TomTom One: Giz's First Grope, With Pictures

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I'm really good at getting lost, and I'm always broke. Which is why I really appreciate budget-y GPS systems like the TomTom ONE (their caps, not my Tourettes). For the 30 minutes I had to play with it, I thought it was a pretty decent set. Some details, and every picture we could find, after the jump.

Basically, it uses the same software as the TomTom 910. That means it's one of the most flexible GPS interfaces out there, and one of the only ones easy enough to use while you're weaving through rushhour (Which puts it on par with Garmin). One thing I missed was text to speech, for reading off street names right before you have to turn. And for units of this size, only the twice-as-pricey Garmin Nuvi series has that feature. The TomTom ONE does have a great accessory for the car, though, that Garmin can't match. The suction mount—no joke— is awesome. While most are really bulky, almost bigger than the Units themselves, this one is both tiny, really strong, but at the same time, easy to take off the windshield.

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(Yes, suction mount. Get over it.)

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DISCUSSION

The TomTom One is a well-featured and impressive basic GPS navigation receiver at very affordable price point - $299 from most retailers in the US.

However, I'm not sure why everyone is cooing about this "svelte" suction mount...I've had my TomTom One for a week now and the "new and improved" minimalist mount hasn't been able to support the unit on my windshield for more than a half hour. No matter what...it even released when I had positioned the unit so that the dashboard was providing all of the vertical support!

If you purchase this unit, be prepared to pony up for an aftermarket mount that won't continually hurl you unit to the floor. TomTom is shipping me a replacement mount...that should arrive within a (blistering fast) two to three weeks. I can hardly contain my excitement...in the meantime, I've ordered a beefy cluster mount made by RAM which is also going to hold my cell phone and iPod.