Also included with the XL 340 S are a 12-volt car charger, a USB connection cable, and an adhesive disk for attaching the XL to your vehicle's dashboard if windshield mounting is not permissible.
Features The Tom Tom XL 340 features Advanced Lane Guidance, a new feature to the XL line that shows detailed illustrations of complex freeway interchanges, complete with lane information.
"The nation's roads are changing every day, so Tom Tom is proud to offer Lifetime Map Updates on our portable navigation devices," said Tom Murray, vice president of market development for Tom Tom, in a statemnt.
"This feature, in conjunction with Tom Tom's Lifetime Traffic Updates, offers our customers the assurance that they will always have the industry's most accurate maps and the real-time traffic information they need for hassle-free navigation." Tom Tom's standalone GPS or portable navigation devices face increasing competition not only from competing manufacturers, but a growing number of smartphone apps whose pricing seems headed in a race for the bottom.
Design A 4.3-inch WQVGA wide-format touch screen occupies the front of the XL 340 S, while a large, loud 2-inch speaker dominates its back.If it can't find a faster way, the device can at least give an accurate time to destination based on real data.Gaining access to map updates and other downloadable content is accomplished through the Tom Tom Home software that is embedded in the XL's onboard memory.The only physical control to be found is the power button on the unit's top edge.The Mini-USB port on its bottom edge serves as the connection for the included 12-volt car charger for data connections.In a statement, Tom Tom referred customers to its Web site for a list of affected models, but such a list did not seem to be available at press time, either on the company's main page or on individual product pages as an additional feature.In an email, a Tom Tom spokesman said the list was not currently available on the Tom Tom site, but that the PNDs could be ordered on Unlike its primary competitor, the Garmin Nuvi, the XL 340 S does not have an SD or micro SD card slot, so you're stuck with the device's 2GB of onboard storage (most of which is occupied by map and voice data).Tom Tom's clever Easy Port mount integrates the XL's cradle into the back of the unit.Google already offers Google Maps Navigation, a free, real-time turn-by-turn application for Android smartphones that offers points of interest and other features that PNDs offer.However, the Google Navigation feature usually requires a 3G connection, although a small number of maps can be preloaded onto the phone via Wi-Fi before setting out.