August 9, 2010

TomTom XL 350 TM GPS Review

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Passing along a very reasonable review of the new TomTom XL 350TM, the widescreen unit that offers not only Text to Speech, a whole stable full of features and free lifetime traffic and map updates. I suspect that the latter is offered as a nice outcome of TomTom buying map maker TeleAtlas. Out of date maps used to be an issue, and both TeleAtlas and NAVTEQ have made it a point in recent years to fix outages and up the frequency of available updates. TomTom now offers quarterly updates free with this unit.

Anyway, the TomTom XL 350 TM is very capable unit with not only free map updates but lifetime traffic alerts if you live in a city covered by the FM based service. FM-based traffic alerts are not as detailed or as informative as ones offered over the mobile phone networks due to a lack of bandwidth. They are a good indicator of issues that you don't suspect, but if you need a PhD in trafficology, you'll need a more sophisticated system. The unit is judged as a "Very Competent Navigator" in the About.com, knocking it only for the lack of Handsfree calling, a feature offered on the higher end "GO" series.

Available at Amazon - the TomTom XL 350TM


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Posted by Scott Martin at August 9, 2010 12:01 PM

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