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TomTom VIA 1405TM Portable GPS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews of TomTom VIA 1405TM Portable GPS. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and route planning. The maps and performance also get good feedback. There are some negative comments about the size and reliability. There are some mixed opinions about the price.

usability, performance, maps, route planning, durability

reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the TomTom VIA 1405TM Portable GPS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: Rich Owings (

TomTom VIA 1405TM


The TomTom VIA 1405TM sports a 4.3” screen and offers lifetime traffic and map updates (hence the TM in  the product name). This model updates a previous unit, the very popular TomTom XL 340TM, bringing along TomTom's new Webkit-based interface. Like...

Windshield mount is dependable and easy to attach ; IQ Routes historic road speed database ; Intuitive interface ; Extensive customization options ; Map Share allows you to correct maps and share corrections with others

Suction mount doesn't perform well with universal friction mounts ; Mount is not powered; you must connect the micro-USB cable directly to the device ; Slow to lock onto satellites ; No multi-destination routing ; Touch screen response lags a bit ;...

Most TomTom fans will be quite happy with the new VIA series. The core functionality (navigation) performed very well for me, and while the new interface is a bit rough around the edges in places, the overall experience was very good. I’m happy to...

Jul, 2011

Consumer review by: tibber (

Decent but slow


Most of the time this works well, but it is far from perfect. It will show you traffic but, if you have it guide, it seems to guide you right into it. I assume it is saying it is still the fastest way it knows, but I wonder. In places I am familiar...

Good price, lots of features. Much (80%) less evil than the Magellan it replaced. Having the traffic is nice, but most of the time the info is out-of-date (as I would suspect is true in most cases). Construction alerts are usually good. Setting a...

Painfully slow at times; has told me to turn left several blocks after where I was supposed to turn left. Often need to hold down the power button for 15 seconds before it responds ; It seems to work better after a reset (hold down the power button...

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: debs2005 (

Good... but could be improved.


I like that street names are spoken and it has lifetime maps and traffic. I have an older Tom Tom however and like the older windshield (snap in and out) attachment better than the upgrade of this one. Also , although this Tom Tom boasts of the latest...

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: ily21 (

Good Product


This is a simple and easy to use GPS.I love the Tom Tom and would not leave home with out it when traveling. Thanks Tom Tom and QVC."

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: granny lin (

Surprise Gift


I bought the Tom Tom for my son for Christmas. He and his family drove down to FL to celebrate the holiday with me. The day before Christmas, for some reason, he started to comment negatively on GPS systems. Little did he know he was about to receive...

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: hands (

Good for the price


Since the genre is iffy, this fits right in. The website is almost useless and updates take forever. The device itself works fine.

Compact,Economical,Free maps and traffic

Buggy Software,Website interface poor

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: kwessler (

I returned it,


I could not get the life time map offers to work. The new Tom Tom web interface was not communicating with the Via. Four emails, three re-installs later, still no luck. I was asked to scan all my purchase documentation, etc, send it to Tom Tom, and...

Buggy Software","Complicated Controls

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: nphotogr (

Not very user friendly


Slow to react. Difficult to change states for a trip in another state. Tried to program for a trip to Florida. Never accepted the Fla. Addy. Says have free downloads for maps. Not true, could not get to work. Included manual is useless for...

Complicated Controls","Unreliable

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: SaharaYou (

Unit works great, ignore the bad reviews


All past complaints seem to be resolved. Out of box and working in 10 minutes. Touchscreen responds to light touch. Account activation & internet updates without problem. GPS fix from a cold start in 3 minutes or less. I've spent 3 days making...

Easy To Setup,Reliable Performance,Versatile

Map controls awkward

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: AB (

Have used better


Just ok nothing great guess it gets job done

Compact,Easy To Read

Buggy Software,Complicated Controls,Inaccurate

Dec, 2011