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TomTom Start

alaTest has collected and analyzed 466 reviews of TomTom Start. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Comments about the performance and screen are overall positive. The size and price are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the design.

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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.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of TomTom Start from The average user rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on

50% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: TomTom Start Classic Satellite Navigation SystemTomTom Start Classic Satellite Navigation System

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

TomTom Start Sat-Nav


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

May, 2011

Expert review by : Rob Mead (

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

It's Saturday, the city is choked with traffic and you're in a hurry. There are juggernauts to the left of you. Cars full of shoppers to the right. You're queuing in the middle lane and there are four sets of traffic lights, two speed cameras and a...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by : Jim Martin (

TomTom Start UK & Ireland review


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

Overall, the Start is a good satnav, but it's a shame the screen is so small. Other budget satnavs are better value –

Jan, 2010

Expert review by : Marie Brewis (

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...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : James Heffield (

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,...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by (

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...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by : Daniel Long (

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?

Dec, 2009

Expert review by (

TomTom Start


The TomTom Start satnav is an entry-level GPS that aims to ease you into the world of satellite navigation, with a pared-down, easy to use UI, so users won't get lost before they even start. But that doesn't mean it's skimped on the hardware – the...

The TomTom Start is a great little gadget if you're a bit tech-shy, but anyone with the patience to read a manual and look beyond the neon shades, should opt for the TomTom One instead. TomTom Start is tagged with TomTom Start, TomTom and satnav....

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Tony Smith (

TomTom Start


The 'get me from A to B' focused Start does the job and does it well, but it's pricey and lacks the features some frequent drivers will need.

Don't get us wrong, we liked using the Start, and it's cut-to-what-matters approach is an step forward for its satnav UI. It does its job and it does it well, albeit for the casual driver rather than folk who spend their lives behind the wheel, who...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : electricpig (

TomTom Start review


A good basic satnav, but the TomTom One is just a tenner more

Great build, easy to use

Additional cases are tacky and pointless

Nov, 2009

Product Specifications


Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1


Built-in camera: No


Color of product:Black / White
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld / Handheld/Fixed
Product color:Black


Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 4:3
Display Diagonal:3.5 / 4.3 / 5
Display number of colors:0.064000 / 65536 colours
Display Resolution:320 x 240 / 480 x 272
Native Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 4:3
Touch screen: Yes
Widescreen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):2 / 3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:Battery, Cigar lighter

GPS Performance


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
Truck: No


Map coverage:All Europe / Canada, USA / Central Europe / Central Europe, Western Europe / Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden / United Kingdom / Western Europe
Maps included: Yes
Number of countries covered:22
Voice maps: Yes


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / No
Internal storage capacity:2
Storage media type:Flash


Auto re-route: Yes
Choice of route setup: Yes
Languages support:Multi
Live service: No
Live Traffic Message Channel (TMC):N
Quick search:Y
Road signs: Yes
Speed limits: Yes
Traffic Message Channel (TMC):No / Yes
Voice commands: Yes


Bluetooth: No

Other Features

Internal memory:1000 / 1024 / 2000 / 2048
Storage Capacity:2048

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:USB
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Packaging Data

Package dimensions (WxDxH):5.04 x 2.87 x 5.04
Package weight:13.4


Built-in camera:N
Built-in speaker(s):Y

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connectivity:Y


Battery life (max):2 / 3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:Battery, Cigar lighter


Supported bands: No
Supported radio bands:Not supported

Technical Details

3.5" touch screen (9 cm): Yes
4.3" touch screen (11 cm):Y
4.3" widescreen: Yes
Advanced Lane Guidance: Yes
Announces street names: Yes
Color of product:Black / White
Eco Routes: Yes
Fast Route Planning: Yes
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld / Handheld/Fixed
FREE Daily Map Changes: Yes
Frequent destinations: Yes
Help Me! emergency menu: Yes
Integrated mounting: Yes
Interface Type:Touch Screen
IQ Routes: Yes
IQ Routes technology:Y
Languages support:Multi
Latest Map Guarantee: Yes
Map Share technology: Yes
Mobile Speed cameras: Yes
Parking assist: Yes
Plug & Go: Yes
QuickGPSfix: Yes
Rich Points of Interest: Yes
Safety camera alerts: Yes
Safety preferences: Yes
Simplified menu: Yes
Speeding alert: Yes
Spoken street names:Y
TMC Traffic-ready: Yes
TomTom HOME desktop software: Yes
TomTom Speed Cameras: Yes
USB connectivity: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.787 / 0.906 / 0.984 / 1.14 / 3.07
Height:0.984 / 3.07 / 3.19 / 3.74
Weight:4.41 / 6.88 / 7.62
Width:3.62 / 3.7 / 4.69 / 5.28 / 5.47