With TomTom being one of the “Big 3” GPS manufacturers in the world, I figured I'd give one of their mid-range models a test drive to see if it can hang with the competition. Keep reading to find out how the model I chose, the TomTom One XL-S, performed.
TomTom released their One XL , which was the follow-up to the TomTom One, back in June of 2007. The One XL was a popular choice among consumers because of its large touchscreen interface and decent set of features. The TomTom One XL-S is very similar to its predecessor, with the main difference being that the newer model features text-to-speech functionality.
Text-to-speech is one of those features that is becoming pretty standard in today's portable GPS devices, and the main reason for this is because it's a great safety feature - not to mention it's just flat-out more convenient to have the street names announced rather than a simple "turn right here" or "turn left ahead." This feature helps the driver keep their eyes on the road rather than on the GPS screen searching for streets. In my opinion, no one should buy a GPS device these days without making sure that text-to-speech is one of the included features.
The TomTom One XL-S was released at the end of 2007 - about six months after its predecessor. Prices for this device range from about $119 for the refurbished model to $349, although most online stores are selling the TomTom One XL-S in the $249 to $299 range (new in box).
In The Box
TomTom XL-S portable GPS unit
Cigarette lighter adapter
Windshield/dash mounting arm with suction cup
Adhesive tape for mounting the unit on the dashboard
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