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TomTom Start 55

alaTest has collected and analyzed 97 reviews of TomTom Start 55. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and performance. The price and screen also get good feedback, but there are some critical views about the durability.

usability, screen, price, performance, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the TomTom Start 55 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (

TomTom Start 55 TM


In a time when smartphone navigation is not only top-notch, but free, TomTom's affordable Start 55 TM makes a compelling case for buying a standalone GPS—on paper. But in the real world, its performance isn't up to spec.

Big screen for a budget-priced GPS. Informative display. Easy-to-use interface. Roadside Assistance included

Very slow GPS lock. Sluggish POI input and map animations. Ineffective real-time traffic reports. Plastic resistive screen

The TomTom Start 55 TM ($159.95 direct) is a low-end standalone GPS device with a mission. It exists to convince you that it's still worth buying, in an age of free smartphone GPS apps, and an oversaturated market where most people who want a...

Apr, 2013

Consumer review by: tm (

TomTom Start 55


The Start 55 works well enough for occasional use and has a large display. But the mounting bracket is shoddy. The TomTom software took a LONG time to correctly install and update the maps. The software is less user-friendly than other GPS devices I...

Large Screen Simple Controls

Flimsy Mounting Short Battery Life

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: Jamie (

TomTom GPS


I\'ve always enjoyed TomTom products more so than other GPS systems. The company is also easy to deal with.

Easy To Read","Easy To Set Up","Simple Controls","Versatile

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: tm (

TomTom Start 55


Consumer review by: an anonymous customer (

Don't be fooled


Lifetime maps are only good for 3 to 4 years, then they want to charge $99.00 a year

Feb, 2014

Consumer review by: LeoD12 (

Third in a row


We have had four Tom Toms in the past few years and loved them all, until this year. We tried three and each one failed in a couple of weeks. Just went black. We now ordered a Garmin.

Feb, 2014

Consumer review by: soldierboy27211 (

Free maps are hard to get


I am having a difficult time with the free map upgrade. I connected it to my computer and it keeps starting over to the backup portion. Looked up several stores and they are not on there.

Feb, 2014

Consumer review by: Shopping4kiddos (

Terrible Lag - Deceptive Product Rating


I owned an old TomTom that I disliked, but thought perhaps they had fixed the bugs because the reviews on this one were so great. Oh, how I was wrong!!!!!!!!!!

Feb, 2014

Consumer review by: F100B57 (

Had No Problem Setting the GPS up


I think it will really come in handy. I have not had the chance to use it on any trip so far. A few comments for the setup. (1) They should have said it needs to be charged up before use...(I think it is stated somewhere , but should be in bold print...

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: Joey742 (

Can't Beat The Price With Lifetime Maps & Traffic


Pros: Split screen with lane breakdown is nice, Has Puerto Rico downloaded from factory, traffic feature works well, cant beat the price Cons: Some lag time between satellite and screen, not any more than I have noticed with other brands or with a 4G...

Jan, 2014