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While sat navs have until now come with 4.3" and 5" screens at most, TomTom's Start 60 has upped the ante with a 6" display. This obviously makes it very easy to read, offering a similar lever of visual comfort to integrated in-car GPS systems. The TomTom Start 60 has a similar design to other sat navs in the Start series. The plastics are good quality and the finish is flawless. The 6" screen is clearly a key feature of this sat nav, and thankfully it doesn't disappoint. The 800 x 480 pixel resolution (compared with 480 x 270 pixels for most sat navs) makes it sharp, and clear and easy to read with nice detailed images during route navigation (vector graphics). Unlike our current favourite (TomTom GO LIVE 1000/1005) with its glossy screen, the Start 60 display has a matte finish with good brightness levels, which means that reflections and glare are less of a problem. In spite of this sat nav's size, the suction mount is still built into the device itself. It's easy to use too—just stick the sucker on your windscreen (which should already be enough to support the GPS) then turn the ring clockwise to secure it in place.
With the release of the Start 60 Europe, TomTom now lays claim to 13 different sat navs under four categories in car navigation alone.That's a lot of GPS-powered devices, and with such a breadth of offerings from one manufacturer, the TomTom Start 60 Europe needs to offer something special in order to set itself apart from its brethren, let alone from the rest of the market.Buying GuideBest sat nav 2012The good news, on paper at least, is that the TomTom Start 60 Europe can be seen as the current pinnacle of sat nav devices for most drivers. It draws on the best bits of TomToms and other sat navs and throws them all into a bigger screen, while keeping the price tag at a reasonable level. There are no hidden subscription charges here, either.The main selling point for the TomTom Start 60 is the screen - the 6-inch diagonal display makes a notable departure from the standard TomTom fare, which tend to measure 5 inches across for the more recent models, or 4.3 inches for older ones. The display used by the TomTom Start 60 Europe is a 16:9 widescreen offering, measuring 132mm across by 80mm high. It isn't as big as the Navman Panoramic, which is a whole inch bigger, but in real terms you'd be hard pushed to notice the difference.This extra screen space has enabled TomTom to up the resolution over previous models to a healthy 800 x 480 pixel display. This produces clearer text and images, and gives more room to display the information that is most useful.
If you've recently bought a new car, there's a good chance it has sat-nav built in. If you own a smart phone, you could easily download an app to do the same job. Does that mean traditional windscreen-mounted devices have had their day? Absolutely not. As a dedicated nav-gadget, the TomTom Start 60 Europe is better suited to dishing out driving directions than any smart phone could ever be, allowing older cars to share the large screens and simple navigation tools of a modern motor.The TomTom Start 60 Europe can be bought for around £160. The screen is 6 inches across, which is the same as a Kindle, making it easy to see from the opposite side of the car. That means there's no excuse for not fixing it well out of your direct line of sight to avoid being distracted while driving. It's easy to read in bright light and it's a blessing for the fat-fingered among you as you'll find the menus and keyboard easy to use. The device is less than an inch thick and the sturdy screen mount -- which can withstand a fair amount of prodding -- is more subtle than the combined sucker/chargers shipped with older units. It has a built-in accelerometer so it knows which way up it's been fixed and rotates the interface and map as necessary.