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Good basic GPS unit, August 31, 2010

The TomTom XXL 550T 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator is a good basic GPS navigation unit which I could recommend to anyone looking for a basic GPS with a larger screen.That having been said, I had some issues with this unit and TomTom that prevent me from giving it five stars.-- No Manual. The TomTom XXL 550T 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator shipped in the late Spring of 2010. When I received the unit toward the end of July there was still no manual available on-line for this model. There are numerous optional settings and even more options if you have the Traffic feature. The "User Guide" which comes with the unit does little more than tell you how to plug it in and plan a simple route. ''TomTom finally did put up a manual sometime in August, although it appears to just be a link to the XL 350 manual (see below - it just says XL on the cover page instead of XXL, as does the cover page for the 340 XL, which is a completely different guide describing a completely...

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The TomTom XXL 550T 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator is a good basic GPS navigation unit which I could recommend to anyone looking for a basic GPS with a larger screen.That having been said, I had some issues with this unit and TomTom that prevent me from giving it five stars.-- No Manual. The TomTom XXL 550T 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator shipped in the late Spring of 2010. When I received the unit toward the end of July there was still no manual available on-line for this model. There are numerous optional settings and even more options if you have the Traffic feature. The "User Guide" which comes with the unit does little more than tell you how to plug it in and plan a simple route. ''TomTom finally did put up a manual sometime in August, although it appears to just be a link to the XL 350 manual (see below - it just says XL on the cover page instead of XXL, as does the cover page for the 340 XL, which is a completely different guide describing a completely...
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First, and this is important:If you have this device, do not permit TomTom Home (a computer program) to 'update' your maps until after it has 'activated' your GPS. TomTom Home may run into problems processing your activation code until after you update the "TomTom Application for TomTom XL and TomTom XXL." That's OK... let it update that, but decline to allow it to update your maps until *after* it has successfully activated your GPS.The reason is simple: the servers did not accept my activation attempts very easily. TomTom Home automatically asked to update my map, but it updated my map from one that worked to one that doesn't work until activation. Because of the many activation errors (software crashing, server unavailable, "xml error", and wrong GPS software version), I couldn't get my GPS activated for quite a while and was pulling my hair out. Since the map that replaced the working one needed this activation, the my GPS only displayed a 'no working...
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I got TomTom550TM about two weeks ago. It replaced my TomTom Go 730 with 4.3" screen.This will be my 5th GPS device so far. I consider TomTom Go 730 a pretty modern GPS with a lot of good features, so I will review TomTom 550TM in comparison to that one.Let me start with the cons:- No Bluetooth hands-free, FM transmitter, SD reader, etc. But, I disabled the BT and FM in my Go anyway and I do not miss them at all.- Fewer menu options; mostly due to missing extra functionality, and some regarding what is displayed on screen. I find displaying the current speed and the speed limit on the screen redundant, it would have been nice to have the choice to display perhaps the compass instead.And the pros:- Simple menu! Who cares about 8 things when you are trying to just enter a new address?- Large screen is a relief to your eyes. Driving in summer is enough strain on the eyes.- Clever interface. The lanes are clearly displayed...
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