TomTom One 130S Review

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$249

Pros: Improved windshield mount; Pronounces street names; Lets you avoid specific areas

Cons: Maps are pixelated and difficult to read; No Bluetooth or media playback

Verdict: The affordable TomTom One 130S offers a new mounting solution, TomTom's Map Share service, and all the navigation basics.

GPS owners have learned through repeated news warnings not to leave their devices suction-cupped to their windshields, but many find setting up the window mount each time tedious. Instead, they'll set the device in a cup holder, which isn't the best way to view directions. TomTom has made this a little more convenient with the EasyPort mount on its One 130S, which is a good all-around budget navigator.

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Design

The One 130S is small and slim, with an attractive light- and dark-gray design. Part of the reason it seems so compact is its 3.5-inch screen. While that was once the standard size, you can now easily find even budget models with 4.3-inch displays. Those looking for something easy to stash might prefer the small size.

Clever Mounting Solution

The mounting design also lends to easy portability. The compact mount makes this small unit even easier to use. Just fold the flat, circular mount outward, press it to your windshield, then twist the mount to make the suction cup adhere.

One 130S Features

We like that you can avoid specific areas or find an alternate route altogether. The One 130S also includes TomTom's MapShare technology, which lets you make corrections on the device, then upload them to share with other users. It's a simple and free way to get constantly updated information, although you have to have the TomTom application on your computer to do so (it works with both Macs and Windows-based PCs).

TomTom won't disclose the size of the POI database, but other sources have reported that it's 5 million. The One 130S can access TMC traffic data with the addition of a $129 traffic receiver.

Good Navigation Performance

Navigating with the One 130S was simple. It offers text-to-speech for pronouncing street names, which is one of the more useful features to have on board, as it quickly tells you whether or not you're making the correct turn. The lower-priced One 130 lists for $50 less and omits this feature, but we say it's worth the money. The device's volume level is good; we had no trouble hearing the One 130S over our engine or the radio at a moderate volume.

Maps look a little too basic, with a rough pixelated look. We didn't care for the default map's appearance, which outlines the current route in hard-to-see magenta. You can select from four daytime and four nighttime map views, but none is significantly better than the others.

TomTom One 130S Verdict

You won't find extras like media playback software or Bluetooth on the One 130S, but if all you're looking for is a dependable navigator to keep you from getting lost, this is a worthwhile and pleasantly compact model to have.

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Wi-Fi No
Bluetooth No
Touch Screen Yes
USB No
Serial No
Size 3.8 x 3.2 x 1.0 inches
Weight 6.7 ounces
Company Website http://www.tomtom.com