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TomTom Start2 Satellite Navigation System - Europe

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  • Simplified menu
  • Faster routes with IQ Routes
  • Advanced lane guidance - Helping to navigate complex junction views – providing peace of mind
  • Spoken street names
  • Traffic ready (via RDS TMC accessory)
  • Pre-installed Speed Cameras

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Product details

Model Number: Start2 Europe
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 9.4 x 8.1 cm ; 127 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 322 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: Start2 Europe
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 21 April 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,423 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Model:Start2 Europe

Manufacturer's Description

Enjoy a new and simplified user interface
Using your TomTom has never been easier with the new simplified user interface. Click here for a larger image

Get started with a navigation system that works right from the box. The TomTom Start2 Europe is a great introduction to what satellite navigation can do for you, and is ideal for casual journeys around the continent. Featuring a responsive touchscreen and tools to help you find the fastest route at any time of day, you'll discover that driving need not be so stressful.

Looking to stay closer to home? Check out the Start2 UK & ROI. Or, if you want something more from your satellite navigation, why not check out the full range of TomTom in-car sat navs, and see how innovative, up to date information can improve your journey.

Enhance Safety

Safety is always the number-one priority when driving, and the Start2 gives you the tools to make your journey go more smoothly - from easy-to-read screens and warnings of cameras ahead, to local emergency information.

Get quick and effective instructions to your nearest help
Quickly and easily locate local emergency services. Click here for a larger image
3.5" Touch Screen

Touch screen technology gives you the easiest operation to make using your device a pleasure.

Help Me! Emergency Menu

You can find help with local emergency service information at your fingertips. From hospitals to roadside assistance, this information will be useful in any area.

Camera Alerts

Your device comes with fixed speed camera alerts pre-installed, to help you to drive more safely and responsibly.

Reduce Driver Stress

Find the right route every time with the Start2, including the latest maps, and easy and clear instructions on how to get started.

Advanced lane guidance gives clarity even when navigating difficult junctions.
Advanced lane guidance gives clarity even when navigating difficult junctions. Click here for a larger image
Advanced Lane Guidance

Drivers often feel stressed at unfamiliar junctions when there are a lot of lanes to choose from. Advanced lane guidance provides extra clarity to drivers in these circumstances, so they won't miss a turn or have to make a last-minute lane crossing. It works by giving them a still 3D image on the screen that clearly indicates the lane they need to take. So even at the most complex junctions and in the heaviest traffic, drivers can stay relaxed and in control.

Latest Map Guarantee

Sometimes, TomTom releases a new map between the time a device is manufactured and the time someone buys it. So we allow every TomTom customer to check for a new map release within 30 days of first using their device. If one is available, customers simply use the voucher that is included inside the box to download it for free. This is all done via HOME, TomTom's free desktop application, which will automatically recognise a newly connected device and check whether a newer map release is available for it.

Plug & Go

Your device couldn't be simpler to use - just plug in and tap the touch screen. You will be on your way very quickly with our intuitive user interface.

Map Share™ Technology

Our research reveals that roads change by as much as 15% every year. That's why we draw upon the largest satellite navigation community in the world – ours. Through our unique Map Share™ technology, drivers can make corrections to their map and benefit from thousands of corrections made by over 40 million TomTom users every day – free of charge.

Over 5 million Map Share™ corrections have been made worldwide to date. Through Map Share™, a driver can: block and unblock a street, reverse traffic direction, edit a street name, change turn restrictions, change road speed, add a missing Point of Interest (POI), edit a POI, and report another error.


Helping you to keep your eyes on the road, spoken instructions include street names, to make turnings even clearer.

choose the voice and accent that will tell you where to go
Choose to hear your directions from a wide range of voices and accents. Click here for a larger image

Save Time & Money

Drive smarter with the Start2. Now can you find your position quickly, and work out the best route to your destination at any given time.

IQ Routes™ Technology

Only TomTom uses actual speed data collected from millions of users to calculate the fastest routes at any point in time. Imagine a route that takes into account rush hour, traffic lights, zebra crossings, school exits or even shopping crowds, every minute of every day. That's how smart IQ Routes is!


QuickGPSfix™ speeds up the time it takes to fix your GPS position to help you drive off more quickly.

TomTom HOME Desktop Software

We design our devices to be really easy to use and work straight out of the box. But when used with TomTom HOME, they're even better. TomTom HOME is our free software for PC and Mac which allows users to keep their TomTom device up-to-date. Drivers can download new maps, access free content from the TomTom community to personalise their device and subscribe to great services. The software is easy to install and compatible with all TomTom products.

Through TomTom HOME drivers can: Check the device has the latest map pre-installed, download free daily map corrections with TomTom Map Share™, download the latest TomTom software, download free content to personalise the device, buy maps and premium content such as funny voices, subscribe to services, and make a backup of the TomTom device's content.

RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver

This TomTom device is compatible with our TMC Traffic Receivers, so your routing can be optimised for the traffic ahead.

European Coverage
This TomTom device is pre-loaded with European Maps.  This provides:
  • Detailed coverage of:
    Andorra Austria Belgium Map of Western and Central Europe
    Czech Republic Denmark Estonia
    Finland France Germany
    Great Britain Italy Liechtenstein
    Lithuania Luxembourg Hungary
    Malta Monaco Norway
    Poland Portugal San Marino
    Slovakia Slovenia Spain
    Sweden Switzerland the Republic of Ireland
    the Netherlands the Canary Islands and Vatican City.
  • Connecting Roads for all other Central European Countries and Russia that allows you seamless navigation throughout the entire region.

Box Contains

  • Start 2
  • EasyPort mount
  • USB car charger
  • USB cable
  • Documentation

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Top Customer Reviews

    Model Number: Start2 Europe Verified Purchase
    The name, Start2, implies what you will get - a GPS that has some specs of the other models either hidden or removed. However that's what I wanted.

    I have borrowed more sophisticated GPSs, both Garmin and TomTom from friends, so I know what is to be had, but I did not find the bells and whistles all that useful. Recently I borrowed a Start and found that it did what I needed - which was to be directed to addresses in towns that I don't know.

    So what's missing? The screen is small, but that can be a plus if you don't want a large object suspended above your dashboard, or in your pocket. Your options are more limited, but again, that may not be such a problem. For example, on the more sophisticated models you can specify, as an option, to go the fastest route, or the shortest route, or to avoid motorways. In my experience, those are not worth much. The quickest route, for example, can take you literally a 100 km further, just to shave 10 minutes off the journey. If you ask for shortest, you risk being taken through towns in some totally bizarre ways (I base this statement on transitting towns that I know).

    The Start2 does some of this for you. For example it will start by trying motorways, but will check with you if you want to pay tolls. If you don't, then it will plot an alternative, often shorter but taking more time. It will allow you to specify "via", which is the safest way of getting it (or any other GPS) to plan a sane route.

    The must-have options are still there, such as chosing language, voice, units and so on. And it still does nice things - like lane guidance, like telling you your speed, and also showing the speed restriction on that road, if known, and speed cameras.

    The thing you might want to consider is price.
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    Model Number: Start2 UK & RoI Verified Purchase
    When I purchased this from Amazon there were no other reviews for this product so I had to go searching various places to get the information I needed. I purchased this for myself as I decided it was time to stop fumbling with maps and get one of these devices. I am writing this from the viewpoint of someone who knows nothing about sat nav and has never owned or used one, hoping this review might be helpful to fellow novices (but appreciate hardened sat nav experts might be looking for higher spec models)! I am by no means a technophobe but simply had never got round to owning one (preferring to wait until the cost came down and features improved). At the time of writing I had only owned this for 4 days but had been out twice with it. These were on routes I actually knew so I could test it for accuracy. First trip was about an hour's driving, whilst the second trip was just over half an hour.

    The four major reasons I purchased this particular device were: (1) It speaks the road names to turn into, (2) it has motorway lane assistance, (3) it warns of speed cameras, and, (4) the cost - ie. not the cheapest on the market but also not the most expensive plus it's free to update the maps.

    The speaking the road names feature is helpful but it seems to only work when a "computer" generated voice is selected from the choice of voices stored in the device. The first time I used this I chose the Irish voice and no road names were mentioned throughout the journey, but it worked with a "computer" generated voice. I find this feature very helpful to confirm which roads I should turn into without having to take my eyes off the road.

    Motorway lane assistance kicks in once you approach a motorway exit or need to change to a certain lane.
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    Model Number: Start2 Europe Verified Purchase
    I got this new european starter tomtom for a recent trip to france. I previously owned an old tomtom one and the progress over those four years is amazing. The satellite lock now happens in 20-30 seconds as opposed to anything up to four minutes. The new menu has fewer icons but doesn't seem to lose any core functonality. The speed camera warnings are very useful and spot on as I noticed many hidden cameras and was able to react accordingly. The lane guidance is great, as it allows me to get in the correct lane early. It can also read out street names in a weird computer voice which is quite nice to hear to check you're on the right track. The maps using the IQ routes are also a bit more intelligent - a local route that I take (and had to ignore on my old unit) is now recognised by this little guy. Not perfect but so much better routefinding than before. But the best new thing is the mount... it actually works!! I lost count of the number of times my old unit fell of the windscreen and I had to reach down and reattach it while driving along. This one is integrated just twist and it is straight on! Much safer and easier and one less lump of plastic less to carry about.

    My only minor quibble is that I would like to press a button and explore the chosen route in detail. You can't pick a section and zoom in so you can't decide to say pick a little village halfway and think about where to go for lunch. I'd also prefer a case included. It could also be a smidge louder.

    I'm glad I didn't go for the bigger XL units. For me paying less for a smaller unit seems like a double win!! Who needs a wide screen when the thing is two feet from your face anyway? Pay less, carry less and get the same mapfinding abilities. Easy choice!

    I can honestly say that I'm thrilled that I took the plunge and splashed out on this unit as the rate of advance in satnav land has been a relavation! Don't delay - you really will be pleased with this if you buy one.
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