Choosing the best navigation tool nowadays can be very difficult. Some units are very pricey and some models get phased out in just a few months or in a year. But buying a navigation tool, even just the most basic ones for the car or for outdoor use, can be really useful. Drivers find traveling easy and finding of shorter routes by using a GPS system with built-in road maps and street maps. With a navigation tool right at one’s fingertips, looking for a place to eat or going to a place for the very first time can be done with just a few inputs or voice commands. One of the most popular brands of GPS devices is TomTom, a company driven to provide all driver’s with the best navigation experience. Founded in 1991, TomTom is located in Amsterdam and has manufactured a line of products which include compact navigation devices, in-dash infotainment systems, fleet management solutions, worldwide maps, real-time maps and the company’s respected HD Traffic.
Unlike other companies, TomTom concentrates on the manufacture of navigation systems for the car, which include Car Navigation, Customizable Navigation and Built-in Car Navigation. The Car Navigation products include GO, VIA, XXL, XL, EASE and ONE models. The GO car navigation devices feature premium maps of US, Canada and Mexico, Lifetime Traffic and Map Updates, IQ Routes, Advanced lane Guidance, LIVE services, hands free calling using Bluetooth technology and intuitive voice recognition plus an extra sleek design. The VIA car navigation devices pride a refreshed user interface, new design and contemporary finish and Map Share On-Demand updates. The XXL series has an EasyMenu, spoken street names, 9 million points of interest and can be customized through image uploads and text additions at no charge
The XL series have models that have traffic updates, fuel price service and 7 million points of interest. The EASE models pride an intelligent navigation that is very easy to understand and use, with preloaded maps of US and Canada, announcement of street names, EasyMenu and IQ routes. The ONE series is similar to the EASE series, but implements as simple A to B navigation and a Fold & Go EasyPort Mount. The Customizable Navigation include models from the XXL, XL and EASE series and users can choose from a wide selection of professionally created and licensed designs for their GPS system. Users also have the option to add a more personal touch to their navigation tool by uploading their designs. The Built-in Car Navigation are products from Sony, powered by TomTom and features a connect and play usage mode. .
Some of the company’s bestsellers include XL 340, XXL 540 S, GO 2505 TM and XL 350. Some of TomTom’s car navigation products are bulky and may need more space due to mounts and the bigger screen size compromises the device’s portability. The voice commands do not feature onscreen prompts and only the manuals contain the available commands. Some models require the power cable to be plugged in to access the Traffic Service feature. But all in all, TomTom GPS devices are valued at a great price with midrange features and the award-winning HD Traffic developed by this company.