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TomTom VIA 1505 M 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

alaTest has collected and analyzed 973 reviews of TomTom VIA 1505 M 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People are impressed by the screen and maps. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the design and memory. Comments about the route planning and durability are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the TomTom VIA 1505 M 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 939 user reviews of TomTom VIA 1505 M 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviewers really like the screen and maps. The performance and price also get good feedback. Many are critical about the design and memory, while views about the route planning and durability are mixed.

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73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: TomTom VIA 1505M World Traveler Edition GPS Navigator with Lifetime MapsTomTom VIA 1505M World Traveler Edition GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps

Apr, 2018

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TomTom Via 1505 M WTE


The Via 1505 M WTE comes preloaded with enough maps to make the casual explorer and the business professional happy, but it lacks an included traffic subscription, which would be very helpful. This GPS system has most of the basic features, and even a...

This device comes preloaded with maps of the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe with free lifetime map updates

The model lacks lifetime traffic updates, Bluetooth and the ability to use voice commands

The Via 1505 M WTE is a good option if you’re a frequent traveler, but the lack of a lifetime traffic update subscription is a hindrance.

Expert review by : Rich Owings (

TomTom VIA 1505M


The TomTom VIA 1505M sports a wide 5” screen and offers lifetime map updates (hence the M in  the product name), and updates the TomTom XXL 540M with TomTom's new Webkit-based interface. Like all units in the VIA 1xx5 series, this one comes with...

Lifetime map updates ; 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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Lifetime maps is a joke!


It seems that a smartphone is the way to go since you get map updates on the run, only for your immediate area and changing conditions are reflected a lot more rapidly.

(1) It is out of stock now ; (2) It is newer than what I have

When I bought this, I based it largely on my old Tom Tom, which has lots of options, customizable content, offers maps for sale from most continents, celebrity voices, customizable images and interfaces. I was attracted by the unlimited maps, but the...

Jan, 2015

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It works. It was cheap.


It does what a GPS is supposed to do. No problems with the touch screen. Updates are like any other Tom-Tom unit. Thebest part is that since it a factory refurb, the price was a fraction of the cost of an assembly line fresh one.

Apr, 2013

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Good product for the price


I purchased this refurbished product when it was on sale! Its a good product for that price. Only negative side is the unresponsive touch screen. I need to press hard to enter the info. Lifetime map update did not work automatically as described. I had...

Apr, 2013

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Works Great - No worries


I needed an additional GPS since we were moving and I wanted one in my wife's car. I bought this and have been using it everyday. It attaches to the windshield of my truck easily. My other one wouldn't hold there. It also has great battery life. And...

Apr, 2013

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Lifetime Maps!


Very user-friendly, nice large screen, has worked beautifully for me.

Apr, 2013

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Excellent choice!


Great buy for the price. Works flawlessly. Maps are updated regularly, only gripe is daily updates for GPS. Customer service confirmed they do daily updates for GPS, and the desktop app will remind you daily.

Apr, 2013

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Great Product


Works flawlessly updates were easy

Mar, 2013

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Happy so far


Setup was simple. I haven't used it a lot but what I have used it for I've been pleased. I think it's a good product for the money.

Mar, 2013

Product Specifications


Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Built-in camera: No


Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld/Fixed


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:5
Display Resolution:480 x 272
Native Aspect Ratio:16:9
Touch screen: Yes
Widescreen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):2 / 3
Power source type:Battery, Cigar lighter

GPS Performance


GPS Type

Auto: Yes
Aviation: No
Bike/Scooter: No
Camper/Caravan: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): No
Golf: No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): No
Sport (fitness, running): No
Truck: No

GPS type



Ability to add maps: Yes
License term:Lifetime
License term in years:Lifetime
Lifetime map updates: Yes
Map coverage:All Europe, Canada, Mexico, USA
Map view options:2D, 3D
Maps included: Yes


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:4
Storage media type:Flash


Auto re-route: Yes
Automatic routing: Yes
Lane guidance: Yes
Live service: No
Live Traffic Message Channel (TMC):N
Quick search:Y
Road signs: Yes
Speed limits: Yes
Traffic Message Channel (TMC): No


Bluetooth: No

Other Features

Basemap: Yes
Geographic coverage:US, Canada, Mexico
GPS receiver:Y
Internal memory:4096
Wireless connections: No

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:Lightning, USB / USB
Car power adapter included: Yes
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Window mount holder included:Y


Battery life (max):2 / 3
Power source type:Battery, Cigar lighter


Supported bands: No
Supported radio bands:Not supported

Technical Details

Advanced Lane Guidance: Yes
Color of product:Black
Eco Routes: Yes
Extra-slim design with sleek 5.0" glass touchscreen: Yes
Fast Route Planning: Yes
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld/Fixed
Help Me! emergency menu: Yes
IQ Routes: Yes
IQ Routes technology:Y
Languages support:Multi
Latest Map Guarantee: Yes
Lifetime map updates: Yes
QuickGPSfix: Yes
Rich Points of Interest: Yes
Richer maps: Yes
Safety preferences: Yes
Speeding alert: Yes
Split screen control: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.984 / 1.3 / 1.7
Height:3.15 / 3.7
Weight:6.46 / 7.7 / 7.72
Width:4.69 / 5.31