The TomTom Start 50 has received generally positive reviews. Users on Amazon.com have rated it 4.5 stars out of 5, as of October 2015. Trusted Reviews gave it a user score of 8 out of 10. Top Ten Reviews gave the device a 6.75 out of 10.
Positive aspects mentioned in reviews include the free lifetime map updates, the large screen, international maps and ease of use. Top Ten Reviews highlighted lane assistance and a speed limit indicator as nice extra features.
Some of the negative comments include poor build quality, the lack of a live traffic feature, and the fact that the resistive screen can be troublesome to use. Several users also indicated that the device sometimes selects inefficient routes.