mbrickell wrote:I have a Tom Tom and a Garmin.
The Garmin is a better unit in all but one area.
My experience has been the exact opposite. The method of inputting an address into the Garmin is archaic and unnatural in comparison to the TomTom and its on-screen display is clunky and less functional than that of the TomTom. I suppose to some extent that simply comes down to preference.
One thing to note if you live near a state/country border, the Garmin forces you to change your state destination (separately from the address entry) if you're driving from say, Vancouver WA to Portland OR, or from Seattle WA to Vancouver BC. The TomTom does not and remembers your most recent city entries making destination input lightening fast.
mbrickell wrote:On one certain stretch of highway locally, the TomTom tells you to exit on the ramp then immediately directs you to proceed to the on ramp to get back on the highway. Also, coming to my house, it apparently thinks I live at Wal-Mart, since it tells me to turn right to go there instead of left down the major street leading to my house. Several other times, the TT makes a weird call out of nowhere. Have not experienced this with the G.
I've never experienced anything like this with my TomTom...
mbrickell wrote:The TomTom seems to suffer from gas pump/lawyer syndrome worse than the Garmin. In other words, you are asked 15 questions any time you want to do anything. Do you want a receipt? Do you want a car wash? Is your car red? Have you ever ridden a motorcycle? Do you have an Aunt named Mabel? YES JUST NAVIGATE FOR *&$# SAKE. It seems that you have to press more keys to get to the menu you want or to actually navigate somewhere. If you search for a POI or something, there are about 15,000 "back" presses if you change your mind on the TT. Garmin interface seems more intuitive, it's faster to change destination or enter one.
You must have some unique version of the TomTom software, or never properly used your device. When I have a new destination I simply "Navigate to, Address, ### Street, City, Navigate Method (fastest, shortest, avoid freeways, by bike, walking, etc - and it defaults to my navigation method preference)" and am presented with the overall route map, miles, and distance with an "alternate method" button. Done.
mbrickell wrote:The TT has one advantage. It's more customizable. You can more easily put funny voices on it, change map colors, etc. Wider variety of options. If you want Beavis and Butthead's voices on your navi, get the TT.
Stupid voices aside, customizing the navigation map screen is a nice feature that far beats out the Garmin. I like easily adding, modifying, and removing information. Of course if you want the same information repeated three times rather than being able to truly customize your screen, then the Garmin is King.
mbrickell wrote:Too bad the actual navigation and interface is subpar.
Again, this is the opposite of my experience. Anyone who really wants an informed opinion of which is better should probably venture to their local big-box shop and try them both out.