01-05-2011 02:42 AM
After making around 100 destinations over the last week in my job, I have some suggestions for improvements.
1. Zooming out needs to just zoom all the way out so you can see your point of origin and your destination point, or at the very least your current location and your destination point. I don't want to hit the zoom button five times to see my destination point. I want to get an idea of where I am headed in one click. Also when I use the voice command to zoom out, it only zooms out a little bit and there is no way to say "Zoom all the way out". Ideally there would be a button on the screen that would zoom you out to see where you are and your destination.
2. There needs to be a "Master return button" so that if I am going through the menu while I am driving and need to return to the Navigation screen immediatly I can. It is rediculous that you have to hit back a bunch of times then hit the "Done" button to get back to the navigation screen. Remember, TomTom designers, fewer clicks makes it safer(apply to suggestion 1 as well)
3. After you type in an address, and it restates the adress in a box, it needs to say the zip code as well. I need to double check that I typed in the right zip code since I travel for my job.
4. Bluetooth to my phone is not loud enough. Maybe it is my phone, but I can't hear people very well through the speaker. I have given up on the bluetooth. If I ever do use it again, there needs to be a faster way to disconnect the phone from the device. If someone calls and I can't hear them over road noise I need an immediate way to talk to them through the phone. You don't have time to click the "Nav screen", click the "settings button", click "scroll right" button, Click "phone settings", click "manage phones", click "disable hands -free". Talk about unsafe sequence of button clicks. I'm dead before I tap on "Phone settings".
5. Voice command button is too small. Maybe a physical button would be better.
If these things can be fixed, I will be completely satisfied with the device.
Don't get me wrong I love this device. Here's why:
1. It scores a 10 on the most important function - giving directions. Both on screen and Voice. It hasn't failed me yet. There are a lot of strange and complex highway interchanges that could be confusing, but the device tells you in a very understandable way how to go about navigating them. I have not made a mistake yet.
2. I love how it speaks the street names(I would like it to speak the address number too).
3. I love that you can type in the zip code.
4. It is very close if not right on top of the address, when it says you have arrived at your destination. (Important at night when physical adress numbers are hard to see.)
5. It does indeed give me the fastest route.
6. It is easy to pull off and put back on the mount when in bad neighborhood. (magnetic lock and connection is the best in the industry. Hands down.)
7. Voice recognition has been working very well for me. (This may very for those with accents or speech impetiments.)
02-05-2011 06:20 PM
Many thanks for the detailed & informative review! I'm looking into getting a 2535 unit also; and your real world observations will help me greatly. Maybe someday soon TT will address your wishes! :-)
02-05-2011 11:47 PM
#1, tap the lower right corner of the driving screen and you'll see the zoomed out map you're asking for.
#2, I agree, ideally something like long-tap as used in smartphones
#3, I don't fully understand, where do you want to see the zip? Maybe it's already available somewhere.
#4 When talking tap the center bottom. A slider shows, allowing you to set cal volume. It only works when on a call.
03-05-2011 02:59 PM
Your solution to #1 is just what I was missing(top right of screen when on side menu). I haven't tried the cell phone volume yet but I will today.
Thanks for the reply.
03-05-2011 05:54 PM
It's great getting feedback on the forum, many thanks. I'll pass it on to the right people.