Run away from TomTom
I bought one whilst in Europe, because I was tired of using paper maps, with the attendant challenges of the last/first 5km.
The Rider 400 is slow at pointing out where you are, on the screen, and then it seems to learn, and then it goes fast. Then you are left never knowing whether the symbol on the screen is ahead, at, or behind your actual road position.
So if you come up to a stretch of road with multiple junctions, you end up taking the wrong turn.
Updating the maps is a joke on the road. The best I have managed is in 9hrs, and that required me to sit there all the time and watch, so I could fix the download issues.
For some reason TomTom requires a complete map download, which is 6GB. Obviously the programmers at TomTom never travel, but live in their Mommy’s basement with 20MB+ download speeds.
Talking of downoads. you better have a huge data plan on your phone, because TomTom needs to connect to the Internet to find any Points Of Interest. The only way TomTom connects to the Internet is via your phone.
Hey TomTom. Here is a news flash. LOTS of places do not have cell-phone coverage.
You will never know where you are. TomTom will, but they never give you the GPS co-ordinates.
TomTom allows you to input GPS co-ordinates, but will never get them from your TomTom. Weird or what?
Actually makes (rather dumb) sense, because TomTom uses the GPS co-ordinates to look for an address or a point of interest that it knows about. You can see the issue. And I have experienced it, first hand. Plug in a GPS co-ordinate, TomTom has no matching reference, so totally ignores the information. Yes. Believe it or not. TomTom has designed and built a GPS device that cannot locate a GPS co-ordinate!!!
And before you ask, this is for a location that is within the existing map!!! I arrived there, the old-fashioned way, by asking for directions.
For Ukraine, TomTom only lists some of the roads. OK, as they state up-front that they only have data for the major roads and streets.
The trouble is, in some places they will list a road, but not give the name of the road.
I found this out in Kolomyya, Ukraine. Luckily, Google saved the day.
Apparently some time ago TomTom did have all road names, then removed them.
TomTom also brought me to some random spot in Kolomyya that it had listed as the centre of town. Has done this in other places, but in Kolomyya, it was a totally random spot.
As for TomTom's route planning feature. hahahahahaha.
If you have trouble planning how to ride the same two points then the Rider may be for you. It is supposed to learn where you ride and when you ride those routes.
For those who ride new routes every day, this is as much use as......, well fill in the rest yourself.
Developed by cafe racers for cafe racers.
You know the type. Ride 10km then spend the next 3 weeks discussing the ride.
If you plan to ride anywhere past the 10km, look elsewhere.