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TomTom Start

TomTom Start
alaScore 88

2459 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2459 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and screen. The performance and value for money also get good feedback.

usability, value for money, performance, screen, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the TomTom Start is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 2459 reviews)

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TomTom Start 55 TM


The TomTom Start 55 TM is a basic car GPS device with a few fancy features that make it more appealing for the price. The potential of the 5-inch screen is lost on the standard resolution and plastic screen, and the lack of Bluetooth capability and...

This basic model has a few advanced features such as roadside assistance, realistic 3D views and lane assistance

This device doesn't support a hands free environment because it lacks both Bluetooth capability and speech access

The TomTom Start 55 TM is a basic option for a GPS device with a few surprising advanced features, such as advanced assistance and photo-realistic representations. However, the lack of Bluetooth capability and speech access keeps this device from...

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Amazon review summary for TomTom Start


alaTest has collected and analyzed 377 user reviews of TomTom Start from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on

usability, performance, value for money, screen, size

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: TomTom START 55 5-Inch GPS Navigator with Roadside Assistance (Discontinued by Manufacturer)TomTom START 45TM 4.3-Inch GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps and Roadside Assistance(Discontinued by Manufacturer)TomTom START 45 4.3-Inch GPS Navigator with Roadside Assistance(Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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Great GPS


It's easy to use and it saves me from using phone as gpsThis product has... Large/easy to see screen, Easy menus, Lifetime traffic, Free map updates

easy to use



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Easy to use GPS


Have had TomTom products before. Like them because they give street names.

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quality of picture is poor, the colors are weak


We hve used 4-5 GPS-models over the years, I was surprised that the picture quality was so poor on this one.About me... Budget Conscious, Frequent traveler, Parent with kids, Business Professional

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Very nice GPS


I bought this for a trip to Florida and it got us there and back, no problem. Three different people were driving, one of whom was only 16, and we all were easily able to follow the directions. The only issue I have is that I thought it came with...

Easy to use

Thought I was supposed to get lifetime maps, not sure I did

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Very happy with the product


I recommend this product it makes things very easy to findThis product has... Easy menus, Free map updatesAbout me... Parent with kids, casual user

ease of use

Waiting for functions to be fully verbally controlled

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nice piece of navigation


the product is recommended due to the special features it has.

user friendly

sometimes it takes time to come on

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Great little GPS for those of us with older cars.


I had used the Tomtom of a friend and found it really easy to program and very accurate. So I decided to get one and have been very satisfied with it.This product has... Large/easy to see screen, Easy menus, Free map updates, accurate directionsAbout...

It's simple to use

I attached the mount to my windshield then decided I didn't want it there. Not easily moved

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Good Product at Good Price


Good product to use. Lane assist very nice. A few non red light cameras annoy me ut overall a very good product to have.This product has... Large/easy to see screen, Easy menus, Free map updatesAbout me... Use for long distance sports (i.e. bicycling,...

Easy to Use

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Product Specifications


FM Transmitter: No
FM Tuner: No
Telephone Included: No
TV-Tuner: No


Bluetooth: No
Internet Connectivity: No
iPod Control: No
USB:No / Yes


Display Technology:FL Display / TFT Display
Monitor Format:16:9 / 4:3
Monitor Type:Fixed Monitor
Touchscreen:1-Point Touch / One-Point Touch

General Features

Category:Portable Navigation Device
Size in DIN:Not Applicable


3D Elevation Mode: No
3D Landmarks:No / Yes
Lane Assistant:No / Yes
Map Coverage:PART CONTINENT / Single continent / Single countries
Map Provider:Teleatlas / TomTom Maps
Map Sharing:No / Yes
Map Storage Medium:On board Flash Memory
Pedestrian Mode:No / Yes
Reality View:No / Yes
Text-to-Speech:No / Yes
Traffic Message Channel:No / Traffic Info ready / Yes
Voice Control: No


CD Player / Recorder: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
MP3 Playback: No