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TomTom VIA 1405TM Portable GPS

TomTom VIA 1405TM Portable GPS
alaScore 78

31 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the build quality. The usability also gets good comments. Opinions about the route planning and value for money are mixed. There are some negative reviews about the performance.

usability, build quality


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 78/100 = Good quality.

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(Based on 31 reviews)

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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...

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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 Having the traffic is nice, but most of the time the info is out-of-date (as I would suspect is true in most cases).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...

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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


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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

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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

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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

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Have used better


Just ok nothing great guess it gets job done

Compact,Easy To Read

Buggy Software,Complicated Controls,Inaccurate

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Give me my TOMTOM One back


I love my TOMTOM One but I consider this unit inferior in many ways. It has all the nice new features but TOMTOM has forgotten the basics. The power switch is awkward to find when mounted on a dash and has to be held for almost 5 full seconds before...


Buggy Software,Poor speaker,Power button awkward,Slow to acquire satellite,Sluggish

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TomTom VIA 1405TM Portable GPS


Very good

Compact,Easy To Read,Easy To Setup,Long Battery Life,Reliable Performance,Simple Controls,Strong Construction,Versatile

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Great device..minor software issues


The GPS works great, the traffic updates really help out. Getting the free map upgrades was a little bit of a hassle, and the software for updating the map is buggy. Everything works well, it just takes some effort to get the free map updates to work...

Easy To Read,Long Battery Life,Simple Controls,Versatile

Buggy Software