TomTom VIA 1505TM review


A new GPS from TomTom

TomTom VIA 1505TM is the newest car portable GPS navigation system coming from the Dutch team at TomTom. The company is the world’s leading supplier of navigation and location products and services for people who want the best navigation experience. But is it worth a buy? Here are our test and review.
The product comes with the following specifications: 3.70″ h x 5.30″ w x 1.30″, 217g, built-in maps, map coverage for Canada, the USA, Mexico and Puerto Rico, 5″ screen size, widescreen, text speech, 2-hours battery life, and 1 year warranty for parts and labor. The box comes with a suction mount (if you want to mount the gadget to the dashboard pad or a window), dashboard pad, USB cable, cigarette adapter, set up guide and a code with which users will get TomTom Lifetime Updates as well as traffic updates.

Free map updates

TomTom-VIA-1505TMThe newest TomTom VIA 1505TM features the following: free map updates and lifetime traffic, integrated EasyPort mount, advanced lane guidance, vocal directions, emergency menu, new user interface, points of interest and IQ routes. Also, the product enables Bluetooth hands-free calling, natural voice recognition and one-shot destination-address entry.
According to our test, all of these features worked great. The Lifetime Traffic & map updates helped us choose the fastest and best route to our destination, the EasyPort option made it very easy to secure the gadget to the dashboard/windshield, the advanced lane guidance let us know the exact road to take when we were faced with difficult driving situations, the vocal directions feature gave us very useful turn-by-turn directions while driving and the emergency menu enabled us to find police stations, hospitals and so on; the new user interface is a helpful tool to plan your route and the menu is very easy to browse. Finally, the points of interest made it easy to find hotels, restaurants and the like, while the IQ routes recommended the easiest and fastest route when we wanted to reach a certain destination; it also helped us avoid getting stuck in traffic.

Very intuitive interface

But these are not the only features of the TomTom VIA 1505TM. We also discovered a 30-day latest map guarantee, map share on demand updates and home content manager for when you want to personalize your device.
The TomTom VIA 1505TM is a light, slim, sleek and state of the art navigation device. It has a 5-inch touchscreen (480×272 pixels), which may seem too big to some. Its user interface is intuitive: the menu is easy to use, icons are large and sharp and the 3D graphics are full-color. It is easy to slide into the pocket of your pants or bag when you want to exit the car.
During our test we encountered an error in the maps; we were able to report the bug to TomTom’s online page and share it with other VIA 1505TM users. Your edits and theirs can then be imported to your device and theirs.

Not very fast interface

A really important advantage in the case of this navigator is that it shows no advertisements once you start using the lifetime traffic updates.
Unfortunately, there are also some negative aspects of this device: the user interface, though beautiful, is not that fast when compared to other portable GPS navigators; the screen gets somewhat hard to read in bright light, finding a good GPS signal works slowly and the device has to be removed and placed back on whenever you leave or get in the car.

Review conclusions

As a conclusion to our review, we have to say that the TomTom VIA 1505TM is an affordable, good-looking and fully functional good GPS navigator. It comes with a lot of options that will make driving a real pleasure.

Technical specifications

Navigation features:
# 5″ color (480 x 272 pixels) touchscreen control
# millions of points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
# 4GB flash memory preloaded with maps of the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and most of Mexico
# text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual street names at turns
# IQ Routes uses average travel speeds to find the fastest route (only available in the U.S. and Canada)
# lane guidance (only available in the U.S. and Canada)
# allows user to edit some aspects of built-in maps and/or report suggested changes to TomTom
# allows user to download celebrity voice prompts from TomTom
# navigation modes: auto, pedestrian
Other features and specs:
# dimensions: 5-5/16″W x 3-1/2″H x 7/8″D
# weight: 7.0 oz.