 for a unit, I think you should start off with up-to-date maps. After getting junk to start off with, how much faith do you have that the expensive updates will actually bring the unit up to speed?
20 out of 24 users found this user opinion helpful.
garmin and magellan are better than tom tom
by brutec on February 7, 2007
Pros: it sort of works
Cons: terrible maps
Summary: As an electrical contractor I own 7 gps units for all my service vehicles so I have a lot of experience with all the different types of gps's Magellan, ...
Summary: As an electrical contractor I own 7 gps units for all my service vehicles so I have a lot of experience with all the different types of gps's Magellan, Garmin and now tom tom, I'm sorry but the tom tom is the worst as far as maps and usability, we have adresses that are nearly 8 years old that do NOT appear on the maps where they did appear with the Magellan and the garmin units, the search features on the tom tom are also the worst, and its layout is not that user friendly as compared to the garmin and Magellan units, we like the garmin units the best, I cannot afford to purchase a gps unit for 700 dollars that does not have 8 year old addresses in it. I checked that we do have the latest version of the maps and we do. Sorry but the unit goes back to the source store that it was purchased from today and my next stop is at Costco to purchase the Magellan 800 as I have experience with this unit and find to have all the addresses and more concise map data base, I was hoping that the tom tom plus services would make up for the poor maps but the unit had no success in connecting with my cell phone via blue tooth so much for that. The plus features absolutely do not work with me as the process of connecting the cell phone to the unit was just way to cumbersome and required a lot of research……..Sorry, you need more work on this product,,,,,,,,product number………nj5aj eggpf 9zte2
12 out of 13 users found this user opinion helpful.
by hansenca on February 21, 2007
Pros: larger 4 " screen
Cons: Tomtom is reluctant to stand by there products
Summary: The newer version of us/canada maps was very poor with the software showing that I was driving beside the highway that I was on and in cities in Alberta, ...
Summary: The newer version of us/canada maps was very poor with the software showing that I was driving beside the highway that I was on and in cities in Alberta, it had my location 1/2 block out from where I actually was, causing the gps to get confused and often telling me to turn around before I reached the actual street I was supposed to be on. Terrible mapping, terrible service from tomtom.
8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
Almost Perfect. Only flaw is Tele Atlas Maps
by gpsmagazine on September 20, 2006
Pros: Great UI, SiRF chipset, price, good mount, great voice quality, lots of options, multi-destination routing
Cons: Tele Atlas mapping not as good as NAVTEQ
Summary: Were it not for fact that the ONE uses Tele Atlas maps in North America, I would easily declare the ONE the Editor's Choice. In developing the ONE, TomTom ...
Summary: Were it not for fact that the ONE uses Tele Atlas maps in North America, I would easily declare the ONE the Editor's Choice. In developing the ONE, TomTom focused on the customer who is only concerned with navigation, and does not want an MP3 player, a picture viewer, or a hands-free speakerphone. For a more detailed in-depth review with lots of photos, check out http://www.gpsmagazine.com/2006/09/review_tomtom_one.html
7 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
expensive for what you get
by SRN402 on April 17, 2007
Pros: small size
Cons: no text-to-speech, very short battery life
Summary: Easy to use right out of the box, but was very erratic. With no "text-to-speech" all you get is instructions WHEN to turn, but not the street names. Paid $299, ...
Summary: Easy to use right out of the box, but was very erratic. With no "text-to-speech" all you get is instructions WHEN to turn, but not the street names. Paid $299, additional $25 for home charger and $30 for a case. Returned it, bought the Garmin Nuvi 350 for $398 - came with home charger, case and battery life of 4 to 8 hours. No comparison - very accurate, can just put it on seat and listen to your instructions - calls out EVERY street name, highway ramps, etc. Pay a little more - get a LOT more.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Simple and straight-forward
by acsimage on September 16, 2006
Pros: Bright, Clear, Easy Set-Up
Cons: No Computer to Unit Data Entry
Summary: Had the unit now for a week. This is my first purchase of a GPS unit. So far it has made my driving experience much better. I have a large ...
Summary: Had the unit now for a week. This is my first purchase of a GPS unit. So far it has made my driving experience much better. I have a large five state territory that has close to 600 different locations; I will be expecting to visit each of them at some time.
It has gotten me where I wanted to go without fail; and twice rerouted me around traffic jams without a problem. This is something I was always nervous about using my old method with a MapPoint paper map. Much safer than flipping pages in traffic.
Only complaint is that I can only enter addresses via the unit. There is no interface yet for entering them via your computer. This will be very time consuming; especially with 600 locations.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
does what it says on the tin
by paulski on August 22, 2006
Pros: neater, faster finding satellites than tomtom go
Cons: none really
Summary: I had a tomtom go for a couple of years, really happy with it but internal battery started to lose charge too quickly. Cant' replace myself, tomtom offering to fix ...
Summary: I had a tomtom go for a couple of years, really happy with it but internal battery started to lose charge too quickly. Cant' replace myself, tomtom offering to fix for £175 euros?? are they for real? bought tomtom one as replacement, even more pleased with new unit than old. Hope battery isn't knackered after a couple of years though, is this normal?
6 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best in Class
by Stormspace on October 5, 2006
Pros: TomTom GUI interface and quick recalcs
Cons: Out of date maps and poor mounting bracket
Summary: I've had my TomTom One for about three weeks now and I must say I've enjoyed it quite a bit. In the breaking in phase I've used ...
Summary: I've had my TomTom One for about three weeks now and I must say I've enjoyed it quite a bit. In the breaking in phase I've used it almost everytime I get in the car but haven't taken it on any long trips just yet.Just an update. I eventually did upgrade the maps and even received a free map upgrade as well. So two map upgrades later I'm seeing some of the updates, but it astounds me that intersections and roads that were fine before are now wrong. One section of I-20 which hasn't changed in over 20 years is now being reported as being 500 yards or more north of where it has been and an intersection in my home town is so screwed up it would never have been designed that way. Also this early release of the One isn't compatible with the new map share technology and hasn't yet received an update via Tom Tom's latest map guarantee.
Installation of the included software is easy, but the included documentation mentions a free map upgrade and free one year TomTom Plus service. Once installing the app I didn't see how to get the free map upgrade, though the promotional code I had was good for the free plus services and a free voice. A complete map upgrade for the One NA version is 119.00, pricey.
Since the device is relatively new I'm holding off on the map upgrade issue, hoping that the one it has is up to date. One off putting thing about the map data is that the maps for my area are sorely out of date. Roads that have been missing for years, created in the past 3 years, or just modified are not in the map database or incorrectly shown. It makes you wonder how many years out of date that the maps are.
One other function that might be related to map data is trip times. It seems that my regular commute in the morning is incorrectly stated as taking 40 minutes to complete. Each day I start out from home with the One telling me I'm going to be 8 minutes late for work. It maintains that I'm going to be that late until I get on the highway where in a span of 9 miles it tells me I'm now going to be 2 minutes early. I've done the math and can only assume the database shows the speed limit for that highway as being 35 mph, because my vehicle doesn't go fast enough to make up that much time based on the posted speed limit. Friends with TomTom tell me it's better at estimating longer distances, and that's likely true.
The last issue I have with the unit is the windshield mount. You'd think for 500.00 that a decent mount would have come with it. The mount that it comes with is forever falling off the windscreen, even when it's been moistened (Something I tried just yesterday). It's entirely too short making you have to mount it on the far left of the windscreen or up around the rearview mirror to just be able to reach it and given it's proclivity to fall the left hand mount is my only option. Of course TomTom offers a better mount for 50 bucks.
It would also be nice if you could add POI's to the existing categories, rather than having to create your own.
Overall I'd have to say that the One navigation system has everything I need to get me where I'm going without having to rely on maps while I'm driving. It's not going to emliminate maps though since it might break one day when it falls.
Updated on Dec 4, 2008
Updated on Mar 12, 2009I just took a new job with the local county government in charge of map data. I've spoken to representatives across the state and all them have said that TomTom doesn't buy their road centerline data, rather they get out of date data available from state agencies. Most of the counties sell their data for a nominal fee and given Tom Tom's price, they can afford to pay it.
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: TomTom
- Part number: 5N00202
- Description: Your first step in car navigation? TomTom ONE combines ease of use, portability, TomTom's touchscreen technology and a sleek new design. Drivers can enjoy the benefits of a TomTom ONE immediately, thanks to TomTom's award-winning plug and drive navigation software pre-installed on a memory card. This means there is no need to download complicated software, just plug in and start using. With TomTom ONE, everyone can find its way from A to B!
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type GPS receiver
- Recommended Use Automotive
- Preloaded Maps USA,
- Receiver 20 channel
- Interface USB
- Voice Navigation instructions
- Antenna Built-in
- Internal Memory 32 MB Flash
- Features TomTom PLUS ready (via Bluetooth),
2D / 3D map perspective,
TomTom PLUS ready,
Optional external GPS antenna connection
- Type LCD - Color - Yes
- Diagonal Size 3.5 in
- Resolution 320 x 240
- Menu Language Hungarian,
- Features Anti-glare
- Trip Computer Fast/short route,
Avoid toll roads
- Connector Type Antenna,
- Type Lithium ion
- Included Qty 1
- Required Qty 1
- Run Time (Up To) 2 hour(s)
- Included Accessories Car power adapter,
1 GB SD Card,
Automotive windshield mount
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.3 in
- Depth 1.3 in
- Height 3.5 in
- Weight 9.2 oz
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