TomTom One: Test and Review

At a time when we test the new TomTom One, we think all users who just purchased a TomTom GO 300 model, almost 100 euros more expensive. They have good reason to be frustrated … Certainly, it retains some advantages as a sustainable autonomy, but overall his young cousin, the One, is much more attractive! More compact, it loses its rounded appearance and seems more willing to take out a vehicle (260 g). More powerful, it features a 380 MHz processor allowing it to react like clockwork in every situation. More importantly, it features a latest-generation GPS receiver (with standard SiRFstar III), which, as we have already observed on the Mio 269 Plus optimizes performance and sensitivity so quite noticeable. Add to that always the same software TomTom Navigator, frighteningly simple and friendly … and you get the best GPS standalone device guiding the time to travel to France.

Featuring a standard screen size (3.5 inches), the TomTom One is like a GO slimming cure. Thick a little more than 3 cm, it clearly appears more compact. Through its new features, the One is transported more easily and will be able to guide you on foot or by bike: the route options are also provided. Be guided through the narrow streets of a big city like Paris is quite possible, as its new GPS receiver is much more sensitive. We used it as well (you can plug headphones) without losing the signal only once. Another blatant advantage of the standard SiRFstar III: very fast acquisition time to start a minute at most. This will start guidance immediately, which was not necessarily the case on GPS SiRFstar II. Finally, the TomTom One should not require the use of an external antenna in case of vehicle with an athermal windscreen. However, if necessary, the One has a standard connector for external antenna.

Comes with a Secure Digital card containing the complete mapping of France, the TomTom Navigator therefore has the same software as the GO 300, 500 and 700: flexible and easy to use, but also rich in navigation and customization options. It tames menus quickly and guiding both visual and voice is exemplary. As the GO, it can connect to a mobile phone via Bluetooth and access via a GPRS connection, TomTom Plus services. Weather, traffic, point list of additional interests like speed cameras or Wi-Fi terminals All these services are of course paid, except the weather. Pairing the mobile phone and the internet speak for themselves: tested with a Qtek S100 with Bluetooth enabled, this procedure is very fast and fully automatic. In just two minutes, your phone is connected and capable of transmitting the desired information TomTom One. We tested the Traffic service available the first month (then € 30 subscription per year). It can import traffic information about your route on the device. You can then decide to recalculate the route in order to bypass the difficulty. Useful in case of intensive use only. But it will not have escaped users that the TomTom Navigator system can easily import -and gratuitement- additional attractions downloaded from the Internet (including fixed speed cameras lists) and set proximity alerts. The TomTom One connects easily to the PC it is recognized as a removable storage drive, but it will not charge via USB.

As for the screen and speaker, it has little to reproach them to. The speaker is extremely powerful, while the touch screen is very responsive, bright and refractory correctly to glare. Only flaw, it lacks an external knob for adjusting the volume. The real weakness of the TomTom One is its autonomy: it took about 2 hours and a half. For longer trips, it will necessarily have to connect it to the cigarette lighter with the supplied charger. It also notes that TomTom does not provide standard AC charger (30 euros optional), which nevertheless useful to recharge their TomTom at home in advance. In terms of accessories, note that the supplied suction cup mounting bracket seems pretty basic, and it took several attempts each time to the suction cup firmly attached to the windshield. Once fixed, everything is securely stowed.

Despite its few flaws, the TomTom One is figure “must”. Its only current rival, has a SiRFstar III receiver, is the Mio 268 Plus (we tested the European version 269 Plus), available at the same price. On usability and user friendliness, the advantage goes to a “short head” to TomTom system. For cons, the Mio 268 Plus comes with an SD card with greater capacity containing French cartography, but also the major European routes. This is not the case of the TomTom One.