The Good The TomTom One features a sleek design and is simple to use. It offers accurate text- and voice-guided directions and is affordably priced.
The Bad The TomTom One's points-of-interest database is a bit outdated and doesn't support text-to-speech functionality.
The Bottom Line Offering just the navigation essentials and accurate directions, the TomTom One is an affordable and easy-to-use in-car GPS device for first-time buyers or anyone who wants a no-frills nav system.
Editor's note: The ratings on this product were adjusted on July 27, 2007.
With its last product release, TomTom threw just about every available feature into the TomTom GO 910: maps of the United States and Europe, text-to-speech functionality, iPod compatibility, Bluetooth, the list goes on. Yet as dazzling and feature-rich as it is, the GO 910 isn't for everyone, especially if you're new to the GPS scene, so to fill that need, the company is going back to basics with its TomTom One. The One does navigation, and that's it. It's perfect for first-time buyers or drivers who just need a simple solution for getting from point A to point B. Our only wish would be a slightly lower price point. Don't get us wrong; at $499, it's certainly one of the more affordable portable navigation systems on the market, but it faces some stiff competition from the similarly featured and cheaper Garmin StreetPilot i series. Still, if you're looking for your first in-car GPS device or a no-frills nav system, the TomTom One fits the bill.
The TomTom One features a supersleek design, measuring a compact 3.8 by 3.2 by 1.0 inches and weighing 6.1 ounces. It sports an attractive silver-and-black color scheme and reminds us of a mini TV. In keeping with theme of simplicity, the only external control on the device is the power button on top. A tiny LED next to it lights up when you're charging the internal battery. All other commands are entered via the One's 3.5-inch touch screen. It displays 64,000 colors at a 320x240 pixel resolution, which is an improvement over the 32,000 color output.
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