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TomTom U.K. & Ireland declares itself to be “world-class car navigation.” If you want to get from point A to point B, surely a map is better? Couldn’t you just ask a friend for directions, or just follow your nose? Anyways, aren’t satellite navigation systems notoriously unreliable and slow?

I would like to take you on a little tour of a new place — a place where satellite navigation works, and works very well. A place that shows you where your friends have been recently, key points of interest and where highly rated and liked places are nearby. And we will get there in the quickest time, on the best routes and if there are problems on the way — traffic jams and slowdowns — we will simply glide right past them on an alternative route.

Does all this sound too good to be true? I have lived with and tested the latest version of TomTom U.K. & Ireland for the last two months, and I can say that I am very, very impressed. Read on to find out why. (more…)