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TomTom XL 330s


Considered by many to be a diamond in the rough, the XL 330s from TomTom is a perfect start for people who don’t know exactly how they might use their GPS. While still fairly easy to operate, the TomTom XL330s includes many top-end features such as multi-destination routing, Text-to-Speech, and a widescreen display.

With a tremendously loud speaker, this TomTom is a good match for people who don’t want to part with louder music or have a noisy vehicle. The EasyPort ™ mount makes this GPS easy to carry or transport between vehicles.

186 Responses

  1. I just bought a TT XL 330-s from Sams Club online. It also has the low volume problem like the new 130’s. At maximum volume I can barely hear it. (Compairing to a 3rd editin I borrowed recently which I used at 55% volume). I will contact TT about getting it fixed. I think the brightness is also much lower which would explain why some people say that they aren’t that bright. Probably the same problem as the sound – some are defective and some are not. Indoors it is fine but outside I can barely see it.

    Jeff - June 21st, 2008
  2. I notice the 330 an 330s do not have SD card slots. How important/useful/needful is this?

    Wendell Wagner - July 15th, 2008
    • I just took back my Tom tom 330s just because of this problem. When you first get it you will notice that over 950 MB of the 1000 MB of space is taken up and you cant do nothing about it. I switched for the Garmin 255w for the same price.

      Daniel - December 5th, 2009
      • It hasn’t been an issue with my 330s.

        Tim - December 5th, 2009
  3. Wendell, see our article: Do I Need an SD Card for my GPS?

    Tim - July 15th, 2008
  4. Thanks Tim – I had previously read this, and was more thinking around whether I want a unit with or without the slot. Experience has told me where expandability is concerned, if you can get a slot, best to have one in any device.

    I have plenty of SD cards hanging around so buying the card wasn’t my concern.

    Wendell - July 15th, 2008
  5. No slot.

    Tim - July 15th, 2008
  6. Thanks Tim – I guess that I’d need to go with the XL-S if I want a slot and TTS then. Appreciate your help.

    Great site, btw.

    Wendell - July 15th, 2008
  7. I am about to purchase my first gps and have researched to the point of confusion. So now I have come down to the XL-s or the 330S. I am planning a trip to Germany/Austria and may want to buy maps of those places. Is one unit better than the other for that? Does it make sense to walk around the streets of Salzberg with one in my pocket so that I can find my way back to the hotel? Thank you.

    Ken - July 17th, 2008
    • Do not buy a TomTom… They are the worst GPS you can buy. Get a Garmin.

      Bill - January 11th, 2009
      • I’m not sure that is very helpful information to people considering either model. Any reason why you feel that way? Which TomTom did you have? Which Garmin do you have?

        Tim - January 11th, 2009
  8. Ken- The XL-S has an SD card slot while the XL 330s doesn’t, so it could be a little bit easier to just load the maps and an application on SD card versus making a backup of the original maps and then restoring them later as the XL 330s would require. But if you’re comfortable with the map backups etc then it might not be a big difference in that regard. Both would allow you walk around with it in your pocket but beware of accidental touch screen input if it is running in your pocket as there is no “hold” switch/screen lock.

    Tim - July 18th, 2008
  9. Thanks for the reply. I am assuming that the backup/restore is done via PC with a cable to the GPS and is not such a difficult thing. Is the fact that the 330S is newer an advantage? I don’t see many differences that would sway me one way or the other.

    Ken - July 18th, 2008
  10. Yes, the backup/restore would be done by a PC application. Something else to check is the physical size of the maps you want to install– for example all of Europe might be too big to fit in the internal memory while a few European countries should fit fine.

    I really do like the new mount design of the 330s, and the speaker is louder too– although the XL speaker works well enough.

    Tim - July 18th, 2008
  11. I was thinking the same thing as Ken, but now am actually leaning towards the 920, which I can get at a decent price here in Canada (399.00) if I shop around and wait for sales. The lack of SD card, imo, is a big drawback – regardless of how good the new mount is. Another thing about the mount, is that I am not sure if it will work as well in those bean-bag friction dash mounts that are becoming all the rage — and which I am heavily leaning towards when I purchase.

    Wendell - July 18th, 2008
  12. I just rec’d a xl 330 s and gave it a test run today. I guess I don’t understand the text to speech feature because the voice only gave me ” turn right, etc.”…no street or exit names. I thought it was supposed to name the streets, exits and such. Please advise. Thanks!

    Kathie - July 20th, 2008
  13. Kathie, make sure you have Enabled Text-to-Speech properly.

    Tim - July 20th, 2008
    • I also just bought the 330S and am disappointed that it does not say the name of the street. People have told me I should take it back and buy another brand. Are you saying as long as I have a computer voice selected and the text to speech feature activated it should work? Or does this model just not do this?

      Gloie - March 22nd, 2009
      • Yes, the 330s will speak street names.

        Tim - March 22nd, 2009
        • Tim,
          Thanks so much I will be sure to try that tomorrow.

          Gloie - March 22nd, 2009
  14. Kathie, also make sure you have a COMPUTER voice selected for your TT speech.


    Warren - July 31st, 2008
  15. Hi,
    Can you charge the 330s on a computer using the usb or do you need a charger for in home charging? Where on the unit does it indicate the amount of charge left?
    Thanks for any info.

    Joe - August 4th, 2008
  16. You can charge over USB although it will typically take about twice as long to charge. If you tap on the satellite reception icon from the map page the remaining battery life will then display in the top right corner.

    Tim - August 4th, 2008
  17. questions about the easyPort mount. I read your review about the new mount,
    1. will it mount on the dash or is it only usable on the windshield?.
    2.You mentioned an adhesive disk, is this part of the mount or does it need to be purchased separately?
    3. Can the gps be moved from car to car or would I need to get another mount for the second car?
    Thanks for your help

    joe - August 12th, 2008
  18. 1) It will mount on the dash with the use of the adhesive disk.

    2) It comes in the box, but is a separate part from the mount.

    3) You could move it from car to car, but if you are using the adhesive mount you would need a second one of those. If just using the windshield you wouldn’t need a separate adhesive disk and in neither case would you need a second mount.

    Tim - August 12th, 2008
  19. Is there a way to see actual address after adding to favorites and re-naming? Example: address is 123 Apple Street. I add to favorite and rename: Barbara’s House. This is a problem if I actually forget which house number is Barbara’s.

    Marvin - August 12th, 2008
  20. See this thread from our forums: Viewing the address’s in your favorites

    Tim - August 12th, 2008
  21. Thanks Tim. Not the most ideal solution (add no. to favorite name), but it’ll work. They really should allow us to click on favorites (perhaps under manage favorites) and have actual address show. Do you know if this can be addressed in a future firmware update? and whether TT may do this in the future?

    Marvin - August 12th, 2008
  22. It is technically possible for them to change– yes.

    Tim - August 12th, 2008
  23. I recently purchased a xl 330 s and took it on a weekend trip. Love it BUT … when I tried to update to the latest US – Canada maps, I found THEY WOULD NOT FIT! I used TTs Home software to remove old maps and ALL unnecessary items( extra voices, etc), still would not fit unless I removed computer voice necessary for TTS. What were they thinking? Without an SD slot I’m stuck with old maps.

    Mark - August 13th, 2008
  24. Mark, if you call TT support they can assist you getting an updated map to fit.

    Tim - August 13th, 2008
  25. I had the exact same problem with my new 330-S. But, since I don’t need Canada maps, I asked TT support to give me the newest US only map, which they did (I think it’s v791). US only is of course much smaller than US & Canada, so it left plenty of room for extra stuff on the unit. Maybe with support’s help I cold have squeezed on US & Canada, but that wouldn’t have left any space for extra itinerary files, custom POI files, etc.

    Mike - August 13th, 2008
  26. Itinerary files are incredibly tiny. So if you didn’t have enough room for more of those your device probably wouldn’t operate at all. POI files are also small, but not as small. You might have been able to store 1/4 million POIs or so before running out of space.

    Tim - August 13th, 2008
  27. Tim, Thank you for the assist. However, won’t I still be stuck with a “less than” map because of insufficient memory allocation AND restricted in the future with no room for new downloads & updates? I’m thinking this should be a return? No room for growth. Am I missing something???

    Mark - August 13th, 2008
  28. If you don’t need the Canada maps then you are set. Otherwise you will be somewhat cramped for space. TomTom is having issues with that on many of their devices. They are aware of the issue and I have a feeling they might be working on new compression techniques that would keep the speed and detail but make the file sizes smaller.

    Many of the devices are now shipping with extra POIs you may or may not need. For example one of my recent TomTom purchases came with separate POI databases for Churches, Fire Stations, and Playing Fields… none of which I needed and they were huge so I tossed them and saved a good chunk of space.

    Tim - August 13th, 2008
  29. Tim, Thanks again. You provide information that makes decisions easier.

    Mark - August 13th, 2008
  30. Hi,
    Finally bought the 330s. Like it so far, but having a problem trying to set up a specific route I want to use and save.When I use route planning i can prety well set the route I want by using travel via, but I can’t figure how to save it or do i have to try and rewrite it in itinerary planning and save it from there?The route involves several waypoints to get the path I want, not what the gps wants Am i making myself clear?Thanks for any possible help

    Joe - August 18th, 2008
  31. Joe, yes, you would want to use the Itinerary Planner for that.

    Tim - August 18th, 2008
  32. I have the XL 330 S, and I’m trying to connect my phone to it, but there is no Mobile Phone option in my menu.

    Nicholas - August 18th, 2008
  33. Nicholas, I moved your comment to this, the XL-330s page since it didn’t seem to relate to the page you left the question on.

    The XL-330s does not have any functionality which uses a mobile phone, so that is why there is no option in your menu.

    Tim - August 19th, 2008
  34. OK. I made my choice about a month ago – Garmin 255W. I purchased a map of Europe on an SD card, popped it into the slot, and started packing for vacation. With foreign travel in mind, the 330’s lack of an SD slot is a big disadnatage to me. I now have all of Europe and North America installed together.

    Ken - August 20th, 2008
  35. I bought the Tom Tom XL 330S (first gps unit purchase), used it on a weekend trip in Maine and loved everything about it…….except, when you wish to search for a POI (point of interest), specifically a restaurant, you get a list of restaurants ranging from breakfast places through dinner. When I am searching for a pizza place, I don’t want to see a list of all the Dunkin Donuts in the area, along with the sushi bars as well! When I got home, I contacted Tom Tom technical support about this, told them what I wanted in a search, and asked if there was a software update available. They forwarded it to their product development folks, but don’t have this ability of search. Unfortunately, this was a deal breaker for me, so I brough the unit back, and am contemplating either the Garmin 255W or possibly a Magellan. Any idea which is better? They both have the restaurant search capabilities I am looking for.

    John - August 25th, 2008
  36. We have been on holiday in Maine this past two weeks, and I decided to pick up a 330s just as we were leaving to return to Ottawa yesterday morning.

    It worked flawlessly – although I agree that POIs are pretty skinny and search is definitely not as robust as Garmin or HP. Nevertheless, the rest of the unit works so well, that we were more than satisfied with the unit, and can live with this shortcoming which I knew about prior to purchasing the unit.

    jww - September 3rd, 2008

    NEIL - September 4th, 2008
  38. How different is xl 300 and the xl 330s? Worth paying for?

    Brian - September 4th, 2008
  39. Neil – An XL-S is an XL-S… there might be different product codes for different regions of the world, but an XL-S is an XL-s.

    Brian, the 330s has text to speech.

    Tim - September 4th, 2008
  40. What do they mean “traffic optional” on the TomTom XL 330s. I’m looking for my first GPS. Thank you

    Linda - September 10th, 2008
  41. It means that you can purchase an optional traffic receiver as an accessory that offers live traffic updates and re-routing around traffic.

    Tim - September 10th, 2008
  42. Had to use the companies Garmin 260 the other day, and the unit seemed to be a little behind, meaning the distance to go to turn seemed a little behind to where I was in relationship to the actual turn. I have been looking at the XL330s, and was wondering if this unit was better, or if it is inherent in all GPS units. By the way great reviews on all of the units.

    Mike - September 28th, 2008
  43. That is an issue that is somewhat common to a few (but not all) of the Nuvi devices. In many instances an application update fixes the issue, but for some people it has persisted. The newer Nuvi models don’t seem to exhibit that behavior.

    Tim - September 28th, 2008
  44. I have a xl 330 that is out of warranty. TomTom informs me that they will not repair units that are out of warranty.Are you aware of any way to have these unit repaired?

    MIKE - October 2nd, 2008
  45. The XL 330 wasn’t announced until the end of April this year, so unless you physically damaged it the device would still be under the one year warranty.

    Tim - October 2nd, 2008
  46. My mistake…..the unit I was refering to is the “one XL”.

    MIKE - October 3rd, 2008
  47. I am debating between a One-XLs and a 330 XLs but can’t figure out what the big difference is between the two. Can you help?

    Susan - October 3rd, 2008
  48. The 330 is a newer model and essentially replaces the XL-S. the 330s has newer software, and the redesigned EasyPort mount which I find quite nice.

    Tim - October 3rd, 2008
  49. Just bought the XL330S. For the most part it works great. The biggest problem I have is with the windshield mount. It doesn’t stick to any windows or my windshield for more than 5 seconds.

    Also, I can’t figure out how to delete any “favourites” once they are added.

    Thanks for your help.

    Viola - October 7th, 2008
  50. Viola, are you turning the knob on the mount after placing it?

    To delete favorites to go Menu -> Change Preferences -> Manage Favorites.

    Tim - October 7th, 2008
  51. How old is the map data in Tom Tom XL 330S. Thanks.

    Syeed - October 13th, 2008
  52. It depends. TomTom gets new map data every quarter and will change which map they use in currently shipping devices. Each device also comes with a ’30 Day Latest Map Guarantee’ so even if you purchase a device that has a slightly older map than the most recent available you can get an updated one within 30 days of purchase.

    Tim - October 13th, 2008
  53. I just purchased a TT XL 330 SS. My girlfriend has one exactly like the one I just purchased. Just one difference…hers has the car icon option and mine doesn’t. Any idea where I can find the different choices of cars to use instead of the blue arrow?

    Paul - October 15th, 2008
  54. Make sure you have the latest application installed on the device from the TomTom HOME program and then check in HOME to see if any car icons are installed. If not you can add them through HOME.

    Tim - October 15th, 2008
  55. What is the difference between 130 and 330?
    I believe the 330 is a new model from earlier this year. When was the 130 released?

    Dave - October 18th, 2008
  56. The 330 has a widescreen and multi segment routing. They were both released at almost the same time.

    Tim - October 18th, 2008
  57. I have 330S us/canada version and i don’t have a french cumputer voice????I have download my last update with tomtom home and and i don’t able to get???Where i go for getting.

    carol - October 19th, 2008
  58. Here are instructions on how to find and Install TomTom Computer Voices.

    Tim - October 19th, 2008
  59. Hi, I’m debating between TomTom 330s and 130s. Does both have a Chinese Cantonese language capability (reading and spoken for streets)? What is the difference/which would you recommend between the two if both have the Chinese language? Any insight would be great! Thank you!

    Edna - October 25th, 2008
  60. How accurate should a GPS be? I recently purchased a 330S. It shows my house about 5 houses down the street. ;-( I had downloaded all the updates. I called TomTom. They had me manually remove the GPSfix and manually set my Home while standing at the bottom of my driveway.

    I just drove 200 miles to a relative’s house. My new TomTom shows his house is 5 houses down from where it actually is.

    How accurate should this device be in locating a street address?

    Dave - October 26th, 2008
  61. I don’t think you are, but don’t confuse the accuracy of the location the GPS thinks you are at (the coordinates) with the accuracy of the map itself. The accuracy of the GPS should be within 10 meters, 95% of the time. However the maps won’t be nearly that accurate. They are often accurate to 100 feet or so, but when it comes to street numbering it is not uncommon for them to be off by about 1,000 feet or so.

    Each individual street number isn’t typically mapped to a set of coordinates. Rather a range of address numbers is interpolated between intersections or across the length of the street segment.

    If you are only off by 5 houses, that is pretty good as far as map accuracy goes.

    Tim - October 26th, 2008
  62. i just purchase this unit a month ago. took a trip from toronto to chicago and everything went well. only problem is when i drove in the downtown area. i keep losing signal. with all those high rise buildings my maps keeps moving around. i didn’t do the quickfix gps, my question is will that help? i’m planning a trip to new york and i’m afraid i might experience the same thing. anyone had the same experience? other than that i can’t complain but it is just said if you can’t use this device in downtown area (between tall buildings).

    Bob - October 27th, 2008
  63. If you had been driving with the GPS turned on with reception for say and hour or so before the signal dropping, then the QuickFix system wouldn’t make any difference.

    Tim - October 27th, 2008
  64. I have purchased a TomTom XL330s a week ago and having a difficulty with using the POI. With the Garmin 250 as soon as I entered a POI (eg, Locksmith), it would show me all that is avialable along my route. I cannot seem to get this feature on the Xl 330s. It just shows me one. I know there is more than one along my route. Any suggestions?

    Brian - October 27th, 2008
  65. Without knowing the route and what name you were searching for it would be difficult to diagnose. Also consider that not all known POIs are included on the device, unlike what is tried to be done with the road database. Typically only about 5-25% of all known POIs are included, so it could just be that TomTom decided not to include as many ‘locksmiths’ as Garmin did.

    Tim - October 27th, 2008
  66. I wanted to check on getting a UK map for the XL330S – but TomTom’s map store doesn’t list the XL330 or XL330S in the product selection. Is it not possible to load different maps on the XL330S – or should I select a different model number when map shopping?

    Ian - October 30th, 2008
  67. Ian, I would pick “New XL (30 Series) TTS” from that list on the TomTom site.

    Tim - October 30th, 2008
  68. Unit appeared to be good. Except I could not get updates on line. I bought one whch the maps were wiped out during an update returned and got a replacement. The the new one cant be recognized on line. Custome service said it will be at leat 2 weeks to fix the problem….back it goes

    Ron - November 6th, 2008
  69. Hello,

    I am a new GPS buyer. I was reading about the NUVI260 W and TomTom XL 330s. Which do you prefer?

    This is what I am looking for:
    -A way to get from one location to another
    -The machine telling me how to get there
    -A way to program where I am starting and my ending destination
    -Easy to operate
    -A button that I can push no matter where I am and it will tell me how to get home (is this asking too much?

    Tom, I have been reading all of your advice. Please help!


    Kami - November 6th, 2008
  70. Tim, do you have any updates for the hardware? You don’t list the chipset or processor speed.

    Mike - November 23rd, 2008
  71. Mike, TomTom doesn’t always list, nor confirm which internal hardware they are using. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. When they don’t it typically means the device might change hardware mid-production, which is fairly common. That is why we don’t list those specs for this model. We could list the specs we find from a breakdown of the hardware, but you could go out and purchase the same model with different hardware.

    Tim - November 23rd, 2008
  72. I have created something on my screen and don’t seem able to use / get rid of it!!
    It’s a 1/2″ X 1/2″ square on the left side of the screen with a pencil pointing to a map. It’s always there. Why?

    glenn - November 24th, 2008
  73. That is a “quick menu” option. Sounds like you have it set to mark a location in needing of a map correction. Go to Menu -> Change Preferences -> Quick menu preferences. Then uncheck ‘mark location of map error’ and any others to get rid of the button, or check the ones you want to have quick access to that function from your map view.

    Tim - November 24th, 2008
  74. I’m planning to purchase my first GPS & was considering the 330s. My concern is that I have a hearing loss so I need one that allows me to increase the volume. Someone earlier commented about the low volume of this unit. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    Beth - November 25th, 2008
  75. Beth, the XL 330 series is one of the loudest GPS devices available today. In the initial production run it appears there were some speaker issues that caused the ordinarily loud speaker to not perform, and TomTom exchanged those devices for people. But that issue appears to have been cleared up.

    Tim - November 25th, 2008
  76. I’ve had the XL330s for a couple of months and it works great. I think I better backup the unit before looking to add map corrections etc. My question is how do I do this? I am using a Mac. Any help is appreciated.

    Joe - November 30th, 2008
  77. TomTom makes a program for Macs and PCs called TomTom HOME (tomtom.com/home) that has a function to make a complete backup of your device. There is quite a bit of mapping data stored on the device, so plan on an hour or so (+/-) to run a full backup.

    Tim - November 30th, 2008
  78. What are the main differences between the 330S and the XL-S

    Mike - December 2nd, 2008
  79. Mike, the XL 330s is essentially a replacement for the older XL-S. It has a redesigned mount that is nice, plus an updated software interface. Yes, you can use the device and charge it in your car at the same time.

    Tim - December 2nd, 2008
  80. How much memory does the 330S have? How much is left after the maps etc. are installed? I assume it still does not have an expansion card.

    Mike - December 3rd, 2008
  81. Great product. Used it on a trip to Wisconsin over Thanksgiving (driving from Upstate New York) and found it exceeded what we wanted and expected. It has lots of neat features. A new user should play with it a lot and delve deep into menus to see what it can do. We had no problems with sound/volume, text-to-speech, brightness or connection with satellites. The beanbag mount we bought suited our needs better than the windshield mount and IMO makes it easier to use. I highly recommend this GPS.

    Marla - December 8th, 2008
  82. Sorry if this question has been answered already but I have been on this site for about an hour browing. But I need a GPS with multiple destinations and the ability to give me the best route to go to those destinations. I was looking at either this or the Garmin 260. This is for business and I am new to GPS’s.Thanks in advance for the help.

    Alvin - December 15th, 2008
  83. I just returned my TomTom One XL-S on warranty and exchanged it for the XL 330-S. The text to speech voice on the 330-S (Samantha), I find very annoying compared to the text to speech voice on the XL-S (Susan). Is there any way to download different text to speech voices? I would much rather have the old “Susan” voice or anything other than “Samantha”.

    Shawn - December 16th, 2008
  84. Just got my new XL 330-S thisp ast Friday and used it on Saturday to go to a location I have been to many times. The “fastest route” according tot he GPS was not the fastest route, I know this for a fact. When I told it to recalculate, it still wasn’t the quickest way. It told me to go through a small town instead of just staying on the highway. Although I did not follow its directions and went my own way, it did recalculate “on the fly” pretty good.

    To get it to say street names, go to preferences, then voice preferences. The voice needs to be one of the computer voices.

    I’m wondering if a map update will make the fastest route truly the fastest route.

    Chris - December 22nd, 2008
  85. My husband just purchased me a Tome Tom xl 330s after some research. We would like to add maps of Europe but after reading some of the comments, I am wondering if it will have enough memory?

    Kathryn - December 25th, 2008
  86. Just hooked my XL 330-S up and traveled 400 miles through mountains. Worked well but lacks altimeter, or have I just not found it?

    Craig - December 26th, 2008
  87. Craig — you sound like my husband who also wants a GPS that gives altitude. There’s no such thing right now, at least in a conventional GPS as we have (XL 330s). I’ve done a lot of searching and talking to people, and I’ve found that the only GPS that does altitude is the type a hiker or hunter would use in the woods, and even then the user has to count lines on the unit to get an estimate of the altitude.

    Marla - December 27th, 2008
  88. Kathryn – It doesn’t have enough memory to load both map sets at the same time, however you can archive (backup) one map and then install the other.

    Craig – No, the TomTom doesn’t offer an altimeter.

    Marla – Actually many auto devices (navigon, garmin) offer an altimeter. On the handheld models you don’t need to count contour lines– they should all have an altimeter.

    Tim - December 27th, 2008
  89. Thanks. My old Magellan handheld, for forest roads, show 8688′, etc., as did my daughter’s Garmin, if I recall correctly. After two days of travel I’m finding the Tommy less than intuitive, a bit tough to ferret out what it can and can’t do, and POIs are muy lite. May return it and go for a Nuvi.

    Craig - December 27th, 2008
  90. fyi, I had Nextar X3-03 GPS and that did show the altitude info.

    Shailendra - December 27th, 2008
  91. So the GPSs that give altitude readings, such as the couple mentioned above, also have voice directions and all the other bells and whistles as the TomTom XL 330-S? My husband and I had sort of a go around about what kind of GPS to buy. I wanted something for the car with frills that would get us to and around Montana and Wyoming from New York State next time we drive there. He wanted a hand held one so he would know how high we were. (I suggested he read the signs along the highway…. LOL.) I don’t dare tell him that I was given misinformation at the electronic stores I went to before we decided on the TomTom.

    Marla - December 27th, 2008
    • Yes, many of the devices designed solely for auto use will still give you an altitude reading– but they are still poor for “woods” type navigation.

      Tim - December 28th, 2008
  92. I rec’d a 330s for Christmas and I’m unimpressed. The unit does not start up quickly — holding the start button for 2 seconds doesn’t work, I always have to hold the button for much longer. Once it does start, it will say it lost the GPS signal x seconds ago which usually corresponds to when I booted the unit. When I set up a route it can take more than 5 minutes to find a satellite (I’ve tried from various points in NJ). Is this to be expected?

    I like the features once everything is online but the frustration and extra time required to get everything working isn’t worth it to me.

    Melissa - December 29th, 2008
    • Is the device outside of a building with a relatively unobstructed sky view while waiting for a signal?

      Tim - December 29th, 2008
  93. yes, since it doesn’t work inside, I’ve been either in my driveway or in a parking lot

    Melissa - December 29th, 2008
  94. Shopping for my first GPS, think I have it narrowed down to Tom Tom XL 330s and Garmin 255W. I’m sure either would be great, but would you have a preference?

    Issues: Info I’m not finding; I will need a clear, loud voice and Wide Screen. Do any units allow multiple destinations on a singe trip? Would like to find by town name only without street address.


    phil - December 29th, 2008
    • The TomTom will have a louder (and though debatable, also clearer) voice than the Nuvi 255w. It does support multi destination routing. However it will force you to enter a specific location as an address. If you don’t want to enter a street, you could just tap on any point in that town from the map screen, or just select the first street that comes up in the list.

      Tim - December 29th, 2008
      • What about the memory issues raised above? That was some months ago. Are those still true and would lead you to lean towards the Garmin nuvi 255 over the Tom Tom XL 330s. We recently purchased a nuvi 205 which we like but is going back because it no longer can hold the map of the whole US and we do not think Garmin is justified in asking us to pay for a map on an SD card when 5 days ago we had the whole country without the extra cost.
        Was going to go with Tom Tom One 130, but concerned I can’t add a via point. We take long trips and like to add stops with out re-entering our final destination each time. Other recommendations??

        Tricia - April 19th, 2009
        • Tricia, the 205 can still hold the new maps in the internal memory without a card– unless you’ve loaded the internal memory with extras. Also you can add a via point to the TomTom 130.

          Tim - April 20th, 2009
  95. Amazingly swift response! Thank you. But that prompts one more question … Looking across all your forums … Don’t you ever sleep?

    Phil - December 29th, 2008
    • I actually get quite a bit of sleep, but I’m on the keyboard whenever I’m not sleeping. :)

      Tim - December 29th, 2008
  96. Okiedoke, still can’t get street name id. Have Samantha, but cannot check speak street names as it’s still grayed out. Could the problem be that I downloaded the US/Canada
    new map out of the box? I did get an unclear message that may have been telling me I had insufficient memory. If that’s the case, the unit sucks. Reading other problems folks are having it seems TomTom has quality control muy malo. Oh, yeah. There is for all intent and purposes no manual.

    Craig - December 30th, 2008
    • No, the map update wouldn’t impact TTS.

      Tim - December 30th, 2008
  97. Oh, yeah. My Magellan has Ppoor documentation, too. Is this a GPS manufacturer virus?

    Craig - December 30th, 2008
  98. Hi my TomTom XL 330 is low on memory space, I was think since the TomTom home application software takes up room. I’d like to delete them, dus anybody know which file they are and if there are more file that can be removed?

    Rob - December 31st, 2008
    • The TomTom HOME application is a program that runs on your computer, not on the GPS. So removing the HOME program on you computer will not have any impact on the memory of the GPS itself, and having the HOME program on your computer is not increasing the amount data on your GPS.

      Tim - December 31st, 2008
      • No, I mean the installation software from TomTom Home. And there are some pictures and more stuff for TomTom ONE on my TomTom XL (drive K:). If you browse through drive K:

        And if TomTom is having this problem why don’t they put the maps for Canada or US Seperate for free in TomTom home?

        Rob - December 31st, 2008
        • You can delete the HOME installation software from the device itself if you would like, yes.

          Tim - December 31st, 2008
  99. My wife bought me a new tom tom xl 330s. I like the feature
    text to speech. What I don’t like is I have tried to update the maps and I still can’t get my home address to install. I also can’t find the new highway system that has been around for two years now. It is available on Garmin as a update, but for some reason Tom Tom has not updated the highway. What gives. The highway is interstate highway 30 in Ohio.

    Also you said a persons house would be shown within 1000 feet, well if I put my house number in tom tom, it comes up about 1 1/2 miles away. I have put in the correct address and tried to update tom tom to no avail. Help!

    Dennis - January 2nd, 2009
    • I don’t see any “Interstate 30″ in Ohio. I-30 goes through some of the southern states, starting in Texas I think. Did you mean State Highway 30? (Canton.) I didn’t say house numbers will be within 1,000 feet. I said it wasn’t uncommon for them to be that far off. Without a specific address, I’m not sure what help I can offer tracking down the issue, sorry.

      Tim - January 2nd, 2009
  100. Thanks for the reply Tim, I meant U.S. Highway 30 or the old
    Lincoln Highway. A new section has been added from Beaverdam, Ohio to Upper Sandusky Ohio.

    I do like the text to speech, only thing I don’t like is the 330s doesn’t offer a card plug in. To download anything you almost have to delete a lot of info. Tom Tom has so much to offer on downloads, but with the XL 330s, there is no place to put the info.

    Thanks Again for your reply,

    Dennis - January 3rd, 2009

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