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TomTom's Ease is low-cost, low-complexity

The TomTom Ease succeeds in being a good low-cost GPS device for first-time navigators, and its small size and good battery life make it easy to toss into a bag and keep handy.

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The TomTom Ease is much easier to use with a simpler menu structure. Josh P. Miller/CNET

With its Ease GPS device, TomTom has somehow managed to slip a new entry-level portable navigation device into the lineup below its previous entry-level TomTom One series. This places the Ease and the One in the precarious situation of potentially stepping on each others' toes at the sub-$150 price point--after all, there are already six One series variants listed on TomTom's Web site.

For the purposes of our evaluation, we compared the Ease with the TomTom One 140 S and found that while the Ease isn't as feature-rich as the best of the One series, it is still a good value for its price. While we liked its simplified interface and hardware, the Ease won us over with the handful of advanced features that TomTom has chosen to keep in place for its least expensive offering--discounting, of course, the TomTom app for iPhone.

Check out the full review of the TomTom Ease for more details, photos, and video.