Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 808
Rated 5 out of 5 by VaTech Great GPS
This is the best value on the market. I have owned two, one Garmin and one tom tom. The maps become obsolete quickly and an update will cost you $60.00 This model has lifetime free map updates and is so easy to use. I don't travel without it.
Rated 3 out of 5 by JeeperGeek Software warning
The GPS itself is great, but one of the selling factors, the lifetime updates, comes with a catch. The software needed to update and customize the TomTom is not compatible with Windows 7 64bit.
Windows 7 has been out for over a year to the public and longer to developers, unacceptable.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hawkprey The TomTom 550m Portable GPS
Product is great for the price I paid of $128. Has lifetime map updates or until tomtom quits receiving updates from the provider they are currently going through or the contract with the map provider ends.... some figure about 5yrs or so with out having to buy any maps updates.Only bad thing I have to say about the transaction is that I paid for the 2-3 days shipping......I didnt receive the product until 7 days after the purchase date..So I would not recommend paying for any fast shipping.....will take about the same time as the free or 98 cent shipping
Rated 4 out of 5 by DanOBat Great Product
this GPS system works well - it tells you when to turn by voice - only one thing I would like to have improved on it should tell you a little earlier. If you watch the screen you will know that you have to turn then it tells you to turn L on easy street.
The Free updates was the reason that pushed me to purchase this model tom tom GPS.
Rated 5 out of 5 by georc Excellent
This thing paid for itself on our 1st trip. We left Circleville, OH for King of Prussia, PA. and we relied on it the whole time. Closed Rds, no problem, the auto reroute was quick and accurate. The "Favorite" feature is really great and overall I'm very satisfied with this product.
Rated 5 out of 5 by gramparon The TOMTOM was very easy to set up and use. I will use it mostly out of town or when I am looking for certian areas in town. It arrived on time and the sucktion cup was damaged, but a call to the manufacture and two days later a new one came. I am happy with the operation overall.
Rated 5 out of 5 by gasman55 I placed order on 12/04/2010 and received order on 12/06/2010. the gps worked as described and I am very pleased with it. I searched several competitors before I decided to purchase. I found that walmart had the best price. I would recommed TOMTOM and Walmart to anyone in the market for a gps.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lisalisa811 nice gps
I really like this gps other then it doesnt let you pick an options of routs to travel.The screen is really nice and easy to see.Has a loud voice when speaking so you can hear it if people are talking in your car.
Rated 4 out of 5 by ImMrBill3 Rural Routes - Downloadable and Modifiable +
I didn't expect any gps to do all to well but I have had some interesting routes. I live in a mountainous area with many less than ideal roads.
The ability to create and install content as well as download content from TomTom and other developers and users is fantastic.
The lifetime maps is a must have and a good deal.
I like the screen size and don't think anything smaller would work for me.
The mounting bracket is compact effective and easy to use.
Rated 5 out of 5 by iamskullman so far all is well
Easy setup, and instructions were clear. Really cool voices too.... So far all is working fine... Happy with the product.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Withastick Less than ideal user interface/interaction.
Maps very up to date and available frequently for update.
POIs same as above.
Big bright screen, some options for layout and colors makes it even better.
Runs on Linux so should be stable, have confidence it will run as well as my PCs and phone which I always pleased with.
Once ready to go it's smooth as silk, don't like it naming every road so I use a voice that simply tells you instructions like next right 400 yards. Real simple and a joy.
Pictures of difficult interchanges ( well pseudo pictures, not the real interchanges!) make them easy to navigate. Be hard to miss a turn with that on the screen, great at a glance to know where you should be.
Quite difficult to use after using Garmin for a couple of years. Where Garmin requires 2 presses, this requires 3-4 for every option. Starting with this: It doesn't sense engine turn off so switches to battery automatically, staying on and this kills the internal battery. One more key press, to turn it off when leaving the car and on when getting in to go.
Navigating also requires extra steps compared to Garmin's offerings.
Slow, very, very slow to locate and lock onto satellites. Option to skip this acquisition stage and go with last location is another darn key press and still can't figure out I'm still in my driveway from yesterday.
Runs on Linux yet doesn't support updates etc... on my Linux PCs? Surely one of the developers could write a script to just check for an update and install as required? I'm not a developer but if they were to contribute back to the community they might find the community would also help them out.
Because of the constant interaction to just use this device, navigate and locate POIs or locations I cannot recommend this to friends. It's too bad because once it is set to your mid points and end points it does a fine job. Just don't look for a rest area without stopping in the rest area to trudge through 3-4 screens. Last trip was with my 80 year old mother in the co-pilot's seat. She can use her Garmin with a sure hand but this one, no chance. I had to stop and work it myself. Hope this helps.
Rated 5 out of 5 by hal4re Good Value
This is my second Tom Tom and I'm very pleased. I bought this one because I was familiar with Tom Tom and wouldn't have to learn a new operating system. It operates somewhat differently than my GO 700 but I really like the 5" screen and the thin design. For the price I paid and with free delivery I felt it was a good value.
Rated 5 out of 5 by IdHO55 excellent product
I have not traveled in almost 40 years and boy have the roads, off/on ramps changed. This product was awesome getting me to where I was going. I wish the booklet explained the works of the product more but I did figure out how it works by pressing all the spots on the screen. Though sometimes it did not take me to the exact address it did get me to within a block of where I was going. Would highly recommend this model because of the large screen which made it easier to see.
Rated 5 out of 5 by fishinglarry outstanding!!!!
Have used twice on long trips that we had never previously visited and it performed flawlessly thru toll roads, back roads ect., and I promise that we would have been lost without it.
Downloading does take approx 4 hours-but I don't see why that is a issue because it was very simple to perform if you can read!
Great clarity day or night and the 5" screen is worth every penny and more!! Easy to operate without any instructions or manual.
Could not be happier!!
Rated 1 out of 5 by DLTK TomTom 550M
We live in well established suburb of Little Rock AR. Our new TomTom couldn't get us out of our suburb! We also notice that it advises us to turn too early thus making us exit off the freeway one exit too soon. Took it to Philadelphia and it struggled with locations there. Sorry Tom...sending you home by return mail!
Rated 5 out of 5 by NIGHTOWL2 TOM TOM XXL550M.
I TOOK A WRONG TURN IN NASHVILLE,MISSED RAMP ONTO I-40 EAST,WAS SUDDENLY ONTO SOME BACK ROADS AND THIS LITTLE JEWEL GOT ME BACK ONTO INTERSTATE IN A SHORT TIME. GRAPHICS ARE EXCELLENT AND INSTRUCTIONS WERE VERY QUICK.A REALLY GOOD DEAL WITH THE LIFETIME MAP UPDATES AT NO CHARGE.
Rated 5 out of 5 by madadam Very pleased with all the functions of this model.
I bought this unit to replace an older gps and was especially interested in the map update feature. I like the programming options. I am a bit disappointed in not being able to get to old programmed route history in an expedient direct manner but I find that the material is retained but you must work your way to the final address.
I'm over burdened with the number of points of interest showing along the route. It is a terrific unit that I've recommended to many friends.
Rated 5 out of 5 by LEWALL GREAT DIRECTIONS
I bought this a gift for my daughter who moved out of state. The directions were accurate and with the spoken street names and turns, it was easy for my daughter to drive to another state. The Point Of Interest came in handy for her looking for a gas station or a place to eat along the way. Since she is still new to her surroundings, she still uses this to navigate around. She used it to get to work until becoming comfortable with the route, but then needed it for an alternate route. She loves it and relies on it to get around. It has not let her down. The 5" screen is a plus and easy to see. The 3D map is comfortable to look at and easy to spot areas. I would consider this an entry level GPS, but very accurate and trustworthy. Once the route is set, you don't need to be doing six different things while you're driving. I didn't want my daughter distracted while driving. All she had to do was put the address in and just follow the turn by turn directions. I went with this because it's very much like my XL325 but with the larger screen. The life time maps makes it a plus. My daughter loves it.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1checker1 Great value
I had an older Tom Tom and just loved it. This one is bigger and has lifetime maps, which is great. It is easy to navigate and the price is very affordable
Rated 5 out of 5 by janlong great product - especially while travelling
We borrowed a similar GPS for our 3,000 mile trip recently and decided to buy one of our own.
It's great, easy to use and easy to understand.
Very, very helpful.
Rated 5 out of 5 by TNkatiebug great gift!
I purchased this as a gift for someone who travels frequently. In the short time he's had it, I've heard nothing but rave reviews. Traffic updates, construction info, etc all make for enjoyable, efficient travel.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lennie Tom TomXXL 550M
Audio voice sometimes garbled.
Audio Voice drops out.
But I do like the screen size and the easy mount.
Rated 2 out of 5 by lexiegirl7 I bought this for my boyfriend last year for Christmas. A year later and it needs to be replaced. It takes forever to start up and does not hold a charge. The screen goes blank sometimes. We got lost in the city because it went out on us while being connected to the car charger. We ended up pulling over and used a good old fashion map. The device is well taken care of. We made sure to purchase a carrying case for it.
When it is working it does a decent job telling you directions. Sometimes it gets a little vague when the interstate splits too much. It tells you to stay left when you really may need to be in the middle lane.
Overall I was happy with this product until it stopped working properly after a year of use.
Rated 3 out of 5 by ipyramus OK basic GPS
This is a basic GPS that does not always find the correct route. In fact, in San Francisco it often sent us to expressways and routes that were obviously wrong. It did work about 90% of the time just fine. I have had top of the line models and they work faster and better.
Rated 1 out of 5 by biterbandit If you want to stay lost, buy this!!!
This is the worst GPS I have ever used. Even after being updated it will tell you that you have reached your destination and it is nowhere in sight. Also, I don't know how many streets that I HAVE passed and then it says "Turn". This is not a GPS for someone like me who rarely travels and who purchases the item because I have no sense of direction and totally rely on such a device. I DO NOT recommend this GPS.
Rated 1 out of 5 by dp79109 Look for a different model.
Never could sucessfully download required files and data to make initial set up. GPS sugested that memory in the unit was not sufficent to hold the files and data I must recieve for the unit to function initialy. I was never able to see the 550M operate at all. I cannot rate it as I could never make it work.
Rated 3 out of 5 by IntoTVs Troublesome
This GPS is a nightmare to set up if you have another TomTom registered. I had to change my email to one doesn't exist and do a different password just to have this one recognized, because of the other unit. Write everything down and keep it in the box. After all that, the updates took five and a half hours to download. Now I think it is running properly, but have noticed that it tells me to turn after I have passed the turn I originally wanted. Take your chances and investigate other brands. BL
Rated 4 out of 5 by mebub11 Tom Tom is great, but the mount is no good.
I've tried the Nuvi, the Magellan, and this is my second Tom-Tom. I prefer the Tom-tom for directions, especially in rural areas, but the mount that came with it had absolutely no suction. Wouldn't stick on window or dash mount. It is worthless.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tray67 I am so happy with this product =)
I have been wanting to buy a GPS for a long time and after doing some research I decided to go with the TomTom. I was a little apprehensive about buying this at first because I am sooo bad with electronic items. They are never the easiest thing for me. Well.. I got this GPS and it could NOT be simplier to use. It was a breeze. I am extremely happy with this product and recommend it to everyone, especially those that are not so electronically inclined =) I did update the maps immediately and that did take a while, (like 4 hours), but for as often as you actually have to update these maps..it isn't bad.
Rated 1 out of 5 by NoWiser Broken on receipt
The TomTom XXL 550M worked as expected during the computer set up. However, the first time the car charger was plugged in and the receiver turned on the 'TomTom" logo came up momentarily then the unit died. Unfortunately we were already 200 miles into a trip. The only thing I can suggest is test the receiver before purchase if possible.