TomTom Offers Low-Cost XL 350 and XXL 550 Navigation Units

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News Posted: Mon, May 10 2010 9:44 AM
Garmin's newest navigation machines were completely unlike any beforethem, looking more like a smartphone and less like a traditional in-carPND. TomTom's latest don't really leap that far forward in design, butthey do offer a few new features that are rather attractive for avidroad warriors. The new XL 350 and XXL 550 range of navigation devicesincorporate a refreshed user interface, with two of the main newfeatures being lifetime traffic updates and low-cost map updates.

All TomTom products in the XL 350 and XXL 550 range include TomTom’snew EasyMenu user interface, which offers sharp graphics and a simpletouchscreen menu that provides quick access to search tools so thatusers can get started towards their destination even faster. IQ Routesare also included, which offers the most efficient routing optiondepending on traffic flows during the certain part of the day.

The XL 350 has a 4.3" display, while the XL 550 has a 5" display. Theprices here are also right in line for bargain hunts: the X50 productswill be available in late May and prices will begin at $169 for the4.3”, and $199 for the 5.0”, and lifetime maps/traffic are availablefor $30 more per unit.

Select devices across the new range of XL 350 and XXL 550 devicesinclude Lifetime Maps and/or Lifetime Traffic Updates:

  • Lifetime Map Updates feature allows users to keep their maps fresh by downloading, every few months, the industry's most accurate and up-to-date maps.
  • The maps include one million more miles than competing maps and, in certified tests, rate highest in terms of quality and reliability. Because an average of 18% of road information changes each year, maps are continually refreshed to include improvements across the entire road network and updates to points of interest (POIs). With Lifetime Map Updates, consumers always have access to the best maps available.
  • Lifetime Map Updates are available on XL 350M, XL 350TM, XXL 550M and XXL 550TM devices.
  • Lifetime Traffic Updates feature offers real-time insight into current traffic conditions to help drivers avoid delays.
  • The TomTom device receives the latest, constantly-updated traffic information; recalculates total drive time; and suggests more efficient alternate routes if they are available.
  • Combined with TomTom IQ Routes, the real-time traffic information via Lifetime Traffic Updates, ensures the smartest and fastest routing possible.
  • Lifetime Traffic Updates are available on XL 350T, XL 350TM, XXL 550 T, XXL 550 TM devices.

Technical specifications
Additional features on all devicesinclude:

  • Maps: preloaded premium maps of the US/Canada/Mexico from Tele Atlas
  • MapShare on demand updates
  • IQ Routes
  • POIs: over 7 million points of interest
  • Advanced Lane Guidance
  • EasyMenu™

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realneil replied on Tue, May 11 2010 10:57 AM

Garmin already sells units for 159 with lifetime traffic and maps included.

I plan to order one soon.

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