TomTom ONE 3rd Edition - First thoughts

TomTom ONE 3rd Edition - First thoughts

Summary: I'm a sucker for in-car gadgets, so when I got the opportunity to get some hands on time with a new TomTom ONE 3rd Edition, I snapped up the chance.

TOPICS: Mobility, Hardware

I'm a sucker for in-car gadgets, so when I got the opportunity to get some hands on time with a new TomTom ONE 3rd Edition, I snapped up the chance.

TomTom ONE 3rd Edition - First thoughtsFor the past year my navigational needs have been met by a Garmin Nuvi GPS receiver, which, apart from trying to send me on a few detours where I knew better and ignored its advice, has always performed flawlessly.  So the bar was already set pretty high for the TomTom ONE.

The TomTom ONE 3rd Edition is pretty much what I've come expect from an automotive GPS receiver.  First, there's the cardboard box.  Inside that is the GPS receiver, which for some reason always looks tiny to me initially and I wonder how I'll be able to read it in the car.  Along with the receiver is the usual selection of cables for powering it and hooking it up to PC, and a suction cup for attaching it to the windshield.  And let's not forget the manual.

TomTom ONE 3rd Edition - First thoughtsAfter spending a few minutes handling the TomTom ONE, a few things struck me about the design of the unit.  First off, the device has an integral antenna rather than the fold-out antenna that I'm used to on the Nuvi.  This makes much more sense to me, since the fold-out antenna can make it hard to position the Garmin in such a way as to put it in the best possible position for reading from the driver's seat because the antenna fouls up against the windshield.  The second difference I noticed is that it's far easier to get the TomTom into the suction cup cradle thanks to the chunkier design of the attachment.  I'm already loving this GPS receiver!

I'm a big believer in the idea that if you're going to be able to effectively make use of an automotive GPS receiver, it has to be simple to use.  That means that you should be able to pick it up and start using it without reading the manual.  Sure, the manual might give you tips and clarify a few features, but if the manual is overly thick and if key features are too complicated to use when on the move, the GPS will be consigned to the glove box.  The manual for the TomTom is thin and contains numerous pictures - very promising.

Firing up the TomTom ONE for the first time gave me a few more pleasant surprises.  First, the bootup time is fast and there's no need to click to get past dialog boxes, something that I find hugely annoying.  The other surprise is that the interface colors are bright and easy to read - the 3.5 inch full color touch-sensitive screen is, despite seeming small initially, more than ample.  I also like the friendly reminder to not leave the GPS receiver in the car when you switch it off ... not that I ever do that!

Another surprise on switching it on was the sensitivity of the receiver - even indoors it acquired a really good lock within seconds of turning on.  That's impressive, and certainly much better than my other receivers can manage.

I'm looking forward to spending some time behind the wheel with the TomTom ONE over the next few days.  I'll let you know how it goes - if I can find my way back home!

So far, I'm really impressed by this bit of kit.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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    TomTom uses [b]teh Linux:[/b]

  • Excellent Review Adrian

    You give reviews the way real people want them.. Was it actually something we can use and does it work... so much better than re-spewing specs and other nonsense.. is the damn thing good enough to consider buying one... and you answered that with an elloquently clear and simple yes with simple detail about why... Very well written... I look forward to reading you follow up.
  • RE: TomTom ONE 3rd Edition - First thoughts

    I'll be interested to hear your results, since I've read
    some negative things about TomTom:
  • RE: TomTom ONE 3rd Edition - First thoughts

    I just got one yesterday and I completely agree with the evaluation. It works right out of the box and the screens are very user-friendly. Remembering that it is designed to help you drive from point A to point B, it is a VERY functional device. I was able to get mine for $149 at Target, and for that price, it is a real bargan.
  • RE: TomTom ONE 3rd Edition - First thoughts

    Just got one for Christmas. First thoughts were great, however I've discovered a problem with mine that I can't get resolved. The issue is once the unit is turned off, you can not turn it back on without resetting. I have tried to contact Tom Tom support via the phone for the last 12 hours with no luck.
    I really hope this proves to be a minor issue but customer support appears to be a major one!
  • RE: TomTom ONE 3rd Edition - First thoughts

    I bought one yesterday and have the exact problem. Every time I turn it off I get a white blank screen when turning it on and I've got to dig out a pen and reset it. Once it's reset it works perfectly as long as I leave it on. I was planning to return it in a couple days but if you find a different solution let me know. I've downloaded the new software upgrades for it but that didn't fix anything.
    • Tom Tom One Version 3 Blank Screen Problem

      Bought two of these Version Three's over the holiday season, one for my wife and one for my dad. We performed the update from the website on my dad's. That's when the same blank screen problem happened to us. A reset will bring it back to life, until you turn it off and then on again. Then you're back with the blank screen.

      The One that has had no updates is working fine. Other websites are suggesting there's a problem when you do an update that adds the "camera poi", which is automatically added when you do an update. One owner reports a fix by removing the camera poi feature after a reset. The gps works fine then. Anyone confirm if that works for them or not?

      We took my dad's back to store where we purchased it. The other One continues to work just fine.
  • I have the same Problem

    I bought one from Office Depot. I set all my preferences and switched off. When I powered on again, it is blank screen. Tom Tom support person asked me to return to retailer. (This unit has this problem without upload of any updates)
    I got replacement. Same issue. If I reset, it works. But once switched off, same issue. I uploaded latest version too.
    I am thinking of returning.
  • Fix for blank screen posted

  • RE: TomTom ONE 3rd Edition - First thoughts

    Have been using mine since Christmas getting around areas that I know just to check out accuracy. I love the unit and the way it functions, ease of use, bright screen. However, the maps leave much to be desired. It has routed me many miles out of the way to stay on major roads rather than the more direct roads even when I say unpaved roads are OK. On one hiway that has been redone but completed several years ago, it tries to take me on the old hiway that no longer exists. Some exits from the freeway are just wrong -- they may have been redone in the past 5 years or so. The time for a trip is very 'off'. Would like to have an option to make it remember favorite roads or routes. Final remarks -- the unit functions very intuitively, great screen, like the choice of voices and other customizable options -- the maps need some major overhauls. I don't feel that I can completely trust it to guide me through unknown territory without a paper map, mapquest, street and trips, etc. to check its routing. Hope TomTom will put some effort into updating maps and routing for all of us.