The TomTom One series of portable GPS devices was widely sold in the mid-2000s, and are still readily available as used or refurbished units. The One XL is physically similar to many more recent models, with a 4.3-inch color touch screen and a menu-driven graphical interface. As of the date of publication, TomTom still offers support and software for these models, and you can purchase accessories at your local electronics retailer.
The One XL was named for its 4.3-inch screen, which at the time was “extra large.” Although larger screens are now common, the 4.3-inch size offers a good balance of visibility and battery life. The XL measures 4.7 inches wide, 3.4 inches high and 1.2 inches deep, and weighs 7.4 oz. Maps and points of interest for the United States and Canada are included, and you can add more with the company’s TomTom HOME software or with preloaded SD cards. The XL-S model includes text-to-speech capability for spoken directions, but the base XL does not.
Preparation and Setup
The One XL was sold new with a car charger, USB cable, windshield mount and documentation. Some models also included an SD card with additional data. Used units might be missing some or all of these accessories, which you can order from TomTom or replace at a local retail store. To set your unit up, first download the TomTom HOME software from the company’s website (link in Resources), and then install it on your computer. Connect your GPS to the computer, and then click the TomTom HOME icon if it doesn’t load automatically. Make a backup of the data on your One XL, in case of future problems.
The HOME program also updates the software in your One XL.Usage
It takes up to 20 seconds for the One XL to locate satellites initially. Once it identifies your position, your on-screen map changes from black-and-white to color, and you’re ready to travel. Tap the “Navigate to…” icon on your screen, and then tell the XL where you want to go. Your destination can be a set of coordinates, a physical address, zip code, an intersection or a point of interest. You can also tap a map to pick a spot directly. If you have a time constraint, the XL can tell you whether you’ll arrive at your destination on time.
The One XL can calculate the fastest route, the shortest route, a route that avoids freeways or one that incorporates specific points of interest. You can also choose walking or cycling routes. If you miss a turn or have to make a detour, your unit can recalculate the best route. Tap “Details” for an in-depth look at your chosen route. You can change the appearance of your maps or the degree of backlighting in “Preferences,” and use the Zoom bar to zoom in and out of your maps. You can add destinations to your XL by saving them as Favorites, and also choose to revisit a recent destination.