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TomTom Start2 review

TomTom's entry level sat nav gets premium features

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The TomTom Start2 is an extremely good buy for anyone looking for basic navigation at a bargain price, and as you'd expect from a TomTom system, it's good quality and reliable.

While many of the bells and whistles, which you find on top of the range sat-navs have been sacrificed, what you're left with is something extremely functional and easy to use.

We liked:

Despite the Start2 being light on features, this is also its greatest strength and the simplicity is unparalleled.

The pocket sized body of the Start2 is a huge advantage, and it's refreshing to see a sat nav which is truly portable when you step out of the car.

Mapping is superb, and the stability and reliability of the interface is unrivalled, and we applaud TomTom for including great technology like the spoken street names on its most modestly priced devices.

We disliked:

The touchscreen left a lot to be desired, and we found it frustrating when inputting postcodes and street names into the route planning option.

The point of the Start2 is its stripped down feature set, so it's unfair to mark it down in that department, but if you have used other sat navs in the past, you will find it extremely limited.

Verdict:

If you're looking for a simple pocket-sized sat nav for those occasional ventures into the unknown, the Start2 is the perfect option.

Users who have previously enjoyed the superior sat navs in the TomTom range will balk at its stripped down interface, but first time users will be hard pushed to find a more ideal system at a better price.

Tech Specs

Product TypeAutomobile Portable GPS Navigator
TouchscreenYes
Colour Support65536 Colors (16-bit)
Navigation InstructionsText-to-Speech, Lane Assist, Voice Prompt, 3D Landmark
Brand NameTomTom
Form FactorMountable
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Graphic ModeQVGA
Maximum Battery Run Time2 Hour
USBYes
Height78 mm
Width92 mm
Depth25 mm
ColourBlack
ManufacturerTomTom International BV
Product ModelStart²
Product NameStart² Automobile Navigator
Manufacturer Part Number1EY0.013.00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.tomtom.com
Marketing Information

At the Heart of the Journey

TomTom is the world's leading supplier of in-car location and navigation products and services focused on providing the world's best navigation experience. Our products include portable navigation devices, smartphone apps, GPS sports watches, in-dash infotainment systems, fleet management solutions, maps and real-time services, including the award winning TomTom HD Traffic.

Package Contents
  • Start² Automobile Navigator
  • Easyport Mount
  • USB Car Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Documentation
Display Resolution320 x 240
Weight (Approximate)125 g