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TomTom Start

alaTest has collected and analyzed 505 reviews of TomTom Start. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and screen. The performance and price also get good reviews. Many are critical about the maps.

usability, price, 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 89/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 505 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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TomTom Start review


Nice and easy does it with this new entry-level sat nav

Stripped back interface is a joy to use ; Gives you all the basics including UK and Ireland maps, speed camera alerts and IQ routes for smarter route mapping

Could be too basic for some ; Can get confused in busy cities ; Ongoing costs of map upgrades, alternative maps, safety alerts, and so on

Given the price and its drop-dead simple feature set the TomTom Start's quite an accomplishment. We'd rather have this than some of the other more complex sat navs frankly. It really is that good.

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TomTom Start satnav


A new entry point for TomTom

Changeable covers will appeal to some, simple, easy to use, solid navigation


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TomTom Start Sat-Nav


TomTom pares down the features to create the great value Start.

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TomTom Start UK & Ireland review


At £120, the brand-new Start is TomTom's cheapest satnav. However, this is still fairly expensive compared to the least expensive satnavs available, so we were intrigued to see whether it was worth the money.

An easy-to-use satnav, but a touch overpriced given the features on offer.

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TomTom Start review


The standalone satnav market for casual drivers has been under threat for some time from smartphone-friendly GPS software, including CoPilot Live, Nokia Maps and Google Maps. But with the recent launch of TomTom for iPhone, at least some of those...

The TomTom Start may perhaps a little too basic for some, but less tech-savvy casual drivers will find it an ideal companion for their travels. It brings simplicity and genuine ease of use to a market where the high flyers pack their satnavs with a...

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TomTom - Start 2


TomTom's entry-level Start sat-nav first appeared during the second half of 2009, and the new Start 2 keeps the same physical design but brings some welcome additions to the still rather basic feature set. While expensive ...

It may be an entry-level sat-nav in terms of features, although at this price it's definitely not a budget choice. But those who want a simple product for no-fuss navigation will find it fits the bill perfectly, and the new features make it even more...

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TomTom Start


Nothing screams road trip like the arrival of a new TomTom at the PC World offices. So when the entry-level Start turned up it was the perfect excuse to take a cruise down to Wellington

Leaving Auckland on a Friday afternoon in heavy traffic, the TomTom efficiently guided us to the nearest motorway on-ramp and onto State Highway 1. It took us west at Ngaruawahia, onward through Taumaranui and around the western side of Mount Ruapehu,...

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TomTom Start Europe GPS Sat Nav


It has street level mapping for 46 European countries and benefits from a simplified menu system which makes plotting your route and choosing your options easy for beginners. TomTom also guarantees that its mapping is the most up to date when you...

The Start Europe is aimed to be funky as well as functional, with the option of adding in multi-coloured removable skins for the device, as well as a carry pouch for storing the unit. The Start Europe integrates the IQ Routes technology which is...

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First Look: TomTom Start is a quality little GPS for under $200


If you can look past the 3.5in screen, the Start is portable, easy to mount and ultra cheap. So, what's not to love about TomTom's latest and smallest GPS?

Product Specifications


FM Transmitter: No
FM Tuner: No
Head up Display: 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