The TomTom One Slim Edition is positioned as the company's entry-level model, but is a very worthy option that includes the best elements of more expensive models without all the functions that aren't normally necessary in a GPS device. The originalmanaged to beat its rivals in both value and performance, so let's see how the new slim model fares.
A brand new look for TomTom's popular One portable GPS navigator sees the device shrink in size, measuring just 96mm by 82mm by 25mm and weighing in at just 174 grams. TomTom still managed to squeeze in a touch sensitive 3.5-inch LCD screen with 320 x 240 pixels and 64,000 colours. Its anti-glare feature is a must for the harsh Australian sun but makes the screen look dull at times. The device is housed in a stylish silver case that makes the previous generation look dated, and it stores perfectly in your pocket when used as a hand-held device.
A new mount design matches the stylish look of the Slim Edition, and is compact and unobtrusive when attached to your car's windscreen. However, the short arm wasn't as manoeuvrable as many competitor models and we couldn't get the screen to angle directly towards us.
Inside, the Slim Edition features an integrated GPS antenna and SD card slot for plugging in the latest maps. For in-car charging, TomTom has provided a charger that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter. We've started to see some models come out with separate AC chargers but you can still charge the device with the included USB cable that hooks up to your PC.
GPS duties are handled by the highly sensitive SiRFstarIII GPS chipset combined with a 266MHz processor, which is down on the 400MHz chips that many other models are using. One of TomTom's highlights is their simple to use menu system, that's made even easier with the useful onscreen tips. Choosing a route has the options of quickest, shortest, or avoiding toll roads and congestion charge areas plus you can even plan a route based on a desired arrival time.