New TomTom START delivers lifetime map updates


New TomTom START
The new TomTom START includes lifetime map updates

One of the biggest headaches with sat nav systems is keeping them up to date — junctions, points of interest (POIs), speed limits and even entire roads tend to change each year, and for drivers who travel widely, this can be a major headache.

Many sat navs come with a year’s free updates, but after that, you often need to pay for further updates — and many drivers don’t bother, allowing their sat nav to gradually become less reliable.

TomTom has decided to put an end to this by offering lifetime map updates for its updated entry-level model, the TomTom START.

The START includes ‘up to four non-transferable map data updates per year for this product until the product’s useful life expires’

What this means is that TomTom will keep updating the maps for as long as it supports this device, which seems fair enough.

Aside from this, the new START has a refreshed case design and is available in 4″, 5″ and 6″ screen sizes, with prices starting from £119.99.

New TomTom START screenshot

Key features include:

Advance Lane Guidance: Clearly see which lane to take at key junctions. Don’t miss the turning with realistic 3D pictures showing the correct lane to take.

Route Bar: Essential travel information at a glance. The Route Bar shows precise navigation and speed camera information on the road ahead.

Quick Search: Drivers can find their destination faster with intuitive search results. Quick Search starts finding destinations as soon as the driver starts typing.

Points of Interest: Drivers can see Points of Interest around them. From petrol stations to hotels, the device comes pre-loaded with millions of useful POIs.

My Places: Drivers can see their favourite locations on the map.  This makes it easier to find and navigate to their favourite locations every day.

Map Share changes: Share and download verified map changes from the Map Share community.

It all adds up to an attractive package, and if the new START is anything like the other TomTom models I’ve reviewed, then it should be a great all-round package — TomTom continues to be the market leader in terms of usability, in my view.

The only big feature missing is live traffic updates, but this continues to be a premium feature aimed at heavy or business users, which is fair enough.

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