Aside from a body that is now almost exclusively a shade of matte black and the shiny black speaker grille gracing its derriere, the TomTom One 140 is identical to the. That One soldiers on as the entry-level model at a RRP of AU$299, a price that will be cut further by retailers.
Despite treading water, we're still fans of the One 140's design. It looks good, but more importantly its compact size allied with the EasyPort windscreen mount that affixes itself to the unit around the large rear speaker, folds up in a compact bundle, allowing it to all fit in even the shallowest of gloveboxes. Like many users have discovered, once the One is stuck on to the windscreen, care needs to be exercised when adjusting it for visibility. Pull at the device and it will merrily detach itself from the mount; to avoid this you need to grab both the One and the mounting bracket before attempting any viewing angle adjustments.
Part of the One 140's compact dimensions derives from the fact that it sports a small 3.5-inch screen. Although down on the inch count, it's decent enough for map viewing, but entering locations via the on-screen QWERTY keyboard can be an exercise in frustration at times. Give it a try in store before you buy and if it's an issue for you, spend a bit more on the 4.3-inch version of the One, the.
With the body little changed, TomTom's engineers have beavered away at its innards. Underneath the One 140's emo outfit, you'll find a faster processor and double the amount of memory. These improvements lead to slightly snappier map refreshes, nearly instantaneous response to inputs and faster route calculation — a bonus for when you wander off course. While the menus have been jazzed up with a new set of icons and a more modern look, the maps remain the same as ever, which is to say functional but no more.
Excluding the usual set of Aboriginal names that get mangled up by tourists and text-to-speech engines alike, the spoken street names feature is quite decent. It's better than listening to a stream of generic "turn left in 300 metres" instructions and doesn't fall into the trap of saying "X4" instead of Parramatta Road. Although quite why it isn't selected by default is still a mystery to us. Making a welcome return is Map Share, which allows users to correct various map errors, including traffic direction, turn restrictions, blocked roads and street names. New streets can't be added, but corrections — once verified — can be shared with and downloaded from other TomTom users via the company's Home software.