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TomTom Start 55

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 reviews of TomTom Start 55. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Opinions about the reliability and screen are on the whole positive. The performance and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, performance, screen, 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 78/100 = 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.

Other Features and Conclusions Some features are unexpected and welcome on a budget device. One interesting addition is 24/7 Roadside Assistance, which is a nice thing to have if your car doesn't already come with it (it's the Basic plan on TomTom's...

Apr, 2013

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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easy to use for the technologically challenged.


Not a scratch on it, couldn't even tell it was refurbished. This gps worked great no kinks or bugs. I bought it for my boyfriend for his birthday in september and he loves it. Works just as good as our expensive Garmin. The displays are super big. The...

Dec, 2013

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Great gift


I bought this TOMTOM for my husband for Christmas. He didn't seem too excited, but I know he likes it.

Dec, 2013

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Easy to use. Good price


Works very well. Used site to store & recieved it before the scheduled. Would recomend this item. And also using the site to store.

Dec, 2013

Product Specifications


Built-in speakers: Yes


Built-in camera: No


Color of product:Black


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:5
Display Resolution:480 x 272
Placement supported:Horizontal
Touch screen: Yes
Widescreen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):3
Power source type:Battery, Cigar lighter

GPS Type

Auto: Yes
Aviation: No
Bike/Scooter: No
Camper/Caravan: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): No
Golf: No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): No
Sport (fitness, running): No


License term:Lifetime
License term in years:Lifetime
Lifetime map updates: Yes
Map coverage:Canada, USA
Map storage:Internal storage
Maps included: Yes
Voice maps: Yes


Compatible memory cards: No


Automatic routing: Yes
Lane guidance: Yes
Live service: No
Speed limits: Yes
Traffic Message Channel (TMC): No


Bluetooth: No

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes


Supported bands: No


Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Technical Details

Announces street names: Yes
Color of product:Black
Interface Type:Touch Screen

Weight & Dimensions