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TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition Reviewed
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 12:14 pm    Post subject: TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition Reviewed Reply with quote

pocketgpsworld.comTomTom's latest model range is the IQ Routes Editions of their popular entry level ONE models.

Featuring regional or Western Europe options and two screen sizes, (4.3" and 3.5"), the new models add IQ Routes Data and functionality to the range. Also present is Map Share, the Help Me menu and TomTom's Latest Map Guarantee.

TomTom provided PocketGPSWorld with an XL IQ Routes Europe model for review and so our findings below are based upon this device. Please be aware that there may be minor functional changes between the different models.

Click here to read the review...
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the review Darren. Very useful and fair balanced comments.
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 9:08 pm    Post subject: Does the One IQ need a mobile phone for its data? Reply with quote

Hi, I've had my old One XL for three years now. I did use the traffic alerts by linking my phone and the One by bluetooth, until Microsoft messed it up by changing their bluetooth protocol. My phone was, and still is a pocket pc PDA. Am I correct in assuming that the new TomTom One IQ requires a mobile phone connection to use its IQ facility, or is the data stored in memory, and updated when you sync to your pc? I also am guessing that my Microsoft phone won't connect anyway and I need a new phone!
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new XL device have no bluetooth capability at all so the IQ routes data is contained within the map, this is not a Traffic alerting system it is based upon average road speeds from people driving the actual roads over time.

As for you PC Phone problem, what device are you using? as it is possible to add the BT DUN profile to HTC PPC Phones and get the data connection working, let us know the phone make/ model and we can see if sorting out the existing problem with your hardware can be resolved - Mike
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 9:45 pm    Post subject: Bluetooth and my ppc phone Reply with quote

Thanks for that. My current phone is however, not an HTC phone but the MWg 'Atom Life'. (originally an O2 phone for the asia market, but rebranded as MWg and sold off in the UK!) It has windows mobile 6 professional on board.
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AFAIK the Bluetooth DUN profile cannot be added to the MWg devices as nobody has created the required installer, I have an MWg Zinc-II which is useless due to a lack of support and the manufacturer has gone out of business, this will be my daughters next phone as she likes the device! - Mike
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 9:52 pm    Post subject: phone blues (tooth) Reply with quote

Thanks,
If it wasn't so brilliantly fast on the internet I'd have dumped it by now! That's good news about the One XL IQ. I am very tempted.
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to say for anyone who hasn't tried IQ routes they do make the tomtom pick routes that you would use as a local. No more stupid routes through the middle of Bristol. Also the predicted journey times are spot on.
This is something tomtom have got very right.
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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 12:03 am    Post subject: Re: phone blues (tooth) Reply with quote

pilk wrote:
Thanks,
If it wasn't so brilliantly fast on the internet I'd have dumped it by now! That's good news about the One XL IQ. I am very tempted.


You might be tempted even more by the recently announced "TomTom XL LIVE IQ Routes Edition" (don't you love these snappy names TomTom think of?)

This version has the LIVE features of the much more expensive Go x40 models, such as HD Traffic, Google Search, Fuel prices, Weather etc. - all from a built-in dedicated SIM card and subscription.
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 3:13 pm    Post subject: TomTom IQ XL Routes Reply with quote

I like to have my satnav on the small front side window on my Picasso but when I got the shop to try the mount in that position it wasn't possible to get the screen to face me so I was getting reflections of the passenger's hands - very distracting and a pity as it seems to be a good unit.g.
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 3:45 pm    Post subject: Re: TomTom IQ XL Routes Reply with quote

v3man wrote:
I like to have my satnav on the small front side window on my Picasso but when I got the shop to try the mount in that position it wasn't possible to get the screen to face me so I was getting reflections of the passenger's hands - very distracting and a pity as it seems to be a good unit.g.

There are already a number of third party solutions available for the EasyPort mount, e.g. Arkon.


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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As you can see from the image above, the XL is a much slimmer device but as can also be seen, in common with other ONE and XL devices, it now lacks any form of memory expansion slot.

Although it lacks a memory expansion slot, the IQ Routes Edition does come with 2Gb of memory built in. I just bought my wife a TomTom One IQ Routes Edition Regional (UK), and it had plenty of room to additionally install the Western Europe Map I used to use a few years ago on my Nokia N70.
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, good to know the regional also comes with 2Gb, thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:34 am    Post subject: Ability to change maps on TT XL IQ Routes Europe Reply with quote

In the review of the XL IQ Routes it was noted that:

"This is worth bearing in mind should you have any future plans to expand the maps. The storage provided is all you have at your disposal with no possibility of expanding it at a future date.

Not an issue if all you plan on doing is updating the supplied map but it would preclude the addition of a US map should you wish to at some future point."

I understand that with a significant proportion of the 2Gb of internal memory occupied by the Western and Central Europe maps there will be no room to additionally load a US map.

However does anybody know if it is possible to unload the Europe maps, load the the US maps and then reload the European ones once you have finished using the US maps?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:41 am    Post subject: Re: Ability to change maps on TT XL IQ Routes Europe Reply with quote

smike wrote:
However does anybody know if it is possible to unload the Europe maps, load the the US maps and then reload the European ones once you have finished using the US maps?

A quick checks shows the US maps require slightly less space than the Europe Map so that would be fine. Perfectly do'able.

just copy the Western Europe map folder to your Computer (you should have a full backup anyway?) and then remove it from the ONE. Then install the US map.
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