's newest navigation machines were completely unlike any before
them, looking more like a smartphone and less like a traditional in-car
PND. TomTom's latest don't really leap that far forward in design, but
they do offer a few new features that are rather attractive for avid
road warriors. The new XL 350 and XXL 550 range of navigation devices
incorporate a refreshed user interface, with two of the main new
features being lifetime traffic updates and low-cost map updates.
products in the XL 350 and XXL 550 range include TomTom’s
new EasyMenu user interface, which offers sharp graphics and a simple
touchscreen menu that provides quick access to search tools so that
users can get started towards their destination even faster. IQ Routes
are also included, which offers the most efficient routing option
depending 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. The
prices here are also right in line for bargain hunts: the X50 products
will be available in late May and prices will begin at $169 for the
4.3”, and $199 for the 5.0”, and lifetime maps/traffic are available
for $30 more per unit.
Select devices across the new range of XL 350 and XXL 550 devices
include 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
Lifetime Traffic Updates are available on XL 350T, XL 350TM, XXL 550
T, XXL 550 TM devices.
Additional features on all devices
Maps: preloaded premium maps of the US/Canada/Mexico from Tele Atlas
MapShare on demand updates
POIs: over 7 million points of interest
Advanced Lane Guidance