41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Good but beware of the complications of adding maps,
This review is from: TomTom ONE XL V1 Satellite Navigation System - Europe (Electronics)Generally a good unit, does what its supposed to and very easy to use. Would be nice to have a mains charger included but bear in mind most mini USB chargers will work with this unit.
My main gripe is the rather frustrating procedure to add additional maps which is not sufficiently documented by TomTom (I had to search a few forums before I figured it out).
I bought the US Western Region map from the tomtom website which was a 200Mb download, so you would think that a 1Gb SD card would be sufficient for using it on the TomTom XL...however not so.
The TomTom XL out of the box has a 1GB internal memory which is shipped totally "full" with the Western Europe map and the TomTom software itself, so understandably you can't add any maps to the "core memory". So the solution is to add memory by way of an SD card, BUT the TomTom CANNOT use an SD card and internal memory at the same time, so in short if you want to add any additional maps to this unit you need to purchase an SD card with the capacity for your additional maps plus 1Gb for the existing map and OS. So in otherwords you need at least a 2Gb card.
Once you've bought your 2Gb SD card and you have your new map(s) downloaded to your PC you need to follow the steps below (best to switch the unit off and on after each step). The whole thing will probably take you about an hour depending on how many additional maps you've bought. Make sure you've installed the latest version of the TomTom Home software on your PC before you begin.
1. Connect the TomTom to your PC (without the SD card inserted) and "Backup" the unit to your PC using the TomTom Home software (takes about 20min).
2. Insert your SD card into the TomTom and "Restore" your backup from the PC back to the unit, again using the TomTom Home software (takes about 20mins). These first two steps basically write the contents of the internal memory on to the SD card.
3. Finally click "add maps" in the TomTom Home software on your PC and hopefully it should take you to a screen showing the additional map(s) you've bought and downloaded. You can then add these to the TomTom unit from here.
During use the unit won't automatically switch between your maps, so in my case when I want to use my US map I need to "switch over" in the unit preferences. I guess that means I can't plot a driving route from Liverpool to New York..but then I'm not sure I'd ever need to . . . .