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TomTom VIA 5" Advanced Lane Guidance Portable GPS (1EN501906)

TomTom VIA 5" Advanced Lane Guidance Portable GPS (1EN501906)
alaScore 87

16 reviews

Dec, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews of TomTom VIA 5" Advanced Lane Guidance Portable GPS (1EN501906). The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Comments about the price and size are on the whole positive. The usability and screen also get good feedback.

screen, usability, size, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the TomTom VIA 5" Advanced Lane Guidance Portable GPS (1EN501906) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 16 reviews)

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TomTom VIA 1605 TM GPS ($150 - $199) Review


With so many people using good smartphone GPS turn-by-turn navigation apps, there are still good reasons why dedicated car GPS devices can be the best choice for frequent business or leisure travelers. There's the large screen (in the case of this...

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TomTom Via 1605 TM


The VIA 1605 TM has a large screen size that is just shy of obnoxious, and the resolution has been upgraded to near-HD quality, but the plastic resistive screen hinders the improvements. This GPS navigator has many of the basic features we looked for,...

The screen size makes the display easy to see, and this model comes with lifetime map and traffic updates

This device does not have a multitouch-capable capacitive screen, and it lacks Bluetooth

The VIA 1605 TM has an impressive screen size and resolution, but the plastic resistive screen limits its functionality. This model has basic features but lacks some of the more advanced features, such as Bluetooth and speech access.

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TomTom Via 225


In-car GPS


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Lives up to its name brand.


The instructions are very good but realistically there will be times where it gets confusing and you should never depend 100% on a GPS you have to use your common sense too. My last Tom Tom was literally a dum dum but this model lives up to its name. I...

Unlimited maps, unlimited traffic, ease of use, nice big interface. Overall best GPS I've used in some years. It's fast to pick up satellite, ready to go in seconds versus minutes on some other models I've used. Once you create your TomTom account it...

None that I come to mind

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TomTom VIA 1605TM


Purchased at Costco, so its going back. I had to spend about an hour on hold to get the free lifetime maps activated. Then it would not download any maps. Another hour with costomer service and now the device will not work at all. It seems the driver...

Easy To Read Large Screen


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TomTom VIA 1605TM


This is a great looking, light unit. Resolution on the 6 screen is 800x600, higher than anything I've seen. Makes for a very crisp, clear display. Acquires satellites and routes very quickly. There are, however in my opinion, two very serious problems...

Acquires Satellites Quickly Large Screen

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TomTom VIA 1605TM


It speaks too frequently. If you are simply passing by an exit to the freeway it may decide to tell you to keep going straight. Not just once, several times. I had to turn off the voice.

Acquires Satellites Quickly Large Screen

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tom tom GPS 1535


Works pretty well, updates sometime are a pain but can be dealt with by a reset, the only real problem is volume on the bluetooth is not loud enough and it is difficult to hear when driving on a highway. There are lots of features that require user...

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Handy Piece of Equipment


Has lots of options and features that are very helpful. Sometimes the map has been inaccurate, but there is a feature that allows you to make corrections. Also, you can submit these corrections on the TomTom website and get access to corrections other...

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Great deal


The Tom Tom worked great for getting us around a big city we didn't know very well. I will be using it whenever we go to new places.


Product Specifications


Head up Display: No
Telephone Included:Handsfree Function via External Device
TV-Tuner: No


Bluetooth: Yes
Internet Connectivity: No
iPod Control: No


Display Technology:Unknown
Monitor Format:16:9
Monitor Type:Fixed Monitor
Touchscreen:2-Point Touch

General Features

Category:Portable Navigation Device
Size in DIN:Not Applicable


Lane Assistant: Yes
Map Coverage:Single continent
Map Provider:TomTom Maps
Map Sharing: Yes
Pedestrian Mode: Yes
Reality View: No
Text-to-Speech: Yes
Traffic Message Channel: Yes
Voice Control:Full Voice Control


DVD Player / Recorder: No
MP3 Playback: No