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Bigger is better TomToms whopping 6inch Start 60


Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 9 May 2012

pocketgpsworld.com
If bigger is truly better then TomTom's Start 60 must be win with a chance of winning the crown.

Outfitted with a whopping 6-in screen, the 60 is the largest TomTom satnav to date and should give factory fit systems a run for their money.

The extra large display means bigger menus and buttons as well as the larger map display. It comes equipped with IQ Routes, Map Share, text to speech and a new dual mounting system that gives you a choice between windscreen or dash mounting options.

It's available now with a guide price of £169.99 with European mapping.

Source: TomTom



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Posted by MaFt on Wed May 09, 2012 10:44 am Reply with quote

So is everything just scaled up or are they making use of the extra screen real-estate?

MaFt


MaFt®

 
Posted by spook51 on Wed May 09, 2012 11:12 am Reply with quote

MaFt Wrote:
So is everything just scaled up or are they making use of the extra screen real-estate?

MaFt


I think there's a clue in this sentence:
"The extra large display means bigger menus and buttons as well as the larger map display."


 
Posted by MaFt on Wed May 09, 2012 11:34 am Reply with quote

for the menu yes, but the map screen could be larger map display as well as a slightly different layout or more info along the bottom area...

i suspect not though...


MaFt®

 
Posted by newbeee on Wed May 09, 2012 11:53 am Reply with quote

I see a six inch VIA with traffic on Amazon.com as well.

It says: "This item has not yet been released."

http://www.amazon.com/TomTom-1605TM-Navigator-Lifetime-Traffic/dp/tech-data/B007PPYXOC/ref=de_a_smtd


 
Posted by dhn on Wed May 09, 2012 1:01 pm Reply with quote

MaFt Wrote:
for the menu yes, but the map screen could be larger map display as well as a slightly different layout or more info along the bottom area...

i suspect not though...


You suspect right, unfortunately ............... Sad


David

 
Posted by M8TJT on Wed May 09, 2012 2:29 pm Reply with quote

But bigger means that you can see the same old stuff easier Twisted Evil


 
Posted by Wazza_G on Wed May 09, 2012 5:34 pm Reply with quote

6"... So what it's nothing without accurate mapping data.

That's why I dumped TomTom. That plus the stupid memory situation where not all of the EU fits in the units memory. Rolling Eyes


Be alert.. This country needs more lerts.

 
Posted by mikealder on Wed May 09, 2012 6:29 pm Reply with quote

My only thoughts are that should you need a 6" screen sat nav are your eyes good enough to be driving in the first place?? - Mike


 
Posted by dhn on Wed May 09, 2012 6:36 pm Reply with quote

Mike, I've used units with 3.5" screens, 4.3", 5.0 and now 6.0".

While I don't NEED the 6.0" screen, the info on it (especially in something like 2D night view) is easier on my eyes than any of the smaller sized screens.

p.s. You gonna come by TTF for a visit? Razz


David

 
Posted by MrT on Thu May 10, 2012 8:24 am Reply with quote

mikealder Wrote:
My only thoughts are that should you need a 6" screen sat nav are your eyes good enough to be driving in the first place?? - Mike


Actually yes and a common cause of this is called presbyopia and everyone gets it progressively, usually past the age of 40.

As you get older (like me) the minimum distance you can focus at starts to increase as your eye lens hardens. So at age 20 you might be able to focus on something 6" from your eyes but by the time your are sixty, this can be around 3ft.

This does not affect your vision beyond this minimum distance which could still be near perfect in the range 3ft to infinity. However your TomTom is usually nearer than 3ft to you.

If you have presbyopia and wear glasses so you can focus on near objects, you then cannot focus on distant objects. Bifocal are a sort of solution to this but not much use for driving where the near distance objects you want to focus on are in or very near your driving line of vision.


TT6 on PDA, Go940, Go530T

 
Posted by Kremmen on Thu May 10, 2012 8:56 am Reply with quote

All very well but ........... when you park it's not the size you can pop in your top pocket and take with you.


Garmin 2699 LMT-D (In the car)
Garmin 2599 LMT-D (Indoor test rig)
Garmin 2597 LMT (Redundant)

Let's be careful out there !

 
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