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Published 22 hours ago by Simon Costanzo
TomTom VIA 1605M GPS Navigator
Perfect size maps, clear instructions and very reliable and exact. I am glad I got the Lifetime maps updates Bravo TomTom
Published 2 days ago by Alain Androuais
purchased my TomTom 1605 a couple of years ago and I have to admit ... I loved it! The screen size was such an improvement to my aging eyes and the interface was pretty good... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Robert Caroti
my 6" TomTom is great
I love the 6" screen and easy to operate I would recommend it. thin and easy to store away when not in use.
Published 7 days ago by Ron Ferguson
Works great, great screen size
The unit itself is well built and everything is contained to get it installed in the vehicle and up and running. Read more
Published 8 days ago by D. MCKICHAN
Great Unit. Not Perfect, But Pretty Good
Taking the unit out of the box I was impressed with its size and how easy the mount just folded out, at least as compared with the TomTom 1505M that I upgraded from. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Samuel Dylan Hrncir
I like the larger screen as well as you can tell it your driving a motor home and get routed for a bigger vehicle. Read more
Published 11 days ago by tomh
First GPS Meets Expectations
I bought this for my husband's birthday as it was highly rated by Consumer Reports. He is 100% satisfied, which makes me happy!
Published 16 days ago by janet m. tuccinardi
Glad to be using TomTom again
My first GPS unit was a TomTom. I received a Magellan unit from my employer, so the TomTom went to my mother-in-law, who's still using it several years later. Read more
Published 17 days ago by W. L. Holder
Bigger and well worth the extra price
Comparing this with the GPS i just got last Spring is quite a difference the larger screen is a vast improvement I really like the split screen when you come to multiple lanes on a... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Kipp Poe Speicher
80 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Decent PerformerJuly 14, 2012
Style Name:with Lifetime Maps and Traffic
I bought it 3 weeks back from Costco - have driven over 2500 miles since then during holidays from Chicago to Ny and St Louis. Hence feel I am in a decent position now to provide feedback.
Usability - Initially it was a challenge as I was using Garmin earlier - hence was not used to Tom Tom interface - now I sort of like it. Typically like Zip code search, also good is it gives a zoomed out route picture before starting any route - which is helpful specifically in long routes.
One -ve point is - when you start the unit - sometimes it is sluggish - i.e. if you press a button on a screen - it takes time to respond.
Accuracy/Navigation - Found the unit pretty accurate - it can guide you pretty much out of a parking space as well. It identifies any route changes very quickly. Also finds satallite pretty quickly and easily. I was suprised when it was helping me to drive out of a covered parking garage in St. Louis. Never got any issue with maps in 2500 miles I have driven - except at an exit in St Louis - though I havent updated my map yet after purchase - so assume Tom Tom should have taken care of it. I didn't loose satellite anywhere even when driving under covered road in cities.
Traffic - I will give it 3.5 points - couple of times it has helped. Though sometimes - I was driving in city highway with heavy traffic and it had no clue about it. Not sure if this is a problem with service/refresh rate. I though like the reroute options - it paints the alternate route in blue color (rather then red color of current route) - helps to take decision very quickly. Also I guess since this is not Tom Tom HD Traffic - thats why refresh rates are lower. Though I like that it gives traffic updates not just of highways but of city roads as well. Read more ›
126 of 130 people found the following review helpful
excellent upgrade from my old magellan June 15, 2012
Style Name:with Lifetime Maps and Traffic
This is my first tomtom and i upgraded from a magellan 1470. I was a loyal magellan fan until I tried their latest 5220LM which froze constantly (i returned it). I tested my new tomtom with a 500 mile trip, and it was flawless. lots of features like lane guide at the major highway interchanges. auto zoom at turns. clear vocal instructions 2 miles, 1/2 mile, and just before turnoffs. at one point I asked it to provide a detour due to construction, and the tomtom confidently mapped an alternate route on the fly. excellent, extensive POI database. love the large 6" screen. good brightness, better than my magellan but still a tiny bit difficult to see on a sunny day with sunglasses. auto rotate when turned upside down (for mounting). Note this is a pure GPS, no other stuff like bluetooth or mp3 player.
setup was simple on a windows pc, you will need to download the "support application" so your pc can recognize the device first, then just connect via usb and follow the directions. you get a free firmware and a map update. After that, you will need to submit a registration code for follow-on (4 per year) map updates. the download itself was large and took me ~1 hour, but as my first tomtom it may be faster for others who know what to do. the update process itself when compared to the magellan was a breeze. the magellan is known for a really poor update process and often results in people bricking their units (just read the reviews). I found the tomtom update is much more flexible and forgiving.
I took away 1 star due to a few feature gaps vs my old 1470. first, the unit it a bit slower response wise than my magellan. for example when you type in an address or select a feature, there's a notable delay. Read more ›
71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Super! July 4, 2012
Style Name:with Lifetime Maps and Traffic
I've owned a Tomtom GO730 for many years and felt it was time to move to a more state of the art unit. The old unit, which was my first, did the job but had several flaws.
1. It would erase my favorites whenever it updated maps.
2. It had a dim screen
3. It's connection to the power source would disconnect due to loosening with time.
4. You had to flip thru a zillion screens to get to a particular feature that you wished to change.
Also, the unit cost me almost $300, and that's not including the cost of a case for the unit (another $35), a case to hold the unit and supplies ($35), a connection gizmo to the windshield ($65),yearly maps ($45/yr), and yearly traffic ($65/yr)
I had planned to buy a Garmin this time since I had heard such good things about it. But recently, I heard that Garmin's products aren't as good as they used to be and that Tomtom was improving.
The Garmin product I planned to buy cost about $350 and had a 5" screen (max for Garmin). This Tomtom unit which just came out, is half the price, with a 6" screen, and many desirable features...(no MP3 or Phone though)
1. It has a built in suction cup to connect to the windshield that works flawlessly. Don't need to buy one. It also adjusts to connecting to windshield or dashboard (The screen flips..a cool feature)
2. Maps are free for life.
3. Traffic is free for life and built into the power supply (no need for additional wires)
4. Screen is bright.
5. Favorites don't erase with map updates.
I've used it many times now and it works flawlessly. I'm very pleased.
Also, while it won't transfer all of the various voices that I had on the old Tomtom, it does transfer the ones u paid for, which is nice. IMHO, this is a great buy.
The 6″ VIA 1605 TM combines big screen navigation with Free Lifetime Traffic and Map Updates. Once you drive with a TomTom device, you’ll never want to drive without one. TomTom created the first digital maps for drivers; we are a world leader in navigation. At TomTom, we realize that the best in-car navigation should be easy to use and have the best quality maps. We’re here to ensure your journey is smooth, from start to finish.
We have updated the VIA series with sleek new hardware and our biggest device to date—a 6″ screen with better resolution than ever before. It’s now designed to include a better user interface, sharper graphics and more visible icons—for a better view of the road ahead.
The VIA 1605 TM is perfect for anyone who wants intuitive navigation on a BIG 6″ screen. It also comes with Free Lifetime Traffic and Map Updates, so you automatically get real-time traffic updates to your TomTom device and your maps change when the roads do. Every device in this series includes our TomTom Maps with IQ Routes and Map Share technology. These devices keep you up-to-date with dynamic road changes on a daily basis, with maps that cover the US, Canada and Mexico.
Roads change: so do our maps. Your TomTom device receives free up-to-the-minute traffic information and updated maps every three months. All you need to do is download a new edition of TomTom's maps, the industry's most accurate. And you'll always be up-to-date.
Advanced Lane Guidance—know the correct lane, in advance
Never miss your exit or turn with Advanced Lane Guidance. It shows you exactly which lane to take before you approach an exit, turn or difficult intersection—so you can stay on the right path.
Your pre-installed map has Points of Interest, from gas stations to hotels, so you're sure to find what you want.
Need help? TomTom’s Roadside Assistance connects you to a specialist—wherever or whenever you need one.
The world's biggest database of real travel times is built into every TomTom device. Which means you'll get the fastest routes and most accurate arrival times. It's genius!
Safe and easy navigation on the BIG SCREEN. See your next instruction better on our biggest and sharpest screen yet. Bigger menus and buttons on the extra-large 6″ high-resolution screen make input simpler.
Integrated mount with flip screen attaches easily to
your windshield or dashboard.
Your device has a folding mount on the back, so it attaches easily to your windshield; use the optional disk to attach it to your dashboard.
Your device comes with the latest maps of the US, Canada and Mexico installed already, so you are ready to navigate.
Free Daily Map Changes from the Map Share community. Includes dynamic changes like new speed limits and blocked roads. Some things change overnight and can delay your journey. Map Share helps you deal with the more frequent road changes. Avoid detours and get to your destination even faster.
Product FeaturesStyle: with Lifetime Maps and Traffic