I bought my TomTom ONE 130 GPS in spring of 2009 for $100 and I can honestly say that this is the best $100 I’ve ever spent on anything (they’re even cheaper now). Like many other people I was sick and tired of getting lost when driving to unfamiliar destinations. Prior to owning a GPS I relied on free map printouts from google maps or mapquest to get me where I was going. Unfortunately unless you have a navigator sitting in the passenger seat, it’s very hard to constantly refer to you direction list sheet, and keep an eye out for the upcoming street you need to be on. Inevitably I would always miss a street and get lost. At this point I’d always find myself backtracking, rolling down my window and asking others for directions and trying to converse with the poorly speaking clerk at the local gas station for help. Needless to say, I was sick of wasting time and money getting lost.
The TomTom ONE 130 is an entry level GPS system and cheapest unit at my local best buy. Till this day I am amazed at the technology that has been put into this device. Getting lost is a thing of the past when you own a TomTom 130. This model has a 3.5″ lcd touch screen that constantly displays your location on a virtual map. You can customize your display to 2D or 3D with several different color combinations to suite your eyes. Programming the system to take you to your destination is simple as cake. All you have to do is punch in the address, or you can also search for destinations by name or category. Once you’ve decided on a destination the unit asks you whether you’d like to minimize toll roads. In real time, the unit then displays your route with bold arrows and uses voice to assist you. It constantly monitors your distance before needing to change roads from units as big as miles all the way down to 10 foot increments. When you get close to the next road you need to turn on the unit will vocally remind you as you are approaching the intersection. Along with a digital map, there are a number of useful things you can display on the screen including remaining time, remaining distance, current time, arrival time, speed, max speed, direction (compass), next street, current street, and leeway arrival time.
Probably the coolest feature this unit has is the ability to display your current speed. I find this a necessity as my speedometer is broken. What gets better is that the unit knows what the speed limit of all public roads is. I have my unit programmed to warn me when I break the speed limit in excess of 10mph. The real time feature of this GPS is awesome. The search feature is also very handy. When I am hungry and am craving a certain appetite, I turn to my tomtom to display all the nearby restaurants. It even includes location’s phone numbers so you can call to make a reservation or ask questions. The unit has a USB interface which allows it to connect to your computer which allows you to download updates and make your own changes. It can hold 1 gigabyte of additional information on it! The unit runs off of a 12v DC power and connects right to your cigarette lighter. Lithium ion battery technology allows this unit to operate for 3 hours without being plugged in if you wish to charged a cell phone or something else.
All in all, this GPS is a must have as if you wish to navigate the roads with full confidence. You will never have to worry about getting lost or missing a turn. The additional features that come with the device are priceless. I could go on an on about the how much technology is squeezed into such a small device.