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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 11:18 am    Post subject: Bigger is better - TomToms whopping 6-inch Start 60 Reply with quote

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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.

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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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

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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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

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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."
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:34 pm    Post subject: 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...
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:53 pm    Post subject: 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
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But bigger means that you can see the same old stuff easier Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 6:34 pm    Post subject: 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
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 7:29 pm    Post subject: 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
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 7:36 pm    Post subject: 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
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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.
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 9:56 am    Post subject: 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.
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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.


I wear varifocals when driving. They enable me to see the car's instruments, satnav etc. clearly and I'm also able to look through the top (non-prescription) part of the lens to focus on distant objects.
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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.
What are they then, your windscreen wipers? I use bifocals, but the bottom bit is intermediate not reading, as my instruments etc. are too far away for my reading prescription. Unless you hang your sat nav in the middle of the windscreen, which is illegal anyway, there's no problem with bifocals as the cut off point is approximately at the bottom of the windscreen leaving the view through the window unaffected by the stronger inter prescription.
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My TomTom is on the dash and too high for bifocals.

The only part of the screen I cannot read on my 940 without glasses is the distance to incident figures on the traffic bar.

I have not heard of intermediate bifocals before but it makes sense and I might look into these. Reading bifocals make me feel slightly disorientated when looking up.
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