Anyone using a tomtom 450 :)

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by steelerd, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. steelerd

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    Hi everyone considering getting rid of my Nav 5 now I've got the v-strom 1000 XT rather than getting a mount etc,

    anyone using a Tomtom 450? always had Garmin's 650 csx for mountaineering but sorta fancying a change rather than getting a 590 Garmin

    Whats the thrilling ride mode like for different sorts of roads the Nav 5 got me in some tricky situations a few times haha

    Thanks in advance ^^
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  2. chrisjk

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    I have one that came with a new bike recently and have used it a few times. I also had Garmins including a 590 and a Nav 5 for years. I am now using a phone for preference in place of stand alone satnav devices. One app I like is the TomTom go mobile app. Its interface and usage almost exactly parallels the 450 so it would be a cheap way of deciding if the 450 is for you although you will need to buy a year's subscription to the service (which is a fraction of the price of the satnav unit).

    Where the app differs from the satnav and in my view is far better for it, is that the routes/tracks you upload to the website planner (once you have paid your sub) are transferred over the air to to your phone. To get them on a device, you either use a cable connection or link your phone by bluetooth to the device to transfer the routes to it.

    The TomTom algorithms for finding curvy, hilly routes are not bad but I prefer using the Kurviger app and website for this purpose.

    As to the unit itself; I find the touch screen overly sensitive, the visibility is better than the 590 but not better than my Nomu phone and the file manager for saved routes very marginally better than the Garmin approach but not in the same league as the possibilities you have using a phone.

    The mount is non-locking but it doesn't bother me to remove the unit as the mount is easy to use (in fact you can easily remove the mount if you use a RAM mount to hold the thing as the power comes through a cable which has a quick disconnect plug close to the unit.

    The device doesn't come with a boatload of stuff like TPMS, bike related info etc. etc. like the newer Garmins but I never used that stuff anyway.
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  3. steelerd

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    Thanks Chris really appreciate the info :)
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    Just to touch back on this has anyone had any issues with audio quality with headsets or any other issues :)
    Thanks in advance,

    Lucy
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  5. chrisjk

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    I find the audio quality to be fine but then I am mnot particularly picky about audio as long as it is loud enough and clear. If you have problems, just check the the audio is set loud enough in the settigs or quick settings menu. Sometimes it can be accidentally made softer without you realising it. Beyond that if there are problems that don't occur between your headset and other sound sources then I guess there may be an issue with the device. It's worth asking the question on the TomTom forum. The developers actually chime in there fairly often.
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