Tomtom hangs on to its customers. The latest navigation systems comes with free lifetime maps, TomTom choosing to do the same as Mio or Garmin. It is a good user solution having long-term benefits, when you consider how much it costs a set of maps, if you can’t get them free.
We are talking about TomTom Start 50, a simple but robust navigation system that comes with an easy to use menu and a run mode well done.
As aspect, TomTom Start 50 is not in any way special. Rounded corners and a slightly curved back define this model with 5-inch screen. Speaking of the screen, that one is really ok, regarding its touchscreen or brightness, and replies well to the full range of commands: firm pressing or running the menu from left to right. On the side, we have the micro SD card slot (useful in the future when the maps size will rise) and to the rear there are a charging plug and a PC connection. The stand is sturdy and simple, but on our opinion, is too short. If you have very wide dashboard, then it is a bit more difficult to use, so it must be installed in a position closer to the driver.
Soft, maps and options
Tomtom Start 50 comes with new software, designed to simplify entering addresses and to allow creation of routes in seconds. Searching for addresses and points of interest is done in one field, same as the Here Maps, for example. I noticed that there is a slight lag in search results as you type, and that the screen is a bit loaded on the offered results page.
The route is calculated quickly, even for big distances. From the menu we can customize the type of route that will be generated. You can choose a rapid route, easy one, an ecological one, or combinations of those.
It is easy to insert a waypoint, directly from the main menu .In the menu we have classic options: customize map color and voice guidance, language choice, choosing items that will be displayed on the map and other options. In the main screen, the route to be followed is very visible and the other elements are drawn in less obvious colors, to avoid distracting.
Moreover, they did not load the screen with unnecessary graphics, and the information about speed, radar cams or the menu buttons are drawn to the sides and shrunk. With latest map updates, TomTom Start 50 has managed to generate optimal routes, both through cities and routes that crossed several countries.
We are talking about a classic navigation system, without many options, but preserving the quality of TomTom products.
The menu is intuitive, easy to learn and the options are not less complex, in order to not discourage someone who wants something simple. The screen has a high quality, precise run mode, easy to customize. The biggest advantage of this navigation system is free map update, not available on older models.
TomTom Start 50 has some drawbacks. There are slight lags (feeling blocked) if you search for some destinations and calculating very long routes. It is also missing the TMC that would be more than useful for a navigation system in 2015. Finally, the price is somewhat unjustified even if we mention a top brand. Garmin and Mio have identical device options, but at a lower price.
It remains to that fact that those who will buy it, will decide if the engine to create routes on this navigation system is superior to direct competitors on the market.