TomTom XL 2 IQ 4.3" Sat Nav with UK and Ireland Maps (discountinued by manufacturer)
- Maps of UK & ROI - aster routes with IQ Routes
- Advanced lane guidance
- Latest map guarantee
- Map share and EasyPort mount ™
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Model Number: XL IQ Routes 2 UK & RoI
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After emailing TomTom and receiving a facile email intimating that I'm technophobe. I returned the unit for a refund.
Then I found a really helpful guy in Halfords - he told me this model has a 2gb memory (and no facility to increase). It's delivered with about 1.7gb of files pre-loaded (including the UK & Western Europe Map) - but if you look at the free map update (which now includes Turkey) it exceeds 2gb - so it erases the original, finds it can't fit on the new map and offers either Central Europe or Eastern Europe instead - both are less than 2gb but neither include UK.
Tom Tom dropped a brick with this model and map update combination: The specialist suppliers are NOT recommending XL IQ Routes 2 (UK ROI & Europe) for this reason. So whatever you do DON'T DOWNLOAD A MAP UPDATE if you bought the UK ROI & Europe version until they've fixed this bug.
On almost all SatNav-worthy journeys we find it more convenient to have the unit on the passengers lap rather than fiddle with the mount. We also leave the cord connected as inserting and extracting the connector is a pain - very poor design here. The two units live in a pair of old short socks in a drawer at home or in handbag or rucksack away - a remarkably cheap solution!
In use the unit is very reassuring, with both visual and audible instructions usually coming in good time; it's particularly helpful lnowing how far to the next junction. However there is no audible warning if you are crossing a main road - it just assumes you will go straight over! It has only let us down badly on two occasions, the first when it gave no audible warning of an important turn off the road and we shot past the junction; however it then quickly recalculated the route, but it was through the centre of a town we should have by-passed! The other occured when we needed instructions leaving a large educational establishment SW of Horsham only to discover that it didn't know where we were, and we had to drive on instinct for four miles until it rediscovered our whereabouts. On occasions the turn instruction comes rather later than is helpful.
I wish it were easier to intsruct the unit to plot a route using waymarks so that it takes you the way you want.
On the whole we are very pleased with our purchase and the reduction in strain we have already experienced.
To expound on this, I purchased the XL IQ routes ed (Europe)last Saturday for a trip around Spain next month, with the thought that I'd best get hold of one early enough to get used to the device as a) I had never owned a sat nav before (having been blessed with a pretty good personal GPS and the ability to read a map). and b) having been in cars with others who have used these devices I was concerned they may be more distracting than useful.
I picked this product based on reviews of others and a 5 minute demo from a friend, which to be honest made it look indespensable, even for the things that are often never mentioned about the device, such as the help section, which one would assume is a how to guide, but is infact a set up to get the nearest hosptial/ doctor whether driving or walking even including a first aid guide. Although I've not had to use these features, so cannot advise if any good, what a great feature!
My first trip was a known trip and on the whole it marked the way I would choose, but it still managed to save me 30 minutes off a regular journey time by throwing me down a couple of country lanes, so by now seriously impressed with the device.
So the next thing I do the same as everyone does is connect the device to their PC to make sure they have the latest maps, cameras et al.
As soon as you connect it, it installs the software already pre-loaded on the device (a really nice feature, no disc to lose woohoo!) as soon as it this application is installed (called tom tom HOME) it asks if you would like to update.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5years on my husband has a new car with an inbuilt SatNav. This has been sent to his sister and continues to work.Published 17 days ago by Miss N.
no different from our earlier model the free maps are misleading though as when we plugged on line to update we are asked for money to do soPublished 20 days ago by K. A. Frank
In the first actualization, it ran out of memmory... I have to settle down for a smaller maps. then each actualization thereafter was way too expensive for mePublished 22 days ago by Elpropio
Quick delivery. Well packaged.
Quality item. As described & in picture. Would recommend