TOMTOM ONE XL: Great Big Screen

Essentially a widescreen version of the highly rated TomTom ONE, the ONE XL has the largest LCD in TomTom's GPS lineup. Unfortunately it lacks text-lo-speech, a handy feature found in competing products.

Measuring 4.7 by 3.4 by 1.2 inches and weighing 7.4 ounces, the ONE XL boasts a big 16-bit (480-by-272-pixel) screen. Complete TeleAtlas maps for the U.S., Canada, Guam, and Puerto Rico are preloaded, along with a database of five million POIs (points of interest).

TomTom has always had bragging rights in terms of language capability, and the ONE XL is no exception. The user interface supports 36 languages, with 55 voices, for spoken directions. You can also download the celebrity voices of John Cleese, Mr.T.Gary Busey, and Burt Reynold, to name a few.

On the road, the ONE XL performed adequately and planned exactly the same routes as other TomTom devices, and, for that matter, other TeleAtlas-based products I've tested in the past.

It's certainly true that TomTom users love their devices. But strictly in terms of bang for the buck, the ONE XL isn't awe inspiring.



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