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Outsmart traffic with the TomTom XL 335T. With complete widescreen navigation plus Lifetime Traffic Updates, you'll always stay informed and minimize delays. Based on up-to-date traffic information, your device will recalculate travel time and suggest alternate routes. Spoken turn-by-turn instructions, including street names, will guide you to any address in the U.S. and Canada--including more than 7 million pre-loaded points of interest.
Get complete widescreen navigation with Lifetime Traffic Updates.
Expand your horizons with a 4.3-inch extra-wide touchscreen.
The award-winning Fold and Go EasyPort mount folds into the back of the device for maximum portability.
Only TomTom has IQ Routes technology, which shaves time off even the shortest trips by calculating the fastest route based on time of day you are traveling. You'll always drive the smartest, most efficient route and save time, fuel, and money. Advanced Lane Guidance* uses photorealistic images to bring even more clarity to complex multi-lane exits so you can be more confident on the road.
TomTom has the most accurate maps, and with TomTom Map Share technology, you can instantly modify street names, street direction, POIs, road speeds, and turn restrictions on your own device. The "Help Me!" menu provides added safety features so you can easily access local emergency providers. The award-winning Fold and Go EasyPort mount folds flat against the device, making it easy to take with you from car to car.
*Feature available in the U.S. only
Maps of the U.S. and Canada with TomTom Map Share
Pre-loaded with maps of the U.S. and Canada. TomTom has the most accurate maps, and with TomTom Map Share technology, you can instantly modify street names, street direction, POIs, and more on your own device, and receive daily verified updates from TomTom. Spoken turn-by-turn instructions and 3D graphics will guide you to any address in the U.S. and Canada, worry-free.
Lifetime Traffic Updates
Outsmart traffic and avoid delays for life with real-time information via your TomTom. Every three minutes, your TomTom will automatically update with the latest traffic information, recalculate your trip time, and suggest alternate routes.
7 Million POIs
Pre-loaded with more than 7 million points of interest in over 60 destination categories. Easily find millions of gas stations, restaurants, hotels, ATMs, and more on your route. Or, seek out a new tourist attraction, nightlife spot, or shopping center, and navigate directly to it. Customize by adding your own points of interest.
IQ Routes Technology
TomTom IQ Routes technology puts the driving experience of millions of TomTom users into your maps to shave time off even the shortest trips. Calculates the fastest route possible based on time of day. With TomTom IQ Routes, you'll always drive the smartest, most efficient route. IQ Routes saves you time, fuel, and money.
Traffic isn't the same during Monday morning rush hour as it is on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Heavy traffic, rotaries, traffic lights, and even pedestrians can slow you down. The route you need changes depending on the day and time, so the shortest route isn't necessarily going to be the fastest. With TomTom IQ Routes, you'll always drive the fastest route.
Advanced Lane Guidance*
TomTom Advanced Lane Guidance gives you extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions by showing you which lane to take, so you won't miss your turn or have to make sudden, dangerous lane crossings. Photorealistic images and a pulsing green arrow indicate exactly which lane to use, so you can go confidently.
Spoken Street Names
Announces turn-by-turn directions aloud, including street and place names.
Expand your horizons with a 4.3-inch extra-wide touchscreen. An additional 20% in size allows an expanded driving view and easier menu operation.
Fold and Go EasyPort Mount
The award-winning Fold and Go EasyPort mount provides maximum portability. The mount folds neatly onto the back of the device, so both are small enough to fit into your pocket or bag, and it makes your device even more portable so you can take it with you wherever you travel.
All TomToms Feature
Plug and Go--Works right out of the box.
30-Day Latest Map Guarantee--Up-to-date, off the shelf.
TomTom Map Share--Modify your own map and benefit from other users' verified changes with TomTom Map Share.
Help Me! Emergency Menu--Easily access local emergency providers such as police, fire stations, and hospitals.
TomTom HOME--Always up-to-date.
Fuel Price Service (optional)--Know more, pay less.
What's in the Box
XL 335T GPS device, EasyPort mount, USB cable, adhesive disk, car charger with integrated traffic, and user's guide.
Founded in Amsterdam in 1991, TomTom has established itself as a global leader in navigation by being an innovative company with a strong brand, clear customer focus, and high-quality products and services.
TomTom is the world's leading navigation solutions provider, with navigation products sold in 30 countries and in over 20 languages. To further our commitment to car navigation, TomTom acquired Tele Atlas maps in 2008 so we can continually provide the most up-to-date maps and intelligent routing.
We have our own mapping company!
Did you know that every year roads change by up to 40% in high-growth areas? Tele Atlas manages this by using the world's most comprehensive systems to identify and incorporate these changes into our maps with unprecedented levels of speed and accuracy. All TomTom devices benefit from the Tele Atlas advantage--more coverage, more points of interest, and more freshness and accuracy.
At TomTom, we believe that personal navigation should be as easy and safe as possible. We develop smart technology that gives you straightforward solutions and innovations to make life easy.
Pretty good, but room for improvement
I've been testing this out for about a month, and for the most part, I really like it. Any time I've entered an address, it led me right where I needed to go and gave easy-to-follow instructions. I've come up with quite a few things that bother me about this device, which is why I didn't give it a higher rating. But the fact that it has not yet led me astray is the most important thing and why I didn't give it a lower rating.
These are the strikes: It doesn't say right or left at the destination. One of the few times I used it to navigate to someplace unfamiliar, it said "You have arrived at your destination" in the middle of a busy street with office buildings on both sides. I needed one of those buildings and didn't know which way to turn. One more right or left would have been very helpful.
The "manual" basically tells you how to turn the thing on and that's it. Most of the features and settings need to be discovered. If you're a jump right in sort of person, this isn't a big deal, but I like to read what something is capable of before I start using it.
While it navigates to an entered address without a problem, I have noticed that many locations are not on its map. It lets you search for "points of interest" like restaurants and gas stations, but is missing some. I have found at least one local restaurant not listed and when I searched for local parks, it listed only one of at least half a dozen in our area.
Pretty Good GPS
We've used this on one long trip (through MD, PA, and NY) and were quite satisfied with the routing and directions. It especially seemed to save us some time with some seemingly minor shortcuts that took us off the interstate twice for a brief while, but took time and miles off the trip. So that was excellent.
My only quibble is a minor one and that is that it took some time to get used to where you have to tape the screen to get the traffic menu vs. the settings menu. Both are in the upper right portion of the screen (at least on the right-handed setting we had it on,) but very close together. Minor thing.
Stacks up well against a Magellan which we also have.
Easy to use
Our new TomTom has been tested by my daughter on a long road trip as well as by my husband and I around town and on several longer trips. My daughter has a Garmond Nuvi that she was comparing the new TomTom to and both my husband and I have built-in navigation systems in our cars.
My daughter liked the fact that the unit asked if there was a time constraint on each trip which would help it decide which route to take. The layout was not as simple as her Garmond Nuvi but was still easy to follow. It did have trouble finding the local gas station (saying they'd arrived at their destination a few blocks before they actually had). While her older unit "gets a little obnoxious" when you overshoot an exit/miss a turn, this TomTom "simply re-calculated and didn't say anything." That really impressed my daughter who feels her Garmond likes to yell at her. The best part, according to my daughter, was that, with her other unit, the suction cup is always falling off while this new TomTom's suction cup, once on, never fell off (we found the same to be true with our cars/this unit). Overall, "it was a very good GPS unit."
After briefly struggling with the suction cup (manual, what manual?), my husband (and I) quickly fell in love with the new TomTom. The things we liked included a display that was very clear and easy to read, no extraneous clutter on the display, and the directions were very exact, down to the side of the street a destination was on. While the display was a little hard to read in an open convertible, I suspect most units have this same problem. With the top up, it was quite easy to read. One thing that surprised us was that our built-in systems always try to send us the long way to our local highway (even though they're set to select the shortest route) while this TomTom unit sent us the correct/shorter route. It also directed us correctly out of a huge shopping mall parking lot which required several turns, stops, and lane changes. Pretty impressive.
We also found the audio very easy to understand. Downloading updates was simple and only took a few minutes. And check out the additional voices you can download (you have to pay for some). Darth Vader and Homer Simpson are hilarious!
Quill says: This TomTom GPS is simple and easy to use, no manual necessary!