TomTom GPS

Nothing is worse than not knowing where you are going. This can be especially bothersome for those who travel for a living, or those who are naturally terrible at navigation. With the TomTom GPS system, drivers can now find their way around with the assistance of a device you simply mount inside your car on the windsheild with the aid of suction cups. From finding a movie theater in a new city to locating your cousin’s new house, your TomTom GPS can change the way you get to where you are going. No longer do you have to be weighed down with unweildy maps or trips to online maps and directions.

GPS –or global positioning systems — uses satellite systems to map out the locations of various places. The TomTom can be very iseful, but there are definitely things to consider. Foe example, if your TomTom is outdated or the place you are trying to navigate has new roads or infrastructure, you could experience some difficulty. In addition, heavily wooded areas also can pose a problem. A clear sky is your best bet for accurate GPS, as land-bound stations and space-orbiting satellites are communicating with each other to provide you the most accurate data.

When you first use your TomTom, it will need to take a few minutes to gather its bearings. This is known as a cold start and during this provess the TomTom is determining the time of dat, its location, the location of the satellites and their orbital patterns. From here forward, a good receiver should only take a fre seconds to readjust if and when it loses its signal. In some cases, you will have to pull over and stop the car until the TomTom recomposes itself. The location of the device’s antenna also can determine how well your TomTom works. There are supplemental antennas you can use to keep the GPS closer to you without losing the signal.

Other TomTom features include color maps, audible driving directions and points of interest. Perhaps the most usedul feature TomTom offers is its Map Share technology, whoich lets you make corrections to your map and share these corrections with others. Corrections include blocking and unblocking street directions, refersing traffic direction, editing street names, adding missing points of interest, editing points fo interest, editing speed limits, and changing turn restrictions. When accepting edits from others, you can select how much you trust these people with the “level of trust” feature. Map share only works with maps up to a year old to ensure the best accuracy possible. TomTom recommends you update your maps quarterly, and they have an online shop for this purpose. According to the company, 15 % of roads change every year. Another notable feature is IQ Routes, which loads the data of millions of TomTom users into your map so that the route is calculated to reflect true speeds driven as opposed to posted speed limit signs.

Below are among the higher regarded TomTom navigation systems.
The TomTom ONE 125 contains an EasyPort mount, a HelpMe! Menu, Plug and go capabilities, Map Share technology and the HOME software.

The TomTom XL 330-S includes text to speech for spoken street names, IQ Routes, an EasyPort mount, a HelpMe! Menu, Plug and go capabilities, Map Share technology and the HOME software.

The TomTom GO930 includes advanced lane guidance, IQ Routes, easy access to traffic info, Map Share, enhanced position technology, voice address input, hands free calling and an FM transmitter.

The TomTom RIDER, especially for motorcycles, is durable, waterproof and has special hardware for mounting. A wireless headset allows you to receive directions in your helmet.

This TomTom GPS Review is Written/Updated on Aug 20th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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