I could swear I’d written before about the TomTom Rider, which I use on my bikes, and love dearly. Well, mostly. Good points:
- Uses bluetooth to connect to my phone to get updates on traffic conditions, and routes around blockages.
- Not intolerable user interface.
- Cute trick (that I haven’t used yet) of tracking your buddies.
- Talks to me in my helmet.
- Warns me about “safety” cameras. Mostly.
- No tracking, very disappointing if you want to figure out where someone else took you, or you went randomly.
- Weird slight randomness in routing (for example, Aylesbury to West London might choose to use the A355 down to Beaconsfield, or to continue down the A413, which is definitely faster).
- Latest version of the s/w kills my Rider, but TomTom won’t fix it unless I send the Rider back in – and they won’t provide a replacement to use in the meantime.
- Occasionally crashes.
- Itinerary (their name for routes) handling is pathetic.
- “Glove friendly” UI is actually pretty much impossible to use in gloves.
Anyway, all that said, I’ve been musing about using the TomTom in the car. The snag is that the only way the Rider has of talking to me is via a bluetooth headset – which is OK in a helmet, but I really don’t like their non-helmet version. For a start, it doesn’t stay in my ear. So, I’ve been considering alternatives, and I figured I’d ask the Lazyweb for suggestions. Perhaps even something I can use on both car and bike.