In for one, even though I have not read all the copy, features and specs. Concerned that Woot might sell out on these.
Anyway, I snapped one of these up based on how pleased I am with my current Tom Tom, which is very nice, but it does NOT have the traffic feature (something that's real handy on the commute, if you commute).
Without getting into tech talk, here's what I like about my Tom Tom:
- The name. I bought it because Tom Tom has an excellent reputation. I was debating over this or something made by Garmin.
- Website Support. I connected my Tom Tom to a PC, went to Tom Tom's website and it downloaded the latest maps (per the map guarantee) AND it performed a firmware upgrade.
- Free voices - I downloaded all the free voices available and also paid for Homer Simpson.
- Free avatars - There was also lots of free "avatars" or whatever the graphic is that shows your current GPS position on the display map.
- Free Custom Avatars - And I assume there's still the ability to make custom avatars. I uploaded a read shot of my MINI Copper and converted it into the positioning avatar on my display. People get a kick out of that, seeing my car on the GPS map.
- Dependability - My unit has never had a problem.
- Battery - Despite the unit being three years old now, the built-in battery still holds a charge and can power the unit for three to five hours.
- Speaker - The speaker is quite loud and I can hear instructions clearly.
- Bluetooth - Does this Woot have BT? Mine does and it works great.
- Computing functions - Are actually quite fast, e.g., if you miss a turn per instructions, it refreshes quite fast and tells you quite quickly where to drive to get you back in the correct direction.
- Map and Directions - My unit, being older and a lesser model, is nevertheless great at telling you where your bank ATMs are located, favorite brand fuel stations and even retail. E.g., if you enter you want to go to a Target store, it tells you where they are located in your area, you select one or say for it to pick the closest location, and it then gives you directions to it.
- Accuracy - Mine has always been accurate, to within feet. For example, when I am at the front door of a business it says "You have arrived." E.g., it accurately says the distance before a turn, down to 50 feet.
I especially like when it tells you to stay in a particular lane when coming up are multiple lanes going in all directions, such as north, east, and west.
- Speedometer - My unit is like others, the unit's car speed indicator is far more accurate than the car's speedo. So I use the GPS speedometer instead of he car's speedo.
- Ticket saver - My Tom Tom has saved me thousands of dollars. How? Many times the Tom Tom has prevented my getting speeding tickets (so I have saved the cost of tickets AND hike in insurance rates).
A feature the Tom Tom has is you can set it to sound a warning when your car is moving at or above the speed you select. I set mine to sound off when I am going over 75 mph on 65 mph highways.
So many times my Tom Tom has sounded off the warning when I am speeding way over the limit. And I have had many a "whew" moments, when a I see highway patrol cars passing me and/or nailing someone else.
Sheesh... the Tom Tom is worth $75 right there, isn't it?
- The touch screen on mine is difficult to use at times, e.g., to adjust the volume. I don't know if it's me or the unit is not all that great a capacitive screen. I think it's the former. One has to be precise when entering commands and use proper pressure.
- When your maps in the opinion of the unit gets old or outdated there's a pop-up screen suggesting you update your maps, every time you turn on the unit and enter a destination of where you want to go. Annoying.
USB power cord - My cable connected into a recessed port on the back of the unit. It's near impossible for me to connect the cable without looking at the port.
In other words, if the unit is mounted to the windshield you cannot "feel around" with the cable tip and insert it into the port, you have to remove the unit, flip to the back to where you can see the port and then insert the cable.
And if it's at night you are going to need a light to see the orientation of the mini USB plug.
While that's all a hassle, it's not a deal breaker for me.
(Update: I was using one of my old TomTom cables because mine did not have a charging cable in the box. Turns out that the missing cable is important in that it has the traffic receiver integrated into it. In any event, the USB connector is difficult to insert on any TomTom unit.)
All in all this is a great price for a great portable GPS.