TomTom ONE New Edition

By D Dunbar in GPS. October 17, 2006

It's been a year since the release of the best selling entry level TomTom. Version two of this popular device sees some significant changes both cosmetically and internally.

You will immediately notice that the new TomTom has been given a full make-over and as a result is much thinner (at 96mm width x 82mm height x 25mm depth, TomTom claims it will slip into any shirt pocket), sleeker and generally better looking than previous models.

Like most Sat Navs these days the TomTom ONE uses the SiRF Star III chipset. No change there then as this was the chipset used in the older ONE. SiRF Star III means the reception quality is excellent, often able to pick up satellites indoors (which means using it in a car should cause no trouble at all) and that all important Time To First Fix (TTFF) will be seconds rather than minutes as found on the older chipsets.

With the new ONE, TomTom are clearly trying to produce a lower cost unit. And sure enough, if we check the specs, we can see the processor speed is now 266Mhz down from 380Mhz of the older model, the internal PCBs have been reduced from three to one and, probably more important to the end user, there is no external antenna or headphone socket.

Despite the slower CPU initial reports are that the software performs at the same speed as previous ONE models. This may be down to clever code optimisation by TomTom but it remains to be seen how this slower CPU will affect general use, especially loading and processing of large amounts of POI data. One feature that hasn't been axed is support for Bluetooth connectivity to your mobile. This allows the ONE to grab traffic / weather information from the TomTom PLUS service, of course at an additional cost. The Bluetooth is limited to PLUS services and doesn't allow handsfree voice calls via your mobile like the GO models.

The new slimline TomTom ONE
The new slimline TomTom ONE

There will be two versions available in the UK, 'TomTom ONE Great Britain' or 'regional' and 'TomTom ONE Europe'. Both identical apart from the maps of course, the latter containing all the maps of Western Europe. Expect to pay around 190 for the GB version and 250 for European.

In all, TomTom have succeeded in producing a low cost model without sacrificing the build quality or indeed screen size. The minor cuts such as the lack of headphone or antenna socket will probably have little or no effect for the average user. The new TomTom ONE promises to be another excellent product.

TomTom ONE (V2) Price Comparison Chart

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Hgv Drivers Tom Tom does not have weight limits. But I have been told you can download them from the internet. Trying to find out which site this is. You can download bridge heights from for a cost. Hope this helpsPosted by PhilFebruary 14, 2007 New Map 4 Tomtom One hi can some 1 help me out a m8 gave me the new map for the tom tom hes has the 300 i put it on a sd card and when i put it on it asked 4 a code i went to and got the code but it say its wrong ?? need help will i have to buy the maps and not get them of a m8Posted by JohnJanuary 23, 2007 Sd Cards Compatability? Anyone know if I can use the sd card that came with a GO 510 in a GO 300?
Posted by JimDecember 30, 2006
New Maps hi can some 1 help me out a m8 gave me the new map for the tom tom i put it on a sd card and when i put it on it asked 4 a code i went to and got the code but it say its wrong ?? need help will i have to buy the maps and not get them of a m8Posted by JohnDecember 12, 2006 Lost Sd Card I have lost my supplied SD card and I'm trying to download my backup files to a Kingston SD 512 card but the TOM TOM isn't recognising the card even though now has identical data as the original , works with my mates original supplied card did I need to format the card first ???Posted by MikeDecember 8, 2006 Re:prices There's a list here on this site showing UK shops and their prices!Posted by DaveOctober 27, 2006 Re:prices I would suggest going to the TomTom website. Not sure where you are but they can tell you where to get one depending what country you are in. Posted by AhdOctober 26, 2006 Prices Can anyone offer a good place to get a TomTom, how much should I expect to pay?
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