The TT screens certainly aren't junk. They just aren't quite as bright or, for me, as easy to find the route or data, as the Garmin's, especially the 7x0's and apparently the new 2x5's. Regular TomTom users don't complain much about the screens other than the occasional complaint that they are sometimes hard to see in bright light. As far as colors and layout, it's more a personal preference, and many people prefer the overall look of the TomTom display.
Last night I found a store which had the units turned on so I could compare them and indeed the TT screens are not junk. Just more reflective and not enough contrast. It would seem it has more of that "glossy" LCD screen look which has become so popular in recent years for comptuer LCD screens. They look great but if you are in a bright environment they can be hard to read. I flipped the screens back and forth and purposely tried to wash out the screen by refecting the overhead light in the store and it was a bit hard to see any differnece really. A better test would be to carry it outside on a sunny day, but I can't seem to find a store which will allow that so I guess I'll just have to find one with a good return policy.
The bigger difference will be between the 700's, 800's, 2x5's compared to Tomtom. As I said, they're not that bad, but certainly not as bright, nor as easy to see as some of the Garmins if windshield mounted during the day. If you never used one of the Garmin's I mentioned, you might never really complain about the TomTom screen brightness.
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